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Sep 29, 2016HONOR FLIGHT TAKES OFF OCTOBER 8TH TO CELEBRATE 82 VETERANS
Twenty-five WWII veterans, fifty-six Korean War veterans and one Vietnam War veteran are ready and waiting for October 8th when they will take their Honor Flight. These veterans 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 fourth of four scheduled flights per year to Washington, DC coordinated by Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL.
The trip to Washington, DC takes local veterans on this experience of a lifetime, but probably the most important part of the day happens when they return to Palm Beach International Airport for their welcome home. Experiencing the crowds assembled with signs, handshakes, flags and cheers is truly the highlight of the day for these veterans. Many never got a thank you for their service, much less a reception like the public gives to them at Operation Homecoming. As one of the September 10th Honor Flight veterans summarized, "The thing that really got to me was the reception at the airport. I am over ninety and in my whole life I have never had the thrill of people thanking me for my service and wanting to shake my hand. I don't know what it feels like to be a hero (and I am certainly not one) but this had to be pretty close." As always, the public is encouraged to attend Operation Homecoming at Palm Beach International Airport, 2nd level, to cheer and thank the veterans upon their return.
On this October 8th flight, Southeast Florida Honor Flight will honor veterans representing branches of the military in these numbers: 10 Marines, 12 Air Force, 34 Army, 25 Navy and 1 Coast Guard. The oldest is WWII veteran John Acaro of Hobe Sound, FL at 99 years old and the youngest veteran is 68, Vietnam veteran Daniel Mayer of Riverview, FL.
According to their biographies, these particular heroes served as infantry men, radio operators, riflemen, green berets, pilots, co-pilots, medics, mechanics, doctors in MASH units. These veterans served in Japan, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, New Guinea, Australia, The Philippines, Korea, Vietnam and stateside. During their service, they experienced combat at the Battle of the Bulge, the Normandy invasion, Leyte invasion, Battles of Okinawa and Guadalcanal, Battles of Milne and Manila Bay, Battle of Biak Island, Rhineland, Battle of Munda, Battle of the Hook, Battles of Bunker Hill, Reno and Vegas, Inchon, Chosin Resevoir and the Battle of Khe Sanh. These men are recipients of many Purple Hearts, Bronze and Silver Stars, and two have received Distinguished Flying Crosses.
October 8th’s Honor Flight will begin before the crack of dawn with 82 veterans and 82 guardians arriving at Palm Beach International Airport about 4:30am to get checked in and then board a chartered American Airlines Airbus A320. The plane arrives at Reagan National to a welcoming concourse of citizens extending gratitude to the arriving veterans. With a police escort throughout the day, four motor coaches will transport the group to visit the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The flight is scheduled to return to West Palm Beach at 8:20pm, when Operation Homecoming begins. The procession of veterans is welcomed home by hundreds of people from the local community, including members of the community and civic groups, military, family and friends. Everyone is invited to attend the welcome celebration. The Operation Welcome Home event gathers at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. Early arrival is recommended. For more information on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).
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. The next Honor Flight after October 8th will be Saturday, April 8th.
For the veterans, it is a day focused on reflection, on those heroes that never came home, on connecting with fellow military compatriots, on the fact that America has not forgotten them. For everyone else, it is day focused on thanking these courageous men and women for service to our Nation, for stepping up when the world needed them most and for helping to preserve our freedom and way of life.


 
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Sep 29, 2016Board of County Commissioners is on Instagram
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has launched the official Martin County news and information Instagram account, @martincountyflorida.

The addition of this platform is part of the County's larger social media strategy aimed at increasing citizen engagement with Martin County government. This new account aligns with the BOCC's continued efforts to leverage digital and social media to communicate with our community about the services, projects, initiatives and accomplishments of the BOCC.

This Instagram account will be used to share photos, report important BOCC news and events, connect with and share images and stories from our users which will allow for more personal interactions with our community. The use of Instagram expands the BOCC's social media presence in addition to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

The official BOCC news and information Instagram account follows two already established County Instagram accounts Martin County Parks and Recreation (@mymcparks) and Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing (@discovermartin).


 
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Sep 28, 2016FY2017-2018 LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS BRIEF
The St. Lucie River and Estuary Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), adopted May 2013, represents the collaborative effort of stakeholders to identify current and planned management actions to achieve these pollutant load reductions. The management actions identified in the BMAP address known sources of pollutants, facilitate investigation of unknown sources, prevent new sources, and address future loads associated with population growth and land use changes in the basin.

The St. Lucie River Issues Team has agreed to focus its efforts on funding projects that align with, and accelerate implementation of, the St. Lucie River and Estuary and/or the Central Indian River Lagoon BMAP(s). It is the Team’s belief that this will assist local governments in planning, budgeting, and executing projects while simultaneously monitoring and/or conducting studies to better understand the water quality dynamics in the watershed.

The St. Lucie River Issues Team was formed by the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Working Group in May, 1998. Its purpose was to develop federal, state and stakeholder consensus on an action plan that would immediately accelerate progress toward improving water and habitat quality in the St. Lucie Estuary and further more comprehensive local ecosystem restoration goals. This action plan would assess the current problems in the St. Lucie Estuary and set direction for achieving improvements both in water quality and estuarine ecosystem functions (e.g., fish and wildlife habitat) for the next few years.

The Issues Team members, representing 17 different federal, state and local governments, as well as, agricultural and environmental organizations, presented the Interim Action Plan to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Working Group and asked them to support a 1999-2000 budget request of $15 M to address the short term projects. They also asked to reconvene each summer to again go through the ranking process with new or under-funded projects that would benefit the restoration of the SLE and the IRL.

The St. Lucie River Issues Team has continued to solicit, rank and submit projects to the Florida Legislature for the past fourteen years. To date, the Issues Team has received $65.7 million from the Florida Legislature, and an additional $2 million from the Federal Government. The program has funded over 131 individual projects in Martin and St. Lucie counties and their municipalities. It is hoped that the momentum of this program continues because our work has just begun.











St. Lucie River Issues Team Fiscal Year 2017-18 Project List

Rank Sponsor Project Funding requested
1 City of Port St. Lucie Veteran's Memorial Stormwater Quailty Retrofit Phase 1 & 2
$125,000
2 Martin County Willoughby Creek Stormwater Quality Improvement Project $418,000
3 Martin County Hogg Creek Alternative Treatment Technology Project $700,000
4 St. Lucie County Ten Mile Creek Oxbow Restoration at Richard E. Becker Preserve $200,000
5 Town of Sewall’s Point Town of Sewall’s Point – Septic Tank Conversion to Sanitary Sewer $488,750
6 St. Lucie County Septic to Sewer Project at Richard E. Becker Preserve $100,000
7 Town of Sewall’s Point South Sewall’s Point Road – Mandalay & Marguerita Stormwater Improvements $892,500
8 UF/IFAS Use of Aquatic Vegetation to Remove Contaminants from Stormwater I the Indian river Lagoon Basin $98,956
9 UF/IFAS Transformation and Biavailability of Organic Nitrogen in Stormwater from Agriculture and Urban Areas I the St. Lucie River Watershed. $99,840


Total Requested $3,123,046




Total Issues Team Request for FY 2017-18 $3,123,046


 
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Sep 28, 2016Environmental Studies Council announces 2016 FREE Open House Funfest
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. – The Environmental Studies Council will be hosting their Annual Open House on Sat., October 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Center, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, features saltwater aquariums, hands on learning, and is home to a releasable juvenile loggerhead sea turtle.

Students in the Martin County School District enjoy the environmental learning opportunities provided each year at the center, and at the Annual Open House, families can take part in the fun as well! On October 15, guests will enjoy crafts, interactive activities, refreshments and sign-ups for the year’s many special events.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet Joey the alligator, tour the wet labs, visit the new educational sea turtle display, visit a special plankton display, tour the school grounds, and shop the gift shop, which is fully stocked with new toys, jewelry, and kids science kits.

The Open House is presented free of charge by the Environmental Studies Council, the non-profit organization established in 1978 to support, protect, and enhance the unique environmental education programs of the Environmental Studies Center. Donations are accepted and Council memberships will be available throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.escmc.org or call 772-219-1887 x 121.


 
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Sep 28, 2016Meeting Notice: Update on C-51 Reservoir Project Summary, Status and Funding Challenges
The South Florida Water Management District is pleased to inform you that an update on the proposed C-51 Reservoir in western Palm Beach County will be presented to the Water Resources Advisory Commission and to the Governing Board at two upcoming meetings.

The C-51 Reservoir is a proposed alternative water supply project under construction. The project summary, status of construction and funding challenges will be presented. Public comment is welcome at both meetings.

Meeting: Water Resources Advisory Commission
When: October 6, 9:30 a.m.
Where: North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34109.
To view the agenda visit: www.sfwmd.gov/agenda

Meeting: South Florida Water Management District Governing Board
When: October 13, 9 a.m.
Where: SFWMD Headquarters 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
To view the agenda visit: www.sfwmd.gov/agenda

Both meetings can also be viewed live at the SFWMD homepage at www.sfwmd.gov.



 
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Sep 28, 2016Boatlines
The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. strives to bring you articles that you will find informative and helpful to your
business. Contact us with any issues or information that you think will benefit our members or the marine industry as a whole.
President: John Yudin of Guy Yudin & Foster
Vice President: Butch Olsen of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority
Secretary: Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center
Treasurer: Gail Byrd of Coastal Realty of Stuart
Past President: April Price of April Price & Associates
Senior Director: John Hennessee of Fish House Art Gallery
Director: Bill Biggs of Riverwatch Marina
Director: James Anaston-Karas of Keith and Schnars
Director: Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates
Director: Mike McGuigan of Jones Lumber & Export Company
Director: Debbie Skidmore of Seacoast National Bank



October MIATC Membership Event
You're invited to our October Membership Event.
Come out and get social with local marine
businesses of the Treasure Coast!

Topic: Tourism Guest Speakers - Nerissa Okiye,
Charlotte Bireley and Chris Dzadovsky

Speakers from Marin and St. Lucie Tourism will be discussing Marine Tourism and providing us with updated information on the algae crisis here on the Treasure Coast.

Cash bar and appetizer will be available.

$10 for MIATC Members
$15 for Non-Members

REGISTER NOW!
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ed52u21a821611a6&oseq=&c=e1e46750-8d3a-11e5-abe5-d4ae52754055&ch=e1eaa8e0-8d3a-11e5-abe5-d4ae52754055





Stay Alive with Boating Safety Tips

WHAT: ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition
Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron
Complete course focuses on family boating safety to include
"Rules of the Road," seamanship, navigation and more.
Completed course qualifies for Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card.

WHEN: October 8-9, Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm

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

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

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





Wear Pink to Friday Fest - Support Real Men Wear Pink!




For more info, view the event flyer






Calendar Events


September 28th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - MROP. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

October 1st ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - CPC 100. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

October 6th ~ All about Google, YouTube and Blogging at IRSC - Main Campus Ft. Pierce from 9am to 12pm. To sign up, visit their website.

October 8th - 9th ~ Stay Alive with Boating Safety Tips, 3rd Edition at St. Joseph Parish Life Center Rm 7 from 9am to 4pm. Cost is $50 and includes instruction and materials. For more info, contact Mike Knapp at 772-283-4816 or email at warmrainfl@aol.com.

October 20th ~ October Social MIATC at the Twisted Tuna, 4290 SE Salerno Rd, Stuat, FL 34997. For more information and to regsiter, click here.

October 23 ~ Ais on the Lagoon Sponsored by the FOS for more information call 772-225-0505.







The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc.
P.O. Box 1639, Stuart, FL 34997

Michele Miller Debbi Czerniak
Director of Operations Communications Coordinator mmiller.miatc@gmail.com dczerniak.miatc@gmail.com

Athena Avendano
Administrative Assistant
aavendano.miatc@gmail.com






 
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Sep 28, 2016The River Report


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Sep 28, 2016Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returns with Hands-on Fun for the Treasure Coast
Fort Pierce, Fla. - The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival will return to the Treasure Coast on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The third annual event will take place at the newly renovated River Walk Center at Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Pierce. Festival-goers can explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on, minds-on activities.

This FREE family-friendly community celebration aims to show that science is not only important, but also fun! Participants will delight in the chance to view solar activity through specialized telescopes with Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, make slime with Camelot Community Care, create toys for chimpanzees with Save the Chimps, Inc., race cockroaches with USDA/ARS US Horticultural Research Laboratory, and build boats with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Dozens of exhibitors from throughout the IRL region will have hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring different areas of science, including agriculture, chemistry, engineering, computer science, ecology, neurology, marine science and more!

“We have such a wealth of science and technology resources on the Treasure Coast,” explained Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick. “The IRL Science Festival is a great opportunity for the entire community to celebrate, be inspired, and have fun!”

Visitors will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with many fascinating aspects of STEM at the IRL Science Festival, with hands-on activities from over 75 exhibitors. Highlights of the event include:
• Building and launching rockets with NASA Kennedy Space Center
• Meeting Smokey Bear with Florida Forest Service
• Board breaking demonstrations by Sidekick Martial Arts Studios
• Live animal presentation by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
• Food trucks from area vendors
• FREE PARKING at City of Fort Pierce Parking Garage and other downtown locations
Additionally, there are a number of science-focused satellite events taking place across Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties leading up to the Festival day. For more information on these events, visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org.

“Science, technology, engineering, and math go way beyond the research lab or classroom,” said Festival Co-Chair Cristin Krasco. “Science is a part of our everyday lives, from the food we eat and the beaches we love to the rockets we watch being launched into space!”

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, Sunrise Ford, Triton Submarines, and the generous support of 93.7 GYL, B94.7 Fresh Country, 99.7 JACK FM, 97.1 Ocean, and NewsRadio WTTB 1490/105.7. Additional support comes from St. Lucie County and the City of Fort Pierce.

Exhibitor registration is open online until September 30 at www.irlsciencefest.org/exhibit. Festival planners are still looking for additional event sponsors. For more information on how individuals, groups, and businesses can support this event, please contact Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick at 772.462.6216.


 
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Sep 27, 2016Public invited to exclusive, after-hours event at Stuart Jet Center to raise funds for Youth Leadership Scholarship
STUART, Fla. – For the second year, LEADERship Martin County Alumni is offering an exclusive evening of networking and socializing at the Stuart Jet Center on Thursday, October 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. Come help raise funds for LEADERship Martin County’s Alumni Youth Leadership Scholarship. Last year, this scholarship awarded $8,000 to a Martin County student.
For just $20 per ticket, guests will enjoy a full bar, appetizers and a behind-the-scenes look at the elite Stuart Jet Center. Guests will mingle on the runway as they explore helicopters, jets, and more! They will also have the opportunity to win dozens of prizes in the raffle auction.
Be a sponsor of this exclusive event on the Commander, Captain, First Officer or Navigator level. A full menu of sponsor opportunities and tickets are available online at http://leadershipmcalumni.com/events.
Major sponsors for this event include the Stuart Jet Center; Waste Management; Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC; Wallace Auto Group; Waterblasting Technologies; Team Parks; Keiser University; HBK CPAs and Consultants; Hustons Commercial Interiors; Island Party Rentals and Harbor Community Bank.


 
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Sep 27, 2016Michael Dadko, CFP™ and Diane Dadko, CFP™ join Janney Montgomery Scott in Stuart
Michael Dadko, CFP™ and Diane Dadko, CFP™ of Sailfish Wealth Management Group have joined the Janney Montgomery Scott firm in Stuart.

Michael and Diane Dadko provide wealth management services, which include investment consulting, wealth enhancement, wealth transfer, wealth protection and charitable giving.

After eighteen years of experience with UBS Financial Services, Michael Dadko spent seven months analyzing various firms’ capabilities before deciding on Janney Montgomery Scott. They look forward to continuing to provide exceptional, detailed service to their clients.

The husband and wife team both hold the Certified Financial Planner ™ designation, which is exceedingly unique, and they focus on the financial planning needs of individuals and families.

"We take an uncommonly meticulous, dedicated and methodical approach with our client's wealth management," said Michael Dadko. "Our process for wealth management and advanced planning goes far beyond the investments and focuses on what is important personally for your family, your retirement and your legacy."

The Dadko team can be reached at 772-219-2000. Janney Montgomery Scott is located at 309 SE Osceola Street, Suite 207 in Downtown Stuart.



 
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Sep 27, 2016Joseph Ciaravino joins Bayview Construction as a new project manager
Joseph Ciaravino has joined Bayview Construction Services as a project manager.

Ciaravino has nearly 20 years of experience in construction management, including all aspects of building plans, permitting, schematic design, design and construction development, warranties and cost management. He's excelled as a liaison between builders, clients and other professionals in new home and commercial construction and will utilize those skills with Bayview working on custom construction projects.

Ciaravino is a state certified general contractor and holds his AA degree in business. He is a past president of the Treasure Coast Builder's Association.

Bayview Construction Services is one of the leading general contractors and a national award winning company in construction and safety, located in Florida's Research and Treasure Coast region. Bayview has been creating relationships and providing quality construction services to clients throughout Florida, from the east to the west coast since 1978.

Learn more at www.bayviewconstruction.com or by calling 772-283-9300.


 
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Sep 27, 2016Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returns with Hands-on Fun for the Treasure Coast
Fort Pierce, Fla. - The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival will return to the Treasure Coast on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The third annual event will take place at the newly renovated River Walk Center at Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Pierce. Festival-goers can explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on, minds-on activities.

This FREE family-friendly community celebration aims to show that science is not only important, but also fun! Participants will delight in the chance to view solar activity through specialized telescopes with Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, make slime with Camelot Community Care, create toys for chimpanzees with Save the Chimps, Inc., race cockroaches with USDA/ARS US Horticultural Research Laboratory, and build boats with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Dozens of exhibitors from throughout the IRL region will have hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring different areas of science, including agriculture, chemistry, engineering, computer science, ecology, neurology, marine science and more!

“We have such a wealth of science and technology resources on the Treasure Coast,” explained Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick. “The IRL Science Festival is a great opportunity for the entire community to celebrate, be inspired, and have fun!”

Visitors will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with many fascinating aspects of STEM at the IRL Science Festival, with hands-on activities from over 75 exhibitors. Highlights of the event include:
• Building and launching rockets with NASA Kennedy Space Center
• Meeting Smokey Bear with Florida Forest Service
• Board breaking demonstrations by Sidekick Martial Arts Studios
• Live animal presentation by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
• Food trucks from area vendors
• FREE PARKING at City of Fort Pierce Parking Garage and other downtown locations
Additionally, there are a number of science-focused satellite events taking place across Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties leading up to the Festival day. For more information on these events, visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org.

“Science, technology, engineering, and math go way beyond the research lab or classroom,” said Festival Co-Chair Cristin Krasco. “Science is a part of our everyday lives, from the food we eat and the beaches we love to the rockets we watch being launched into space!”

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, Sunrise Ford, Triton Submarines, and the generous support of 93.7 GYL, B94.7 Fresh Country, 99.7 JACK FM, 97.1 Ocean, and NewsRadio WTTB 1490/105.7. Additional support comes from St. Lucie County and the City of Fort Pierce.

Exhibitor registration is open online until September 30 at www.irlsciencefest.org/exhibit. Festival planners are still looking for additional event sponsors. For more information on how individuals, groups, and businesses can support this event, please contact Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick at 772.462.6216.


 
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Sep 27, 2016Indiantown Middle School ribbon cutting


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Sep 27, 2016Do you know a student who consistently demonstrates good character?
Then please consider nominating them for a Joe Kordick Youth Character Award!

Attached are the nomination form and middle school / high school nomination instructions for this year’s Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards. Please share this information with your co-workers, friends and colleagues. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from our website, http://www.unitedwaymartincounty.org/p/94/joe-kordick-youth-character-awards#.Vgmdx8LluM8.

Eligibility: 7th and 8th grade middle school students from David L. Anderson Middle School, Hidden Oaks Middle School, Indiantown Middle School, Murray Middle School, and Stuart Middle School and high school seniors from the Clark Advanced Learning Center, Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, and South Fork High School are eligible for this award.

Community Nominations: Nominations from the community, including nominations from elementary schools and middle/high schools that are the not the nominee’s home school will be accepted as “community nominations”.

Due Date: Nominations are due by 4:30pm, November 14. Letters inviting the nominees to apply for the award will be mailed to the students within a week of the nomination deadline.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Joe Kordick Youth Character Award Ceremony, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Wolf High Technology Center, IRSC, Salerno Road, Stuart

Please direct all questions to me. Thanks! – Holly


Holly E. Laiben
Director, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County
10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 101, Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 283-4800, ext. 234; (772) 220-7771 (FAX)
CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County is a program of United Way of Martin County



REGISTRATION # CH1474 FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY VISITING WWW.800HELPFLA.COM OR CALLING TOLL-FREE (800) 435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.



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Sep 27, 2016House of Hope honors outstanding individuals and partners at the 2016 Hope Awards
The annual Hope Awards featured an elegant breakfast at the Mariner Sands Country Club on the morning of Sept. 23. Tables were bustling with chatter between old friends and new acquaintances. The guests all had one thing in common- they’ve provided ongoing and meaningful contributions of time, expertise and other resources to House of Hope.

Following the invocation by LC Campbell, Jr., House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri emceed with a pleasant combination of business and humor. He announced the completion of the Bonita Street location’s renovation and invited everyone to tour the new facility. He also excitedly announced that construction had officially begun at the historic Golden Gate building; the soon-to-be site of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.

The 20 awards presented this year recognized the talent and philanthropy demonstrated by local businesses, organizations, partner agencies and individuals. The recipients included: Hooks Construction, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Tami Karol Insurance, Joe Rieger of Florida Organic Farms International, Pinelake Village Community, Edgewater Property – Realty, Eaglewood Community, Hobe Sound Community Presbyterian Church, the Pedersen Family Foundation, Robert Erneston Produce, PPG Paints, Sonny’s BBQ of Stuart, Bealls Store #66, Margaret Kiess of Stuart Insurance, Dora Johnson of Whole Child Connection (a program of the Treasure Coast Food Bank), Harold Townsend, Jim and Betsy McGoogan, LC Campbell Jr., Terry and Warren Skidmore, Jim and Carol O’Hara, and Patty Wilhelm.

Ranieri acknowledged each recipient’s relationship to House of Hope and the resulting impact of their involvement before inviting them onto the stage to accept their award. The awards featured the 2016 Image of Hope, selected from contest submissions by members of the Treasure Coast Photography Group. Hobe Sound photographer William “Bill” Clifton was the winner this year with his picture titled “Seagrass Sunrise.”

House of Hope would like to extend their appreciation to the sponsors of the event. Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast and HBKS Wealth Advisors were this year’s Gold Sponsors. The Firefly Group, MIS Consulting, Harbor Community Bank and Deborah Lovequist were Silver Sponsors. Publix generously provided the door prizes.

ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

Since 1984, House of Hope has been empowering Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship. Today, the agency touches the lives of up to 6,000 Martin County residents per month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management services. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown.

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


 
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Sep 27, 2016YOU CAN HELP: Adopt-a-Class or Fund-a-Project or Donate Your Time or Goods
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Sep 27, 2016House of Hope honors outstanding individuals and partners at the 2016 Hope Awards
The annual Hope Awards featured an elegant breakfast at the Mariner Sands Country Club on the morning of Sept. 23. Tables were bustling with chatter between old friends and new acquaintances. The guests all had one thing in common- they’ve provided ongoing and meaningful contributions of time, expertise and other resources to House of Hope.

Following the invocation by LC Campbell, Jr., House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri emceed with a pleasant combination of business and humor. He announced the completion of the Bonita Street location’s renovation and invited everyone to tour the new facility. He also excitedly announced that construction had officially begun at the historic Golden Gate building; the soon-to-be site of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.

The 20 awards presented this year recognized the talent and philanthropy demonstrated by local businesses, organizations, partner agencies and individuals. The recipients included: Hooks Construction, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Tami Karol Insurance, Joe Rieger of Florida Organic Farms International, Pinelake Village Community, Edgewater Property – Realty, Eaglewood Community, Hobe Sound Community Presbyterian Church, the Pedersen Family Foundation, Robert Erneston Produce, PPG Paints, Sonny’s BBQ of Stuart, Bealls Store #66, Margaret Kiess of Stuart Insurance, Dora Johnson of Whole Child Connection (a program of the Treasure Coast Food Bank), Harold Townsend, Jim and Betsy McGoogan, LC Campbell Jr., Terry and Warren Skidmore, Jim and Carol O’Hara, and Patty Wilhelm.

Ranieri acknowledged each recipient’s relationship to House of Hope and the resulting impact of their involvement before inviting them onto the stage to accept their award. The awards featured the 2016 Image of Hope, selected from contest submissions by members of the Treasure Coast Photography Group. Hobe Sound photographer William “Bill” Clifton was the winner this year with his picture titled “Seagrass Sunrise.”

House of Hope would like to extend their appreciation to the sponsors of the event. Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast and HBKS Wealth Advisors were this year’s Gold Sponsors. The Firefly Group, MIS Consulting, Harbor Community Bank and Deborah Lovequist were Silver Sponsors. Publix generously provided the door prizes.


 
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Sep 26, 2016Library Presents Event on Parenting Tweens October 8
STUART, FL - Parents and tweens are invited to attend Mapping the Middle: A Parent's Guide to All Things Tween at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, on October 8 from 9:00am - 2:00pm. This event will be hosted by Dr. Agnieszka Marshall of Tykes and Teens and will feature group discussions led by professionals to address specific parent concerns as well as fun activities and giveaways. Food will be provided by Tijuana Flats. This event is free and open to the public. To pre-register, visit www.tykesandteens.org or call 772-220-3439.

For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 219-4908.


 
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Sep 26, 2016Deadline Approaching in Florida for SBA Working Capital Loans
ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that Oct. 17 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Florida as a result of excessive rain and flooding on Dec. 3-10, 2015.

This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe in Florida.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to
30 years.

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

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

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Oct. 17, 2016.



 
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Sep 26, 2016COUNTESS HENRIETTA DE HOERNLE DONATES TO GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- One of Countess Henrietta de Hoernle’s most recognizable quotes prior to her passing at almost 104 in Boca Raton on July 22, 2016, was “Give while you live, so you know where it goes.” The Countess lived up to those philanthropic words through her many years of giving and right up until the end of her life. She did this with great dignity, thoughtfulness and compassion for the sick, poor, disabled, elderly and homeless.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries was the recipient of a $300,000 monetary donation presented at the hospital on July 20 by de Hoernle, who simultaneously noted all her belongings, aside from her immediate family’s most treasured assets, from her three residences would be donated to Goodwill.

“Estate in-kind donations are not unique to Goodwill, but in the case of the Countess, the donations of clothing, furniture, housewares, books, appliances and household items were very significant,” said vice president of marketing and development Brian Edwards. “As someone who knew the Countess personally and has come to know her family, this recognition by her was especially meaningful to me and Goodwill.”

Edwards, a retired Marine and chevalier in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, held de Hoernle in the highest esteem for her sharp wit, straight talking personality and philanthropic giving in Palm Beach County, the U.S. and throughout the world. Recognized with the Grand Cross, Dame Commander of Justice, Ambassador at Large and the recipient of the Order’s highest award, the Cross of Merit, Edwards said, “The Countess embodied the spirit of the Order of St. John’s mission to care for the sick and the poor, with a very special place in her heart for veterans. She will be missed dearly, but will not be forgotten.”

“Gulfstream Goodwill is extremely grateful to the Countess and her family for their generosity in both the financial and estate in-kind donations,” said president and CEO Marvin Tanck, “both of which will fulfill some of her last wishes to have a positive and lasting impact on those who benefit from Goodwill’s many services and programs.”




 
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Sep 26, 2016Local Artists In Calendar Exhibit At The Elliott Museum



Thanks to the support of The Elliott Museum, Helping People Succeed is featuring its outstanding art work in the 2017 Art for Living Calendar now through mid-November. Museum visitors will view the original calendar paintings on the first floor of The Elliott, including backgrounds of the artists, photos and sponsors.
The calendar paintings from 13 area artists will be on display from now until November 16th to promote the calendar and point out the techniques provided by local artists in Helping People Succeed’s annual calendar, which will be available for purchase in mid-October.
New artists, as well as long-time Martin County artists, are participating in the museum exhibit. The art calendar has been available for about 19 years, as a major fundraising project for Helping People Succeed. The calendars are $20 each.
The artists include: Kevin Hutchinson, Marian Vitale, Chris Kling , Cristina de la Vega, Carol Baehren Landeweer, Dan Mackin, Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby, Val Lally, Karen Leffel-Massengill, Julia Kelly, Robin Makowski, Mimi McCallum and Pam Patterson.
Following the exhibit at The Elliott Museum, Helping People Succeed will present its 3rd annual Pinot & Picasso event – an evening of fine wine and art, planned for November 19th at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. The calendar paintings and other art work will be on display for guests to review and purchase.
In addition, Helping People Succeed will have live and silent auction items for guests to bid on, including such gifts as individual prints from the 2016 Art for Living Calendars, a visitor tour of NASA for four guests, local shows from The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce and The Lyric Theatre in Stuart and many more gifts. This event is hosted by community philanthropists Bill Lichtenberger and Bill Crandall.
In early December, Helping People Succeed will host two calendar signing events at the A.E. Bean Backus Gallery and Museum in Fort Pierce on December 3rd and at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Jensen Beach on December 10th. Artists will be on hand to sign the calendars personally.
Helping People Succeed is a local non-profit organization that has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 50 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, training and employment – and become productive and happy members of our community. For more information visit the website at www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to review Helping People Succeed’s “Making A Difference” video -- Building Successful Families – One Life at a Time!


 
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Sep 26, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES CONTRACT WITH TEACHERS’ UNION
The Martin County School District is pleased to announce that it has a tentative 2016-2017 contract agreement with the Martin County Education Association (MCEA). The tentative agreement includes a $2 million salary package, which includes performance pay for all effective and highly effective teachers ranging from $900-$1,500.

In addition, a Differentiated Pay Plan which includes a $500 supplement for all teachers at Title One schools as well as a $500 Reading Remediation supplement for all teachers at Port Salerno Elementary was included. Tentative agreements were reached on language articles addressing compensatory time, substitute teachers and teacher schedules, as well as, evaluation procedures, components and timelines.

“I am very appreciative that both sides worked together to settle the 2016-17 teacher contract in five sessions, which is exceptional. It demonstrates the willingness of both parties to work for the benefit of our greatest resource - our students,” said Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent, Martin County School District.

MCEA President, Pam Miller adds, "This year's bargaining sessions began on June 6, 2016 and ended on September 19 of the same year which is a milestone for both sides! We reached settlement in only five sessions by both parties participating in the process efficiently, respectfully and in a timely manner. MCEA is pleased that the School Board responded positively towards our performance pay proposal and gave us the language we sought on several issues such as comp time, the formation of a supplement committee, the evaluation schedule."

The proposed additions must still be ratified by the members of the Instructional Bargaining Unit and approved by the Martin County School Board, which will take place in October.
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Sep 26, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES CONTRACT WITH TEACHERS’ UNION
Stuart, FL - The Martin County School District is pleased to announce that it has a tentative 2016-2017 contract agreement with the Martin County Education Association (MCEA). The tentative agreement includes a $2 million salary package, which includes performance pay for all effective and highly effective teachers ranging from $900-$1,500.

In addition, a Differentiated Pay Plan which includes a $500 supplement for all teachers at Title One schools as well as a $500 Reading Remediation supplement for all teachers at Port Salerno Elementary was included. Tentative agreements were reached on language articles addressing compensatory time, substitute teachers and teacher schedules, as well as, evaluation procedures, components and timelines.

“I am very appreciative that both sides worked together to settle the 2016-17 teacher contract in five sessions, which is exceptional. It demonstrates the willingness of both parties to work for the benefit of our greatest resource - our students,” said Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent, Martin County School District.

MCEA President, Pam Miller adds, "This year's bargaining sessions began on June 6, 2016 and ended on September 19 of the same year which is a milestone for both sides! We reached settlement in only five sessions by both parties participating in the process efficiently, respectfully and in a timely manner. MCEA is pleased that the School Board responded positively towards our performance pay proposal and gave us the language we sought on several issues such as comp time, the formation of a supplement committee, the evaluation schedule."

The proposed additions must still be ratified by the members of the Instructional Bargaining Unit and approved by the Martin County School Board, which will take place in October.


 
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Sep 26, 2016Paradise Pooch
Your pooch will be the talk of the dog park. At Paradise Pooch Lisa knows that your pets are special member of the family and your best friends. Your pet will be pampered and treated with love and care.
Paradise Pooch brings professional state of the art grooming services to your home. This is a mobile pet grooming salon and pet care company. Lisa comes with a lifetime of experience raising her own pets as well as caring for others.
Paradise Pooch mobile grooming van is climate controled for your pets comfort at all times.The van is fully equipped with a full size tub and hydrolic table. We will accommodate your schedule and come to your home or your office.
Going away or just taking a day trip? Our pet sitting and dog walking services are customized to meet your pets needs. We make visits to your home and take care of all your pets needs while you are away.
Meet Lisa on her website at paradisepoochpetservices.com or FaceBook page for more details.


 
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Sep 26, 2016All Aboard Florida's First Brightline Train Station "Topping Out"
High-speed-rail supporters marked a milestone at the site of Fort Lauderdale's Brightline train station Friday, while opponents were waiting for a federal judge to derail financing plans for the Miami-to-Orlando express passenger service.
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But the Sun-Sentinel reported that the counties' effort to stop Phase II of the project from Cocoa to Orlando did not faze Brightline President Michael Reininger.
"We are absolutely as confident today as the day we started this project that we're going to deliver service connecting Central Florida to Southeast Florida," he said at the event.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler agreed. He told the Sun-Sentinel he "hopes Brightline will draw visitors from Orlando....he's confident a lawsuit won't stop that."
"This is a two-way street," he told the paper at the event. "I think there's an opportunity for the tourism industry to benefit both in Central Florida and in South Florida."


 
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Sep 26, 201643rd Annual Stuart Boat Show
Find your new boat at the largest boat show on the Treasure Coast featuring over 200 local, national and international exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats in-water and on land. A wide variety of boat brands are represented at the show including the latest models of motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speed boats, sport fishing boats and pontoons ranging in size from 12 feet to 80 feet in length. Additional exhibitors include the latest in personal watercraft, safety equipment, marine electronics, inboard and outboard engines, financing and insurance companies, nautical clothing and jewelry, fishing gear, accessories as well as financing and insurance companies. Plenty of scheduled events including kids fishing clinic, an expanded food court area with delicious food, bar and large screen TVs round out the show.
Friday, January 13 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 14 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 15 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

54-290 N. Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL - The show spans 1/4 mile of Old Dixie Hwy. and
three marinas at the foot of the Roosevelt Bridge in beautiful downtown Stuart.
Free parking, water taxi and shuttle service available at select downtown Stuart sites. $12 General Admission, $10 Seniors (over 65) and Veterans and $5 Children
(12 and under)

For more information on the Stuart Boat Show please visit our website at http://www.stuartboatshow.com. Follow the Stuart Boat Show on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.


 
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Sep 26, 2016UNITED WAY OF MARTIN COUNTY ANNOUNCES BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS

Friday, August 19, 2016

United Way of Martin County benefits from the guidance, leadership and advocacy of a dynamic and dedicated 25-member board of directors. As United Way kicks off a new campaign season, the organization also welcomes its 2016-17 executive officers and board members.

Crystal Stiles, director of economic development at Florida Power & Light Company, will serve as chair of the board of directors. Stiles has been a United Way board member since 2010, served as campaign chair in 2014-15 and also served on the advisory board for United Way’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program from 2011 to 2014.

“Many people are surprised to learn that United Way touches so many lives right here in our community, but I have seen it firsthand through my personal experience with a United Way-funded afterschool program that made it possible for me to juggle the demands of work and family when my daughters were young,” said Stiles. “It is a privilege to serve as board chair to ensure our neighbors have a safe place to call home, a solid education, food on the table and the security that comes with financial independence.”

Chad Hastings, partner at Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith PLLC, will serve as board chair-elect, and Denise Ehrich, senior vice president marketing strategist at U.S. Trust, will serve as campaign chair along with vice-chairs Amy Brunjes, regional manager of external affairs at Florida Power & Light Company and Bob Brunjes, president and publisher of Treasure Coast Newspapers.

United Way welcomes three new members to the board of directors, including Lt. Mike Dougherty with the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Lisa Peterson-Sanders with MTM, Inc., and Renay Rouse, representing the Martin County Interagency Coalition.

All board members are heavily involved with advancing United Way of Martin County’s strategic plan and its goal to lift the community through programs that give children the skills to succeed, help residents gain access to care and adopt healthy lifestyles and help adults achieve long-term financial stability so they can support themselves and their families.

“We are fortunate to enjoy the partnership of such an accomplished, passionate group of business leaders who lend their support and guidance to this community,” said Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, United Way of Martin County president and CEO. “Their insight and leadership is invaluable in creating real and lasting community change.”


2016-17 United Way Board of Directors

Chair: Crystal Stiles, Florida Power & Light Company

Chair-elect: Chad Hastings, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC

Campaign Chair: Denise Ehrich, U.S. Trust

Fund Distribution Chair: Kimberly Perron, Resort at Home

Strategic Planning Chair: Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Board of County Commissioners

Treasurer: Lynn Blackard, CPA, Rehmann

Advocacy Chair: Ademil Castrillo, Wells Fargo

Secretary: Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, United Way of Martin County

Volunteerism Chair: Frank Tidikis, Vietnam Veterans of America Council 1041

CHARACTER COUNTS! Chair: Robyn Vanover, University of South Florida

Immediate Past Chair: Amy Albury, Florida Power & Light Company

Board Members

Kherri Anderson, Martin County Supervisor of Elections
Thomas Campenni, City of Stuart
Jane Cebelak, Indian River State College
Lt. Mike Dougherty, Martin County Sheriff's Office
Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School Board
Reed Hartman, Hartman Auction Group
Teresa Lamar-Sarno, City of Stuart
Geoff Lieberman, Macy’s, Jensen Beach
Lisa Peterson-Sanders, MTM, Inc.
Ruth Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector's Office
Renay Rouse, Martin County Interagency Coalition
Rachel Scott, United Way of Martin County Foundation
Chuck Shaffer, Seacoast Bank
Dave Wishart, Ph.D., United Technologies – Pratt & Whitney
Gene Zweben, Esq., Zweben Law Group
About United Way

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety

 
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Sep 26, 2016FORCE

Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

September 2016

The Rivers Coalition meeting is Wednesday, September 28th at 6:00 pm at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. Refreshments will be provided.

The presentation topic for the September meeting is:

"Muck!"
"What it is, from whence it comes, and where it goes."

Our guest speaker this month will be:

Kevin Henderson
President of Evergreen Engineering

Current Action Items

Letter writing campaign to elected officials/Other business

Kevin Henderson

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

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

Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!


Agenda for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Meeting Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!


Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments, Call to Order: Jim Moir
• Current Action Items:
Letter writing campaign to elected officials/Other business
• Special Presentation:
"Muck! What it is, from whence it comes, and where it goes."

Kevin Henderson
• River Kidz of Martin County: Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Speakers Bureau: Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County: Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Management District: Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP
Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality: Mark Perry
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission”: Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update: Marty Baum
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee: Kevin Henderson / Dr. Paul Gray




Rivers Coalition Resolution in support of Senator Negron's Land Purchase Proposal
At the August 25th Rivers Coalition meeting, members voted to support the Rivers Coalition Resolution which supports Senator Negron's land purchase proposal. Please see the link below to view the entire Resolution. Rivers Coalition Resolution

Community Events
Indian Riverkeeper Work Day

Former Florida Governor/ Senator Bob Graham and his daughter, U.S. Representative, Gwen Graham toured with Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum, along with ORCA's Dr. Edie Widder and Rivers Coalition members in August.


Lines in the Lagoon
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 3rd annual Lines in the Lagoon Tri County Junior Fishing Tournament. This event takes place on October 1st. Slots are limited to the first 125 anglers.

At the end of the tournament, prizes will be awarded at a FUN casual dinner at Captain Hiram's Resort in Sebastian.

Stuart Seafood Festival

Mark your calendars for the Stuart Seafood Festival on November 19th & 20th. Come volunteer at the Rivers Coalition Booth and enjoy free entry to the weekend's events!

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact:
772-225-6849 or info@riverscoalition.org

River Kidz Events

River Kidz Chairs, Nic Mader and Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch presented Mark Perry with a donation to Florida Oceanographic Center at the August Rivers Coalition meeting.

A new workbook is in development! The River Kidz are creating the newest edition of the Marty the Manatee workbook. The workbooks will include updated information and will be distributed to even more kidz across Florida!



Speakers Bureau
On Monday, September 28th, Marty Baum, our Indian Riverkeeper and speaker for the Rivers Coalition, is invited to speak at the Old Palm City Neighbors Potluck Dinner. Marty's presentation consists of a review of the history of the Lake, the current problems and solutions. This will be followed by Q&A.

If you would like to have a speaker from the Rivers Coalition present to a meeting of your organization, please contact: Todd Weissing, the Coordinator of the Speaker's Bureau at ctodd_weissing@ml.com or the Rivers Coalition at info@riverscoalition.org

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


August 25th Rivers Coalition Meeting Highlights

On August 25th a panel of experts including Mark Perry, Charles Grande and Gary Goforth, Ph. D, presented "Restore the River of Grass Flow" and answered questions from members.








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

Wednesday, Sept 28th 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 27th 11:00 am

Meetings will not be held in November or December


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

Pass this Newsletter on!

Thank you for all your support.

Editors: Katherine Luger & Jill Pinkham

PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849
info@riverscoaliton.org
www.RiversCoalition.org



 
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Sep 26, 2016Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 Named Platinum Chapter Four Years in a Row


For the fourth year in a row, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 has received the highest level of Chapter Rating possible, namely, The Platinum Award which was presented at the recent National Leadership Conference held in St. Louis MO.

Each year all SCORE chapters are reviewed by their District Director in what SCORE calls SOSR – SCORE On-Site Review. The review consists of measurements as to how each chapter stacks up in over twenty areas such as operations, finance, ethics, leadership, sustainability and chapter growth.

Treasure Coast SCORE is one of only nine chapters nationally out of over 300 chapters to receive this award four years in a row.

Treasure Coast SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, hospitality, restaurants, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, specialty retailing, acquisitions, turnarounds and divestitures.

SCORE also offers free & low cost workshops in such areas as: How to Start a Small Business, Financial Recordkeeping, Marketing, Florida Sales & Use Taxes, All About Non-Profits, Business Insurance, Business Law, Commercial Credit, Business Planning, Corporate & LLC Reporting & Recordkeeping, & Personal Credit/Identity Theft.

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce with branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Sebastian and Vero Beach.

Fiscal year to date August 31, 2016, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 has thus far served 572 new clients face-to-face & 69 new clients through email counseling. Also we have held 110 workshops with 1,599 attendees. Counting follow-on sessions we have recorded 3,820 total services with our clients and workshop attendees added together.

SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

Please phone the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor or please go to our Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org.



 
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Sep 22, 2016Miami-Dade County Resolution Supports SFWMD Plan to Deliver Clean Freshwater to Help Florida Bay
The largest county in Florida on Tuesday unanimously supported the implementation of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) plan to help restore Florida Bay and urged the federal government to speed up its repairs of the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee.

The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution urging the SFWMD to fully implement the District plan to deliver more clean freshwater to Taylor Slough. The resolution Miami-Dade Commissioners passed also urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the ongoing rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike.

"This resolution will help Florida Bay, the Herbert Hoover Dike and all South Floridians," said Miami-Dade District 12 Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, who sponsored the resolution. "Florida Bay is a special piece of the Everglades ecosystem and the South Florida Water Management District's plan will provide the bay with critical relief. The completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation work is needed now and I am happy the County is doing its part to get this project completed."

The plan, created by SFWMD scientists and engineers, would rebuild levees and weirs, add canal plugs along the L-31 West Canal and connect canals in southern Miami-Dade County just east of Everglades National Park to deliver billions more gallons of freshwater to Taylor Slough each year. Taylor Slough connects directly to Florida Bay, where the additional freshwater would help to reduce salinity levels and help restore seagrasses damaged by localized droughts.

"We fully agree with the resolution passed by Miami-Dade Commissioners and applaud them for their actions," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Federico Fernandez. "We have been working tirelessly for months to fully implement our plan and help Florida Bay. We have every intention of continuing until this plan is fully implemented as soon as possible."

The rehabilitation of the 143-mile earthen Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure and flooding of surrounding communities has been going on since 2007 and is a major component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

"We have also been urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for years to expedite the rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike and to expedite the restudy to determine the regulation schedule for the lake once the dike is repaired," Fernandez said. "We thank Miami-Dade Commissioners for their vision and support to expedite the completion of this crucial projects."



 
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Sep 22, 2016SFWMD C-43 Water Quality Treatment and Testing Facility Available for Media Tours
WHAT: Media tours are available of the new C-43 Water Quality Treatment and Testing Facility that is in the first phase of development in Glades County.

The facility and the surrounding property, purchased through a partnership of the South Florida Water Management District and Lee County, will facilitate the development of more effective methods for removing excess nitrogen, especially total dissolved nitrogen, from water. This will help to meet Total Maximum Daily Loads for nitrogen established for the health of the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary. These maximum daily loads, established by the state of Florida, call for a 23-percent reduction in the amount of nitrogen in the Caloosahatchee.

The property will also accommodate approximately 5,250 acre-feet of water storage capacity to store water pumped from the Caloosahatchee River.
WHEN: Tours are available upon request
Please call Media Relations Representative Randy Smith
(561) 682-2800
rrsmith@sfwmd.gov


WHERE: Glades County on C-43 Canal south of Ortona Locks and north of State Road 80.
MORE: For more information click here to read a Just the Facts sheet about the C-43 Water Quality Treatment and Testing Facility Project.




 
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Sep 22, 20168TH ANNUAL SE FL REGIONAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00 AM
- to -
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Blvd, West
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


REGISTRATION CLOSES WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27
SIGN UP TODAY
THERE WILL BE A $50 SURCHARGE TO REGISTER AT THE EVENT
This year, the 8th Annual Southeast Florida Climate Change Conference will be held in West Palm Beach October 5-6, 2016. Our theme is ResilientCommunities – ProsperousRegion and we'll explore how various sectors and communities are addressing specific challenges. Join Us. Register early and save. Sponsor the program, be a leader in the community. The Summit is the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact's signature annual event which includes Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade and Monroe Counties, engaged municipalities, passionate citizens and smart businesses.
Register your transportation mode so we can calculate carbon savings.... or better yet, get a free transit pass!
http://www.1800234ride.com/se-florida-regional-climate-leadership-summit


 
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Sep 22, 2016Shawn Keil joins Group One Safety & Security as Director of Operations
STUART, Fla. - Shawn Keil has joined the team at Group One Safety & Security as our new Director of Operations.

Keil was formerly the District Executive Director for the YMCA of the Treasure Coast, where he oversaw programs and fiscal management for four counties throughout Southeast Florida. He was with the YMCA for over twenty-two years, establishing several annual giving events and raising over $1 million for the organization.

Keil has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and a post-graduate degree in Organizational Management. He is past president of the Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce and the current vice president. Over the past two decades he's earned numerous awards, including the YMCA Program Achievement Award for the State of Florida, Martin County Interagency Coalition's Volunteer of the Year and the YMCA of USA's Organizational Leadership award.

At Group One Safety & Security, Keil will serve as the Director of Operations, overseeing all life safety field operations. Including our Fire Sprinkler division as well as our Security and fire alarm divisions. He will bring his positive energy and dedication to employee development to improve our field operations.

Group One Safety & Security is a locally owned, life safety and security company. They provide clients with valuable security services and user-friendly, state-of-the-art technology, focusing on meeting their clients’ expectations with a commitment to quality workmanship.
To learn more, visit GroupOneSafetyandSecurity.com.


 
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Sep 22, 2016LeadingAge Florida Recognizes the Distinguished Career of AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek
On behalf of LeadingAge Florida's 250 members, the following statements can be attributed to President/CEO Steve Bahmer:

"AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek has been a devoted and effective public servant for Florida families for 40 years. Throughout her distinguished career, she has served with passion and dedication and has been tough, but fair in her commitment to quality care for Florida’s seniors,” said LeadingAge Florida President/CEO Steve Bahmer. “Secretary Dudek has been a champion for Florida’s seniors and has been tireless in her efforts to ensure the highest possible quality care. She has always conducted herself with integrity, honesty, and respect. LeadingAge Florida is grateful for her willingness to work collaboratively with us on issues, and to participate in our events that are aimed at good public policy and high quality care. While she will be missed, we look forward to continuing to work with the great team she has built.”


 
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Sep 22, 2016Update on Martin County mosquito control efforts
Our current rainy weather pattern is causing an increase in mosquitoes in Martin County. In the last month, Martin County has conducted two air missions, treating nearly 31,600 acres for both disease-carrying and pestiferous mosquitos.

There has been recent public concern about the regulations and safety of the chemicals utilized in mosquito control. Martin County uses an integrated approach to mosquito control in an effort to effectively manage the mosquito population. Our approach involves source reduction, use of biologicals (mosquito-fish), larviciding, and adulticiding. In order to make the best decisions regarding mosquito control, we conduct population monitoring and disease surveillance.

Martin County's efforts are currently focused on suppressing the Aedes aegypti population through container source reduction, in addition to our larviciding and adulticiding. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is capable of carrying and spreading diseases such as dengue, chikungunya or Zika viruses.

Larvicide is applied to standing water or flood-prone areas to target mosquito larvae. This is done as a pre-treatment in known breeding sites or based upon the presence of live larvae found by inspectors. The larvicides that Martin County uses contain ingredients that the federal government has indicated pose little risk to human health and the environment.

A larvicidal pre-treatment was completed on on August 23 using an aerial flight to prevent a large hatch off of the saltmarsh mosquito in response to high landing rate counts and heavy rains. This flight targeted 1,583 acres of salt marshes near Port Salerno, Hobe Sound, and the northern end of Jupiter Island.

The adulticides used by Martin County Mosquito Control are etofenprox (primarily) and naled (secondarily). Martin County follows more conservative adulticiding measures than the state provides. Our primary adulticide, etofenprox, is used regularly in our fog trucks. It is applied by using 0.056 ounces per acre. Trap counts and landing rate counts are used to determine which zones will be sprayed nightly. When applied according to the label, etofenprox, poses little risk to human health and the environment.

Martin County's secondary insecticide, naled, is sprayed aerially and kills mosquitoes on contact. When applied following the label, a very small amount of naled will reach the ground resulting in exposure below that which would pose risk to humans. Naled is applied by using 0.5 ounces per acre. Naled does pose some risk to aquatic invertebrates and terrestrial wildlife; however, naled dissipates rapidly and does not persist in the environment.

Naled was aerially applied once this year over 30,000 acres in western areas of the County and Indiantown on August 16 in response to extremely high landing rate counts and trap numbers of pestiferous mosquitos. Numbers exceeded 10,000 mosquitoes per night during this time generating significant complaints. All pesticidal activities are closely monitored by the state.

Mosquito Control encourages residents to take action in their own backyards by eliminating any containers holding water. We specifically recommend the following in terms of prevention:

Location Solution
Potted plants with pans Do not overwater, remove pans if possible
Roof gutters Keep clean
Pet dishes Replace water frequently
Stored tires Remove or cover
Pools Follow recommended maintenance
Bromeliads Flush at least 1x a week
Boats Cover or turn upside down
Bird baths Flush at least 1x a week
Discarded containers Dispose of properly

Mosquito Control can be reached by calling: 772-419-6974 or through the RFS system at: https://rfs.martin.fl.us.

Fog truck maps are updated daily at 4:00 p.m. and can be found online here.


 
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Sep 22, 2016LeadingAge Florida Stands for Quality in Nursing Home Reimbursement System
LeadingAge Florida, the association representing primarily not-for-profit long-term care providers, continues to advocate for a new nursing home reimbursement system that recognizes and rewards high quality of care. A legislatively mandated study is being conducted by Navigant under contract with the Agency for Health Care Administration. The final report of the study will recommend a new “price-based” Medicaid payment model for nursing homes.

The new system is intended to reduce administrative burden on the Agency and eliminate reliance on historical cost reports. As mandated by the Legislature, the new plan must be paid for with existing resources.

“Throughout the process, LeadingAge Florida has been actively involved with AHCA and its consultants,” said LeadingAge Florida President/CEO Steve Bahmer. “In that effort, LeadingAge Florida has advanced a plan that would result in a fair and equitable reimbursement system for long-term care providers.”

LeadingAge Florida’s plan incorporates the following principles:
• Prevent an Environment of Winners and Losers – Create the least degree of variation for payment rates as compared to the current plan.
• Respect Additional Costs Associated with High Quality Care – Recognize that quality care requires significant investment, particularly investments in nursing home staffing levels.
• Eliminate Inefficiencies – Provide additional funds to address the current weaknesses in the component of the payment methodology that reimburses providers for property costs.
• Fairly Disseminate Limited Capital – Equitably distribute available funds to all nursing home providers.
• Fund Costs – Fully fund the costs of providing care before allocating dollars for payments above costs.
• Allow a Ramp Up – Phase any new plan in over a period of time, ideally five years.
“LeadingAge Florida will continue to work to ensure these key principles are reflected in any reimbursement approach,” said Bahmer.

At the third public meeting, held on September 22, LeadingAge Florida representatives continued to stress that a focus on quality is essential to the new plan and recommended against shifting dollars currently dedicated for resident care to payments for buildings and equipment.

“Florida’s new plan must continue the emphasis that is currently placed on high nursing home staffing levels and quality of care by rewarding those homes that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the lives of their residents by fostering retention and adequate compensation to staff who care for their residents,” said LeadingAge Florida’s Reimbursement Specialist Dr. Erwin Bodo. “Nursing homes must continue to pay a living wage to their nurses and nursing assistants who care for our frail elderly in our nursing homes. Shifting funds from care to buildings does not enhance care.”


 
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Sep 22, 2016Stuart Community Concert Band to perform concert series at Kane Center
The Stuart Community Concert Band will be performing a series of 5 concerts at the Kane Center (Salerno Road in Stuart). Events details will be listed below. Individual ticket prices are $10, but for a series of 5, paid in advance, you can attend all 5 for just $30, an average of $6.00 per concert.

Concerts are all Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM. Tickets are transferable, so if you can't go, you can offer the tickets to a friend or neighbor.

October 16th, 2016 - A Piece of Americana. - A Piece of Americana will feature songs and composers that musically, made America what it is today. The concert will feature a medley of classic American songs, "American Spectacular", Ron LoPresti's "Elegy to a Young American", National Emblem March and the famous 1st Suite in Eb written by Gustav Holst. This concert will have you singing along and leaving proud to be an American.

December 4th, 2016 - Holiday Concert - Our Holiday Concert will feature favorites from around the holiday season. Some of the old standbys include Sleigh Ride, A Christmas Festival, Handel's Messiah, and Greensleeves.

January 29th, 2017 - A Leroy Anderson Retrospective - A Leroy Anderson Retrospective is a look back to the days when Leroy Anderson was turning out such orchestra favorites for the Boston Pops as "The Typewriter", Clarinet Candy, Fiddle Faddle, The Irish Washerwoman, and Bugler's Holiday.

March 12th, 2017 - Good Times of our Lives - Good Times of Our Lives pays homage to those events in people's lives that were memorable and made you happy. A walk on the beach, a trip to the circus, a song at a wedding, or just kicking back with a few great reruns of shows from yesteryear.

April 23rd, 2017 - Popular Music Through The Years - Popular Music Through The Years is just that. Think of an era... 1940 Big Bands, 1950 Hoagy Carmichael, 1960 Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, 1970 Earth, Wind and Fire, Journey. You get the idea. Whenever you were born, we've got music that was the best from that era.

You can order your tickets through The Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997, or by calling them at 772-223-7800. You can order the tickets, and then pick them up at the first concert. After the first concert, season tickets will no longer be available. Tickets will continue to be sold separately at a cost of $10/ticket.


 
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Sep 22, 2016Commissioners approve 2017 Budget with millage remaining constant
On Tuesday, September 20, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) swiftly and unanimously approved the FY17 Budget of $399,987 million. The total millage rate of 9.39 will remain constant. The BOCC is one of the largest employers in Martin County, and this budget funds 947 positions.

Per BOCC direction, the 2017 Budget was developed in response to prudently address the need to maintain existing infrastructure. A major portion of this year's budget ($9 million) will be used to address roads, bridges, and drainage; and a septic-to-sewer conversion program for those communities and neighborhoods where continued use of septic systems negatively impacts our water quality. The budget includes an allocation of nearly $5 million for restoration and improvements to county buildings, including the courthouse and jail. Additionally, the budget includes nearly $2 million to replenish reserves. All Constitutional Officers' budgets were fully funded as requested.

An electronic copy of the 2017 Tentative Budget is available on the County's website here. The budget takes effect at the start of the new fiscal year, on October 1.


 
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Sep 21, 2016SFWMD 2017 Budget Accomplishes Mission Without Raising Taxes
West Palm Beach, FL - At a public hearing tonight, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board adopted a $726.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2017). The annual budget supports core water management and ecosystem restoration efforts, including the Everglades, without raising taxes for Florida families.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Governing Board has not raised property taxes in the 16-county District, despite calls for a tax increase by some advocacy groups. Approximately 85 percent of the 2016-2017 budget is dedicated to support flood control, operations and maintenance of lands and advancing ecosystem restoration goals. This includes $54.1 million dedicated to implementing the next phases of the Governor's $880 million Restoration Strategies plan to improve Everglades water quality. The projects include:
• $31.3 million to increase capacity at Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) 1 West.
• $6.2 million to continue implementation of the Science Plan to help improve the water cleaning performance of the STAs.
• $12.8 million to improve conveyance from the G-341 structure to the Bolles Canal south of Lake Okeechobee.
Key Projects
A host of priority projects will provide significant benefits to South Florida's extensive flood control system and protect coastal estuaries, including:
• $55.9 million for continued refurbishment of South Florida's flood control system.
• $37.5 million for design and initial construction of the Caloosahatchee River C-43 Western Basin Storage Reservoir.
• $60.3 million for construction progress on the C-44 Reservoir and STA to protect the St. Lucie River and Estuary.
• $29.2 million for hydrologic improvements to Lake Hicpochee to benefit the Caloosahatchee River Estuary.
• $20.6 million to continue the second phase of construction of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area in Martin County.
The approved budget also contains a significant infusion of state revenues, $234 million, approved by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature this year to accelerate the pace of restoration progress.

The budget is funded by a combination of ad valorem (property) taxes and other revenues such as state appropriations, federal and local sources, balances, fees, investment earnings and agricultural privilege taxes. Ad Valorem rates for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 are $33.07 per $100,000 of taxable land value in 15 of the District's 16 counties (the Okeechobee Basin). In Collier County and mainland Monroe County (the Big Cypress Basin), the ad valorem taxes are $26.95 per $100,000 of taxable value.


 
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Sep 21, 2016Is Martin County Ready For The Future?
By 2030, six million additional residents will call Florida home, and two million more jobs will be needed. Is Martin county ready? To prepare for this continued growth, and secure our future success, we need a plan that develops high-wage jobs, diversifies the economy, ensures global competitiveness and creates vibrant communities.

• How do we capture the next generation of jobs and ensure prosperity?
• What are the priorities we should focus on to remain competitive?
• What trends, issues, or disruptions will drive our region's future?
Through a series of interactive town hall events across Florida, the Florida Chamber Foundation's two-year research program will engage business and community leaders in identifying key trends and factors that can drive their regional economy. The Chamber Foundation will be in Martin County on
Thursday, August 25, 2016
. Help write the next chapter of Martin County by registering for this Florida 2030 Town Hall today.



 
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Sep 20, 2016FAU Harbor Branch Scientists to Use Underwater Holographic Microscope to Research Indian River Lagoon
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (September 20, 2016) – A group of scientists with FAU Harbor Branch are creating technology that will allow them to view – in 3-D – the millions of microscopic creatures and particles that populate bodies of water, including the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), thanks to funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
FAU Harbor Branch research professor Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., is principal investigator on the project and was recently awarded a multi-year grant worth nearly $900,000 from the NSF to pursue work on an underwater holographic imaging system for long term studies of marine particles, both in the ocean and in the IRL.
The research involves the development and testing of new technology that will allow them to view what the naked eye is unable to see, and could ultimately help local scientists better understand such topics as harmful algal blooms, spawning and recruitment of fish/coral/shellfish, biophysical interactions, sediment dynamics and a host of other issues relevant to IRL research.
“The successful development of this next generation holographic microscope will provide an unprecedented view of particle dynamics in the IRL and ocean,” said Sullivan. “This will allow us direct 3-D visualization of plankton/particles in their natural, undisturbed state, while simultaneously measuring the flow fields that surround, transport and affect them.”
The myriad of particles that populate the world’s oceans and bodies of water play a major role in a variety of scientific fields, including plankton dynamics, sediment transport, ecological studies of marine food webs and remote sensing/ocean optics. This research builds on Sullivan’s research groups’ past success in developing a prototype holographic microscope that was used to document particle/phytoplankton orientation in the ocean, a phenomenon that is critical to both ocean optics and phytoplankton ecology.
Sullivan is conducting the work, which is being funded by NSF grant award number 1634053, with FAU Harbor Branch colleagues Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D., Adi Nayak, Ph.D., Lysel Garavelli, Ph.D. and Malcolm McFarland, Ph.D.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Sep 20, 2016SFWMD to Hold Public Hearing to Adopt Final FY2017 Budget
WHAT: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board will hold a public hearing, as required by Florida Statutes, regarding the agency's final millage rates and budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. District staff will present millage and budget information for public review and Governing Board action. Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget information is posted to the District's website.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
TIME: 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: SFWMD Headquarters - B1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


 
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Sep 20, 2016SFWMD to Hold Public Hearing to Adopt Final FY2017 Budget
WHAT: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board will hold a public hearing, as required by Florida Statutes, regarding the agency's final millage rates and budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. District staff will present millage and budget information for public review and Governing Board action. Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget information is posted to the District's website.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
TIME: 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: SFWMD Headquarters - B1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


 
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Sep 20, 2016FEMA Update of Flood Hazard Information for Coastal Communities in East Coast Central Florida Continues
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Office in Atlanta is performing a coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area (Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties) to provide people who are living and working in coastal communities in these counties with a more accurate picture of their flood hazard and associated risk.
This project began in October 2011. Since that time, the FEMA-led Project Team has held technically focused outreach meetings to share interim results from the coastal analyses with community floodplain administrators (FPAs) and other interested community officials at key milestones. FEMA will work with the FPAs and other community officials to schedule another set of technical outreach meetings, called Flood Risk Review Meetings, during the first quarter of 2017. Following the Flood Risk Review Meetings, FEMA will provide Preliminary copies of the updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports to community officials for review and will schedule Consultation Coordination Officer (CCO) Meetings with community officials and Flood Risk Open Houses for the public. Based on its current schedule, FEMA anticipates holding the CCO Meetings and Open Houses during spring 2017.
Information on past and future meetings as well as the process for making the updated digital FIRMs, FIS reports, and associated products available to community officials, residents, and other stakeholders is provided in a Fact Sheet titled “Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings.” That Fact Sheet is accessible through the Information for East Coast Central Florida Study Area page on the FEMA Region IV Coastal Analysis and Mapping Web Portal.
To learn more about the methodology being applied and the progress of the coastal flood risk study, we encourage you to visit the dedicated page cited above and other portions of the Web Portal, which is accessible through www.southeastcoastalmaps.com. The Web Portal provides access to an extensive array of useful information and resources for community officials, residents, and other stakeholders in floodprone coastal areas.
When completed, community officials will be able to use the FIRMs, FIS reports, and other flood hazard information to improve local planning activities. Builders and developers will be able to use the information to make decisions on where to build and how proper construction can reduce flood risk. Insurance agents, insurance companies, real estate agents, and lending institutions will use the information for insurance rating purposes and to help residents better understand how flood hazards affect their property. Property owners and renters will be able to use the flood hazard information to help make better financial decisions about protecting their homes and businesses.




 
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Sep 20, 2016Shred Day FREE Community Shred Event
Saturday Oct 15, 2016 10 AM - 12 PM
US Sailing Center
1955 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach
(772)334-8085
Martin County Residents are invited to dispose of their personal paper documents at a free shredding event. A mobile
shredding truck will be parked at the US Sailing Center of Martin County from 10 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Each resident may bring their personal paper documents to be shredded in a safe and confidential manner. Limit 2 free boxes per person.
This event is sponsored by the US Sailing Center of Martin County. 100% of any donations received will go to The High School Sailing Program.

 
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Sep 20, 2016HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY 2017 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Stuart, FL –The Martin County School District is proud to announce that five students have received recognition by the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding academic performance. The five Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition to be named National Merit Finalists and receive National Merit Scholarships.

The district congratulates the following students for their accomplishments:

Zachary S. Delaney, South Fork High School
Emily L. Gordon, South Fork High School
Shantanu S. Jakhete, South Fork High School
Edward T. Mirkin, South Fork High School
Adia M. Wood, South Fork High School

“We are very proud of our students for this well-deserved recognition,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent of Schools.

The students are now in a pool of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and are competing for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Photo: (Top row, left to right) Zachary Delany, Shantanu Jakhete and Tracy Mirkin
(Bottom row, left to right) Adia Wood and Emily Gordon


 
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Sep 20, 2016Hobe Sound Natioanl Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center
The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center invites you to celebrate “National Wildlife Refuge Week,” October 9-15, 2016. On Wednesday, October 12th at 4:00 p.m., join naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff for a hike at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge beach on the north end of Jupiter Island. Kim will lead you on a beachcombing adventure to find treasures brought to our shores by ocean currents and waves. Watch for wildlife and pick up litter along the way, helping keep our beaches clean! Join us at the pavilion a the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge North Beach Wednesday, October 12th 4:00 p.m.

There is no charge to attend and all ages are welcomed. For further information and reservations, contact us at (772)546-2067 or via

www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com. The Refuge and Nature Center headquarters is located at 13640 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound, 2 miles south of Bridge Road.

"Every part of Nature Teaches"-Henry David Thoreau

Media and Outreach Coordinator
Educator/ Naturalist

Hours: M-Sat 9:00-3:00
(772) 546-2067
13640 U.S. Highway One
http://hobesoundnaturecenter.com



 
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Sep 20, 2016GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ highly-anticipated 50th Anniversary Gala will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center. The gala will include a cocktail reception, live entertainment and a sit-down dinner to celebrate the non-profit’s 50 years of providing opportunity, purpose and hope to our community.

The organization’s numerous programs and services, supported by its built-in fundraising mechanism -- the retail thrift stores and donation centers -- help people reach their highest levels of personal and economic independence.


Jim Gibbons

The gala will be keynoted by Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, which was recently named the #1 brand doing the most good by the Brand World Value Index. Gibbons is a graduate of Purdue University (Indiana, United States) and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Cambridge, Massachusetts), where he was the first person who is blind to graduate with a master’s in business administration.

Gibbons is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council. He recently served as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions appointed by U.S. President Obama, which focused on social innovation and civic engagement.

The night will begin with a cocktail hour and a trip down “Memory Lane” -- a photo exhibit of archival images from the 1960s through today. Guests will explore the history of Gulfstream Goodwill through these images, as well as a video presentation of some recent individuals whose lives have been uplifted by the non-profit.


Don Chester

Don Chester, assistant administrator for community and government relations at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children's Hospital, will be a guest speaker at the event. Chester, who has worked at St. Mary’s since 1973, has been chairman of the board at eight local volunteer organizations, and currently serves on the boards of the Florida Rehabilitation Council, Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, West Palm Beach Police Foundation and is an honorary life member of the Komen Foundation. Chester is a graduate of the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 1986.

Formally an avid triathlete, Chester was critically injured while on a training run in 2004 and returned to work at St. Mary's Medical Center in 2005 with his service dog, Pollyanna.

“Gulfstream Goodwill Industries was an invaluable resource during my rehabilitation,” said Chester. “They understood the needs I had as a person with disabilities who was determined to go back to work. They were instrumental in providing guidance and resources during what was a very challenging time.”

Chester is dedicated to mentoring those who are newly injured so they can believe in the small victories that will lead to large victories in their future.

The gala celebrates Gulfstream Goodwill’s work to strengthen our community by integrating people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Nowhere will you see so many people of compassion and a passion to help others in one place.

Among those making remarks at the event is Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Board Chairperson Denise McDonald, RN, CLNC. McDonald has served on the board since 2012 and also chairs the board’s marketing and development committee. As a career nurse and mother of a child with special needs, McDonald is intimately familiar with and supportive of the population served by Gulfstream Goodwill.

“Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ charter school provided my son the skills needed to become a more independent, self-sufficient and contributing member of his community,” said McDonald. “As Gulfstream Goodwill’s board chair, I am able to give back and see first-hand how donating stuff really does allow our many participants to receive life empowering services regardless of disability, education or poverty level.”


Denise McDonald

After dinner, guests will enjoy a sweet treat and dance the night away. Guests will be inspired onto the dance floor by a live band playing classic tunes to get them moving.

“A 50-year anniversary is cause to celebrate. However, 50 years assisting more than a hundred thousand persons to achieve personal and financial independence by becoming employed, providing for themselves and their families, now that’s a celebration!” said Marvin Tanck, Gulfstream Goodwill’s president and CEO who recently celebrated 42 years of service with the Goodwill family, 26 of which have been with Gulfstream Goodwill. Tanck will share his reflections on the organization to which he has dedicated such a large part of his life.


Marvin A. Tanck

Gulfstream Goodwill’s Deaf Services staff will provide interpretation services for the Deaf and hard of hearing in attendance.

For more information, visit gulfstreamgoodwill.org/50th-gala.


 
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Sep 20, 2016Martin County hosts pre-school sports program
Martin County Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with Ignite Sports, LLC is offering a Pre-School Sports Program at Halpatiokee Regional Park located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. This is a developmental, non-league instructional program. Programs are open to children ages three through five. The programs will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Registration is only $80.00 per child for a six week program which teaches fundamentals of the selected sport in a non-competitive, conducive for teaching environment.

For more information call 772-221-1419 or 772-349-5522. Visit www.ignitesportsfl.com/program/martin-co-programs to register or view more information on scheduling.

T-ball - Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, 2016
Flag Football - Nov. 9 to Dec. 14, 2016
Soccer - Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2017
Kickball - March 8 to April 12, 2017
Multisport - May 3 to June 7, 2017
Basketball - June 28 to Aug. 2, 2017

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


 
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Sep 20, 2016Registration opens for tennis and pickleball lessons
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with the Treasure Coast Tennis, LLC is offering instructional tennis for youth and adults as well as adult pickleball lessons at the following Martin County park locations; Halpatiokee Regional Park at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart, JV Reed Park at 9004 SE Athena Street in Hobe Sound, Justin Wilson Park at 2050 SW Mapp Road in Palm City and Langford Park at 2369 NE Dixie Highway in Jensen Beach. Classes are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. For more information call 772-221-1419 or 772-405-7505. Visit www.treasurecoasttennis.com
to register or view scheduling.

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


 
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Sep 20, 2016Martin County's Tourism office named 2016 "Tourism Office of the Year" in southeast United States
Martin County's Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to announce it has been named "Tourism Office of the Year" by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Martin County earned STS's highly-coveted Shining Example Award for Tourism Office of the Year for offices with budgets of less than $2 million. Martin County faced competition from tourism offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Martin County's Office of Tourism and Marketing spent the last year developing a new brand, focusing on public relations, creating innovative initiatives and growing its social media presence. Those efforts paid off.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized as the Tourism Office of the Year. Our new brand helps us stand out in a very competitive South Florida tourism marketplace. We are constantly developing content to showcase the authentic sights and experiences that make Martin County so very special," said Nerissa Okiye, tourism and marketing manager for Martin County.

"Organizations and individuals receiving Shining Examples are being pointed out as achievers of great merit," said STS President Bill Hardman. "They are coveted awards that showcase some of the best work in travel and tourism, and the winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow."

Founded in 1983, STS is dedicated to promoting and developing tourism in its 12-member states. Membership includes state travel offices, attractions, lodging properties, resorts, convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, travel media and other travel-related organizations.

For more information on the 2016 STS award winners, please visit: http://southeasttourism.org/meetings/shining-example.



 
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Sep 19, 2016FIRE FEST AT JONATHAN DICKINSON STATE PARK
On October 22, from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. a fun-filled family event will take place at Jonathan Dickinson State Park - Fire Fest 2016. The Halloween-themed event welcomes the community to learn about the importance of prescribed fire in Florida and focuses on increasing awareness and appreciation of Florida’s unique wildlife and plants, recreational opportunities, and rich natural history.

Located just south of Stuart, in Hobe Sound, Jonathan Dickinson State Park teems with wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, and over 15 natural communities. The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park and offers saltwater and freshwater fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and swimming in designated areas. With 10,500 acres of land to explore one can enjoy many more recreational opportunities including hiking, geocaching, camping, in season horse-back riding, and off-road biking on the park’s award-winning trails.

The most significant and effective tool used to protect and maintain the park’s natural communities and wildlife habitat is prescribed fire. In the early 1970’s Park Rangers, Biologists, and Park Managers recognized that fire is a natural part of Florida’s landscapes. However, wildfire, specifically fire that is started naturally from lightning strikes, is an unacceptable and unsafe way of managing our natural areas, so the Florida Park Service began its prescribed burn program.

Many species benefit from prescribed fire, some of which would not survive without it, like the state threatened gopher tortoise and federally endangered Florida scrub-jay. Our philosophy is to manage the land according to scientifically accepted fire intervals in a given ecosystem. As a result, wildlife and plants thrive. A secondary but major benefit of prescribed fire is to the surrounding communities. If we continue to use fire as a management tool, the homes, roads, and people nearby will be much safer.

Fire Fest welcomes everyone to view prescribed burning up close and talk to trained fire crew. Two fire demonstrations take place during the event, including one in the afternoon and one in the evening after sunset – something you don’t want to miss! Smokey Bear will be there to support the crew too!

There’s much more to Fire Fest than the burn demos. There will be hayrides, swamp buggy trail rides, bounce houses, live music, children’s art activities, fire truck and helicopter demonstrations, spooky trail, live animals, marshmallow roasting, exhibitors, and much more! The event costs $6 for park entry for up to 8 people per vehicle. Hayrides, swamp buggy trail rides, and the bounce house and game area require additional fees; all other activities are free. So come on out, bring your friends and family, and spend a day the in the park! Visit friendsofjdsp.org or contact the Kimbell Education Center in the park, 561-745-5551, libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.

Fire Fest is sponsored by the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc. Activity proceeds go towards purchasing an off-road wheelchair for park visitor use.

Event location: Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455


 
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Sep 19, 2016Proposed SFWMD environmental permit for All Aboard Florida in question after Martin County files petition
On Wednesday, September 14, Martin and St. Lucie counties filed a Petition with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) seeking a hearing on the proposed issuance of an environmental permit for the All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project. SFWMD proposed granting AAF the permit for construction of railway facilities in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The SFWMD Environmental Resource Permit is required for development or construction activities to prevent flooding, protect water quality from stormwater pollution, and protect wetlands and other surface waters. It also must address impacts on listed species, cultural resources, public health and safety, and the overall public interest of the project.

Martin County is concerned that if AAF receives its permit, it will lead to the loss of wetlands, degraded water quality, potential harm to threatened and endangered species and other detriments to the community. "Martin County is committed to reducing the negative impacts of the AAF project. That's why we filed this petition, in our continued effort to protect the natural resources and quality of life of our residents," said County Attorney Michael Durham.

If Martin County's petition is successful, AAF's environmental permit could be denied, or AAF could be required to take additional measures to reduce environmental impacts from its project. An independent administrative law judge must now evaluate whether AAF's permit application should be approved or denied. It could be months before there is a resolution.

Martin County believes there are major flaws with the proposed permit. One area of notable concern is that the SFWMD allowed AAF to break the project up into smaller segments. The District analyzed the impacts from these smaller segments, rather than looking at the greater impacts from the project as a whole.

The County is also concerned that the SFWMD failed to consider that the proposed AAF high-speed passenger trains are fundamentally different than the freight trains currently travelling through communities along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. At full operation, the AAF project will result in 32 high-speed trains barreling through Martin County daily at speeds of over 100 miles per hour, in addition to the freight train traffic that already passes through the County and is expected to increase.

The County believes these high speed trains have greater potential to
harm threatened and endangered species than SFWMD considered. The project will also cause a myriad of other negative impacts to Martin County residents including: greater traffic congestion; slower emergency response times; longer emergency evacuation times; increased likelihood for collisions between trains and vehicles or pedestrians; impacts to marine navigation; and reduction in property values.

Last month, Martin and Indian River counties won a major victory against AAF by receiving an important and favorable ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper, indicating that the counties have legal standing to proceed with their April 2015 lawsuit brought against AAF and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to stop violations of our nation's environmental laws and the improper authorization of $1.75 billion in taxpayer subsidized bonds. The next stage of the case includes the DOT's long-delayed production of the agency record, and further proceedings to bring the case to a swift final judgment.

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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Sep 19, 2016Martin County Office of Tourism earns Flagler Award at the 2016 Florida's Governor's Conference
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing received a Bronze Award for the first portion of its Tourism Advocacy Campaign. The Tourism Advocacy category recognizes any event, material or program intended to promote the interests of Florida's tourism industry or communicate its importance to local and/or state economies.

"This statewide recognition is a testament to the hard work of our team," said Nerissa Okiye, tourism and market manager for Martin County. "We launched the first ever tourism advocacy campaign in February, and this phase of the campaign was about identifying where we have power during our water crisis. At that point, we had no idea of the long-term, damaging impacts we would continue to experience due to the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. We have since launched several other components to our advocacy campaign. We are honored to receive this prestigious award and to be recognized within the company of such major leaders in Florida tourism. This award drives us to continue to seek innovative ways in which to showcase all Martin County has to offer."

The Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. The awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida's position as one of the world's most popular travel destinations. As in previous years, the 2016 Flagler Awards drew entries from numerous tourism partners, large and small. Eight judges evaluated the creativity, innovation, production quality and effectiveness of each entry.

Okiye and her team created a digital marketing campaign anchored by a short video to spark advocacy about the best of Martin County, while the discharges continued. The video highlighted the beaches that remained open, the thriving art scene, as well as the eco-friendly attractions and parks that were unaffected by discharges.

Additional recognition on the importance of this award came from regional leaders. "Congratulations on your Bronze for Tourism Advocacy. You received this for one of the most important initiatives I have come across in Florida tourism. It's the seed of larger initiatives to come. Steadily mounting consequences of degrading Florida environment will prove a growing challenge to tourism marketing. The environmental community has to become partnered with tourism. Marketing can only lessen the impact. It's policies that have to change." said Herb Hiller, President, St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance.

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing was established in 2014 and creates collateral material, programs of services and promotions that inspire travelers to visit Martin County. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Martin County, please visit www.DiscoverMartin.com.


 
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Sep 19, 2016Tea & Fashion Show to benefit GWCCCC
As part of its 40th Anniversary Celebration, Executive Director Thelma Washington and the children of Gertrude Walden Child Care Center (GWCCC) cordially invite you to a High Tea and Fashion Show to be held on October 23 at 4 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Stuart. Enjoy tea and refreshments and cheer for community leaders and former students of GWCCC as they strut their stuff modeling the latest clothing and accessories. Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds benefit Gertrude Walden Child Care Center. The Woman’s Club is located at 729 East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart. To RSVP or for information, call Thelma Washington at 772-283-6321.

 
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Sep 19, 2016LeadingAge Florida Congratulates AHCA on Winning 2016 Digital Government Achievement Award
On behalf of LeadingAge Florida's 250 members, the following statement can be attributed to President/CEO Steve Bahmer:

“Congratulations to Secretary Dudek and her team on winning the 2016 Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government for FloridaHealthFinder.gov. The award-winning and nationally recognized website, FloridaHealthFinder.gov, is a wonderful one-stop shop for healthcare professionals, providers, and consumers. Again, congratulations to the Agency for Health Care Administration on winning this award.”


 
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Sep 19, 2016You're Invited to Red, White & Brews Tasting to benefit Celebrities Fore Kids
To Benefit Celebrities Fore Kids
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5pm to 7pm
2951 SW High Meadow Ave
Palm City, FL 34990
$25 per person
To Reserve Your Place,
call us at (772) 781-7943

Here is a great opportunity to relax, get to know your neighbors, enjoy some great wine and beer selections all while helping Celebrities Fore Kids’ mission of helping local children who have cancer or other life-altering or life-threatening illness with financial support for daily living needs.

six wines or six craft beers to try
Annie on the Keyboard
Raffle Prizes
delicious appetizers from local restaurants
If you are able to
volunteer your time, please email
info@celebritiesforekids.org
Please JoinUs!
To Benefit Celebrities Fore Kids
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5pm to 7pm
2951 SW High Meadow Ave
Palm City, FL 34990
$25 per person
To Reserve Your Place,
call us at (772) 781-7943
PO Box 186
50 SE Kindred Street
Stuart, Florida 34995
www.celebritiesforekids.org

 
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Sep 19, 2016Media advisory: Martin County Commissioners to hear presentation on alternative rail corridors
On Tuesday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m. at its regular meeting, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will receive a presentation about the alternative rail corridors related to the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high speed passenger rail project. The presentation will provide information about alternate corridors considered by AAF in its Environmental Impact Statement.

Martin County staff will detail how a fifth rail corridor alternative, which runs through western Martin County, a portion of which is owned by Florida East Coast Railway (FEC). AAF did not submit this route to the Federal Rail Administration for consideration. However, this western route would provide reductions in potential negative impacts to traffic, the marine industry, safety, environmental and cultural resources associated with the currently proposed FEC route through eastern/coastal Martin County.

Who: Martin County Board of County Commissioners

What: Presentation on alternative rail corridors.

Where: Commission Chambers, 2401 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

When: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m.


 
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Sep 16, 2016Martin County Office of Tourism earns Flagler Award at the 2016 Florida's Governor's Conference


The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing received a Bronze Award for the first portion of its Tourism Advocacy Campaign. The Tourism Advocacy category recognizes any event, material or program intended to promote the interests of Florida's tourism industry or communicate its importance to local and/or state economies.

"This statewide recognition is a testament to the hard work of our team," said Nerissa Okiye, tourism and market manager for Martin County. "We launched the first ever tourism advocacy campaign in February, and this phase of the campaign was about identifying where we have power during our water crisis. At that point, we had no idea of the long-term, damaging impacts we would continue to experience due to the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. We have since launched several other components to our advocacy campaign. We are honored to receive this prestigious award and to be recognized within the company of such major leaders in Florida tourism. This award drives us to continue to seek innovative ways in which to showcase all Martin County has to offer."

The Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. The awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida's position as one of the world's most popular travel destinations. As in previous years, the 2016 Flagler Awards drew entries from numerous tourism partners, large and small. Eight judges evaluated the creativity, innovation, production quality and effectiveness of each entry.

Okiye and her team created a digital marketing campaign anchored by a short video to spark advocacy about the best of Martin County, while the discharges continued. The video highlighted the beaches that remained open, the thriving art scene, as well as the eco-friendly attractions and parks that were unaffected by discharges.

Additional recognition on the importance of this award came from regional leaders. "Congratulations on your Bronze for Tourism Advocacy. You received this for one of the most important initiatives I have come across in Florida tourism. It's the seed of larger initiatives to come. Steadily mounting consequences of degrading Florida environment will prove a growing challenge to tourism marketing. The environmental community has to become partnered with tourism. Marketing can only lessen the impact. It's policies that have to change." said Herb Hiller, President, St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance.

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing was established in 2014 and creates collateral material, programs of services and promotions that inspire travelers to visit Martin County. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Martin County, please visit www.DiscoverMartin.com.



 
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Sep 15, 2016SFWMD Issues Orders to Protect West Palm Beach Preserve
This week, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) issued two administrative complaints and orders for corrective action to protect the Grassy Waters Preserve located in Palm Beach County. Water quality issues were brought to light there by the City of West Palm Beach during a Division of Administrative Hearings trial challenging the extension of State Road 7, City of West Palm Beach vs. Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Transportation, and South Florida Water Management District (Fla DOAH Case No: 16-001861).

The administrative complaint addresses the surface water management system located adjacent to Grassy Waters, which consists of two parts. The first section contains a series of lakes operated by Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District (Northern) in the Ibis community. The second portion of the system is a 364-acre area known as the Ibis Preserve that is permitted to retain water onsite. This second area is owned by the City. Water flows from the Ibis lakes into the Ibis Preserve before entering the Grassy Waters Preserve.

According to the City, an accumulation of sediment in stormwater lakes in the Ibis community is causing excess nutrients such as phosphorus to flow into the Ibis retention area. These nutrients are not being effectively removed in the second part of the system owned by the City. The excess nutrients in turn are contributing to the growth of nuisance vegetation in the area where water is discharged from the City's property into Grassy Waters Preserve.

During the hearing, the City presented evidence that the sediment and nutrient problem was caused by lack of routine maintenance in the Ibis community lakes, an issue that was previously unknown. Northern's permit requires it to perform routine maintenance of the lakes. The administrative law judge suggested SFWMD take appropriate action to correct these issues.

The administrative complaints and orders for corrective action mean Northern and the City must develop and implement plans to correct these deficiencies.


 
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Sep 15, 2016LeadingAge Florida Recognizes National Caregivers Day
On National Caregivers Day (September 15), LeadingAge Florida would like to recognize the compassionate men and women who serve Florida’s elderly population.

“All across our state, our devoted members serve and assist thousands of Florida seniors every day. National Caregivers Day is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who provide these critical services,” said LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer. “Caregivers provide care and services ranging from personal care to medical services with faith, hope, love and utmost professionalism. On National Caregivers Day, we recognize, applaud, and honor caregivers who provide help to those most in need.”

National Caregivers Day recognizes caregivers provide quality, compassionate care every day. One such caregiver stands out this year - the 2016 LeadingAge Florida Caregiver of the Year – Linda “Fay” Nettles of OakBridge Terrace Assisted Living of Indian River Estates.

Linda was recognized at the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention and Exposition for her remarkable service.

In her nomination for the award, Linda was recognized for demonstrating “loving-kindness” in every aspect of her job and her personal life. Caring for others is in every fiber of her being, according to the nomination.

In 2004, Fay’s nephew and his wife were tragically killed in an auto accident, leaving behind two girls under 18 months of age. In 2006, she legally adopted the girls, and she continues working full-time while juggling parental responsibilities. Fay instilled in the girls a great respect for their elders, as they have become a part of the OakBridge Terrace family.

She has a special calling to care for those near the end of life. Nettles demonstrates patience, compassion and love as caregiver and is a terrific role model for others. Fay brings home resident clothes that need a button replaced or a cuff hemmed or just a good ironing.

One of the residents says, “She provides ‘absolute care.’ She truly cares about her residents and is the best we have in Assisted Living. She comes to check on me often to see if I need anything, she is very devoted to her residents – she is conscientious in everything she does.”


 
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Sep 15, 2016Commissioner Doug Smith appointed Vice Chair of National Association of Counties' environment, energy and land committee
Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith was recently appointed a Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties' (NACo) Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee. The appointment was made by NACo's president. Based in Washington D.C., NACo represents the nation's counties and its committees provide feedback on legislative policy decisions made on the federal level.



Martin County District 1 Commissioner Doug Smith was recently appointed a Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties' Environment, Energy
and Land Use Steering Committee.
Photo Credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners

"I am excited to work closely with NACo and my county colleagues on furthering the goals of our nation's counties that ultimately help improve our residents' quality of life," Commissioner Smith said.

Commissioner Smith is serving his fourth term as District 1 Commissioner, representing areas including Jensen Beach, Sewall's Point, North River Shores and Hutchinson Island.



 
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Sep 15, 2016Photography-focused 'idea lab' Grand Opening at the Hobe Sound Public Library October 5
The Grand Opening of a new idea lab will occur on Wednesday, October 5 at 5:30pmat the Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound. The public is invited to come and explore the space in action.

The Hobe Sound Public Library's idea lab focuses on photography and is designed for multigenerational engagement. This idea lab is the perfect place to create, experiment, showcase, and play with photography and other technologies. It will include a range of technology, from accessible consumer devices to professional-grade photography equipment. The idea lab will feature collaborative work spaces as well as space to display and highlight the community's artwork.

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


For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 320-3036.


 
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Sep 15, 2016New Service-Save the Stress of Late or Lost Mail Electronic Billing

“As your Martin County Tax Collector, I lead a staff that always looks for better ways to serve our residents.” Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, announced that since an anti-fraud bill passed exempting from public record taxpayer’s e-mail addresses that corresponded to their parcel number, paperless electronic tax billing for property taxes will be available this tax season. “We will begin collecting e-mail addresses of those taxpayers who would prefer their tax bill e-mailed instead of receiving a paper bill, and those e-mail addresses will be exempt from public record, safeguarding the taxpayers from a scammed bill. Those taxpayers that prefer a paper bill will still receive a paper bill. We strive to provide exceptional service with our exceptional staff to serve the needs of ALL our taxpayers, keeping in mind that not everyone is comfortable doing business online and everyone is not computer savvy.” To sign up for an electronic tax bill for this tax season please visit our website http://taxcol.martin.fl.us and click on the link on the upper right hand side. Do nothing if you prefer receiving a paper bill.


 
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Sep 14, 2016SFWMD to Hold Caloosahatchee Estuary Science Symposium
Sept. 13, 2016

SFWMD to Hold Caloosahatchee Estuary Science Symposium
WHAT: The South Florida Water Management District is holding a two-day public science symposium to present and receive technical comments on recently completed studies assessing the relationship between flow and salinity levels to several ecological indicators in the Caloosahatchee River Estuary.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: South Florida Water Management District's Lower West Coast Service Center, First Floor Conference Room, 2301 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901.
MORE INFORMATION: The symposium agenda and a draft summary of the comprehensive science assessment are available at the following link: http://www.sfwmd.gov/MFL.

For more information contact South Florida Water Management District Senior Scientist Toni Edwards at 1-(800) 432-2045, ext. 6387, or (561) 682-6387, or by email at tedwards@sfwmd.gov.

SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS: Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this symposium is asked to advise the agency at least five days before the event by contacting the South Florida Water Management District Clerk at 1-(800) 432-2045, ext. 2087 or (561) 682-2087. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (Voice).

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







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


 
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Sep 14, 2016AID IN RECOVERY’S 5K RUN FOR RECOVERY ON SEPTEMBER 17TH
Aid in Recovery is celebrating Recovery Month with a 5K run on September 17th. The inaugural Run for Recovery 5K will start and finish at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, FL. The timed Run/Walk starts at 9:00 am and will be followed by a free Kids Dash. Post-race festivities include music, refreshments, and awards. Everyone is invited participate - from elite runners to beginners interested in a stroll or a challenge!
In recovery, it is all about community. We are excited to be able to celebrate sobriety while giving back to two amazing charities, House of Hope and NOPE Task Force. - Bryan Deering Jr. CEO, Aid in Recovery
Proceeds from this community event will benefit NOPE Task Force (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) and House of Hope.
Register for Aid in Recovery’s 5K Run for Recovery at aidinrecovery.com/5K. Registration is $30. Kids under 10 can take part for free! Walk, run, or come for the family fun. On-site registration: 8 am; Race starts: 9:00; Kids’ Dash: 10:30; Awards: 10:45.
Aid in Recovery is a national addiction treatment referral service. We make the challenging process of selecting detox and rehab programs easy by guiding our clients through it. We have successfully placed thousands of people into treatment. Our 24/7 addiction hotline offers both crisis intervention and initial assessment. For additional company information, visit www.aidinrecovery.com.


 
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Sep 14, 2016Operations Update: SFWMD Taking Additional Measures to Relieve Water Conservation Area 3A Flooding


Miami, FL - The South Florida Water Management District this week began taking additional operational measures to move more water south out of Water Conservation Area 3A to relieve the high water conditions in that natural area caused by recent rainfall.

The SFWMD is using the S-334 structure to move 250 cubic feet per second of clean water from the conservation area south through the C-111 South Dade Conveyance System that includes the C-111 Canal where some of it will be sent to Biscayne Bay.

In addition, water managers are also using the S-39, S-38 and S-31 structures to move excess water out of the conservation area to help relieve high water levels.

These operational step increase the amount of water that can be moved out of Water Conservation Area 3A by an additional 807.7 million gallons of water per day, until the water levels are returned to regulation levels.

"Water Conservation Area 3A is a critical part of the District's system of cleaning and moving water south as well as a critical piece of the Everglades ecosystem," said SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. "We will always utilize whatever feasible operational measures to relieve high water levels in this area for the benefit of the wildlife, the Everglades and the entire water management system."

Currently, because of heavy rainfall throughout South Florida over the past month the water level in Water Conservation Area 3A is at approximately 10.7 feet. That is a half-foot above the prescribed regulation level for wildlife health and 1.5 feet higher than the water level was at this time last year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has closed the conservation area to recreation because of the high water levels, which can cause wildlife drowning concerns. High water levels in this conservation area also hinder the District's ability to move water south from Lake Okeechobee to reduce the need for the U.S. Army Corps to make releases to the coastal estuaries for flood protection after heavy rainfall events.


 
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Sep 14, 2016The River Report 9.14.2016


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Sep 13, 2016TCM hosts its first 5K sponsored by Four Fish Marina
On Thursday, October 28 The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is taking its annual Trick or Treat event and adding a special twist. The Trick or Treat event will be inside the museum as always, where kids can explore the exhibits dressed up in their costumes and get treats at each stop. Following trick or treating guests can head outside and enjoy delicious food from select food trucks, a Spooky Sprint (50 yard dash) for the kids and a MONSTER DASH 5K Race! This is the first 5K the museum has hosted. With Mike Melton, from MCM timing guiding the race it’s sure to be a great time. Registration is open on RunSignUp.com search “Monster Dash 5K & Trick or Treat” to register online. To unwind after the race the night will end with a costume contest and a movie on the front lawn. Sponsorships are available starting at $100. Contact the museum with any questions or visit the museums website for more information on the Monster Dash 5K!

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach at the center of Indian Riverside Park. The museum is a great place for children to explore, learn, and play through interactive activities and imagination. For more information, please call 772-225-7575 or visit www.ChildrensMuseumTC.org.


 
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Sep 13, 2016A Haunted House
Get ready for a good scare! Make sure you visit The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, October 13th-15th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm for their annual Haunted House! There is no age restriction for the scare lovers allowed to visit, in past years children were laughing on their way out while some adults ran out screaming in terror! The Haunted House will be filled with zombies, “deady” bears, screaming, creepy creatures, spiders, witches and terrifying clowns lurking around corners. If you’re a true Halloween fan this event is a “must see”! Entrance is only $5 per person, and all money raised goes towards the museums education fund for their outreach programs and field trips. ENTER IF YOU DARE!

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach at the center of Indian Riverside Park. The museum is a great place for children to explore, learn, and play through interactive activities and imagination. For more information, please call 772-225-7575 or visit www.ChildrensMuseumTC.org.


 
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Sep 13, 2016Rehmann named Inavero “Best of Accounting™ Award” winner for creating outstanding client experiences
Rehmann has received Inavero’s 2016 “Best of Accounting™ Award,” an honor fewer than one percent of all accounting firms in the U.S. and Canada earned for providing exemplary client service. “Best of Accounting” is the nation’s only award that celebrates superior client service and is based on third-party-validated survey responses from winners’ clients.

“At Rehmann, one of our core values is ‘Be obsessed with client success,’” said Rehmann CEO Randy Rupp. “Our associates realize that while providing effective solutions is integral to delivering on this promise, going above and beyond to exceed client expectations is equally important.”

Rehmann’s “Best of Accounting Award” survey results were based on client ratings of associates’ responsiveness and understanding of client needs, as well as how proactively they work. Clients also assessed the quality and value of the Firm’s services.

“Consistently delivering world-class service isn’t easy,” said Rehmann Director of Client Experience Mitch Reno. “Every day, our associates work to do their best for our clients. Our high ranking demonstrates that these efforts have been successful and reflects our commitment to continually improving overall client satisfaction.”


 
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Sep 13, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from the Quilts for Lawnwood Hospital’s Pediatric Trauma Unit.
A Thrivent Action Team from Redeemer Lutheran Church hosted a quilt-making event.

The event took place on September 6, 2016 at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The Quilters of Redeemer Lutheran Church designed and made quilts for the Trauma Center patients. Patients range from newborn thru 17 years of age. The quilts all have a label sewn that reads : Made with Love by Redeemer Lutheran Quilters and sponsored by Thrivent Financial. This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

“We want to be a blessing to these patients at a time in their life that they need something to hold on to” said Kathy Barger a member of Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

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

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


 
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Sep 13, 2016The 3rd Annual Women's Business Conference L.E.A.P. Leadership - Execute - Accelerate - Profit
The Florida Women's Business Center is hosting the 3rd Annual Women's Business Conference. This event will take place 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on Saturday, October 15th at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

The Florida Women's Business Center (FWBC) is a small business resource center funded in part with a grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The center is dedicated to assisting women in achieving their dreams by helping them start, run and grow successful businesses. In addition to offering a number of services, such as marketing assistance, technical assistance, and counseling, FWBC hosts this annual conference to provide Resources, Opportunities, Connections, and Knowledge to benefit the growth of businesses throughout South Florida.

This conference focuses on broader ideas and inspiration for businesses. Through panel discussions, effective networking, and luncheon, entrepreneurs can connect with innovative business leaders, who are there to share insights, best practices, and tricks of the trade.

The keynote speaker is Tanya Menendez, Co-Founder of Maker's Row. Makers Row during its short tenure has already connected more than 80,000 businesses to resources within the United States and raised $2.5 million in venture capital. Tanya has a great story to share, and resources our clients will be very interested in learning about. Each of the four panels contain knowledgeable business professionals and leaders in the community who are willing to inspire, share, and support the growth of women owned businesses.

Attendees will leave this one-day event with a better understanding of how to invest in their businesses' growth. It's an opportunity to learn from thinkers and innovators in various industries through practical sessions that address the challenges faced in business today. An added bonus for attendees is to reserve time to get a mammogram onsite at the conference via Boca Regional Hospital's MammoVan.
Tanya Menendez

FWBC invites all interested persons and small businesses to attend. Registration is $99. For information about sponsorships, exhibitor tables, or registration, please contact, Gail-Lee at 561-265-3790, ext. 114. You can also visit the website, www.flwbc.org or www.tedcenter.org.



 
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Sep 13, 2016JENSEN BEACH HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE ROAD CLOSURES
On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Jensen Beach High School will be hosting their Homecoming Parade, which will result in the following road closures: NE Pineapple Avenue to NE Jensen Beach Boulevard to NE Indian River Drive to NE Church Street between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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

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

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


 
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Sep 13, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from the Quilts for Lawnwood Hospital’s Pediatric Trauma Unit.


Fort Pierce, FL (September 6, 2016) – A Thrivent Action Team from Redeemer Lutheran Church hosted a quilt-making event.

The event took place on September 6, 2016 at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The Quilters of Redeemer Lutheran Church designed and made quilts for the Trauma Center patients. Patients range from newborn thru 17 years of age. The quilts all have a label sewn that reads : Made with Love by Redeemer Lutheran Quilters and sponsored by Thrivent Financial. This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

“We want to be a blessing to these patients at a time in their life that they need something to hold on to” said Kathy Barger a member of Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

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

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


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

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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



 
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Sep 13, 2016Martin County’s Artificial Reef Program

Martin County’s Artificial Reef Program began in the 1970s, when a group of retirees and sport fishing enthusiasts led by Bill Donaldson – calling themselves the “Reeftirees” – began a movement to create self-sustaining marine habitats. Much about artificial reef deployment has been learned since those early days, making today’s reefs more successful and environmentally sound than ever.

With numerous thriving natural and artificial reefs along Martin County’s shores, the area truly lives up to its reputation as the “Treasure Coast.” Each reef offers a bounty of rich aquatic life, creating ideal locales for saltwater anglers and recreational divers. Offshore, the prevailing north current allows boaters to begin at the southern end of these sites and drift north across a two-mile stretch of diverse reef environments.

The offshore reefs are located within the Donaldson, Ernst, Sirotkin and South County Reef Sites. Each of these four permitted areas contain several artificial reefs which have been deployed over the years. Additional reef materials continue to be added to these areas. The Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste Department works with the Martin County Artificial Reef Program to secure materials of opportunity by allowing contractors to dispose of clean concrete free of charge and storing the material for the program. This material of opportunity greatly reduces the cost of creating reefs and redirects the material to a beneficial use rather than to a landfill. Recent deployments include the Hailey Glasrud Reef (a steel vessel) in the Sirotkin and numerous concrete rubble reefs in the Donaldson.

Martin County’s nearshore reef sites are located between the Stuart and Jensen Public Beaches. These three artificial reef sites were established in 2000, in order to provide mitigation for potential impacts to the nearshore reefs from the Hutchinson Island Beach Renourishment Project. The material used for the nearshore reefs was the concrete debris from the removal of the Evans Crary Bridge, which was replaced with a high-rise bridge crossing the St. Lucie River between Stuart and Sewalls Point. This material consisted of concrete bridge pieces, predominantly pilings, with some deck span pieces.

Martin County’s Artificial Reef Program offers over ninety-five outstanding sites for fishing and dive exploration – and the number continues to grow. There is no better way to appreciate our area’s natural treasures than to fish and explore these waters. We invite you to dive in!



 
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Sep 12, 2016PNC Funds Baby Steps Programs at Helping People Succeed

Thanks to the generosity of the PNC Foundation and its Grow Up Great initiative, Helping People Succeed’s Baby Steps programs will receive a $5,000 grant to benefit children from birth to age 5, helping to prepare them for success in school and life.
For several years PNC has awarded this grant to Helping People Succeed. PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative is a bilingual initiative that began in 2004 and has benefitted over 2.3 million young children and their families nationwide.

Helping People Succeed utilizes PNC’s funding by purchasing educational materials, primarily books, for enrolled families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. Developmental Specialists bring books on educational home visits and teach families the importance of reading to their children every day from the very start. Up to 4,100 families will benefit from PNC’s generosity this year.

PNC maintains a partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and in conjunction with them, produces multimedia educational kits on early math, reading, and budgeting. This year, PNC provided 200 Sesame Street “Math is Everywhere” bilingual multimedia kits for Helping People Succeed families that include a DVD, helpful tips on incorporating pre-math skills in children under five, and complete with fun parent-child activities to promote math learning.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to partner with PNC to help children get the best start possible,” said Kathy Derringer, Vice President of Baby Steps at Helping People Succeed. “Their generosity provides much needed educational materials for families who might not otherwise be able to afford books and developmental toys.”

Helping People Succeed is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving the Treasure Coast for more than 50 years. Through its diverse programs, hundreds of thousands of high risk children, families and adults have improved their lives through education, counseling, training and employment services. For more information visit the website at www.hpsfl.org.




 
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Sep 12, 2016Rita Jenkins-Wolcott to Launch the First and Only Barre Studio in Stuart with the Opening of Bolder BARRE and Fitness in Regency Square Shopping Center
Bolder BARRE and Fitness, founded by Certified Personal Trainer and former professional dancer Rita Jenkins-Wolcott, will open the third week of September, bringing to Stuart the first and only barre fitness studio. Individuals who are interested in Fitness, Nutrition and Community are encouraged to become a founding member.

BolderBARRE® is a fast-paced, low-impact, core-centered workout that combines traditional isometric exercises with larger range moves to safely and effectively sculpt and strengthen your whole body. BolderBarre® adds in cardio interval bursts to burn calories and keep your heart rate elevated. Some moves use a ballet barre but no dance experience is required. Students at all fitness levels will find success, challenge and results.

To complement the barre workouts, Yoga, PiYo (a fast- paced, fun fusion of Pilates and Yoga), Barefoot Boot Camp and TRX suspension training will also be offered for complete, balanced fitness in our two, elegant, new studios. All classes are taught by fully certified teachers in a supportive and fun community.

New Client Specials are being offered to those who would like to experience the Bolder Barre and Fitness studio: 10 days of unlimited classes for $29, or 30 days unlimited for $89. In addition, a limited number of Founders’ Memberships will be available offering reduced membership rates, retail discounts and other perks.

Bolder BARRE and Fitness is located at 2468 SE Federal Highway, Regency Square Shopping Center in Stuart. Learn more about BolderBARRE® and the Bolder BARRE and Fitness studio opening details at BolderBARRE.com or by calling 772-266-8069.


 
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Sep 12, 2016Limited Spots and Time Remaining to Register for the TMS Family Travel Conference
Many of you have probably seen the notification about the TMS Family Travel Conference on the Marketing Planner and in the latest News to Use. If not, you can check it out here: http://www.visitflorida.org/marketing-planner/programs/program-details/?id=939

As a recap:
• TMS is a Family Travel organization that is hosting the Family Travel Conference at the Omni in Amelia Island Nov. 10 - 12.
• Attendees are approx. 40 top family travel media from bloggers to writers to broadcasters.
• This year, VISIT FLORIDA is one of the main sponsors for the event, and in doing so, we will get an entire "Florida Session." In this session, all attendees will be focused on Florida.
• As part of our sponsorship, we get to bring up to 20 Partners with us to participate. The session will be like a media marketplace setting where Partners are stationed at their tables and the media can walk around and meet with you all.
• The price to register is $850.00
• In addition to the Florida session, participating Partners will be able to attend the entire 3-day conference. In doing so, you will get 3 days to network and build relationships with the media.
• TMS has not set a daily schedule yet, but it should come in the next few months. I do know that our specific Florida Session will take place during the afternoon on Friday.
• To stay at the Omni, there is a discounted conference rate of: $199 per night plus $20 daily resort service charge ($219 plus tax). Once you register, I will send you more information and the link to book your room at this rate.
• Please note, while the deadline to register is Oct. 10, I highly recommend registering before that because the deadline for the room rate is Oct. 11 (and there is a possibility that rooms in the room block would be sold out).
The link to register is: http://www.cvent.com/events/tms-family-travel-conference-2016/event-summary-cdcd8c0120084a1da123c7dd3d58fd57.aspx

If you cannot attend the event, but would still like to get your press release and contact information to the media in attendance, you can register to participate in the Family Travel Digital Press Kit. The fee is only $100. By participating in the kit, we will publish your family travel press release, photos, videos and contact information on the customized Family Travel Digital Press Kit, which will be shared and pitched to the media in attendance, as well at forever featured on the VISIT FLORIDA media site. The link to register is: http://www.cvent.com/events/tms-family-travel-digital-media-kit/event-summary-41c692f571d24a108e4e79f9409c7e07.aspx

Please email me at SGonzalez@visitflorida.org if you have any questions!


Warm Regards,
Summer Gonzalez
The Public Relations Team
VISIT FLORIDA
PR@VISITFLORIDA.org


 
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Sep 12, 2016Don't Miss Your Chance to Pitch and Network with Canadian Journalists - VISIT FLORIDA's Largest Annual Canada Media Event
In addition to the TMS Family Travel Conference, limited time is also remaining to register for the VISIT FLORIDA Canada Media Mission. This year, we are hosting three back-to-back events in Canada in October. As a recap:

October 18 - The main event is our evening Toronto Media Reception, revolving around the theme of "Flock to Florida" and winter travel. This themed reception will provide Partners the opportunity to network with nearly 100 influential Canadian travel media from the Greater Toronto Area. The interactive event allows media attendees to communicate with the CVBs face-to-face to learn more about the diversity of the state. Space is limited to a maximum of 15 Partners. The cost to participate is $1,000.

October 19 - The following morning, we are hosting an intimate blogger breakfast in Toronto. The space for this event has been sold out.

October 20 - However, we are hosting the same blogger breakfast in Montreal the next morning. This breakfast will allow Partners the opportunity to network with 10-15 influential Canadian bloggers and allow intimate interaction to share more about Florida's destinations. There is still limited space available, but we can only allow a max of 5 Partners. So hurry to register and reserve your spot! The cost to participate in the breakfast is $500.

If you cannot attend the media mission, but would still like to get your press release and contact information to the media in attendance, you can register to participate in the Winter Travel Digital Press Kit. The fee is only $350. By participating in the kit, we will publish your winter travel press release, photos, videos and contact information on the customized Winter Travel Digital Press Kit, which will be shared and pitched to the media in attendance, as well at forever featured on the VISIT FLORIDA media site.

The link to register for the events or the digital press kit is: http://www.cvent.com/d/hvq8tl

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Warm Regards,
Summer Gonzalez
The Public Relations Team
VISIT FLORIDA
PR@VISITFLORIDA.org


 
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Sep 12, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES 2016-2017 BUDGET
The Martin County School District Board unanimously approved the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Board approved the $249.15 million budget with a General Fund of $169.58 million and Capital Fund of $51.18 million. The fund balance at the end of the fiscal year is projected to be of 5.25% or $8.1 million.

“I am proud of the immense improvement we have made over the past several years to strengthen the financial health of the Martin County School District,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent. “I am happy to report that we will meet our Board policy of 5% fund balance this year.”

The Association of School Business Officials International recently awarded the Martin County School District its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting, accountability and transparency.


 
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Sep 12, 2016Premier Neurology and Wellness Center is having a Botox and filler Party!
WINE * MUSIC * APPETIZERS * RELAXATION

Bring your friends! Save the date! September 23rd at 6:00 at our office
1050 SE Monterey Rd., Suite 302
Stuart, FL 34990

We offer
Restylane $450/syringe w lidocaine,
Juvederm $525/syringe, $950 for 2
Botox. $8.50/unit

DISCOUNTS
Groups of 5 or more, please call the office to reserve your order and receive your special discount on Botox!
Receive 10 free units of Botox with a purchase of a Juviderm syringe
AMZING BONUSES TO HOSTS who would like a party at their house!!



 
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Sep 12, 2016Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day - FREE Family Biking Day & BBQ
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day - FREE Family Biking Day & BBQ
at Jonathan Dickinson's Camp Murphy Off Road MTB Trails
Sunday Oct. 2 9-1
Guided Trail Rides for All Ages BBQ & Bike Raffles
** park admission is $6
Lunch 11:30 - 12:30
Raffle Drawing 12:30
Help Us Promote Outdoor Family Fun
Bring your Bikes & Helmets!
All kids need to have bikes & helmets They need to be able to ride comfortable on 2 wheels to ride Tortoise & Hare.
Parents are welcome to ride behind their kids with bikes on Tortoise & Hare.
Kids under 6 will be riding on Bobcat & L'il Cat training wheels will be ok.
It is a small enough trail parents can walk beside their children.
Closed Toes Shoes & Helmets required! Don't forget your Sunscreen.
All children need to be accompanied by an Adult.
Cost: This is a FREE Event but there is Park Entrance Fee $6 per vehicle 2 - 8 ppl
Register Today @ www.clubscrub.org
FREE Goodies for Online Registrants.
Club Scrub is a non-profit organization that promotes recreational off-road biking for all ages. We also maintain and develop the Off-Road Camp Murphy MTB trails of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Photos from Past Family Events can also be viewed on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/ClubScrubJDSP/
Contact Juliana at julianac@clubscrub.org
If you or your business would like to help in any way.
Register at www.clubscrub.org or http://conta.cc/2ccFIBN


 
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Sep 12, 2016Habitat's Construction Van Died
Our beloved construction van has died. Much love and many miles were bestowed upon it during it's long life. Sadly it could not be saved. Our construction team is left with no way to transport building materials etc to the build sites. Please give to our fund to help raise money to get them a replacement vehicle. We could not continue our mission without the support of our community.
All donors will be entered into a raffle to win 2 tickets to the upcoming Mr. Studfinder Charity Auction! To be drawn on December 15th, Just in time for Christmas!
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Eliminating Poverty and Homelessness
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.

Habitat for Humanity of Florida has an open-door policy; all who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Providing a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest a minimum of 300 hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

Habitat's funding comes from financial and in-kind contributions from businesses, churches, foundations, community groups and individuals. Funds also come from homeowner mortgage payments and fundraising events. Grants are funded through the federal, state, county and city government.
copyright © 2016 Habitat For Humanity of Martin County
2090 NW Federal Hwy • Stuart, Florida 34994 • 772-223-9940


 
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Sep 12, 2016COASTAL PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE REQUEST FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS FY 2017-2018


The Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP) announces the availability of federal funds for innovative coastal projects under its COASTAL PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE (CPI) for fiscal year 2017-2018. Eligible applicants include Florida's 35 coastal counties and
the local governments within their boundaries that
are required to include a coastal element in their comprehensive plan. Florida public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply for CPI funds as long as an eligible local government is a partner in the project. Applications must be submitted on the CPI APPLICATION FORM, available from the FCMP website at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/cmp/grants/index.htm.

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday October 31, 2016. Mail CPI applications in accordance with the requirements below to: Florida Coastal Management Program, ATTN: CPI Applications - (Toni R. Clanton), Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Office: 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Electronic and faxed grant applications will not be accepted.

The purpose of the COASTAL PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE is to promote the protection and effective management of Florida's coastal resources in four priority areas: RESILIENT COMMUNITIES, COASTAL RESOURCE STEWARDSHIP, ACCESS TO COASTAL RESOURCES and WORKING WATERFRONTS. Chapter 62S-4, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) describes the priority areas and includes information on the CPI grant program, CPI Application Form, submittal requirements, and the criteria by which applications are scored and ranked. The CPI Application Form and a copy of Chapter 62S-4, F.A.C., are available from the FCMP grants website.


 
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Sep 9, 2016MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES 2016-2017 BUDGET


Stuart, FL – The Martin County School District Board unanimously approved the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Board approved the $249.15 million budget with a General Fund of $169.58 million and Capital Fund of $51.18 million. The fund balance at the end of the fiscal year is projected to be of 5.25% or $8.1 million.

“I am proud of the immense improvement we have made over the past several years to strengthen the financial health of the Martin County School District,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent. “I am happy to report that we will meet our Board policy of 5% fund balance this year.”

The Association of School Business Officials International recently awarded the Martin County School District its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting, accountability and transparency.



 
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Sep 8, 2016Boatlines Sep 7th



Tourist Development Council Vacancy

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the
Tourist Development Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, September 23, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

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

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

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

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

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



 
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Sep 8, 2016Habitat's Construction Van Died
Our beloved construction van has died. Much love and many miles were bestowed upon it during it's long life. Sadly it could not be saved. Our construction team is left with no way to transport building materials etc to the build sites. Please give to our fund to help raise money to get them a replacement vehicle. We could not continue our mission without the support of our community.
All donors will be entered into a raffle to win 2 tickets to the upcoming Mr. Studfinder Charity Auction! To be drawn on December 15th, Just in time for Christmas!


 
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Sep 8, 2016Latest edition of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast features Port Salerno
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast. The seventh episode of Destination Treasure Coast takes us to Port Salerno. At only four square miles, this historic fishing community boasts a vibrant arts, culture and dining scene all while keeping its old Florida charm. In a segment sure to spook, host Bob Hogensen takes viewers along a nighttime ghost tour of the area. He will also visit with artists at their waterfront studios and will cruise the Manatee Pocket in an electric patio-style boat. Finally, Bob checks out a popular seafood restaurant where it's all about family and the freshest fish in Martin County. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits for some silly outtakes.

Destination Treasure Coast airs daily at 8:30 A.M. and Sundays at 6:00 P.M., Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.
This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/cB57Y5IH58E.


 
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Sep 8, 2016Florida Chamber Federation Conference Call TODAY at 3 p.m. EST
Florida Chamber Federation Conference Call TODAY at 3 p.m. EST
Marian Johnson's Post Election Analysis and Zika Expert Are Featured Speakers

Please join us for our monthly Florida Chamber Federation conference call TODAY, September 7, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. EST. This special call will feature two important speakers:

• Florida Chamber Senior Vice President of Political Operations, Marian Johnson, will share her expert insight on the Primary Election results and provide commentary on the upcoming General Election. Marian will take questions from Chamber Federation members while she is on the phone with us from 3:00-3:30 p.m. EST, and
• From 3:30-4:00 p.m. EST, Oxitec Project Manager, Derric Nimmo, will join the Chamber Federation call to talk about his company's efforts to combat the Zika virus in Florida. Florida Chamber Federation members will have the opportunity to speak directly with a scientist battling the Zika virus in Florida. Derric is speaking with local elected officials throughout Florida on the Zika virus and has agreed to take questions from the Florida Chamber Federation.

Florida Chamber Federation conference call details are below. Please note this call will take more than our standard 30 minutes. Also, our conference call number and PIN have changed:

Florida Chamber Federation Conference Call
TODAY, September 7, 2016
3:00 p.m. EST
1-866-909-3218
PIN: 1886581#

Future Florida Chamber Federation Conference Call Dates:
Mark your calendars now to join our upcoming Florida Chamber Federation conference calls:
• Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. (Important education webinar. Details coming soon.)
• Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 3 p.m.
• Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 3 p.m. (Day After General Election)


 
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Sep 8, 2016First #protectourparadise photo contest winner announced
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, in collaboration with Main Street Stuart and the Downtown Business Development Association, are pleased to announce the winner of the first wave of the #protectourparadise photo contest. The online contest was judged by votes submitted during the course of the competition and by a group of peers, who looked for compelling images that emphasize the diversity and beauty of Martin County's landscapes.

Over 480 images were submitted for the initial wave of the contest. The winning photo, "Bird of paradise at the Snook Nook" taken by RoseAnn Rodd from Tequesta, received the highest number of votes on social media and on the contest page. Additionally, ten other images were voted into the top ten and winners won a limited edition Martin County tervis tumbler. These images spanned from sunrise beach images, to Indiantown pastures, from the Stuart Riverwalk to Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.

"Visitors and residents were able to capture the beauty of Martin County, while we are undergoing unprecedented environmental challenges. Photography is a powerful medium of expression that can be used to communicate strong positive messages about a subject," said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism and Marketing Manager for Martin County.

Due to the success of the first contest, the Office of Tourism has extended this contest an additional 30 days with a new grand prize. In this next phase, partners from three of our Signature Events, the Indiantown Rodeo, Stuart Air Show and the Pineapple Festival will donate a set of VIP tickets to these events along with an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn in Stuart.

Upload your images directly to the www.protectourparadise.com website. Images can also be posted directly to the discovermartin Facebook page or on a public Instagram page with #protectourparadise. It is important that individuals include contact information and name for photo credit.

Images will be shared on social media and throughout Discover Martin's digital platforms. You can vote for your favorite image on www.facebook.com/DiscoverMartin or on the www.protectourparadise.com website.


 
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Sep 8, 2016World Renowned Oceanographer Named Executive Director of FAU Harbor Branch
Anton Post, Ph.D., to Lead Environmental and Ocean Science Research at FAU

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (September 8, 2016) – A world renowned oceanographer and leading phytoplankton researcher will lead Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) as its new executive director. Anton Post, Ph.D., who currently serves as the executive director of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, will be charged with developing and implementing programs that build on the success of all marine and environmental research at FAU. His appointment is effective in January 2017.
“FAU is committed to seeking out and hiring dynamic leaders with the ability to provide the strategic vision this university needs to remain competitive,” said Dan Flynn, Ph.D., FAU’s vice president of research. “Post’s experience is impressive, as is his grasp of the need for collaboration in research. He will be a fantastic addition to the environmental and ocean science research team, leading the efforts and working with our roster of esteemed scientists, including Megan Davis, Ph.D., who has served the university well as HBOI’s interim executive director over the past three years.”
Post earned a Ph.D. in microbiology, a Master of Science degree in aquatic microbial ecology and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Amsterdam. He began his teaching career as a graduate student nearly four decades ago in the Netherlands, and went onto the Hebrew University for his postdoctoral work where he spent 20 years of his career teaching and ultimately being promoted to an academic leadership role.
Post is well-published, with 120 peer-reviewed publications, and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including being named visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earning the Gruss-Lipper Fellowship at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. He has held several similar leadership positions at state universities, overseeing multimillion dollar budgets comprised mainly of competitively awarded research grants. In recent years, he also served as a program director in the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation.
“To lead Harbor Branch will be a privilege and an honor,” said Post. “I look forward to providing effective leadership aimed at advancing current programs, developing new initiatives and working energetically towards recruitment of the resources needed to support these activities.”
FAU is in its fifth decade of working with marine science and technology partners on applied projects that produce positive environmental, societal and economic outcomes. Post will be leading a new strategic effort to develop interdisciplinary research by combining expertise across many FAU centers and colleges including: HBOI; Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE); SeaTech: Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering; Florida Center for Environmental Studies; Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Post will officially begin as executive director on Jan. 3, 2017, after he has completed his teaching and service obligations at the University of Rhode Island.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Sep 8, 2016Latest edition of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast features Port Salerno


The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast. The seventh episode of Destination Treasure Coast takes us to Port Salerno. At only four square miles, this historic fishing community boasts a vibrant arts, culture and dining scene all while keeping its old Florida charm. In a segment sure to spook, host Bob Hogensen takes viewers along a nighttime ghost tour of the area. He will also visit with artists at their waterfront studios and will cruise the Manatee Pocket in an electric patio-style boat. Finally, Bob checks out a popular seafood restaurant where it's all about family and the freshest fish in Martin County. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits for some silly outtakes.

Destination Treasure Coast airs daily at 8:30 A.M. and Sundays at 6:00 P.M., Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.
This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/cB57Y5IH58E.


 
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Sep 8, 2016River Report 9.8.16


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Sep 8, 2016Big Five wins 2016 Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award
Big Five Tours & Expeditions honored a second time by Virtuoso® as a sustainable tourism leader at the 28th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week

Stuart, FL (August 12, 2016) – Big Five Tours & Expeditions won recognition as a sustainable leader in the travel industry by Virtuoso®, an international luxury travel network, during the organization’s 28th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas. Big Five previously won the award in 2014, and is the only company to have won this valued award more than once.

“These awards are about changing the world,” Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five, said in accepting the honor with his father, Mahen Sanghrajka, CEO and founder of Big Five.

The ceremony was held before more than 2,800 of luxury travel’s most prominent figures during a gala dinner at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event, hosted by Virtuoso® Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, marked the culmination of the 28th annual Virtuoso® Travel Week event. https://www.virtuoso.com

The Virtuoso® Awards are unique as they allow travel industry peers to recognize each other for excellence. The network’s partners vote for the winning agencies and advisors, while agency members select partner winners. This year Virtuoso® received more than 2,200 votes from its members and partners.

“The Virtuoso Awards honor the agencies, advisors and partners who are constantly innovating to create amazing memorable experiences for luxury travelers,” said Upchurch.




 
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Sep 8, 2016Distinguished Speakers to Headline Future of Florida Forum


Will you be there? Join state business leaders, industry experts and elected officials as they convene at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum to discuss the most important issues impacting Florida’s future.


2016 Future of Florida Forum and Board of Governors Annual Meeting
September 28-30, 2016
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando




In addition to cabinet members and legislators, our distinguished lineup of speakers will include:
• Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold, Florida Department of Transportation
• Richard Florida, International Best-selling Author, Professor and Urbanist
• Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
• Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
• Ann Reinert, Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase
• Will Seccombe, President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA
Register today to secure your place at this important event.


 
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Sep 8, 2016Post-Hurricane Hermine Consumer Alert


Hurricane Hermine is gone, but the devastation she left behind could put consumers at risk from scam artists trying to cheat the system.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and its Consumer Protection Coalition urge you to be on the lookout for unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys that try to profit off the disaster by asking you to sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB). Remember, consumers do not need to sign an AOB to get storm-related repairs.




TAKE ACTION NOW:
1. Share this important CONSUMER ALERT with your friends and loved ones. Homeowners must be mindful of home repair vendors offering deals too good to be true.
2. Join the Florida Chamber’s Consumer Protection Coalition. Log onto www.FightFraud.Today and sign the petition seeking a legislative solution to this scam.

WHY THIS MATTERS:
Property insurance premiums are increasing across Florida and AOB is to blame. The government-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has recommended an average rate increase of 6.8 percent statewide for residential policies next year to offset an explosion in non-weather-related water loss claims. Here’s what the Palm Beach Post said last week: Florida water scam is soaking consumers, must be plugged.



 
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Sep 8, 2016An Evening for Missions
Many of you have expressed the desire to experience going on a mission trip or helping locally to give back to others. Come learn about what is happening in your community and how you can live more generously. This event is hosted by Thrivent Financial representatives Amy Whitlach, FIC, CLTC and Mark Valinote, FLC.

Please join us for an evening of fun and refreshments to learn more about the following:

* Habitat for Humanity
* Treasure Coast Mission Coalition
* Missionary Flights International

Feel free to bring a friend

Details:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
6:00 PM
Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House
1401 N.E. Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, Fl, 34957

Please RSVP by calling Carlene at 772-408-0771 or email carlene.stangle@thrivent.com

 
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Sep 7, 20168TH ANNUAL SE FL REGIONAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00 AM
- to -
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Blvd, West
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


 
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Sep 7, 2016New Ownership at Aamco in Stuart
My name is Moti Drori and my wife Helena and I, would like to introduce ourselves as the new owners of Aamco Transmissions and full Service Auto Repair shop in Stuart.
As previous owners of a small family business, We bring 23 years of success driven by integrity, competitive pricing and outstanding customer service. The way we take care of our customers and their vehicles is a refreshing change in an industry that has always had a reputation for being less than honest.
We are great believers in giving back to the community and we look forward to building strong bonds as we plant our roots in this beautiful city. To all Chamber members we are offering a 15% discount on their first visit.
use code: CHAMBER15 (not to be combined with any other offer)
We repair all cars, small trucks and service fleet accounts!
For a free inspection make an appointment at:
Aamco Transmissions & Total Auto Care
2973 SE Federal Highway
Stuart Fl 34994
Tel: (772) 283-4110


 
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Sep 7, 2016Discover Scandinavia Tours Launches a Completely Revamped Website Faster, Simpler, Better
After several months of work and feedback from hundreds of customers, Discover Scandinavia Tours is happy to announce that its new website is now live (the domain remains the same: www.discoverscandinaviatours.com). The new design focuses on simplicity, speed, enhancing user experience and, of course, showcasing the wonders of the Nordic Countries through the many tours that the company offers.
The site currently displays the company’s most popular independent, multi-country tours, as well as winter and Northern Lights tours. Over the next weeks, many other products will be added to the site, such as single-country tours (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland) and guided group tours as well. A blog covering all practical aspects of Scandinavian travel is also in the works and much anticipated.
Discover Scandinavia Tours was founded by Marcelo Guimaraes, a Brazilian man who visited the five Nordic capitals a few years ago and fell in love with this beautiful and fascinating part of the globe. Subsequent visits happened, the passion for Scandinavia grew and Marcelo left a 20-year career in engineering to start his company, on a mission to showcase the unique beauty of those five countries to all who love traveling and adventure.
About Discover Scandinavia Tours
Discover Scandinavia Tours is a Florida-based tour operator dedicated exclusively to providing customized, unforgettable vacations in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. To learn more visit www.discoverscandinaviatours.com, email us (info@discoverscandinaviatours.com) or call us at 800.936.2814.

 
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Sep 7, 2016SFWMD to Hold Public Hearing on Tentative FY2017 Budget

SFWMD to Hold Public Hearing on Tentative FY2017 Budget
WHAT: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will hold a public hearing, as required by Florida Statutes, regarding the agency's tentative millage rates and tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. District financial staff will present millage and budget information for public review and Governing Board action. Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget information is posted to the District's website.

On September 20 at 5:15 p.m. in West Palm Beach, the District will hold a second public hearing to adopt final millage rates and the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget.
WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2016
TIME: 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: SFWMD Headquarters - B1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

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



 
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Sep 6, 2016Statement Regarding Hurricane Hermine Recovery Efforts at Westminster Oaks Retirement Community
Since Hurricane Hermine barreled through Tallahassee on early Friday morning, LeadingAge Florida and Westminster Oaks Retirement Community have been working with state, county, and city officials for a return to normalcy. Today roads were cleared and power was restored this evening to Westminster Oaks.

“As the community of Tallahassee has banded together to help their neighbors, LeadingAge Florida would like to recognize our state, county, and city leaders for their efforts,” said LeadingAge Florida President/CEO Steve Bahmer. “On behalf of Westminster Oaks, I’d like to thank Gov. Rick Scott and the staff of the Executive Office of the Governor for their leadership and support, Mayor Andrew Gillum and city officials for their consistent updates and responsiveness, and most importantly the linemen for the hours of hard work they have put in over the past 72-hours to restore power to our community. We realize the countless difficult issues to deal with in the aftermath of a hurricane, but our vulnerable seniors should be among the highest priorities with regard to recovery efforts. Our seniors residing in the critical care facilities, and their families concerns are relieved because of the dedication of these workers. However, as we move beyond this situation and prepare for the future, we will continue to stress the importance of prioritizing the needs of our seniors to our community leaders.”


 
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Sep 6, 2016SFWMD Adds Navigation Lock Information to Website

A boat moves through the S-193 Lock between Taylor Creek and Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee County.
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has added navigation lock information popular with the outdoor community to the agency's website.
The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee offer some of the best boating and fishing opportunities in Central and South Florida. Navigation locks throughout this interconnected system ensure that it is accessible by the public for recreation. Along the route, there are 12 locks maintained by the South Florida Water Management District and five maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Information available includes:
• Navigation Notices
• Lock Operation Hours
• Map and Contact Information
Navigation Web Link: http://sfwmd.link/SFLNavInfo

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







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



 
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Sep 6, 2016Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancies


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

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

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

All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a 12 month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for reappointment by the Board.

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

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, September 23, 3016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

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Sep 6, 2016Real Estate Advisor: September
Researching a Neighborhood Before You Buy
Many of us begin a home or property search with a neighborhood or area already picked out. While we may know we want to live in a specific area, we might not know why. Researching your desired neighborhood or city before you put an offer on a home is a great way to get a feel for the area, and it might even help you determine whether it's a great fit for you or perhaps not the best place at the moment. Before you make an offer, utilize the tips below to help you in your home or property search.
Talk With the Neighbors

The best way of getting to know the area you're interested in is to talk directly with the neighbors. Have your eye on a particular home or property? Take some time and talk with those that live close by it. Ask them about the area -- the things they like, and the things they'd like to see change. Ask them about the neighborhood and if they have any concerns about it. While you can do a lot of research online, asking those people who actively live in the area you're interested in is a great way to get a true feel for the neighborhood and whether you'd be happy living in it.

Visit At All Times
When looking at a specific neighborhood or area, it's important to visit the home or property at all times of the day and week. Visit in the morning, afternoon and evening. Is a holiday close on the calendar? Visit then too. Visiting at different times of the day, and even different times of the week (say a weekend versus a week day), will help you get a feel for what the neighborhood is like. It's also a great time to see what's happening with the neighbors. While there might not be a lot of cars during the middle of the day, visiting in the evening will definitely help give an impression of what the overall traffic and parking situation will be like in the neighborhood.

Look At the Housing Prices
While you'll get an idea of the neighborhood by looking at current prices, a useful thing to do is to check out the housing prices over the past 10 years. Did the prices drop significantly at some point? Have prices drastically risen in the last couple years? Housing price history can be a great indicator of whether an area has seen growth, or whether people no longer find that specific area desirable. Housing prices can also help you understand, as a buyer, whether home prices are inflated or not. While no one anticipates another housing bubble, as a buyer you don't want to purchase a property only to have the overall value of the house drop within a year or two.

Check School Scores
If you're a parent and you're considering moving to a specific area, it's a great idea to check the local schools scores. But if you're not a parent, it's a great idea to note the quality of schools in your desired neighborhood or area. Sometimes areas with higher school scores can have higher property values. Areas with good schools can attract all types of buyers, and neighborhoods near good schools are generally highly sought-after and always popular.

Check Demographics
What are demographics? Things like income, racial diversity, population age range and relationship status are all things that are considered demographics. When looking at a particular neighborhood or area, remember to be conscious of household incomes for the neighborhood, the cultures of the area and how diverse the neighborhood is, and whether the area is more popular with families or single people. While you might want to live in a specific area for a special reason, demographics play a huge part in whether or not an area is going to be a sure thing for a buyer in the long run.

Public Services
Driving through the neighborhoods: Are there signs of financial troubles for the city? Are streets cleaned and well maintained? Are there any public parks, and are they in good order? Is there a functioning public library? Are police and fire nearby in case of an emergency? Many of us might overlook things such as public services when we have our hearts set on a specific city or town, but it's important to remember that public services are a huge part of a community. Make sure to check on the local public services of the area you're interested in while you look for homes or properties. If you find them to be lacking, you might want to consider changing your search area.

Jack Albright
Phone Number
Mobile Phone: 630-291-0529
Office Fax: 772-497-1137
Email Address
jackalbright@keyes.com
Web Site
www.JackAlbright.keyes.com
Mobile Search
JackAlbright.m.keyes.com





 
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Sep 6, 2016Library Offers Homework Help by Appointment
Beginning September 6, the Martin County Library System will offer homework help to students in grades K-12 by appointment. The Homework Helper Program allows students to receive face-to-face tutoring in a safe and welcoming environment, where they can use resources like Tutor.com and other online tools to make learning successful. Appointment-based scheduling will allow available homework helper volunteers to plan to assist students' specific literacy and subject needs.

For more information, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us or call (772) 463-2805.


 
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Sep 6, 2016Saltwater Sisters Lady Anger Tournament
Members and Business Sponsors,

Our Saltwater Sisters Lady Anger Tournament is around the corner (September 23rd) and we are looking for donation of items for our angler bags.

If you have any promotional items that would be suitable, please contact me and I will arrange to pick them up or they can be dropped off at the club office at;
3585 SE St. Lucie Blvd, Stuart, FL (at Sailfish Marina behind the Marlin Mural).

In the past our bags have contained items such as pens, pads, sample products, magazines, sunglasses, koozies, lures, lotions, hats, visors, etc.

Here is your chance to promote your business or product and support a worthy cause as we support Friends In Pink and Windsor Community Angels for Breast Cancer treatments, research and awareness.

Please call me at 772-631-2300 or call the club office. We appreciate your support and participation always.


 
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Sep 6, 2016BARN THEATRE SEASON OPENER, “THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE”
Stuart, Fl. The Barn Theatre opens its 46th season with a great thriller, the critically acclaimed suspense mystery, “The Haunting of Hill House.” The show runs from September 23rd to October 9th and is sure to exhilarate audiences. Hill House is the backdrop, a foreboding Victorian mansion in a remote location, where “psychically receptive” subjects are brought together to explore the supernatural and to probe the mansions mysterious powers. Althea Wilson and Jeanette Mazzella, both experienced actors and directors, are directing this special play. The play is based upon the best selling novel by the same title written by Shirley Jackson. Her book is regarded as the “quintessential haunted house tale.” Several feature films have been adapted from her novel. Althea Wilson remarked, “Hill House will leave you guessing and its climax will absolutely floor you. It's not gruesome but more like a paranormal haunting, a psychological thriller.” Jeanette Mazzella said that this play will showcase an array of special effects that the Barn Theatre new Technical Director, Bryan Childe, is pioneering. It features a very experienced Treasure Coast cast, many of whom are brand new to the Barn Theatre stage, including Rozanne Sehayik, Marty Dillis, Keith Lawson, Jennifer Willis Adams, Clarissa Allie, Kendall Krueger, and Paul Harwood. Jeanette Mazzella commented, “So if you love wind murmuring, high cackling laughs, screams, cries, special lighting and other surprises, you'll love “The Haunting of Hill House.”
Tickets for Hill House are only $20 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Barn Theatre box office at 772-287-4884, or on the Barn's website at www.barn-theatre.com. Group and student discounts are available. The Barn is located at 2400 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Fl.
The Barn Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community theater. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us continue to provide exceptional theater experiences at reasonable prices.


 
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Sep 6, 2016WATERFORD HOTEL GROUP APPOINTS PRENTIM ILJAZI TO GENERAL MANAGER OF COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, STUART
Waterford, CT (September 6, 2016) – Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. has announced the appointment of Prentim (Pete) Iljazi to General Manager of the 120-room Courtyard by Marriott in Stuart, Florida. Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management firm, manages the hotel. As general manager, Iljazi will be responsible for all phases of the hotel’s operations, sales and administration, as well as the associates employed at the hotel.
Most recently, Iljazi was the General Manager at the Residence Inn in Danbury, CT and prior to that, the Front Office Manager at the Residence Inn in Hartford, CT, both managed by Waterford Hotel Group. Previously, he held numerous management positions including: Assistant General Manager at the Holiday Inn in North Haven, CT; Director of Operations at Hotel Sierra in Shelton, CT; and Owner of Three Guys Pizzeria in Watertown, CT. Iljazi studied Hotel Management at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.
“Pete is a true leader with extensive experience in the hospitality industry,” commented Rob Winchester, President and COO of Waterford Hotel Group. “We are happy he has continually chosen to grow his career with Waterford, and I know the Courtyard Stuart team will thrive under his direction.”
About Courtyard by Marriott Stuart
The four-story, 120-room Courtyard by Marriott Stuart, a Marriott International Platinum 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. It is also the first Courtyard in the area to feature the “refreshing business” makeover, including a new lobby and room design. 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 20 properties in 7 states, representing nearly 3,000 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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Sep 2, 2016September at FOS: 1/2 Price Admission, Learn About Our Estuaries, and More! 
Celebrate National Estuaries Day on Sept 24 with 1/2 Price Admission

Enjoy half price admission all day long on Saturday, September 24th in honor of National Estuaries Day!

Volunteers Needed!
• September 11: New Volunteer Info Session
• September 14: Adopt A Highway
• September 23: Oyster Shell Bagging
• September 29: Seagrass Survey
Want to Volunteer?
Contact Rosemary at (772) 225-0505 ext. 109

TEAM Ocean Interns: Back To School

We had a great summer with our 10 high school interns! They spent over 550 hours this summer at FOS, keeping busy as exhibit guides, bagging oyster shells, helping animal care and development and inspiring other youth.

Coastal Center Closed Sept 19-23

Please make note that the Coastal Center will be closed September 19th through the 23rd. Since we are open 7 days a week, we use this time every year to refresh our exhibits and improve our facilities. Thanks for understanding!

Turtle Walks to Return in 2017

The Nighttime Sea Turtle Walk program has finished up its 8th year! This year we had over 500 people join us for a total of 20 walks. Special thanks to all of our Turtle Scouts and Apprentices who trekked the soft, wet sand until midnight or later in all weather to locate nesting loggerheads for our visitors to view.


Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Angelina

When Angelina decides to do something, she commits! While pursuing a degree in neuroscience, she volunteers over 25 hours a week as our Animal Care Intern.

Save the Date!

We will be hosting our annual Ais on the Lagoon event on October 23rd. Join FOS for a 4.5-mile round-trip paddle across the Indian River Lagoon and learn about the Ais indians who inhabited our shoreline centuries ago. Breakfast included.


It's Hatchling Season!

Remember to keep our beaches dark, flat, and clean to give these hatchlings the best chance at survival. Always remember to fill in your holes and break down your castles before you leave the beach.

Florida Oceanographic Society's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.



VISIT US
890 N.E. Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, Florida 34996
772-225-0505
FloridaOcean.org

HOURS OF OPERATION

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


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


 
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Sep 2, 2016New Horizons Zero Suicide, Sept. 9, 10, 16, 23
Dear Friend of New Horizons:
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Mental health providers across the nation are reaching out to communities to engage in open discourse, providing vital information how to detect the signs of suicide and what to do when they are apparent.

Long considered a taboo subject, the time has come to address the issue of suicide directly -- without embarrassment, shame or guilt.

According to the Florida Department of Health Vital Statistics, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for men and women ages 25 - 34, and the third leading cause of death among youth ages 10 - 24.

That’s more than any kind of cancer, diabetes or drownings. On the Treasure Coast alone, 320 people have died by suicide in the past four years, including nine teenagers.

Experts say that suicide is preventable through proper education. One highly touted approach being practiced by select Florida agencies is called QPR: question if someone is suicidal, persuade that person to get help, and refer him or her to a certified mental health professional. New Horizons is the only local mental health agency certified in QPR.

To learn about the Zero Suicide Initiative, QPR and more, please joins us in a series of discussions:

Sept. 9, 9-11 a.m., Heathcote Botanical Gardens: Lisa Pettey, Ashley's Voice Foundation, "A Mother's Journey;" and Melissa Witmeier, Florida Council for Community Mental Health,
"Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Workshop"

Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day: noon, moment of silence in memory of lives lost to suicide; 8 p.m. light a candle for the families who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Sept. 16, 10 a.m., Fort Pierce Library, Melody Lane - Lewis Baker, Peer Specialist, “Lived Experience;” and Dr. Deborah Dreher, New Horizons, “What happened to you?: Healing from life’s traumatic events.”

Sept. 23, 10 a.m., Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, “Suicide and Teens”, Martha Alamo, RN, New Horizons (Spanish and English).

Kindly RSVP to this email. Admission is free and continental breakfast will be served.
Thank you,
Lisa Rymer
Director of Development
New Horizons Mental Health, Primary Care and Substance Abuse of
Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee Counties
Office: (772) 672-8333
Mobile: (772) 696-2729


 
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Sep 2, 2016MIAF The Log Sep 1st
The Executive Summary and Plans can be found and downloaded on the publications page of the Seaport Office section of the FDOT Website: http://www.dot.state.fl.us/seaport/publications.shtm

The plans include a lot of excellent data and background information on Florida's seaports and waterways, and input from seaports, agencies and industry stakeholders, as well as outline the focus areas and strategies the Seaport Office uses to address opportunities and challenges facing Florida's seaports and waterways.

The Seaport System Plan also includes an historical timeline of the milestones in Florida's seaport development, as well as a discussion of the history of several aspects of Florida's seaport system and programs.

In addition, Profile Sheets for each of the 15 Seaports are included in the Seaport System Plan. A separate PDF of the Seaport Profile Sheets are provided at the website link above.

A one-page Profile Sheet of the Florida Seaport System is also separately available at the linked site.

Thank you to the Florida seaports, waterway agencies and stakeholders for your data and valuable input, and to the plan production team.

Download Forms





Learn More



Below are some links to articles intended to be used as a reference and recommendations for our membership to review and incorporate into their everyday operations, whether a single family or commercial marina:

• Clean Boating - view the article

• Guidelines for the Safe Operation and Maintenance of Marinas - view the guidelines

• Best Management Practices for Marinas - view the practices

http://www.dot.state.fl.us/seaport/publications.shtm

 
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Sep 2, 2016August Rainfall Above Average for South Florida
August Rainfall Above Average for South Florida Rainfall adds to one of wettest periods on record


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West Palm Beach, FL - After a July that was well below average across South Florida, rainfall associated with a tropical depression at the end of the month led to slightly above average rainfall in August for the region. A total of 9.04 inches of rain fell District-wide, representing 113 percent of average, or 1.06 inches above average.

The wettest parts of the District's 16-county region were the Water Conservation Areas, Big Cypress National Preserve and the eastern urban areas of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Those basins received between 121 percent and 171 percent of their average rainfall for August. Water Conservations Areas 1 and 2 in particular were more than five inches above their average rainfall for the month.

The East Caloosahatchee Basin was the only basin significantly below average for August, experiencing just 83 percent of its normal rainfall or 1.54 inches below average.

The region has experienced unprecedented rainfall District-wide since last November, according to District meteorologists. The period between November 2015 and the end of August has been the second wettest since the District was created in 1949. The average annual rainfall for 12 months is approximately 52 inches. In the 10 months since November, 52.54 inches of rain have already fallen.

In particular, the District has experienced 10 "big rain days," defined as a day with more than 1 inch of rainfall, so far this year. That ties 1995 for the most big rain days. The District typically averages 5.5 such days per year.

Other rainfall totals included:
• Lake Okeechobee recorded 7.06 inches of direct rainfall, representing 110 percent of average, or 0.71 inches above average.
• Martin and St. Lucie counties received 8.37 inches of rain, representing 105 percent of average, or 0.4 inches above average.
• Water Conservation Area 3 received 11.33 inches of rain, representing 151 percent of average, or 3.82 inches above average.
• Eastern Broward County received 9.79 inches of rain, representing 133 percent of average, or 2.41 inches above average.
• Eastern Miami-Dade County received 10.58 inches of rain, representing 129 percent of average, or 2.39 inches above average.
• The Upper and Lower Kissimmee basins experienced about average rainfall. The Upper Kissimmee basin received 7.61 inches of rain, representing 98 percent of average, or 0.16 inches below average. The Lower Kissimmee basin received 7.73 inches of rainfall, representing 105 percent of average, or 0.34 inches above average.
South Florida Wet Season Facts
On average, South Florida's wet season begins around May 20 and ends around Oct. 13, lasting for about 21 weeks.
• Typically, about two-thirds of annual rains fall during the wet season, or approximately 35 inches out of 52 inches.
• June is usually South Florida's wettest month.
• The wet season has three general phases:
o Memorial Day weekend through July 4 weekend, which are typically the wettest six weeks of the year.
o Early July through mid-August, which are hotter and often drier.
o Late August through October, which are characterized by highly variable rainfall mainly due to tropical activity and cold fronts.


 
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Sep 1, 2016Library replaces Universal Class and RocketLanguages with Lynda.com
Effective October 17, 2016, Lynda.com will be available through the Martin County Library System's website. Lynda.com is an online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. In order to provide funding for this resource, the Library's subscriptions to Universal Class and RocketLanguages will be discontinued. These will be available to use until September 30. Language learning materials such as books, audiobooks, and DVDs are available to patrons through the Library Catalog.

For more information, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us or call (772) 219-4968.


 
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Sep 1, 2016SEPTEMBER 10 HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS
Fifty-two WWII veterans and twenty-nine Korean War veterans are counting the days until September 10th when they take their highly anticipated Honor Flight. They 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 third of four regularly scheduled trips to Washington, DC per year for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL. The trip to Washington, DC takes local veterans on this experience of a lifetime; however, the biggest surprise happens upon touchdown. The public is invited to attend Operation Homecoming at Palm Beach International Airport to cheer and thank the veterans upon their return.

During WWII, 16 million Americans served their nation. Today, that number stands under a million. There are more WWII veterans living in Florida than any other state, according to Veterans Administration data. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is fortunate enough to be able to continue honoring these veterans when most other states’ Honor Flight hubs have finished flying their WWII veterans and have moved on to flying Korean War veterans and even their Vietnam veterans. So, to come out and thank a WWII veteran, especially 52 at one time, is a unique and fleeting opportunity.

September 10th’s Honor Flight will begin before the crack of dawn with about 80 veterans and 80 guardians arriving at Palm Beach International Airport about 4:30am to get checked in and loaded aboard a chartered American Airlines Airbus A320. The contingent arrives at Reagan National to a welcoming concourse of fanfare and citizens anxious to extend 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 flight is scheduled to return to West Palm Beach at 8:20pm, when Operation Welcome Home begins. The procession of veterans is welcomed home by hundreds of people from the local community, including members of the military, community and civic groups, family and friends. The crowd gathers at the airport to await the veterans’ arrival and give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received 70+ years ago. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to the Nation’s veterans, shake hands and say thank you.

The public is encouraged to attend the homecoming, with signs of thanks or flags or simply with cheers. The Operation Welcome Home event congregates at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. Early arrival is recommended. For more information on Operation Welcome Home, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

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 last Honor Flight of 2016 will be Saturday, October 8th.

For the veterans, it is a day focused on reflection, on those heroes that never came home, on connecting with fellow military compatriots, on the fact that America has not forgotten them. For everyone else, it is day focused on thanking these courageous men and women for service to our Nation, for stepping up when the world needed them most and for helping to preserve our freedom and way of life.


 
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Sep 1, 2016Hobe Sound Nature Center's Creepy Creature Feature: Bug BOO-naza
Join the Hobe Sound Nature Center for their annual CREEPY CREATURE FEATURE: BUG BOO-NANZA on Saturday, October 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our theme this year is all about bugs! Meet a variety of six and eight legged creatures, along with a few other surprises. Two presentations on “entomophagy” or bug eating by people all around the world are scheduled; one at 6:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Come try some tasty treats! Live wildlife displays, crafts, games and more are waiting for you! Reservations are required to attend and must be made in advance.

This program is recommended for families with children ages
4 and up. Adults without kids are always welcomed. A $3.00 per person donation is requested for the event. Come in your best “wild animal” costume and participate for free! For more information and reservations, contact the Nature Center at (772) 546-2067 or via our website, www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com. The Nature Center is located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge on U.S. 1 in southern Martin County.


 
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Sep 1, 2016What Do Primary Election Results Mean to Your Business?

Join the Florida Chamber's Political Team for a
Post-Election Webinar and Find Out

On September 8, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Operations Team will be holding a Post-Primary Election Webinar. The team will be reviewing election results and analyzing those results against current political trends. They will be discussing how the results will affect the General Election in November and the 2017 Legislative Session.

Register for this webinar today for insider political information on the 2016 Primary Election results:

Florida Chamber Post-Primary Election Call
September 8, 2016
11:00 a.m. - Noon EST
Click here to register.
(You will receive call in info after you register)



 
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Sep 1, 2016You're Invited!
You're Invited!
Fundraiser Wrap-Up Party!


Physicians Immediate Care will be holding our Fundraiser Wrap Up Party on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Ballantrae at Santa Lucie River Club in Port St. Lucie. Tickets are $25.00 which includes admission, dinner and non-alcoholic refreshments, cash bar available. Please bring your cash because we will be having casino themed games, a silent auction and a donation dessert bar. Proceeds benefiting two PIC family members who were recently diagnosed with cancer. RSVP required. Please RSVP to Hannah@immedcare.com. We greatly appreciate your support.





Dates to Remember


• Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
• Children's Good Manners Month
• National Self-Improvement Month
• September 5th-September 11th: National Suicide Prevention Week
• September 10th: World Suicide Prevention Day
• September 29th: World Heart Day




St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Wellness Fair



Thank you to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office for allowing us to participate in your annual wellness fair. As always you were gracious hosts and we appreciate you allowing us to be apart of this great event each year. We loved speaking with your employees and families. We look forward to next year!




New Teacher Orientation



Photo courtesy of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce.

The St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce sponsored event "New Teacher Orientation" was such a success. It was amazing to meet all of the new educators that will be filling the schools of St. Lucie County. We look forward to this event each year and cannot wait until next year. We hope to build a great relationship with all of these fantastic teachers!




July 2016 Employee of the Month
Kayleigh Jewell



Congratulations to our July 2016 Employee of the Month, Kayleigh Jewell, RT. Kayleigh has been with the PIC family for many years and we are very fortunate to have her. She always brings a positive sense of humor with each situation.




2016 Workers Compensation Conference
Orlando, FL



We had such a great time at the Annual Workers Compensation Conference held in Orlando, Florida. The theme of this years conference was "games", where our booth received 5th place overall for presentation. Representing Physicians Immediate Care was Kenneth Palestrant, CEO/Owner, Jeannie Jacobson, Marketing Director, and Lauren Randall, Practice Manager. This conference allows us to touch base with our existing workers compensation clients, insurance carriers and also allows us to form new relationships with other attendees. We look forward to this event each year and cannot wait for next year.




 
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Sep 1, 2016September 11th 911 Tribute


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Sep 1, 2016River Report 9/1/16


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Sep 1, 2016HBK Recognizes Principal Promotions
Youngstown, OH – The Executive Committee and Principal Group of HBK CPAs & Consultants is pleased to announce the promotion of several team members to Principal status. We want to take a moment to recognize their professionalism and service to our firm and clients. We thank them for their considerable contributions as mentors, advisors, specialists and entrepreneurs and congratulate them on their well-deserved promotions, which become effective September 1.
Todd F. Bryarly, CFA, ASA, CBA, CFP® Business Valuation, Youngstown
Todd joined HBK in 2012 with the Strategic Valuation merger, and has emerged within the Valuation Group unit to manage most of its projects, including serving as leader of its financial reporting initiatives. He holds multiple business valuation and appraisal certifications and earned his designation as Chartered Financial Analyst in 2007. Todd serves as President of the Mahoning Shenango Valley Estate Planning Council. He, wife Lisa and sons Brandon and Blake make their home in New Middletown, OH.
Amy L. Dalen, JD, Tax Advisory Group, Naples
Prior to joining HBK in 2012, Amy worked for BerryDunn Accounting and Consulting in Maine. As a member of our Tax Advisory Group, she researches complicated tax issues, provides compliance reviews of tax returns and trust accountings, and analyzes high net worth individuals’ estate plans. She is a member of the Florida, Maine and Massachusetts State bar associations. She serves as a member of the Estate Planning Council of Naples, FL, where she lives with her husband Shaun and their 16-month old daughter, Aria.
Michael P. DeLuca, CPA, MBA, Fort Myers
Michael came to HBK in 2013 from Deloitte and then Urish Popeck where, subsequent to earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Dayton, he worked with clients on domestic and international tax planning. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Georgia and holds a Series 65 Investment Advisor designation. Michael is a mentor with Take Stock in Children in Naples, FL, and serves on the committees of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and the Naples Children & Education Foundation. He helped launch the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership NEXT initiative.
Michele Harlan, CPA, MBA Lawrenceville
Michele started her career in public accounting in 2003, working in audit and assurance at EY before joining the former Bartolomei and Pucciarelli, which became the HBK Lawrenceville office in November 2013. Since joining HBK, she has grown the New Jersey office’s audit practice and expanded the breadth of its services, working on its most challenging audit projects and serving as an in-house Audit & Assurance instructor. Michele and her husband Steve are raising their three-year-old daughter Hailey and 18-month old son Ethan.
Jeremy G. Hartzell, JD, MBA Pittsburgh
Jeremy spent 13 years at Deloitte Tax and three and a half years at BNY Mellon before joining HBK in 2015. He has been named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and served as the first male and youngest president of the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen during its 20th Annual Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. He has also served for seven years as an adjunct professor in Tax at Duquesne University. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with wife Colleen and daughters Ruth, Grace and Naomi.
Kenneth L. Kimble, CPA, Youngstown
Ken joined HBK in 1996. A member of our Dealership Industry and Employee Benefit Plan Audit Groups, he has served as engagement manager on large client audit and review projects over the years. Ken is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Warren, OH, and serves on the boards of the Catholic Charities Regional Agency and the Trumbull County Bar Association Grievance Committee. Ken, his wife Leslie and their teen sons Zach and Ben live in Austintown, OH.
Nicholas R. Odille, CPA, MBA Youngstown
Nick came to HBK in 2004, and has been a relentless promoter of our firm and successful in growing our business. He provides tax and assurance services, specializing in the transportation, construction and manufacturing businesses. Nick is a member of AICPA and OSCPA. He is a member and past president of The Rotary Club of Warren, OH, a member of The Builders Association of Eastern OH and Western PA, a member of the Youngstown State University Penguin Club and a board member of the National Packard Museum. He also serves as treasurer for the Oakwood Cemetery Association, Access Health Mahoning Valley and Trumbull Country Club. Nick and his wife Shelley reside in Warren, OH, with their children Addy, Ian, Jane, Jackie and Paige.
Michael E. Walston, CPA, Hermitage
Mike has been with HBK for three years. His focus is tax compliance and consulting as well as financial statement compilation and review engagements. Mike completed the Checkpoint Learning Health Care Reform Certificate Program sponsored by Thomson Reuters and he has been leading HBK’s Affordable Care Act compliance initiative since the fall of 2015. Before joining HBK, Mike spent eight years with Deloitte Tax in Cleveland, OH, where he consulted both private and public firms on compliance, estate and gift tax matters, trust taxation, and state and local taxes. Mike serves as mentor and tax instructor to young, aspiring HBK professionals and is involved in many charitable organizations in Hermitage. He and his wife Emily make their home in West Middlesex, PA, with their children Faith, Andrew and Ella.


 
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Aug 31, 2016Operations Update: SFWMD Prepares for Rainfall from Tropical Depression Nine
August 30, 2016

Operations Update: SFWMD Prepares for Heavy Rainfall from Tropical Depression Nine



Approximately two to three inches of rain are forecast from Tropical Depression Nine over the next 36 hours. (Click on the image to see a larger version of the picture).

Kissimmee, FL - The South Florida Water Management District today is taking operational measures to ensure flood protection to residents in the Kissimmee River area as rains from Tropical Depression Nine fall throughout South Florida.

Approximately two to three inches of rain are forecast to fall over the next two days in the Kissimmee River Valley and Upper Chain of Lakes areas from the storm.

The SFWMD today increased the rate of releases from Lake Kissimmee to the Kissimmee River by 400 cubic feet per second to create capacity for the rainfall. District officials are also watching the Upper Chain of Lakes such as East Lake Tohopekaliga and will increase releases from those lakes if needed because of heavy rains. All of those lakes are currently within their recommended regulation level.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls releases from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The Corps is expected to make a decision later this week on any changes to lake releases due to heavy rainfall from the storm.





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


 
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Aug 31, 2016Florida Chamber Primary Election Results:
Florida Chamber Primary Election Results:
Business Candidates Win in 76 of 88 Races

Polls across Florida have closed, and the votes are in.
At the Florida Chamber of Commerce, we’ll be working through the night to provide a detailed analysis of all primary races for the Florida House and Florida Senate. We look forward to sharing a more complete analysis with you tomorrow.
Tonight, we’re pleased to share that, of the 88 Florida Chamber-backed candidates endorsed in the primary, 76 won outright tonight or moved on to the General Election. Additionally, Amendment 4, the Florida Chamber-supported solar tax initiative, successfully passed the 60 percent threshold and will be added to Florida’s Constitution. Please click here to see a complete listing of legislative races, along with who won.
Congratulations to tonight’s primary election winners, and stay tuned for a more complete analysis tomorrow.

http://www.flchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016Primary-Election_Just-the-Facts_FINAL.pdf


 
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Aug 31, 2016Get the Facts: Moving Water to Help Florida Bay
A recent blog post inaccurately claims the South Florida Water Management District's proposed improvements to deliver more freshwater to Taylor Slough, "do not deliver additional freshwater to Florida Bay."


HERE ARE THE FACTS:
• Every configuration of the plan modeled by District scientists and engineers identified thousands of acre feet of additional water delivered to Taylor Slough that was previously unavailable due to historical water management practices in the region.
• Model results at the southernmost measuring station at the Taylor Slough Bridge indicate that the additional water provided by this project will continue south to Florida Bay. That station has been used for decades by Everglades scientists to measure the flow of water to Florida Bay.
• The additional water delivered to Taylor Slough is a result of water management practices identified through the 2015 South Dade Study and put into practice under the District's 2016 dry season emergency operations to address record-setting rainfall. Under these newly-supported operational strategies, the additional water made available will be targeted for Florida Bay restoration and not lost to tide.
• The District has made public presentations on the project in numerous venues and District scientists and engineers have methodically explained plan components and model results with every resident or expert that has inquired about the project.
• The District has an obligation to the public to publicly provide all of its technical evaluations of the project. District modeling data and additional information about the project can be found on the District's website. Please visit www.sfwmd.org/floridabay for more information.
• The District welcomes public and scientific scrutiny of its modeling for this project and its verifiable beneficial effects.
# # #
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Aug 31, 2016Get the Facts: Moving Water to Help Florida Bay
A recent blog post inaccurately claims the South Florida Water Management District's proposed improvements to deliver more freshwater to Taylor Slough, "do not deliver additional freshwater to Florida Bay."


HERE ARE THE FACTS:
• Every configuration of the plan modeled by District scientists and engineers identified thousands of acre feet of additional water delivered to Taylor Slough that was previously unavailable due to historical water management practices in the region.
• Model results at the southernmost measuring station at the Taylor Slough Bridge indicate that the additional water provided by this project will continue south to Florida Bay. That station has been used for decades by Everglades scientists to measure the flow of water to Florida Bay.
• The additional water delivered to Taylor Slough is a result of water management practices identified through the 2015 South Dade Study and put into practice under the District's 2016 dry season emergency operations to address record-setting rainfall. Under these newly-supported operational strategies, the additional water made available will be targeted for Florida Bay restoration and not lost to tide.
• The District has made public presentations on the project in numerous venues and District scientists and engineers have methodically explained plan components and model results with every resident or expert that has inquired about the project.
• The District has an obligation to the public to publicly provide all of its technical evaluations of the project. District modeling data and additional information about the project can be found on the District's website. Please visit www.sfwmd.org/floridabay for more information.
• The District welcomes public and scientific scrutiny of its modeling for this project and its verifiable beneficial effects.
# # #
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Aug 31, 2016Florida Chamber's Political Program Helps Deliver Primary Victories
Florida Chamber's Political Program Helps Deliver Primary Victories for 76 of 89 Endorsed Candidates
Key Victories With Broxson, Passidomo, Powell, Clemons & More
NOTE: The Florida Chamber endorsed 110 candidates, however 21 Florida Chamber-backed candidates won without qualified opposition.


In the Summer of 2015, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Operations outlined a goal of engaging early and aggressively on behalf of pro-jobs, pro-business candidates for the Florida House and Florida Senate, measuring their positions on key economic development issues (such as education, lawsuit abuse reform and improved ROI for taxpayer investments), their ability to stand in support of jobs and the economy, and their willingness to secure Florida's future through free enterprise.

In many ways, the strategy is working. Early this summer, the Florida Chamber interviewed more than 200 candidates for the Florida House and Senate. The Florida Chamber endorsed 110 candidates, 21 of whom won without an opponent, and 89 of whom had a primary contest. This diverse group of Florida Chamber-backed candidates included Democrats, Republicans, men and women, African-Americans, Hispanics, an Indonesian American, and Caucasians.




Here's What a Few Florida Chamber-Backed Candidates Are Saying

"The Florida Chamber is the deciding factor in my race. When it comes to fighting for Florida's future, those folks don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. I can't wait to get to work with them in the Senate."

- Doug Broxson
Senate District 1 Primary Winner



"Since the day I was first elected, the Florida Chamber's 'Six Pillars' have been guide posts for the work I've done in the Florida House. Now thanks in large part to the Florida Chamber's unparalleled political operation, I have the opportunity to build on that work in the Florida Senate."

- Kathleen Passidomo
Senate District 28 Primary Winner



"I am excited to have the support of the Florida Chamber as I am also a strong advocate for creating good jobs for everyone in our local communities."

-Bobby Powell
Senate District 30 Primary Winner


"I am forever grateful for my friends at the Florida Chamber. This journey all started with their endorsement, and I am excited about partnering with them to secure Florida's future."


-Bobby Payne
House District 19 Primary Winner



"I am proud to have won a hard fought primary with the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Marian Johnson and her team were instrumental in helping secure the victory. I look forward to the general election and helping to enhance Florida's economic opportunities."

-Chuck Clemons
House District 21 Primary Winner


"The strong showing of support for Amendment 4 sends a clear message to elected officials at all levels of government that Florida voters want more diversity in our energy market. This amendment will spur growth in solar and renewable energy, and create thousands of clean energy jobs for hardworking Floridians."

- Senator Jeff Brandes, (R - St. Petersburg)




2016 Primary Election
By the Numbers

200+ Candidates Interviewed

89 Primary Election Candidates Endorsed

24 Television, Radio and Digital Ads Produced
500,000 Candidate Mailers Delivered to Voters

6.4+ Million Digital Ad Impressions

$5.3 Million Invested in 2016 Elections

Florida's Electorate is Changing; Job Creation Still Top Issue

Following the August 30 primary election, it's clear that the big winners are Floridians looking for jobs and the families they support. That's because of the 89 Florida Chamber-endorsed candidates who had a primary opponent, 76 won outright or moved on to the General Election. Some of the notable races the Florida Chamber engaged in are outlined below, and a full listing of all races - along with the winners of those primaries - can be found here.

"I've often said that we won't win every race we engage in, but you can count on us to back the candidate most aligned with our competitiveness agenda," Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber said.

This year, the Florida Chamber has seen an unprecedented level of unification and counsel from the Florida Chamber's Small Business Council members, local chambers throughout Florida, and business association partners. Over the last five months, the Florida Chamber political operations held five Candidate Interview Sessions across Florida, produced 24 digital and television ads, executed more than 25 voter mailers, participated in more than 25 events across Florida in support of pro-jobs, pro-business candidates, and conducted more than 40 polls this election cycle to gauge voter sentiment on candidates.

The Florida Chamber's political program is led by Senior Vice President Marian Johnson, and includes a team focused on recruiting and supporting candidates that support jobs and the employers who create them, opposing anti-business candidates, collecting and analyzing data, and educating voters by extending the reach and depth with important messages.

As Predicted...

Just as the Florida Chamber's political team predicted in advance of the primary election, low-propensity voters - those voters who have either never voted in the last four primary elections (0) or only voted once (1) in the last four primary elections- played a significant role in the primary election. As predicted, more low-propensity absentee voters (576,179) voted than high-propensity voters (440,298). That means 135,881 voters who were not expected to vote in the primary voted, which may have impacted the outcome of several races. In fact, more low-propensity voters (0-1) voted absentee than all early voters combined - 576,179 to 536,196.


As you would imagine, the Florida Chamber's efforts thus far have garnered extensive media coverage. The Tampa Bay Times, Politico Florida, WFSU Radio, NY1, Florida Politics are a few of the news outlets that have covered the Florida Chamber's political program. Here's a sample of media coverage of the Florida Chamber's political program.
• Lawmaker Pays Heavy Price for Taking on Scott and Chamber
• Absentee Ballot Returns Show Spike in Unlikely Voters Weighing in on Florida's Primary
• Florida Chamber Makes Big Digital Investment in Key Legislative Races
• Trial Lawyer Esteem Suffers Chamber Poll Says
• Solar Amendment Cruising to Easy Win


Gearing Up for the General Election

Next, the Florida Chamber of Commerce members and our partners are gearing up for the General Election in November. But first, members will get a download on primary strategy victories from the Florida Chamber's political operations team on a September 8th statewide webinar, and learn more on what worked, what didn't, and how to ensure jobs and the economy win at the ballot box in November.

Registration for the statewide webinar is now underway. Webinar or election-related questions should be directed to Hannah Kaplan at 850.521.1246.

We know Florida is the most important state on the road to the November election. The presidential race, a key U.S. Senate race and major legislative races will make November one of the most important General Elections in America. The Florida Chamber knows that it will take businesses, local chambers, association partners, industry leaders and friends of free enterprise to achieve ballot box success on November 8. Those joining the Florida Chamber's team have a fundamental objective - to advance Florida's business agenda by, in large part, ensuring a pro-business majority in the Florida House and Senate.


Closely Followed Races
The Florida Chamber congratulates each candidate on their victory.


Senate District 1
The Florida Chamber strongly backed Rep. Doug Broxson, and ran a multi-platform ad campaign in Senate District 1. Rep. Broxson continually places families and small businesses first, and earned a 100 on the Florida Chamber's Legislative Report Card.
"The Florida Chamber is the deciding factor in my race. When it comes to fighting for Florida's future, those folks don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. I can't wait to get to work with them in the Senate."

- Doug Broxson
Senate District 1 Primary Winner



Senate District 15
The Florida Chamber led efforts to educate voters about how Bob Healy is a good voice for jobs and the community. In the end, Healy lost to Victor Torres (D).


Senate District 17
The Florida Chamber launched a television ad in support of Rep. Ritch Workman in Senate District 17. Rep. Workman was endorsed for his strong pro-jobs, pro-business commitment to helping create jobs and moving Florida in the right direction. He earned a 100 percent on the Florida Chamber's 2016 Report Card. In the end, Rep. Workman lost to Rep. Debbie Mayfield (R) in a three-way race.


Senate District 19
The Florida Chamber supported Rep. Ed Narain with an ad campaign in his race for the Florida Senate. Rep. Narain is a Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate for tirelessly fighting for the passage of pro-business legislation - no matter how difficult.
Although the Supervisor of Election has Rep. Darryl Rouson (D) leading by 61 votes out of almost 38,000 votes, this race is headed to a recount. This was a four-way race and the trial lawyer came in third place.

Senate District 23
The Florida Chamber backed Rep. Doug Holder and led a multi-platform ad campaign to highlight his efforts to bring new jobs to the Suncoast, and to lower taxes.
In the end, Rep. Greg Steube (R) won SD 23 in a five-way race.

Senate District 28
The Florida Chamber led an ad campaign spotlighting Rep. Kathleen Passidomo's efforts to create jobs in Southwest Florida to help keep the economy growing. Rep. Passidomo earned a 100 percent on the Florida Chamber's 2016 Report Card.

Senate District 30
The Florida Chamber, using multiple education tools, supported Rep. Bobby Powell (D) in his race against a billboard trial lawyer. Rep. Powell has worked to create good-paying jobs for everyone. He was endorsed and supported for his efforts toward job creation and moving Florida's economy in the right direction.

House District 11
The Florida Chamber supported Sheri Treadwell (R) with an ad campaign highlighting her work experience which provided Treadwell with a strong perspective on what Florida businesses need from policies in order to grow and remain successful. In the end, Cord Byrd (R) won the seat in a four-way race.


House District 21
The Florida Chamber led a multi-platform advertising campaign for fourth generation Floridian Chuck Clemons (R). Clemons is committed to Florida farmers and his local community.

House District 52
The Florida Chamber supported small business owner Brian Hodgers (R) in the race for House District 52. In the end, Sen. Thad Altman (R) won the seat in a four-way race.

House District 54
The Florida Chamber backed small business owner Lange Sykes (R), and ran an education campaign in Senate District 54. The ad campaign, highlighted Sykes' commitment to protecting freedoms and Florida's natural resources. In the end, Sykes lost to plaintiff trial lawyer Erin Grall (R) won in a three-way race.

House District 60
The Florida Chamber ran a multi-platform campaign highlighting Rebecca Smith (R) - a lower tax, less government candidate who supports job creators. In the end, Smith lost by a narrow margin of less than 200 votes.

House District 61
The Florida Chamber supported small business owner Dianne Hart (D) with a digital ad campaign targeting voters in this East Tampa district. In the end, Hart lost to plaintiff trial lawyer Sean Shaw in a three-way race.

Amendment 4
The Florida Chamber supported the passage of Amendment 4 - an effort that will further diversify Florida's energy portfolio and decrease costs to Florida families while also encouraging economic growth. The amendment passed with more than 70 percent support.


"The strong showing of support for Amendment 4 sends a clear message to elected officials at all levels of government that Florida voters want more diversity in our energy market. This amendment will spur growth in solar and renewable energy, and create thousands of clean energy jobs for hardworking Floridians."

- Senator Jeff Brandes, (R - St. Petersburg)






 
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Aug 30, 2016Junior League of Martin County Donates 35 Backpacks to Foster Children
The Junior League of Martin County (JLMC) donated, organized, and presented a total of 35 backpacks filled with basic school supplies to Devereux Community-Based Care on August 8, 2016. The backpacks were provided to children of Martin County in the care of Devereux CBC due to abuse or neglect.

This was a special project of the JLMC Jubilee Committee as they launch a series of community events to celebrate the JLMC’s 25th year of service in Martin County.

“Our goal was to donate 25 backpacks to align with our anniversary but our members are simply too generous to stop at 25” said JLMC Executive Director Andi Poli. “We are thrilled to celebrate our Silver Anniversary this year and to have the opportunity to launch our events with Devereux CBC makes it all the more memorable.”

“Thirty-five children in foster care returned to school this year prepared for class and ready to learn thanks to the generosity and kindness of the Junior League of Martin County” said Devereux CBC Community Relations Director Christina Kaiser. “That generosity is important not only to the children but also to the families who care for them. The JLMC provides an invaluable support to our foster families in Martin County.”


 
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Aug 30, 20163rd Annual Pinot & Picasso Gala An evening of fine wine and art SAVE THE DATE!
Thanks to two remarkable men, hosts Bill Lichtenberger and Bill Crandall, the local community is invited to Helping People Succeed’s 3rd Annual Pinot and Picasso evening reception, featuring the artists of the 2017 Art for Living Calendar.

The special evening, planned for Saturday, November 19th at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, will offer guests calendar art selections and other available art on display at the clubhouse in this popular community. Pinot and Picasso, an amazing evening of fine wine and art, is the primary fundraising event to support Helping People Succeed’s diverse programs and services critical to local residents and families.

What can you expect? Upscale wine-tasting, festive food stations, LIVE entertainment, extraordinary silent and live auctions; and an opportunity to “meet and greet” with the talented artists of the Treasure Coast. Tickets are only $200.00 and sponsorships are certainly available. The event will be from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Purchase tickets online at www.hpsfl.org.

The 13 selected and featured artists for the 2017 calendar include: Kevin Hutchinson, Marian Vitale, Chris Kling, Cristina de la Vega, Carol Baehren, Dan Mackin, Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby, Val Lally, Karen Leffel-Massengill, Julia Kelly, Robin Makowski, Mimi McCallum, and Pam Patterson. Their calendar paintings depicting tropical or local scenery and historical sites will be unveiled at the November event.

Our gracious sponsors for the calendar and the event are: Bill Lichtenberger, Bill Crandall, Sandee & Al Ragl, Water Pointe Realty Group, Seacoast Bank, Stuart Business Systems, Ross Mixing Inc., Mark Brechbill CPA, E.W. Consultants, Inc., NISAIR Air Conditioning and Heating, The Retina Institute of Florida, Publix, Martin Health System, Dave’s Plumbing, Mary Kay Buckridge, Stuart News TCPalm.com, Photo Fantasies/Bob Dobens Photography, Wilson Photography, Lauri J. Goldstein and Associates PLLC, and Southeastern Printing Company.

Helping People Succeed is a local non-profit organization that has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 50 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, counseling, training and employment – and become productive and happy members of our community. For more information visit the website at www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to review Helping People Succeed’s “Making A Difference” video -- Building Successful Families – One Life at a Time! For additional information, please contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778 or gparris@hpsfl.org.


 
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Aug 30, 2016Register Today for the Florida Chamber's Annual Insurance Summit
Workers’ comp rates are impacting Floridians, health insurance remains a major topic of discussion for Florida employers and AOB fraud continues to impact Florida’s legal climate. These topics and more will be discussed at the Florida Chamber’s annual Insurance Summit, held February 1-3, 2017 in Miami.

Time is running out to take advantage of early bird rates- register today!


Florida Chamber’s Annual Insurance Summit
February 1-3, 2017
JW Marriott- Miami
1109 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131



Register today— take advantage of early bird registration rates until September 1.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or getting involved? Contact Sarah Spagnola at sspagnola@flchamber.com or by phone at 850-521-1292.


 
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Aug 30, 2016Proposed Regulations Regarding Estate Planning and Valuation Discounts
Issuance of Proposed Regulations Impacting Valuation of Family Controlled Businesses for Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Tax Purposes

Gift, estate and generation skipping taxes are imposed on the value of property transferred. Proposed regulations regarding estate planning and valuation discounts were released on August 2, 2016, and if they become final, would significantly impact the availability of minority or lack of control discounts for transfers of family controlled business interests among family members. In general, the effective date will be the date the regulations are published as final regulations. Prop. Treas. Reg. Section 25.2704-3, concerning transfers subject to disregarded restrictions, will apply to transfers occurring 30 or more days after the date of publication.


Details
On August 2, 2016, the IRS and Department of Treasury issued proposed regulations amending current regulations under IRC sections 2701 and 2704. If these proposed regulations are made final they will have a profound impact on estate planning and valuation discounts with respect to family controlled entities.


Effective Date of Proposed Regulations
In general, the effective date will be the date the regulations are published as final regulations. Prop. Treas. Reg. Section 25.2704-3, concerning transfers subject to disregarded restrictions, will apply to transfers occurring 30 or more days after the date of publication. A hearing is scheduled to receive comments concerning the proposed regulations on December 1, 2016, thus the regulations will not become final until after that date.


Substantive Changes
The preamble and proposed amendments to the regulations contain 50 pages of complex technical discussions and rules. A full discussion of the rules and issues raised are beyond the scope of this Alert.
In brief, the proposed regulations would accomplish the following:
1. Expand definition of entities beyond simply a corporation and partnership to include LLCs and other entities and arrangements;
2. Create a bright-line test for deathbed transfers (within 3 years of death) that result in a lapse;
3. Treat assignee interests as a lapse subject to transfer tax;
4. Redefine "applicable restriction" to eliminate the state law safe harbor; and
5. Add a new provision disregarding certain restrictions that are not "applicable restrictions," including any restrictions that prevent an owner from causing a redemption of his or her interest after 6 months' notice.
Item 5 of this list will have the most impact on estate planning because the focus is on the ability of the owner to have his or her interest redeemed rather than restrictions on the ability to liquidate the entity.


Insights
The proposed regulations would have a significant impact on lack of control and minority discounts for estate, gift and generation skipping tax purposes when clients transfer interests in family controlled entities. Given that the regulations, as proposed, may become final as early as the end of this year, clients holding interests in family controlled businesses may want to complete estate planning transfers of such interests prior to the date the regulations could be published as final.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Trust & Estate Partner, April A. Hicks, CFP®
at (772) 283-2356, Ext 2140 or info@pcc-cpa.com.




Sincerely,


PROCTOR, CROOK, CROWDER & FOGAL, P.A.


 
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Aug 30, 2016St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant quarterly siren test on Sept. 1
Martin County Emergency Management Agency, St. Lucie County Department of Public Safety, and Florida Power & Light Company will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant at noon on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

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

FPL, Martin and St. Lucie counties regularly test the siren system to improve public awareness of its function and ensure its operability.

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


 
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Aug 30, 2016Boatlines Aug 30th
SBA to Close Business Recovery Center in Stuart

In an effort to keep you informed on business assistance relating to the current water issues, please find the below press release from the Small Business Administration. Local businesses affected by the Lake Okeechobee discharges and algal blooms will still be able to receive assistance with loan applications, workforce assistance and business counseling. The following programs and services are available to assist you:
• Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program (0%/6 months) will be accepting applications through August 31st
• Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (4% +/-; 30 years +/-) will be accepting applications through November 16th
• Short Time Compensation Program is available; there is no application deadline
• The Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College is available to assist impacted businesses with business consulting and training
• CareerSource Research Coast is available to assist impacted businesses with employer and employee services including workforce reduction assistance, reemployment assistance and access to benefits
Please do not hesitate to contact the Business Development Board of Martin County at 772-221-1380 or jill@bdbmc.org if you have any questions.

To view the complete SBA release - click here.





Continued Progress on the Tug Kathleen

McCulley Marine Services (MMS) continues its cleaning of the Tug Kathleen.



They have found two fuel tanks near the bow and so far have removed nearly 200 gallons of diesel/oil/water mixture that would have otherwise contaminated your artificial reef site as well as the ocean. Removal of this fluid has caused the bow to rise several inches. Thanks to McCulley Marine!

They are still on target to have the Kathleen cleaned and deployed late next week. Once the cleanup is complete an inspection by the US Coast Guard will be schedued. Only if the Kathleen passes will the county sink her as your next artificial reef.




JUMP INTO FALL WEEKEND BOATING SAFETY COURSE

WHAT: ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition
Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron
Complete course focuses on family boating safety to include
"Rules of the Road," seamanship, navigation and more.
Completed course qualifies for Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card.

WHEN: September 10-11, Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm

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

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

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














Calendar Events


September 1st ~ FYBA Palm Beach Brokers Open House from 4:00 to 7:00PM at Bahia Marina in Ft. Lauderdale. For more info, visit their website.

September 10th - September 11th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - CPC 100. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

September 10th - September 11th~ ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition at St. Joseph Parish Life Center Rm 7 from 9am to 4pm. Cost is $50 and includes instruction and materials. For more info, contact Mike Knapp at 772-283-4816 or email at warmrainfl@aol.com.

September 12th - September 16th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - CPC 1000. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Sept 22nd - 23rd ~ Florida Water Forum in Orlando, FL at the Loews Royal Pacific Hotel. For more information, click here.

September 23rd - 24th ~ Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open. Fish for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and Trout with this year's proceeds to benefit Project LIFT. For more info, visit their website.






 
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