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Aug 3, 2015Value Adjustment Board Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Value Adjustment Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 21, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Citizen Position: The citizen must own homestead property within the County, may NOT be a member or an employee of any taxing authority, and may NOT be a person who represents property owners in any administrative or judicial review of property tax. The term for this position will begin September 22 and end when the Board completes their functions for 2015.

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

Meetings are typically held twice a year, during the daytime, at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Aug 3, 2015Tourism marketing grant applications now being accepted


The Office of Tourism and Marketing is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations promoting special events within Martin County to be considered for the Martin County Tourist Development Council Grant.

The Tourism Marketing Grants Program was created to provide grants to tourism-related organizations in order to fund marketing campaigns for:
• The development of overnight tourism-related activities in Martin County.
• Advertising and promotion of Martin County.
• Activities promoting Martin County as an overnight vacation destination throughout the year with an emphasis on the off-season or shoulder season.

In order to be eligible for consideration for grant funding:
• The organization must show evidence (i.e. IRS Form 990, sunbiz.org status, Tax Exemption Certificate, non-profit documentation) of its status as a public or not-for-profit organization.
• The event, activity or promotion proposed must be directed toward increasing overnight tourism, therefore targeting out-of-region markets.

The grant application is available by contacting the Office of Tourism and Marketing at info@discovermartin.com.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 27 before 5:00 p.m.

Grant applications should be mailed to the Martin County Office of Management and Budget, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996 or emailed to nokiye@martin.fl.us.

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Jul 31, 2015FAU eBulletin (July 31, 2015)
Harbor Branch Installs State-Funded Water Quality Monitoring Units in SLE

This month, FAU Harbor Branch scientists and engineers installed five new Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units in the St. Lucie Estuary, adding to a water quality monitoring network in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Once complete, FAU Harbor Branch's LOBO network will be the largest LOBO network anywhere. The project in the St. Lucie Estuary is being funded in part by $2 million from the state legislature via Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.
"This is a monumental day for Florida and our nation as we embark on a project that will transform our long-standing research to monitor the health of this biodiverse estuary and national treasure," said Megan Davis, Ph.D., interim executive director and a research professor at FAU Harbor Branch.
The network of remote-controlled sensors offers real-time data from the IRL that is accessible online to anyone, anytime at fau.loboviz.com. On an hourly basis, these sensors will be measuring temperature, salinity, depth (to measure tidal fluctuations), turbidity (particles in the water), water color, dissolved oxygen, pH (a measure of acidity), nitrate, phosphate, and chlorophyll fluorescence, that is a measure of algal chlorophyll in the water.
"In 2011 and 2012, we conducted surveys of the estuary and confirmed that waters off Brevard contained more nitrogen than is acceptable, and levels were much higher there than in the estuary's southern waters," said Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., an expert on harmful algal blooms and a research professor at FAU Harbor Branch.
The new LOBOs will help Lapointe's current work in Martin County which is addressing nutrient pollution.
FAU Harbor Branch has a long history of conducting research and monitoring the Indian River Lagoon. For decades, scientists at FAU Harbor Branch have studied causes of macroalgae and harmful algal blooms, seagrass productivity and water quality, marine mammal health and population studies, and mercury in the food web. The lead scientist on this project, Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., said he looks forward to using and sharing this data with anyone who wants to better understand the Indian River Lagoon.
"These data will help us all better understand and appreciate the lagoon, how it works, and how we can do a better job of conserving it for today and for future generations," he said.
On July 22, reporters from WPTV, CBS12, WPBF and TCPalm joined FAU Harbor Branch to watch the final LOBO installation.

.Vibrio Info Now Available Online
FAU Harbor Branch Ph.D. student Gabby Barbarite and Research Professor, Dr. Peter McCarthy, along with researchers from Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida's IFAS Extension office have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding Vibrio. Vibrio bacteria occur naturally in Florida waters and are capable of causing wound infections or seafood sickness. They can be encountered through activities like fishing and swimming or by eating raw oysters and fish.

Oculina Reefs Protected Thanks to the Work of Reed and Farrington

Last week, NOAA announced the passage and publication of Amendment 8 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, thanks in part to the work of FAU Harbor Branch scientists John Reed and Stephanie Farrington. This amendment protects the newly discovered Oculina coral reefs north of Cape Canaveral from bottom trawling.
In 2011 during a NOAA-funded research expedition, Reed and Farrington discovered that these deepwater coral reefs extended nearly up to St. Augustine, Florida. Prior to that it was thought that they ended at Cape Canaveral. A small portion (90 sq. miles) of the Oculina reefs were made a marine protected area (Oculina Habitat Area of Particular Concern- OHAPC) in 1984 based on the research of scientists, including Reed, at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. This was the first marine protected area in the world to protect deepwater coral. The OHAPC was expanded to nearly 300 sq. miles up to Canaveral in 2000, and now this new discovery nearly doubles the size.
"This is a major step forward in allowing these fragile reefs to recover from decades of destructive bottom trawling," said Reed. "The Oculina coral banks are essential habitat for not only the coral, but to various grouper and snapper species which use these reefs as spawning grounds."
This month, Reed shared his coral expertise in a guest column for TCPalm.


Harbor Branch Researchers to Use Waveglider to Determine Fish Aggregations

FAU Harbor Branch Research Faculty Dr. Fraser Dalgleish, Dr. Laurent Chérubin, Dr. Bing Ouyang and Dr. Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish are working together on a project that will utilize the acoustic data collected by a Waveglider to estimate how many groupers there are in certain areas of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys. The project is being funded by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation and includes the purchase of a Waveglider, which was delivered to Harbor Branch later this week. Vuorenkoski, Ouyang and Dalgleish, together with the engineering team consisting of Brian Ramos, Mario Miranda and volunteer engineer Tom Gale recently traveled to Kona, Hawaii for a Waveglider operations, piloting and software training (pictured, above) in advance of the platform being delivered. They'll begin testing the equipment in the fall when they join efforts with Florida International University for work that is taking place off the coast of Jupiter. In collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute, the team was also recently awarded an additional $400,000 in funding from NOAA to apply the new technology to red hind spawning aggregations.


Harbor Branch Hosts H20 To Go

FAU Harbor Branch is partnering again this summer with FAU Pine Jog Center and FAU Riverwoods Laboratory to host the H20 to Go program...a unique, week-long, residential research institute for high school-aged students. This program pairs students with scientists who are working in the field of environmental research. Over the course of June and July, three different groups of students particpated in the camp, with Harbor Branch being one of the stops along the way. The first group came in late June, with two more groups visiting this month. Activities included things like visiting seagrass beds to learn sampling techniques and spending time in a lab learning about plankton and taxonomy.
License Plate Program Sponsors Chamber Breakfast
Harbor Branch's Specialty License Plate Program, granted through the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, recently sponsored the Indian River County Chamber Breakfast. The event included a short talk by Harbor Branch Stranding Coordinator Steve Burton on HBOI's Marine Mammal rescue work, which is funded in part by proceeds from the Protect Wild Dolphins and Protect Florida Whales specialty license plates. Indian River County Tax Collector Carole Jean Jordan and her staff member Lori Bloom were invited as special guests of Harbor Branch, and were publicly thanked for their longstanding support of the license plate program.






 
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Jul 31, 2015SE DIXIE HIGHWAY INTERSECTION & INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
Beginning at 9:30 pm on Monday August 6, 2015, the City of Stuart Public Works Department will begin repairing a broken sewer line on CR-A1A (SE Dixie Highway) near the SE Fifth Street intersection. This work will necessitate closing the entrance to the Kiwanis Park and may require traffic to be detoured along SE Sixth Street and SE Delaware Avenue. The work is expected to be complete by 5:30 am on Tuesday August 7, 2015. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are encouraged to use caution and follow the marked detour through this area.




 
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Jul 30, 2015Quick update on budget hearings, CRAs and Pitchford's Landing
Friends,

Just received this bad news in my Inbox. It's a disgrace what the Martin County Commission majority is doing to our community. This report doesn't include the tax increases to be inflicted on commercial properties. I don't know about you but this will effect my "quality of life" or at least my wallet. I think that is what they want. They want to make Martin County unaffordable to the middle class and drive us out. God Bless us all.

D. Bell


In the tentative budget hearings today, the funding for the Salerno Road sewer line expansion in the Port Salerno CRA was killed by Heard, Fielding and Scott, because it benefits only restaurant owners.

The commission majority, Heard, Fielding and Scott, also discussed reducing the TIF funding to 50 percent (currently 75 percent), but Anne Scott joined Haddox and Smith in a vote rejecting Heard's motion to reduce it. (Scott wants to have the impact of reducing the TIF analyzed before she makes up her mind to do that, but the reduction still may come at a later date.)

The Rio sewer line extension is on hold while Freeman evaluates how landowners can share in the cost, but if today's budget hearing is an indicator, the Rio sewer project extension likely also will not be approved.
Fielding and Heard are pushing to have the CRA boundaries reduced to include only the mixed-use overlay portions of each CRA, which are the commercial areas only. The commission majority also wants to control how CRA projects are selected. No question that the CRAs will no longer be structured as they have been in the past, although every indication is, at this point, that the Community Development Department will be retained to oversee projects that the commissioners want done in the CRAs.
--The Business Development Board Budget request for an additional $60,000 than originally contracted by the county was rejected by the commission majority, even though Anne Scott sits on the BDB board and approved the BDB budget request originally. They approved an additional $12,000, however, which was to continue the full page BDB Business page in the Stuart News, but decided at Doug Smith's suggestion that the BDB has the discretion to spend that on other kine items, if they so choose.
-- The Pitchford's Landing redevelopment project in Jensen Beach was rejected. Originally approved almost 10 years ago, the project would have reduced its 150-unit RV park to an 83-unit subdivision of Key West-style houses and condos on 17.7 acres, thus broadening the county's tax base and representing an approximate $30 million in private investment. John Haddox joined the commission majority to vote against the project.

The owners filed a lawsuit yesterday against the commission board in Martin County Circuit Court, and the commission anticipates an additional $200,000 in legal fees for outside counsel in 2016 to defend against the Pitchford's suit. Doug Smith proposed that since legal expenses are now reaching nearly $1 million annually that perhaps it would be more cost effective to add another attorney to the legal staff.
-- Commissioners John Haddox and Doug Smith fought against a millage rate increase, but it was defeated on a vote by Anne Scott, Ed Fielding and Sarah Heard. The commission majority voted instead for a 2.3 percent increase to the millage rate, and also plan to add a sales tax referendum to the 2016 election ballot. (Anne Scott said that if she had her way, she would vote for the highest possible tax rate increase PLUS the sales tax.)

They also will be adding another sales tax referendum on the 2016 election ballot.
I did not watch Monday's budget hearing, so I cannot fill you in on that.
Sad days ahead for Martin County, folks.
Barbara Clowdus


 
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Jul 30, 2015It’s Toyota Time at “Be a Tourist in Stuart” Raffle!
Treasure Coast Toyota's Amber Woods teams up with the Stuart Sunrise Rotary Club in support of their fund raiser, "Be A Tourist In Stuart." The “Be a Tourist in Stuart” Raffle includes everything a tourist could want. All proceeds will benefit Stuart Sunrise Rotary’s Scholarship program.
Drawing of the winning ticket takes place October 9 at the ClubCorp Golf Tournament at Monarch Golf and Country Club in Stuart

To buy your ticket and see what all you can win go to the club's website www.Stuart-SunriseRotaryClub.org.




 
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Jul 30, 2015Tools for Schools prepares local students for school
Publix Super Markets and its employees have been longtime supporters of United Way.

Whether it comes to raising more money, creating more awareness or rallying more volunteers, Publix employees go above the call of duty to make their community a better place for all.

Once again this year, all Publix locations in Martin County are participating in the Tools for School event during which Publix shoppers can donate a few dollars while checking out to help purchase school supplies for local students in need. The campaign will run through August 12.

"Publix is proud to support the United Way of Martin County and the many organizations, schools and children they serve through our Tools for Schools program,” said Nicole Maristany Krauss, Media and Community Relations Manager. “Together with the help of our passionate customers, 25 schools will receive supplies to help students have a successful school year and we're thrilled to support the important work the United Way does in our community."

Last year, Publix customers donated more than $36,300 during the Tools for School drive. When this year’s fund drive is complete, Publix will order the school supplies with the money, and United Way of Martin County will help coordinate the delivery and distribution of purchased school supplies to Martin County School District schools and teachers in September. Students in need of school supplies are asked to notify their guidance counselor for more information.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. Since 1972, 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.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.


 
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Jul 30, 2015Venture Construction Group of Florida educates the community with storm damage preparedness tips

Local construction and restoration company equips businesses, property owners with knowledge to
protect their properties
Stuart, Fla.– Venture Construction Group of Florida holds a Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness
seminar on August 4, 2015 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort & Marina
located at 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida. The educational event is open to homeowners,
businesses, commercial property owners, property management companies, real estate agents, and
community members. The seminar will feature speakers from nationally recognized property and storm
damage repair companies from 4 - 6 p.m., networking mixer from 6 - 7:30 p.m., raffles, prize giveaways,
and refreshments. RSVP is required. Please call 866-459-8351 to reserve your space.
The Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness seminar includes expert speakers in construction, real
estate, law, insurance restoration and storm damage repairs. Topics include hurricane and storm damage
preparedness; how to obtain an accurate assessment for hail, water, wind damage; community tips on
obtaining an accurate inspection from certified professionals. The speaker lineup kicks off with Joe
Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council, a non-profit organization devoted to
protecting and educating property owners and restoration contractors. Radcliff, a Florida native, will
discuss how to protect your property before, during, and after a storm. Radcliff will review hurricane
season predictions in Florida, hurricane preparedness, how to choose a qualified and vetted construction
and restoration company. Michael Duffy, partner at the Childress Duffy Law Firm, will discuss how to
obtain proper insurance policies and protection for your home or commercial property. Steve Shanton,
CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida will discuss storm damage repairs, assessments, and
preparedness, particularly for property owners who were hit by the April hail storm in Stuart and Martin
County.
“We have worked extensively with property owners throughout Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
Counties, and after the April hailstorm here, there is a real need to help the community rebuild right now,
especially being in the middle of hurricane season. Many property owners simply aren’t aware of hail and
wind damage,” says Steve Shanton, president and founder of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
The National Insurance Restoration Council (NIRC) is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting and
educating property owners and restoration contractors when dealing with insurance claims. Venture
Construction Group of Florida has worked extensively with homeowners, commercial businesses, and
property management companies throughout Florida for over 15 years.
“Venture Construction Group of Florida is an esteemed member and preferred contractor with the most
respected organizations in the industry. They are highly regarded throughout the nation for their
expertise, quality workmanship, and commitment to educating and informing the communities they serve,”
says Joe Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council.
– MORE –
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Venture Construction Group of Florida is a leader in residential and commercial construction, renovations,
insurance restoration, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout the state of
Florida. We are a full-service general contractor and assist residential and commercial property owners
with all of your construction and restoration needs. Operational excellence is our mission in every project
we undertake, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Venture Construction
Group of Florida is proud to be an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center preferred contractor,
a certified contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council, and a member of the United
Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida
services commercial and residential properties throughout the state. For more information call 866-459-
8351 or visit us online at www.vcgfl.com.
Media Inquiries:
Nina Tomaro
Elev8 Consulting Group
Ph: 702-706-8250
Em: nina@elev8cg.com
Web: www.elev8cg.com

 
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Jul 30, 2015Venture Construction Group of Florida educates the community with storm damage preparedness tips

Local construction and restoration company equips businesses, property owners with knowledge to
protect their properties
Stuart, Fla.– Venture Construction Group of Florida holds a Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness
seminar on August 4, 2015 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort & Marina
located at 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida. The educational event is open to homeowners,
businesses, commercial property owners, property management companies, real estate agents, and
community members. The seminar will feature speakers from nationally recognized property and storm
damage repair companies from 4 - 6 p.m., networking mixer from 6 - 7:30 p.m., raffles, prize giveaways,
and refreshments. RSVP is required. Please call 866-459-8351 to reserve your space.
The Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness seminar includes expert speakers in construction, real
estate, law, insurance restoration and storm damage repairs. Topics include hurricane and storm damage
preparedness; how to obtain an accurate assessment for hail, water, wind damage; community tips on
obtaining an accurate inspection from certified professionals. The speaker lineup kicks off with Joe
Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council, a non-profit organization devoted to
protecting and educating property owners and restoration contractors. Radcliff, a Florida native, will
discuss how to protect your property before, during, and after a storm. Radcliff will review hurricane
season predictions in Florida, hurricane preparedness, how to choose a qualified and vetted construction
and restoration company. Michael Duffy, partner at the Childress Duffy Law Firm, will discuss how to
obtain proper insurance policies and protection for your home or commercial property. Steve Shanton,
CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida will discuss storm damage repairs, assessments, and
preparedness, particularly for property owners who were hit by the April hail storm in Stuart and Martin
County.
“We have worked extensively with property owners throughout Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
Counties, and after the April hailstorm here, there is a real need to help the community rebuild right now,
especially being in the middle of hurricane season. Many property owners simply aren’t aware of hail and
wind damage,” says Steve Shanton, president and founder of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
The National Insurance Restoration Council (NIRC) is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting and
educating property owners and restoration contractors when dealing with insurance claims. Venture
Construction Group of Florida has worked extensively with homeowners, commercial businesses, and
property management companies throughout Florida for over 15 years.
“Venture Construction Group of Florida is an esteemed member and preferred contractor with the most
respected organizations in the industry. They are highly regarded throughout the nation for their
expertise, quality workmanship, and commitment to educating and informing the communities they serve,”
says Joe Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council.
– MORE –
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Venture Construction Group of Florida is a leader in residential and commercial construction, renovations,
insurance restoration, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout the state of
Florida. We are a full-service general contractor and assist residential and commercial property owners
with all of your construction and restoration needs. Operational excellence is our mission in every project
we undertake, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Venture Construction
Group of Florida is proud to be an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center preferred contractor,
a certified contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council, and a member of the United
Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida
services commercial and residential properties throughout the state. For more information call 866-459-
8351 or visit us online at www.vcgfl.com.
Media Inquiries:
Nina Tomaro
Elev8 Consulting Group
Ph: 702-706-8250
Em: nina@elev8cg.com
Web: www.elev8cg.com

 
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Jul 29, 2015RIVERS COALITION
July 2015

JULY RIVERS COALITION MEETING
CANCELLED AS FLURRY OF ACTIVITY CONTINUES

The Rivers Coalition general meeting slated for July 30th has been cancelled in view of various conflicts and schedules, but the beat goes on as river supporters fight to end massive polluted discharges from inland in wet times.

Meanwhile, there are no projects in the works that will stem the main discharge dumpings, according to most Rivers Coalition leaders.

The Rivers Coalition Defense Fund, the legal arm of the Rivers Coalition, continues to seek judicial and procedural ways to curtail the estuary pollution that is caused by over-drainage of reclaimed agricultural property south of Lake Okeechobee.

The Defense Fund has named two additional board members, Darrell Brand and Kenny Hinkle, both of whom have been active in restoring the Everglades and estuaries.

Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!



2015 Meeting Schedule
The 2015 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994

August 27 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

September 23 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

October 29 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

* Please note that evening meetings are held on Wednesdays instead of the usual Thursdays


Kevin Henderson's Letter to the Editor - Stuart News

Dear Editor:
Regarding the endless advertisements US Sugar is running in the News, with bold statements in large type such as: “Florida Farm Fact...growers have (paid) over $400M...to protect the Everglades”
Fact: The public has paid over $1.6 Billion to clean up EAA farm runoff, while farmers have paid as little as legally possible.
“Water from our farms does not contribute to water quality issues…in Lake O, SLE and IRL.”
Fact: Lake O is polluted by decades of backpumping from the EAA. When farmers were finally required to stop backpumping, they forgot they ever did it? They don’t know Lake O pollution is killing our River?
“…the water that…flows…south (from the EAA) leaves our land cleaner than when it entered.”
Fact: Highly polluted EAA runoff is treated in Stormwater Treatment Areas bought by, built by and operated by the public. Even so, discharges do not meet standards for phosphorus. Nitrogen is off the scale high. Sulphur is way higher than any receiving water. This particular lie is outrageous. It implies the EAA’s irrigation “treats” Lake O water to improve it. Totally false.
“…farmers…work…to meet the highest quality water standards.”
Fact: Sugar farmers fought tooth and nail against any water quality standards in the past and continue to fight pollution standards today. They have paid lawyers, consultants and politicians millions to allow continued pollution of public waters.
“We will continue to work with all our neighbors to improve water quality issues for all of us.”
Fact: Basic 6th grade grammar can be used to outline this claim; just identify subject, verb, object and indirect object. It then reads “We will…improve…issues…for us.”
Now that is true.

Full page four color ads in the paper are fancy lipstick on the pig.

Kevin Henderson



 
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Jul 29, 2015IHOP & Boys & Girls Clubs Present Sneakers For Students


From July 31 through August 16, IHOP and Boys & Girls Clubs across the state of Florida will be teaming up for the upcoming school year with
the annual "Sneakers For Students" program.

Bring in a pair of new or unused sneakers to your local IHOP and get
a free shortstack of pancakes! All sneakers will be distributed
to local BGC Members.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County will be teaming up
with the Stuart IHOP location:
1425 S Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 220-3452


 
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Jul 29, 2015House of Hope’s Stuart thrift store adds Sunday hours


House of Hope’s thrift store in Stuart will be open seven days a week starting Sunday, Aug. 9, in a continuing effort to provide more and better services to Martin County residents in need.

The thrift store, located at 2525 S.E. Federal Hwy., will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. The store is also open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Wednesday 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

House of Hope’s thrift stores produce about one-third of the money that the agency needs to operate its vital human services, which include a food pantry, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management to help people work toward greater stability in their lives.

The thrift stores also operate the agency’s "Clothes Closet" program, providing clothing, household necessities, furniture and appliances at no cost to eligible people in need.

House of Hope moved the Stuart thrift store to Federal Highway in the fall of 2014. It previously was housed within the agency’s main office and service center at the corner of Dixie Highway and Bonita Street in Golden Gate.

The new thrift store has been successful in attracting more customers, donations and awareness about House of Hope and its mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

At Bonita Street, in the space vacated by the thrift store, House of Hope is preparing for a renovation that will enhance services. Planning and fund-raising is ongoing for improvements to the food pantry, the case management program and the food distribution center – with more refrigeration for fresh produce and frozen meat.

Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of more than 5,000 people per month through its locations in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

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


 
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Jul 29, 2015First Alzheimer's disease professional judgment budget reflects urgency
First Alzheimer's professional judgment budget reflects urgency in addressing this triple threat

Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended an increase of $323 million in its first professional judgment budget aimed at providing Congress with a scientific estimate of what research funding is needed and can be immediately well utilized to address Alzheimer's disease in fiscal year 2017. Under the Alzheimer's Accountability Act incorporated in the 2015 funding bill, a professional judgment budget for Alzheimer's research that identifies the funding necessary to achieve annual research milestones established under the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease will be submitted each year until 2025. It will reflect the state of Alzheimer's knowledge, and the effectively deployable investments in research identified by leading scientists as required to achieve the plan's first goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025.

"Congress has told us they want to hear directly from the nation's top scientists. Today, they have heard from those experts that Alzheimer's disease warrants swift and significant investment," said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association. "Congress has shown leadership on the issue of Alzheimer's research over the last few years. This scientific budget estimate will give both a more complete picture of the funding necessary in fiscal year 2017 to build on the recent research investments and to ensure we are on track to meet the goals of the National Plan. This objective research funding estimate is critical as Congress continues their work to reverse the historic underfunding of Alzheimer's disease of the past several decades."

Alzheimer's is only the third disease to receive a professional judgment budget, also known as a "by-pass budget," following cancer and HIV/AIDS. Recognizing the role that this mechanism played in the successful investments and resulting medical advances for these diseases, Alzheimer's Association grassroots advocates and staff held thousands of congressional meetings to secure support for the Alzheimer's Accountability Act. While the Alzheimer's Association and its sister organization, the Alzheimer's Impact Movement, were the only two organizations to endorse and work to advance the Alzheimer's Accountability Act, the legislation received strong, bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.

Last month, led by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved historic funding increases for Alzheimer's disease of $300 million and approximately $350 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2016. If enacted into law, this 50-60 percent increase would be the largest increase in Alzheimer's research funding to date.

"Under NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins' leadership, this professional judgment budget for fiscal year 2017 confirms what the science community has said: we must continue to increase funding for Alzheimer's disease research at significant intervals to reach the levels necessary to accomplish the first goal of the national Alzheimer's plan," said Johns.

Alzheimer's is already the most expensive disease in the nation, and the only leading cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Because advancing age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease and Americans are living longer than ever before, those numbers are projected to soar to as many as 16 million by 2050, costing the nation $20 trillion over the next 40 years.

Earlier this year, the Association released Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease: How a Treatment by 2025 Saves Lives and Dollars, which calculated that a treatment introduced in 2025 that delays the onset of Alzheimer's by five years would reduce the number of individuals affected by the disease by 2.5 million people and save the nation $220 billion within the first five years of a treatment being available.

For more information on Alzheimer's disease, visit the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.

GTo sleep, perchance to... ward off Alzheimer's? New research suggests poor sleep may increase people's risk of Alzheimer's disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye.

Disrupted sleep may be one of the missing pieces in explaining how a hallmark of Alzheimer's, a sticky protein called beta-amyloid, starts its damage long before people have trouble with memory, researchers reported Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

"It's very clear that sleep disruption is an underappreciated factor," said Dr. Matthew Walker of the University of California, Berkeley, who presented data linking amyloid levels with people's sleep and memory performance. "It's a new player on the scene that increases risk of Alzheimer's disease."







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Sleep hacking tips: 7 ways to maximize your Zzzzz's



Sleep problems are treatable - and a key next question is whether improving sleep can make a difference in protecting seniors' brains.

"Sleep is a modifiable factor. It's a new treatment target," Walker said.

Enough sleep is important for good health generally - seven to eight hours a night are recommended for adults. When it comes to the brain, scientists have long known that people who don't get enough have trouble learning and focusing. And anyone who's cared for someone with dementia knows the nightly wandering and other sleep disturbances that patients often suffer, long thought to be a consequence of the dying brain cells.
All-natural tips for a better night's sleep
Alzheimer's disease: 7 things that raise your risk

The new research suggests that sleep problems actually interact with some of the disease processes involved in Alzheimer's, and that those toxic proteins in turn affect the deep sleep that's so important for memory formation.

"It may be a vicious cycle," said Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz of the National Institute on Aging, who wasn't part of the new work.

Walker's team gave PET scans to 26 cognitively healthy volunteers in their 70s to measure build-up of that gunky amyloid. They were given words to memorize, and their brain waves were measured as they slept overnight.

The more amyloid people harbored in a particular brain region, the less deep sleep they got - and the more they forgot overnight, Walker said. Their memories weren't transferred properly from the brain's short-term memory bank into longer-term storage.









Worried about Alzheimer's? Ways to reduce your risk

What's the risk over time? Two sleep studies tracked nearly 6,000 people over five years, and found those who had poor sleep quality - they tossed and turned and had a hard time falling asleep - were more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, early memory problems that sometimes lead to Alzheimer's, said Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco.

Sleep apnea - brief interruptions of breathing that repeatedly awaken people without them realizing - caused a nearly two-fold increase in that risk, Yaffe said. She recommended that people at risk of Alzheimer's be screened for sleep disorders, especially apnea, which has effective treatment.

"There's a lot of evidence that we need to pay more attention" to sleep in seniors, she said.

Animal studies give clues to the biology behind these changes. Dr. David Holtzman of Washington University in St. Louis reported a series of mice experiments that found amyloid production is highest during waking hours and lowest during deep sleep. Depriving mice of sleep spurred toxic amyloid build-up and, intriguingly, once those deposits began, the mice stayed awake longer on their own. Holtzman also checked Alzheimer's other bad actor, the protein tau that forms tangles in the brain, and found the same effect on deep sleep.

Another hint came a few years ago, when University of Rochester scientists reported that the brain uses sleep to flush out toxic debris. They injected mice brains with amyloid and watched it clear faster while they slept.

The work comes as researchers hunt ways to prevent a coming wave of Alzheimer's as the population ages, driven by the baby boomer generation that begins turning 70 next year. More than 5 million Americans already have Alzheimer's, a number expected to more than double by 2050. Changes that lead to Alzheimer's can begin 20 years before memory lapses, and scientists are studying drugs in people at high risk in hopes of finding preventive treatment.

But so far, lifestyle changes are the main recommendation, and starting early seems important. Yaffe also reported Monday that younger adults who get little physical activity have worse cognitive functioning by middle age. In Sweden, Karolinska Institute researchers tracked down seniors' long-ago report cards to find that school performance at age 9 or 10 predicted who was already building a better "cognitive reserve" to guard against later-in-life decline.

"There are lots of risk factors we might be able to change. Sleep is one," said Alzheimer's Association chief science officer Maria Carrillo. Together, she said, the new research emphasizes how "sleep is critical as we age."
rowing evidence links sleep problems, Alzheimer's



 
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Jul 29, 2015Social Media Marketing Classes
Facebook Intensive

Come learn everything you have been wanting to know about Facebook.
Make sure you are taking advantage of all the features the world's largest social network has to offer! This 3 hour class will be an open forum so bring your questions.

Please note: This is an intensive, advanced level Facebook for business workshop. If you do not already have a Facebook business page and/or a Facebook account, we recommend you attend the Intro to Internet Marketing workshop.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM |
Rm. Y208
Investment: $59


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER TODAY!
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Jul 28, 2015“Free Back To School Extravaganza “

Saturday August 8, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
2221 NE Savannah Rd.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Every child should have what they need to start the school year ….. and every family should know that they are loved!
Trinity United Methodist Church is happy to host their fifth annual Back to School Fair on August 8, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the church campus. Last year over 500 people attended and over 300 kids received free backpacks with school supplies.
All families are invited to join us for this FREE event. The first 350 school age children, as well as the first 25 PreK children attending will receive a free backpack filled with free school supplies. Free haircuts will be given on-site. Also available will be free gently used clothes, free finger printing and ID cards from the Martin County Sherriff’s Dept, free Chick-Fil-A lunch, , free popcorn and Demonstrations by Karate For Christ and the Martin County Sherriff’s Dept K9 unit.

The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for registration. Our youth contemporary worship band will lead us in praise music as we wait in the cool sanctuary for the 11:30 a.m. start time. We are so blessed to be able to offer this amazing outreach opportunity to our community as we serve our awesome God! We hope you will join us.
Trinity United Methodist Church 2221 NE Savannah Rd Jensen Beach, FL 34957 www.trinityjb.org
772-334-3404


 
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Jul 28, 2015Personal Injury Law Firm Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith Celebrates 88 Years of Business with New Website, New Office, and New Partners
In celebration of their 88th anniversary as the third oldest law firm in Florida, Lesser, Lesser Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S) launched their new website today. The traditional brown logo that the Firm used since it’s inception was replaced with a vibrant blue and a more open architecture. The new site is easy to navigate both on your desktop and mobile devices, an important aspect of any website in this technology driven world. LLL&S hopes that it will be a resource for potential clients to find out how the firm can help them and their families.



“We have been serving clients in Florida for 88 years, but it’s very important that attorneys embrace technology to better a job for their clients,” said LLL&S Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser. “Since we do no formal advertising, it’s very important that potential clients can easily get all essential information to evaluate and contact our firm. It’s part of our commitment to client service and communication.”

LLL&S also moved their office in Boca Raton, Florida to new expanded space located at 301 Yamato Road, Suite 2121. “Our firm opened its first Boca office over 14 years ago,” said Gary Lesser. “We needed additional office and conference room space for the firm’s significant growth in the South County area, based on referrals from our clients and community partners in the area.” The firm's other offices are in Stuart and West Palm Beach.

Earlier this summer, Glenn Siegel and Chad Hastings, long time attorneys at LLL&S, were named as partners of the Firm. Glenn and Chad have been with the Firm for 10 and 8 years respectively.

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for over 88 years, focusing on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. LLL&S (www.lesserlawfirm.com) enjoys a reputation in the community for superior legal skills, hard work, client service and high ethical standards. All Firm partners are "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. LLL&S is active in the community, and has donated significant time and financial support to numerous charities. The Firm has obtained substantial settlements and verdicts over the years and is well known to insurance companies and insurance defense lawyers as skillful advocates. This experience and reputation allows the Firm to obtain the best possible results for its clients.

For more information on LLL&S with offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Stuart, call Meghan Fielder at 561-655-2028 (office) or 978-821-1930 (cell) or visit www.lesserlawfirm.com.


 
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Jul 28, 2015MCTV airs Coastal Lecture Series presentation on lionfish


Martin County Television (MCTV) is proud to present "Living with lionfish: What we've learned about the unprecedented marine fish invasion affecting Florida's reefs and estuaries," an installment of the Coastal Lecture Series recently held at the Blake Library. Dr. Zachary Jud, Director of Education and Exhibits with the Florida Oceanographic Society, discusses cutting-edge research, myths and misconceptions, and the impacts of this invasive, exotic species on our delicate ecosystem.

The Coastal Lecture Series airs on Saturdays at 9:00 pm as well as other times throughout the MCTV schedule. Lectures can also be viewed through Video on Demand on the County's website at www.martin.fl.us.

MCTV is available to Comcast Cable System (Channel 20) and U-verse (Channel 99) subscribers and through live streaming online at www.martin.fl.us. Check out all the MCTV listings on the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us. Just click on the MCTV icon on the bottom right corner of the page to see the show schedule.


 
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Jul 28, 2015Nominations sought for Business of Character Awards


Exemplifying good character and work ethic is important for any business.

Martin Health System and United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program, in cooperation with the Business Development Board of Martin County, are seeking local businesses whose leadership and staff promote and inspire in its professional culture, business climate, and business relationships a commitment to good character and workplace ethic.

To qualify for the Business of Character Award, the business must be located in Martin County and cannot have been a recipient of the award in the previous five years. (Previous winners include Lively Orthodontics, Seacoast Bank, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, and Martin Health System.) Eligible businesses are asked to complete an online nomination application available at CHARACTERCOUNTS.net or by contacting Holly Laiben, director of CHARACTER COUNTS!, at 772-283-4800, ext. 234.

Nominations are due by Wed., Aug. 19. Finalists will be notified by Aug. 30.

Three finalists, including one winner, will be announced during the Business Development Board of Martin County’s business recognition luncheon Sept. 18.

United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program is focused on building a community of good character. Although highly identified with schools, CHARACTER COUNTS! is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life and is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County. CHARACTER COUNTS! encourages everyone to uphold the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship – as they go on with their daily lives. CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County will celebrate its 20th anniversary starting in October 2015.

For more information CHARACTER COUNTS!, call 772-283-4800, ext. 234 or visit charactercounts.net.


 
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Jul 28, 2015Knight Run in COLOR

September 26, 2015 at 8am

Super Early, Deeply Discounted Registration Begins Now!

$20 for all 5K Runners
Prices increase July 31st

Register Now http://www.active.com/hobe-sound-fl/running/distance-running-races/knightrun-in-color-2015

Welcome to The Pine School's annual Knight Run in COLOR! Join us for a morning run/walk. No stopwatches, no pressure, just good (but NOT clean) fun, music and food! You will be a canvas for a unique colorful masterpiece created as you run through stations where different colors of powder will be tossed your way.

And this year, we're very excited to introduce the 100M COLOR DASH for all those little ones under 8 that want to enjoy the "color" without the distance.

Goodie bags with buffs and giveaways guaranteed to the first 200 to register. Prizes for craziest outfit and more.




 
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Jul 28, 2015House of Hope art sale features thrift store masterpieces


House of Hope’s thrift store in Stuart will host the agency’s first-ever after-hours art sale, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 27.

The thrift store is located at 2525 S.E. Federal Hwy., Stuart, just north of Southern Pig & Cattle restaurant in the PPG Paints plaza.

House of Hope staff and volunteers have been putting aside dozens of treasures for the event, which will feature framed art, sculptures and blown glass. There are new and vintage items, modern and traditional styles, local artists and more. There’ll also be wine and cheese
and
punch and cookies.

Reed Hartman of Hartman Auction Group will do a live auction of some special items.

The sale of the artwork directly benefits House of Hope, a Martin County agency that touches the lives of about 5,000 people per month. Services include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and case management services to guide people toward greater self-sufficiency.

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


 
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Jul 28, 2015Free Workers' Compensation and Workplace Safety Seminars and Webinars
The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.

In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers.

Free Seminars are held in various locations around the state. Please see the attached Flyer and Registration forms for the events scheduled from June 2015 through December 2015.

Free Webinars are also available to Florida employers. The Webinars contain the same information as the classroom settings and are held monthly via your computer and telephone.

CEUs
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to contractors licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: Construction Industry Licensing Board; Electrical Contractors Licensing Board; and the Board of Accountancy

Dates & Locations
Please find attached flyer and registration forms with the dates, times and locations for the Seminars (classroom settings) and dates/times for the Webinars June 2015 through December 2015.

To register for any of our events please email me at BocSeminars@MyFloridaCFO.com or fax it to (813) 233-3742.

If you would like to publish or forward this information to other interested parties, please do so. We would appreciate your help in getting the word out regarding these events.

Should you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you.

Sheryle Birdsong
Compliance Bureau
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Dept. of Financial Services
813.221.6518


2015 July - Dec Seminar F
 
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Jul 27, 2015The Fight Against Hunger Continues


Friends,

Treasure Coast Food Bank just wrapped up its fiscal year, and we want to pause for a minute and share a few notable successes from last year--accomplishments only made possible by support from donors and volunteers:

• We provided a staggering 49.6 million meals to our neighbors in need of food assistance. This was accomplished through our direct service programs such as Mobile Pantry, Child Nutrition Programs, Health & Wellness Outreach Programs, and in partnership with more than 250 faith-based and human service organizations working throughout Indian River, Martin, St Lucie and Okeechobee Counties.

• We were selected through a competitive, public process to assume full responsibility of the Whole Child Connection Program. This 10-year old Martin County-based nonprofit was formally rolled under the umbrella of TCFB on July 1, 2015. TCFB's highly-efficient business model will allow the program to better serve Martin County families while also reducing the duplication of services and eliminating unnecessary administrative costs.
• Partnered with the St. Lucie County School District to launch the Treasure Coast's very first Farm 2 School program in all St. Lucie County public schools.
• Pledged to increase the amount of fresh produce donations we collect from our retail partners by 50% each year as a crucial step towards addressing serious health disparities in our community.
• Launched the 2015 Summer Feeding program, preparing up to 5,000 healthy breakfasts, snacks, and lunches (plus social time and new friendships!) to kids who typically have no other option for food while schools close for summer.
• Earned a Superior rating in Food Safety from the American Institute of Baking (AIB) and second, an Innovation in Operation Award from the Florida Department of Agriculture for our greatly-expanded Summer Feeding Program.

Yet, much more work needs to be done. The reality is that there are still more than 100,000 people experiencing food insecurity along the Treasure Coast-and more than a third of them are children.

Will you consider making an online contribution and help our community, once and for all, become a hunger-free Treasure Coast?

For every $1 donated we can provide 7 meals - how many meals can you help us provide?


We are grateful for your support,



Judith Cruz, CEO
Treasure Coast Food Bank


Treasure Coast Food Bank
401 Angle Road
Fort Pierce, FL. 34947
(772) 489-3034
stophunger.org



 
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Jul 27, 2015Best Global Wealth Manager

The Euromoney Awards for Excellence named UBS "Best Global Wealth Manager" in 2015, recognizing the bank's position as an industry leader in its core wealth management businesses and its ability to navigate difficult times while still delivering for stakeholders.

http://www.ubs.com/content/dam/ubs/ch/awards/ubs-best-global-wealth-manager-2015-awards-for-excellence.pdf

The Euromoney Awards for Excellence honor outstanding institutions in finance. They cover more than 20 global product categories, best-in-class awards in all regions and the best banks in approximately 100 countries around the world. Winners in each category are chosen by a committee of senior Euromoney journalists on the basis of credentials submitted by the banks themselves.


Michael D. Dadko, CFP®
Sailfish Wealth Management Group
Wealth Advisor | Vice President of Investments
UBS | Private Wealth Management
712 SE Ocean Blvd |Stuart, FL 34994
Michael.Dadko@UBS.com | 772-283-8201 / 800-323-1139


 
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Jul 27, 2015Healthcare Education Tradeshow Scheduled

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Indian River State College Fort Pierce Campus
The Premier Business Alliance is an organization with the mission to help local businesses and
organizations grow our community by uniting each other through their services. This tradeshow serves
two purposes: to provide CME/CEU credits to local physician practices and their staff, and to raise
money for a local non-profit, The HANDS Clinic, that plays a valuable role to the healthcare in our
community. Our goal is to provide two educational healthcare tradeshows each year to benefit our local
community in more ways than one. A portion of the proceeds of this tradeshow will go directly to
HANDS.
This program is preapproved for 6 CEU Credits for Medical Assistants and Medical Coders, Billers,
Auditors, and Compliance Officers and 6 CME Credits for Nurses.
The tradeshow will be held at The Kight Center for Emerging Technologies at Indian River State
College in Fort Pierce.
Speakers include Daria Bonner and Robin Linker and special guest speaker Linda Hudson, Mayor of
Fort Pierce.
Vendor and Sponsorship opportunities available.
For more details or to register visit www.PBATC.org

 
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Jul 27, 2015FL Sales Tax Department of Motor Vehicles vs Department of Revenue Purchase of a Boat
Under the laws governing the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), every car/boat/plane must be registered with the state and the sales tax and registration fees properly paid. However, there is a difference between what is required to be taxed by the law governing the FL DMV versus what is required to be taxed by the law governing the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR).


Purchases from Dealers vs Non-Dealers
For those of you that have always purchased your car/boat/plane through a licensed car/boat/plane dealer in Florida, you probably did not have to deal with the DMV until you paid your registration renewal fee and then it was probably by mail. This is because licensed car/boat/plane dealers are required to collect the sales tax on your purchase, then remit the tax to the Florida Department of Revenue and the registration to the FL DMV. However, if you have ever purchased a car/boat/plane from an individual or from an out-of-state dealer, then you would have to register the vehicle with the DMV yourself and the DMV is tasked with collecting the use tax on your vehicle purchase. This is because individual sellers of registered vehicles are not required to collect sales tax or register the vehicle for the purchaser. So whether you purchase the car/boat/plane from a dealer or an individual, you are required to pay sales tax on the purchase price.


What is included in the price of a vessel and therefore subject to sales tax?
When you purchase a boat from a licensed dealer in Florida, then the dealer is required to collect sales tax on the whole purchase price of all the tangible personal property being sold to you. So if you purchase a boat, a motor, a dozen life preservers, a pair of paddles, and other miscellaneous goods that go along with a boat - the licensed dealer is statutorily required to charge sales tax on all these items. The Florida Department of Revenue will audit the boat dealer and make the dealer liable for the sales tax if such amounts are not collected from you at the time of sale.
If you purchase a boat from an individual - along with their life jackets, paddles, outboard motor, etc - the seller is not required to collect sales tax from you on any of it. You, as the buyer, are required to take the bill of sale down to the DMV office and pay sales tax directly to the DMV. However, the DMV is only required to collect sales tax on the vehicle that is required to be registered. Any separately itemized goods reflected on the bill of sale that is not "the boat" is outside the scope of what the DMV is required or even allowed to tax. So you, as the buyer, will only pay sales tax on the boat itself to the DMV. So, for example, if your bill of sale reflects $250,000, but $75,000 is separately itemize for the two 250 horsepower outboard engines on the boat - then the DMV is not going to charge you sales tax on the outboard engines. This is because the outboard engine is not considered part of the vehicle required to be registered under the laws governing the DMV. However, the same is not true if the engine is an inboard-outboard or pure inboard, which would be considered part of the boat.
Even though the DMV is not authorized to collect tax on all the other itemized goods you purchased with the vehicle, that does not mean that these goods are not subject to sales tax. It is just that the DMV is not the governmental entity tasked with collecting the tax on these other items. That is where the Florida Department of Revenue comes in.


Use Tax
If you purchase something and the seller does not collect sales tax from you, then you are supposed to remit the sales tax to the state yourself. Therefore, the non-vehicle itemized items you purchased with the boat are subject to Use Tax.


Exemption
However, there is an exemption under Florida sales tax law for "isolated or occasional sales." These are sales made by someone that is not considered to be a "dealer" for that type of good (selling less than three a year). Because you purchased these non-vehicle goods from an individual, there is a rather good chance that seller would not be considered a dealer. Presuming that the seller paid sales tax on these items when they were originally purchased (a requirement for the exemption), the sale of such items to you would be exempt under the isolated or occasional sale exemption. So there is a high likelihood that the purchase of the other used goods with the boat from a non-dealer would, actually, be exempt from sales tax. This exemption would NOT be available if you made the purchase from a Florida licensed boat dealer because, by definition, boat dealer sales of boat related items do not qualify for the isolated or occasional sale exemption.

In conclusion, if you are planning on purchasing a boat with expensive outboard motors from a non-dealer, then you may want to make sure that the outboard motors are separately itemized (with the price) in the bill of sale. And it is worth noting that you have some flexibility in allocating the price between the boat and the motors.
Source: James Sutton, CPA, Esq. (2015, May 3). FL Sales Tax vs DMV - Boat with Outboard Motor. [Web log post].






Sincerely,


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


 
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Jul 27, 2015Festival of Trees Fundraiser Seeks Tree, Wreath Donors
The 8th Annual Tykes & Teens Festival of Trees and Lights will be held at the Flagler Center in Downtown Stuart November 16-21, 2015. The event has grown immensely through the years and is moving to this larger venue to accommodate more trees, wreaths and attendees. While the Festival will continue to host the traditional tree and wreath raffle as well as the popular free breakfast and photos with Santa, several new components have been added to the schedule. These include a Ladies' Afternoon Tea and Tiny Tot Holiday Fashion Show.

More than 25 donors and decorators have already committed to participating as tree and wreath sponsors, but there are a few spots left for creative businesses, civic groups or individuals who would like to donate a decorated artificial Christmas tree or wreath. The Festival welcomes traditional, modern and themed designs. Small trees are encouraged, as are Menorahs or other Hanukkah related items for the silent auction.

The Festival is the major annual fundraiser for Tykes & Teens, an award winning local non-profit agency that provides mental health counseling and drug and alcohol prevention programming to youth and their families. The agency has served more than 25,000 local children and adolescents since 1996, and provides services regardless of ability to pay.

For more information, or to donate a wreath or tree, please call Paula at 772-220-3439. To learn more about Tykes & Teens visit www.tykesandteens.org or find us on Facebook.


 
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Jul 27, 2015Citizen Fire Academy - Class XI

September 2, 2015 - November 4, 2015
Wednesday Evenings from 5:30-7:30pm

Have you ever wondered what happens when you dial 911 or why a fire truck accompanies an ambulance? Citizen Fire Academy is a ten-week program where you will learn about every aspect of your fire rescue department including budgeting, training, 911-dispatch, aeromedical, special operations, emergency medical services, fire suppression, emergency management, ocean rescue and much, much more!

Experience firsthand... a life fire demonstration, the 911 Call Center in action, reenactments of serious medical emergencies, view the jaws of life in use, feel the wind from the LifeStar helicopter.

Citizen Fire Academy is free to Martin County Residents. Participants must be 18 years of age. There's still time to register for Citizen Fire Academy - Class XI. Call Margy Mills @ 772-419-2759 to register.



 
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Jul 23, 2015Audi Stuart honored with Elite Magna Society award
Audi Stuart was named the Elite Magna Society winner for 2014, their first full year in business on the Treasure Coast.

Mario Murgado, founder of Miami-based Brickell Motors, opened Audi Stuart and Infiniti Stuart in December 2013. His 31,000-square-foot Audi store is based on the brand's Terminal design standard.

To earn Magna Society recognition, dealers must demonstrate an exceptional level of customer service as well as strong business performance. Audi Stuart was one of 12 dealerships in the United States distinguished as 2014 Audi Elite Magna Society winners, a special honor for superior achievements as the best of the best.

The Magna Society was created by Audi to identify and recognize dealerships that go above and beyond the standard business objectives and sales targets. To qualify for Magna Society status, a dealership must show that they are engaged in sales and service programs and adhere to specific business processes. Their facility and staff should also properly represent the Audi brand and culture.

“The caliber of the Audi dealer network in the United States continues to increase each year, and the commitment of our dealer partners is one of the key catalysts in Audi becoming the top luxury brand in the United States,” said Mark Del Rosso, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “The Magna Society Awards are a tribute to those dealers that model how a successful dealership should operate and truly exemplify the Audi brand values.”

One key to the early success, Murgado says, was the staff, starting with General Manager Devin Carlson, who had been sales director for two Lexus dealerships owned by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Brumos Automotive.

“During our first year in business, our mission was centered on customer experience, community involvement, and delivering VIP treatment to everyone,” said Audi Stuart General Manager Devin Carlson.

Audi's Magna Society program rates dealerships on their performance against goals for sales, customer service, facilities and fixed operations. Ninety-one Audi dealerships won the brand's Magna Society award last year. But only the top 12 received the Elite designation. Carlson says Audi Stuart was one point shy of the highest possible score.

Audi Stuart is the premier provider of Audis along Florida’s Treasure Coast. Audi Stuart is part of the Brickell Motors Family. For more information, a full range of inventory and current specials, visit www.audistuart.com or call 877.558.9737.


 
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Jul 22, 2015August 2015 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for August 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
August 4 and 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
The August 18 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2nd Set Transmit).
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
August 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
August 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
August 19, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
August 19, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD
August 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners sits as the Environmental Control Board.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), on U-verse Channel 99, and online at www.martin.fl.us.

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
August 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

JENSEN BEACH SIGN COMMITTEE
August 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
August 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED PUBLIC HEARING
August 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
August 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
August 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN - FINDINGS REPORT
August 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

This notice dated: July 22, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us


 
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Jul 22, 2015Top 10 Ways Contractors Use the Bagster Bag
As a contractor, you know the ins and outs of your job. And keeping your job site safe is just one of them. Don't let debris get in the way.
When the mess piles up, grab the solution that's ready when you are, the Bagster Dumpster in a Bag®. Buy the bag when you need it, fill it as you go, and we'll pick it up so you can focus on what really matters.
It's perfect for smaller jobs like roofing repairs, bathroom remodeling, and every project in between. Contractors who regularly use the Bagster bag have shared their top 10 ways they put it to work:
1. Bathroom Remodeling
2. Kitchen Renovation
3. Roofing and Exterior Siding Replacement
4. Basement Remodeling
5. Carpet and Flooring Replacement
6. Deck and Fence Repair
7. Home Additions
8. Final Job Site Cleanup and Walk-Through Prep
9. Window and Door Replacement
10. Storm Cleanup and Restoration Projects
You do the work that matters. We do the cleanup that works. For your next job, pick up the Bagster bag, and you'll be glad you did.


 
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Jul 22, 2015Consensus and progress reached on St. Lucie Inlet Management Plan, dredging and beach renourishment


Today, Martin County and the Town of Jupiter Island made significant progress toward achieving a long term management agreement for the St. Lucie Inlet. County Commissioners approved a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the County and the Town of Jupiter Island, taking a first step relating to a cooperative plan for managing the valuable Inlet sand. In this initial collaboration, the County will contribute $6.275 million to a Town project delivering 500,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on the beaches of Jupiter Island. That will be added to the 1 million cubic yards of sand the Town will be transferring to its beaches.



Martin County Commissioners with Jupiter Island Mayor Whiney Pidot (center) after today's approval of a collaborative agreement related to
managing St. Lucie Inlet sand.
Photo credit:
Martin County Board of County Commissioners

By working collaboratively with the Town in its upcoming beach project, the cost of the sand delivery will be at a significantly reduced price - $12.55 per cubic yard as compared to more than $30 per cubic yard for previous County inlet projects - and increase the Town's project from the planned 1 million cubic yards of sand to a total of 1.5 million cubic yards. Additionally, sand from the St. Lucie Inlet, along with flood shoal sand, will be used for Bathtub Reef Beach and Sailfish Point beach renourishment projects; again as a more economical solution.

"Our Agreement allows us to think in new ways about the needs and placement of sand for the adjacent beaches," said Martin County Commission Chairman Ed Fielding. "It provides a process for being able to plan more efficiently and complete the Town's project, as well as our own projects, in a timely manner and ahead of time."

The sand source for the Town's beach projects is an offshore area (known as "Borrow Area B") that has been extensively evaluated to ensure it contains beach quality sand. The County and the Town expect the sand from the next two Inlet dredging projects to be stored within the Town's Borrow Area B thereby extending its usable life. The County will also collaborate with the Town on movement of that sand to the beach during the Town's next project.

In addition, funding provided by the State legislature this year will allow the County to move forward with its Bathtub Reef Beach and Sailfish Point beach renourishment project. The County expects the state will issue the permit in the near future and the County will be able to begin construction in early 2016. As part of the Agreement between the County and the Town, the Town will not object to or impede the permits for the Bathtub Reef Beach and Sailfish Point beach renourishment projects.

"The chance to collaborate-to work together-marks the beginning of partnership, which is certainly how the Town views this," said Jupiter Island Mayor Whiney Pidot. "Partnerships are forged on understanding each other's concerns and arriving at agreements that address them. A lot of people labored long to get us here and everyone involved deserves credit for helping us reach the first real precedent, which we can all point to."

Sailfish Point General Manager Edward J. (E.J.) Ewing, Jr. said, "We are very excited about this agreement between Martin County and the Town of Jupiter Island. It has taken a long time to get to this point. This is a great opportunity for both parties, both financially and economically. This will allow the County and the Town to move forward with critical beach programs. It also sets the stage for a new era in cooperation in managing one of our most important resources. We congratulate Commissioners and staff from both the County and the Town for all of their time and efforts put into this agreement."

The MOA was part of a larger discussion between the County and the Town relating to an updated version of the St. Lucie Inlet Management Plan from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The original Inlet Management Plan (IMP) was developed by the State of Florida in 1995 as part of its statewide comprehensive beach management plan. The intent was to evaluate each of the state's improved or modified inlets to determine the extent of erosion and recommend corrective measures to mitigate beach erosion.

About the Inlet Management Plan

Over the years, the state statutes that govern Inlet Management Plans (IMP) have changed. In the case of the St. Lucie Inlet, originally, only the impacts downdrift (or south) of the inlet had been considered as part of the IMP. Now the state acknowledges the impacts to beaches both north and south of the inlet, and these impacts are being taken into consideration as part of the updated St. Lucie IMP which is near completion. The new IMP is expected to show annual loss of sand to the south and north of approximately 161,000 cubic yards and 34,000 cubic yards respectively. Notably, the total of these north and south impacts exceeds the County's estimates of 150,000 cubic yards deposited in the Inlet on an average basis and will require supplemental sand to be acquired from other sources.

The St. Lucie Inlet is vital to Martin County both environmentally and economically. The Inlet serves an essential environmental function, flushing water discharged from Lake Okeechobee via the St. Lucie Canal into the Atlantic Ocean. On an incoming tide, the inlet infuses the estuary with salt water creating an environment that supports the richest and most diverse estuary in North America.

From an economic standpoint, our waterways provide approximately $362 million in annual sales, $123 million in personal income, and $588 million in property values. One out of every 10 jobs in Martin County is marine related and safe navigation of the inlet is vital to those who rely on our inlet for their livelihoods.

Martin County is committed to ensuring the St. Lucie Inlet is properly managed and maintained for the benefit of the entire community. When finalized, the IMP will help guide the County to make the best decisions possible for the environmental and economic wellbeing of the Inlet.


 
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Jul 21, 2015FAU Harbor Branch to Install World’s Largest Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) Network LOBO Will Monitor Water Quality in St. Lucie Estuary
Three years ago, a blanket of microscopic algae covered parts the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), smothering one of the richest marine ecosystems in the continental United States which spans 156 miles along Florida’s east coast. As a result of these algal blooms, 47,000 acres of seagrass in the estuary ecosystem were destroyed, along with 111 manatees, 51 bottlenose dolphins and 300 pelicans in Brevard County.
Meanwhile further south in 2013, toxic microalgae associated with discharges from Lake Okeechobee due to high rainfall released large quantities of freshwater into the estuary, along with nutrients from septic systems, agricultural and lawn fertilizers, and other urban overflow. These same toxins also posed threats to humans who came into physical contact with the algal blooms when they swam, touched or inhaled the toxins produced by the algae.
On Wednesday, July 22, scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will install one of five new Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units in the St. Lucie Estuary, adding to a water quality monitoring network in the IRL.
Media is invited to view the LOBO installation, and a boat shuttle will be available for members of the press from the public dock at Stuart City Hall (located behind 121 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart) to the installation site, departing at 10 a.m. and returning at noon.
Once complete, FAU Harbor Branch’s LOBO network will be the largest LOBO network anywhere. FAU Harbor Branch’s LOBO is being funded in part by $2 million from the state legislature via Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.
To reserve your spot on the boat, RSVPs must be received no later than Tuesday, July 21 at noon via email at carinsmith@fau.edu. Once RSVPs are received, detailed information regarding the time slot you are scheduled for will be sent to you via email soon thereafter.
“This is a monumental day for Florida and our nation as we embark on a project that will transform our long-standing research to monitor the health of this biodiverse estuary and national treasure,” said Megan Davis, Ph.D., interim executive director and a research professor at FAU’s Harbor Branch.
The network of remote-controlled sensors offers real-time data from the IRL that is accessible online to anyone, anytime at fau.loboviz.com. On an hourly basis, these sensors will be measuring temperature, salinity, depth (to measure tidal fluctuations), turbidity (particles in the water), water color, dissolved oxygen, pH (a measure of acidity), nitrate, phosphate, and chlorophyll fluorescence, that is a measure of algal chlorophyll in the water.
“In 2011 and 2012, we conducted surveys of the estuary and confirmed that waters off Brevard contained more nitrogen than is acceptable, and levels were much higher there than in the estuary’s southern waters,” said Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., an expert on harmful algal blooms and a research professor at FAU’s Harbor Branch.
The new LOBOs will help Lapointe’s current work in Martin County which is addressing nutrient pollution.
The IRL has been designated an “Estuary of National Significance,” and is home to one-third of the nation’s manatees who share the estuary with bottlenose dolphins, fish, birds and rare seagrasses. It stretches over 40 percent of Florida’s east coast and carries an economic value of more than $3.5 billion annually. The IRL is composed of three lagoons: Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River, which is the main body of water that extends from northern Brevard County to the southern boundary of Martin County, which is where the Indian River Lagoon meets the St. Lucie Estuary. This unique ecosystem supports more than 4,300 species of wildlife as well as tourism and commercial fisheries. It serves as a nursery and spawning ground for many fish and provides approximately 50 percent of annual fish harvest along the east coast of Florida.
“Installing our Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory units in the St. Lucie Estuary will expand our LOBO network from Sebastian Inlet to St. Lucie Inlet. This significant water quality monitoring network will provide users the capability to observe and predict real-time,” said Davis. “It will be the eyes on the water to record changes and help resource managers make decisions that will have far reaching impacts on the health of the estuary and the economic engine for this region and the state of Florida.”
FAU’s Harbor Branch has a long history of conducting research and monitoring the Indian River Lagoon. For decades, scientists at FAU’s Harbor Branch have studied causes of macroalgae and harmful algal blooms, seagrass productivity and water quality, marine mammal health and population studies, and mercury in the food web. The lead scientist on this project, Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., said he looks forward to using and sharing this data with anyone who wants to better understand the Indian River Lagoon.
“These data will help us all better understand and appreciate the Lagoon, how it works, and how we can do a better job of conserving it for today and for future generations,” he said.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Jul 21, 2015MCTV's new tourism show visits Hobe Sound


Martin County Television (MCTV) recently launched a new series called "Destination Treasure Coast" in partnership with the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing. Each edition of the program features unique places to eat, play and stay on Florida's Treasure Coast.

In the fourth episode of "Destination Treasure Coast," we meet the owners of Harry and the Natives restaurant and find out what makes this stop a local favorite. We'll explore the natural beauty of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Finally, we'll check in on Hobe Sound's thriving art scene. Hobe Sound is special place not to be missed!



Destination Treasure Coast- Hobe Sound
July 2015

Destination Treasure Coast airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 A.M., Mondays, Thursdays at 7:00 A.M., Mondays at 12:30 P.M, Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. and Thursdays at 4:30 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at the link below:
https://youtu.be/pBCvo8F1Wko.


 
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Jul 21, 2015Kirchman Construction Co. Wins National Remodeling Award for Veterinarian Facility


Continuing to set new standards of professionalism, 92 remodeling companies from across the United States were named winners at the 2015 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. Among the selected winners, Kirchman Construction Co. of Stuart, Florida earned the overall national award in the Commercial Remodel category. Entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

Kirchman Construction Co.’s winning project, the VCA Promenade Animal Hospital located in Lauderhill, Florida, consisted of an interior remodel of a multi-level retail space totaling 8,626 square feet. During the remodeling process, most of the interior walls and ceilings were removed to allow for the new work to be done. The newly remodeled building is now home to a state of the art veterinarian facility which was designed to meet the client’s unique specifications. Among the client’s requests were: multiple exam areas, separate cat and dog waiting areas, surgical and dental suites, a reception and retail area, and boarding areas.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fifteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States. Kirchman Construction Co. is honored to have added another award-winning animal facility to their résumé.

Kirchman Construction Co. is a family owned and operated business located in Stuart, Florida. Since its incorporation in 1971, the general contracting firm has been building quality commercial and high-end residential projects; specializing in animal care facilities. Visit www.kirchmanconstruction.com to learn more.


 
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Jul 21, 2015Palm Beach International Airport and WestJet announce new non-stop service to Toronto, Canada.

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and WestJet are pleased to announce new non-stop service to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) beginning December 11, 2015.
Flight WS 1178 will depart from Toronto (YYZ) at 7:25a.m. and arrive at PBI at 10:32a.m. Flight WS 1179 will depart from PBI at 11:20a.m. and arrive in Toronto (YYZ) at 2:19p.m. These flights will operate twice weekly; Monday and Friday. All flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a total flight time of 2h:59m. Booking is currently available.
Service will commence December 11, 2015 through April 25, 2016.
“We continually strive to provide a strong non-stop schedule for our passengers. It is with excitement that we welcome our new partner airline, WestJet, to Palm Beach International Airport,” said Bruce Pelly, Director of Airports for Palm Beach County. “We are pleased to offer this convenient non-stop service to our Canadian travelers and look forward to providing a positive traveling experience.”
WestJet becomes PBI’s 14th airline. PBI serves over 6 million domestic and international passengers annually, with approximately 200 scheduled commercial flights arriving and departing daily.

 
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Jul 21, 2015Drive, Chip and Putt
The Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship is a youth golf development initiative for boys and girls ages 7-15. The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship began in 2013 and is supported by the USGA, Augusta National, and The PGA of America.

Girls and boys will compete against one another in three skill challenges: driving, chipping, and putting. Kids will be broken up based on the following age divisions: (7-9) (10-11) (12-13) (14-15). Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the championship final on Sunday, April 3, 2016. The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is free for kids to compete in.

All 41 sections of The PGA of America will host qualifiers to determine who will participate in the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. There are three levels of qualifiers: local, sub-regional and regional. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters.



For more information about Drive, Chip and Putt visit www.drivechipandputt.com


 
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Jul 21, 2015Business Continuity: Preparing for & Recovering from Disaster Register Today!

Is your business vulnerable? Are you ready to operate after the storm?
Food for thought....Do you know close to 50% of all businesses affected by any disaster such as hurricanes, fires, in house failures, and even sabotage from existing employees can force their business to close their doors after such events occur?
The Business Continuity and Risk Management (BCRM) Program was initiated in 2006 as part of a congressionally directly funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The program operates throughout the statewide FSBDCN. The focus of this program is to ensure that Florida businesses have the education, training and assistance needed to minimize losses and increases survivability when affected by natural or man -made disasters.
(Emergency Support Function)- Business, Industry and Economic Stabilization. We have a Team of 8 CBCP
(Certified Business Continuity Professionals) that can be deployed anywhere in continental USA to assist in post disaster business relief. We are trained to assist businesses recover after a major disaster with support such as bridge loans, communications, and other such functions to assist small businesses get up and running. We have 2 MAC's, Mobile Assistance Centers which are 38' RV's that can be deployed with the Team or can be used for Business Continuity Presentations throughout the State of Florida.


"Planning is key. You do not need a million dollar solution, just a common sense one that protects you, your employees and your business."

Date(s): Mon., July 27 @ Mueller Campus, Rm. C-103 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM | FREE

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=BUSIN01812&seg=3

 
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Jul 20, 2015Martin County Parks and Recreation to host open Skate Party July 25 to celebrate Park and Recreation Month


Martin County Parks and Recreation is celebrating National Park & Recreation Month with a totally rad 80's Open Skate Party presented by Lively Orthodontics on Saturday, July 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Roller Rink at Halpatiokee Regional Park! This event is open and free to the public and everyone is invited to party to all of the freshest jams from the 1980s.

Sorry dude, no skates will be available for rent at this event. All participants will need to bring their own roller skates or roller blades to this tubular party! This gnarly skate and dance party is also being held on National Dance Day.

Launched in 2010 by "So You Think You Can Dance" co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day (NDD) is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. NDD is the only official day in the U.S. that is devoted to dance, it signifies an opportunity for everyone around the country to get up, celebrate dance and have some fun doing it.

This July, Martin County Parks and Recreation and the National Recreation and Park Association are celebrating 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world. Parks are the cornerstone of nearly every community, serving millions of people as the places anyone can go to be active, live healthier, connect with nature and gather together. Parks and recreation make our lives and communities better. On July 7, 2015, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners declared July as Parks and Recreation month in Martin County.

For more information about this event contact Steven Clenney, Special Events/Volunteer Manager at Martin County Parks & Recreation at 772-288-5474 or visit the Martin County Parks and Recreation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/myMCParks. For more information on National Park and Recreation Month go to www.nrpa.org/july or search using #JulyPRM30.


 
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Jul 20, 2015Sailfish Splash Waterpark wraps up Parks & Recreation month with "Back to the Future" prices and "Family Splashin' Saturday"


To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Parks and Recreation Month, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will have flash-sales of limited numbers of weekday tickets at the 1980s price of $6.50. In addition, to wrap up the commemoration, the Waterpark will launch "Family Splashin' Saturdays" on August 1, with special, early evening water park hours, followed by a showing of the movie, "Finding Nemo."

In 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) designated July as the month to highlight the importance of parks and recreation to communities. In addition to providing places for activities, explore nature, and connect with fellow community members, parks and recreation contribute to good health, higher property values, and environmental sustainability.

In the spirit of this 30th anniversary celebration, and in recognition of the 25th anniversary of its own formation, the Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation: was honored with a proclamation of Parks & Recreation month from the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 7; hosted an 1980s Beach Party on Saturday, July 11; will host a 1980s roller skating party at Halpatiokee Regional Park on Saturday, July 26 from 6-9 p.m.; will flash-sale several sets of 85 "Back to the Future" priced ($6.50) weekday tickets to Sailfish Splash Waterpark during July; and on August 1 with a "Family Splashin' Saturday" of early evening Waterpark hours capped with a showing of the movie, "Finding Nemo."

"Parks and recreation have far reaching, positive effects on our community," explained Kevin Abbate, Director, Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. Abbate continued, "In addition to contributing to health and wellness, parks and rec programs help build character and civic mindedness in our children, lead the way in conservation, and support property values."

Through the end of July, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will make surprise announcements on www.Facebook.com/SailfishSplash of the online, flash-sales of several sets of "Back to the Future" $6.50 admission tickets. Customers who get in on the flash-sales, may redeem each $6.50 "Back to the Future" ticket for a splashtastic day of fun at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, Monday through Friday, through the end of July 2015.

For the "Family Splashin' Saturday" on August 1, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will re-open immediately after Public Hours of Operation, at approximately 6:15 p.m. For only $7.50 per person, mom, dad and the kids can enjoy the lazy river, splash playground, and slides until sunset. Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase from park concessions. As twilight advances, lifeguards will announce the end of water play, and ushers from the Florida Sheriff's Explorer Association will guide everyone to a showing, starting no later than 8:20 p.m., of "Finding Nemo," on a billboard sized, high-definition LED screen. Moviegoers can watch while floating in tubes in the 25 yard pool.

For more information about NRPA's Park and Recreation month, visit http://www.nrpa.org/july/. To find out about "Back to Future" tickets for Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the inaugural "Family Splashin' Saturday," visit www.SailfishSplash.com and monitor the Waterpark Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/SailfishSplash.



 
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Jul 20, 2015Family Splashin' Saturday at the Waterpark! Featuring Finding Nemo
Movie Night
On Saturday, August 1, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will re-open immediately after Public Hours of Operation, at approximately 6:15 p.m. For only $7.50 per person, mom, dad and the kids can enjoy the lazy river, splash playground, and slides until sunset. Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase from park concessions.

As twilight advances, life guards will announce the end of water play, and ushers from the Florida Sheriff's Explorer Association will guide everyone to a showing, starting no later than 8:20 p.m., of "Finding Nemo", on a billboard sized, high-definition LED screen. Movie goers can watch while floating in tubes in the 25 yard pool.

Tickets are available in our online store or can be purchased the evening of the event at the ticket admission window.


Back to the Future Pricing
In celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month's 30th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary of Martin County Parks & Recreation department, we will be offering limited quantities of tickets at prices from the 1980s, through our online store.

Through the end of July, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will make surprise announcements on www.Facebook.com/SailfishSplash of the online, flash-sales of several sets of 85 "Back to the Future", $6.50 admission tickets. Customers who get in on the flash-sales, may redeem each $6.50 "Back to the Future" ticket for a splashtastic day of fun at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, Monday through Friday, through the end of July 2015.

We can announce availability on the water park Facebook page at any time, so stay tuned and act fast. Once they sell out, they are gone!



NEW: Book Your Birthday Party ONLINE

Book Your Birthday Party Online
Brand new to the Sailfish Splash Waterpark website... you can now book your child's birthday party online 24/7.

We make it easy! Just specify how many party guests and chaperones, select a party package, pick a date, choose any add-ons, and submit your payment.





Upcoming Event: Kids Tri at Sailfish Splash




Kids Tri
The Kids Triathlon will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Aquatic Athletics Center at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. For more information, click here.

Kids Tri Sponosors
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to view the sponsorship package. Contact Dave at 772-221-1419 or email dgladdin@martin.fl.us


 
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Jul 17, 2015Jetsons/Crary Buchanan 9/11 Blood Drive
Wanting to turn the heartbreak of 9/11 into a day of outreach and caring for the community, the venerable Law Firm of Crary Buchanan launched its first 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive in 2010.
This year, in a powerful partnership with Jetson, the drive breaks new ground with two different location sites. From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, September 11, Blood One will be collecting at the Crary Buchanan Law Firm at 759 South Federal Highway in Stuart and at the Jetson store at 4145 S U.S. Highway in Fort Pierce.
Managing partner Mike Crary came up with the concept for the drive after experiencing his own emotional response to the tragedy of 2001 by immediately donating blood. (Mr. Crary has donated more than eight gallons of blood during his life.)
Although the occasion will forever be a solemn and emotional one, the spirit of the American people is evident at this annual recognition event. This year, famed Florida Highwaymen painter R.L. Lewis will contribute an original painting to be presented to one lucky donor who enters his or her name into a drawing at either location.
Enough blood was collected during previous drives to save the lives of more than 3,000 (is this most current number?) people. Help the Treasure Coast break another record! Roll up your sleeves and join your friends and colleagues – it’s quick, it’s painless and it’s patriotic!
Make an appointment at www.oneblooddonor.org and use sponsor code #10153. For information, call Crary Buchanan at 772-287-2600.


 
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Jul 17, 2015Exciting NEW Elements at the Stuart Air Show!
New Parking & Traffic Strategies for the 2015 Stuart Air Show

Over 50,000 people flocked to Martin County Airport - Witham Field last fall to see the USAF F-22 Raptor and the USMC AV-8B Harrier tear up the skies at the Stuart Air Show. The large numbers of spectators also brought large numbers of cars.

"The return of military jets to our event was a huge draw last year," said Don McGlynn, President of the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors. "As soon as we got confirm that we would be featuring three military acts for our 2015 show, we knew we needed to begin taking necessary steps to accommodate an even larger number of attendees."

The US Navy F-18, the US Air Force F-16, and the US Army Golden Knights are scheduled to perform at this year's air show, scheduled for October 30 - November 1.

In anticipation of another year of record-breaking attendance, the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors has begun working with Jeffrey Shapiro of Solutions Event Services. A member of ICAS (International Council of Air Shows) and recent recipient of the ICAS Pinnacle Platinum Award, Mr. Shapiro has worked with numerous air shows, major sporting events, and large shopping malls to implement effective parking strategies.

Events supported by Solutions Event Services include the MCAS Miramar Open House with 750,000 attendees over three days, the Nellis Air Force Open House with 140,000 attendees over two days, the Oyster Bay Festival in Long Island with 200,000 attendees over two days, and the CVS/Caremark Charity Classic Golf Tournament with 15,000 attendees over three days.

With a focus on safety and security, Solutions Event Services develops traffic, parking, and transportation management plans to overcome event-related challenges.

A preliminary onsite visit of the airfield and existing parking areas was completed this spring which included a full analysis of traffic patterns and meetings with local law enforcement and key airport personnel. A detailed Event Logistics Plan has been created using the data collected during the onsite visit and will be implemented at the 2015 air show to improve the overall flow of vehicles into the parking areas as well as having them effectively exit in a timely manner.

The Stuart Air Show Board of Directors is also introducing a
Premium Parking Lot for spectators who wish to park in a designated area close to an exit. Premium Parking will be available for $20 onsite, cash only.

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John Klatt Added to the 2015 Performers!

An unique blend of precision, power and performance!

A list of ALL of our exciting performers
can be found online!
* The US Navy F-18 and US Air Force F-16 will perform Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1. The US Army Golden Knights will perform at the Friday Night Air Show on October 30 as well as on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1.

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Discounted Pre-Sale Tickets

Available Online

Pre-sale Price: $15 *
* available until Wednesday, October 28!
Gate Price: $25

All ticket info, including special pricing for
Children, Youth, and Veterans/Active Military as well as fantastic Upgrade Options, can be found online.
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Vendors & Exhibitors Welcome!
With over 50,000 people attending the Stuart Air Show, the event is a great opportunity to highlight your business.



Applications to become a Vendor & Exhibitor at this year's air show are now being accepted. Click HERE for more info.

Discounted rates are offered for non-profit organizations!
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Help Honor Heroes
Our friends at Southeast Florida Honor Flight need your help! A major sponsor of theirs is no longer able to support their mission, leaving their final flight of the 2015 season in jeopardy. The flight is scheduled for October 24. Dr. Shamsher Singh, a Port St. Lucie dermatologist and passionate supporter of Southeast Florida Honor Flight, has announced that he will match the first $10,000 raised for the October flight with his own donation of $10,000.



To help meet Honor Flight's urgent need for funding and to participate in Dr. Singh's matching funds challenge, donations can be made at www.honorflightsefl.org. Please consider helping this amazing organization!

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The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations including The Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin County Community Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities. Stuart Air Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


 
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Jul 17, 2015Save the Date: Tykes & Teens to Host Free Seminar for Parents of “Tweens”
The 6th Annual "Mapping the Middle: A Guide to All Things Tween" will be held at the IRSC Wolf High Technology Center in Stuart on October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The annual event hosted by Tykes & Teens is free and provides parents of middle school age children with valuable information about how to help tweens navigate the difficult years between elementary and high school.
Expert presenters will include Keynote Speaker Dr. Steven Berman, Ph.D., an award winning Research Psychologist and Developmental Psychology Professor from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Berman will speak about tween and teen identity formation.
Additional topics will include the connection between physical and mental health, and drug and alcohol prevention in the tween years.
Tweens can attend the event with their parent(s), and will participate in self esteem enhancing art therapy projects and prevention games while parents attend the interactive seminars. Food will be provided for all attendees at no cost.
The event is hosted by Tykes & Teens and sponsored by United Way of Martin County, Character Counts, The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, CORE, The Martin County Sherriff’s Department and the Martin County School District.
Pre registration is required, and the first 75 to register will be entered to win a Go Pro camera. For more information or to register, call Dr. Agnieszka Marshall at 772-220-3439.


 
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Jul 16, 2015KANE CENTER TO HOST THE “KANE KARNIVAL” FOR SENIORS ON AUGUST 7
Treasure Coast seniors are invited to the Kane Center in Stuart on Friday, August 7 from noon to 3 p.m. to enjoy a good, old fashioned time at the Kane Karnival! The seniors-only Karnival will be held in the air conditioned comfort of the Kane’s Town Center, and will feature an array of refreshments, including hot dogs, ice cream, peanuts, popcorn, lemonade and more. Entertainment will include performances by The Alliance Barbershop Quartet and magician Jack Durjan. Just for fun, you can also have your handwriting analyzed by Carolyn Columbus. It’s “The Good Old Summertime” – and what better way to have fun while you beat the heat?

All-inclusive tickets for the Karnival include all refreshments and entertainment, and are just $7 for Kane members and $8 for non-members. Tickets are available at www.kanecenter.org, or by calling 772-223-7800. The Kane Center is located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.

The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered. The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County. The mission of the Council is to help seniors live young at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. For information on Council on Aging services, or to learn how you can support the Council and be a part of the Kane Center, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.


 
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Jul 16, 2015JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER WRAPS UP SECOND QUARTER WITH AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Jupiter Medical Center is beginning the summer with numerous awards and accolades from a productive spring.

Most Wired Hospital Award
Jupiter Medical Center has been honored with the Most Wired Hospital Award by Hospitals & Health Networks. The distinction is presented each year to hospitals making the most progress in the adoption of health information technology, resulting in lower readmission rates and a higher standard of patient care. Healthcare’s Most Wired Award is a tool used to measure the amount of IT integration taking place in US hospitals and healthcare centers, and Jupiter Medical Center was recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired healthcare providers, having achieved significant development in the four key areas of IT: Infrastructure, Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety, and Clinical Integration.

AHA Gold Award for Stroke
The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded Jupiter Medical Center with the Gold Award for Stroke. In accordance with its goal of providing patients with quality treatment in hospitals, the AHA offers recognition to hospitals that have complied with its Get With The Guidelines program. The Gold Award is given to hospitals that comply with the program’s seven Achievement Measures in at least 85 percent of patients for over a year. Jupiter Medical Center has also received an even higher honor in the form of the Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus— an achievement Jupiter Medical Center earned because not only do 75% or more of the Center’s patients receive clot-busting tPA when needed in less than an hour, which is the current national goal, but at least half get it in less than 45 minutes. The Medical Center is also proud to be a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center.


AHA Fit-Friendly Workplace Certification
The American Heart Association has recognized Jupiter Medical Center as a GOLD Fit Friendly Worksite. This honor demonstrates that Jupiter Medical Center creates a workplace that puts the employees’ health first. Jupiter Medical Center offers free wellness memberships to all of the team members in their 10,000 square foot wellness center. In the center, members can participate in half-hour group exercise classes that easily fit in the morning before work, lunch break, or afternoon after work schedule. Additionally, Jupiter Medical Center offers a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program to help team members cope with stresses of day-to-day life. American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition Program seeks to honor those organizations that ensure the workplace enhances the health and lives of their employees through physical activity and stress reducing programs.

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Jul 15, 2015Martin County launches job applicant software


On Monday, August 3, Martin County will launch NEOGOV, an online, automated hiring software system.

This online system allows a job applicant to register their information one time, and then apply for as many positions as they qualify for without having to complete separate job applications for each position. The system also allows for applicants to register for other jobs they are interested in and receive an email notification when there is an opening for that position. Applicants will receive immediate email notification that their application has been received.

Paper applications will no longer be accepted effective July 31, 2015. For applicants without access to computers, the Martin County Library System offers computers available for public access at no charge. The new system may also be accessed at all Career Source locations.

Martin County is an EOE/DFWP/ADA/VET PREF employer.


 
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Jul 15, 2015Now Showing!
In our Changing Exhibitions Gallery, enjoy the Elliott's newest acquisition of more than forty original Claus Hoie watercolors featuring Insects: Real and Imagined, along with over twenty beautiful photographs of insects from around the world by Gabby Salazar and Rick Stanley - a great exhibit for the entire family.

Maybe you'll see a monarch or swallowtail butterfly emerge from its chrysalis in our butterfly habitats!
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Thursday mornings at 11:00, join Associate Car Curator, John Giltinan
for a special behind-the-scenes guided tour of
the Auto Gallery and Car Garage!
Meet just prior to 11:00 at the Information Desk.
(John will be on vacation for the next two weeks.
Volunteer Bill Yunger will lead the tour.)
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The Elliott Museum is open every day from 10 - 5




 
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Jul 15, 2015BB&T DONE IN A DAY AT GERTRUDE WALDEN CHILD CARE CENTER
On June 10-11, associates from BB&T partnered with Gertrude Walden Child Care Center (GWCCC) in East Stuart to give the Center’s playground a well-deserved facelift. They painted tables, replaced swings and mulched the entire play area. It was BB&T’s first time volunteering at GWCCC and it was a great success!
BB&T associates are encouraged to participate in community projects that are called “Lighthouse Projects”. In six years, BB&T Lighthouse Projects have touched the lives of more than 9.7 million people as a result of 325,000 volunteer hours contributed by employees working on more than 6,600 projects.

Thank you!





 
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Jul 15, 2015Martin County's general information
Dear Martin County citizen:

As a subscriber to Martin County's general information email list, we thought you would also be interested in receiving periodic updates on Martin County's activities related to the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF) project. If you do not wish to receive these periodic updates, simply reply back and we will promptly remove you from these communications.

Further developments in Martin County versus AAF litigation.

In April, Martin County challenged the Department of Transportation (DOT) over two specific issues regarding its $1.75 billion bond allocation to the AAF project, the largest private activity bond issuance in DOT history. On July 7, the U.S. District Court Judge permitted the Counties to obtain expedited discovery sought regarding AAF's finances, and its claim it can fund the project if public subsidy bonds are not available. The Counties will quickly obtain and review AAF financial documents.

The Court also temporarily dismissed AAF's and DOT's Motions to Dismiss the counties' cases, but will consider such motions again when the discovery phase is completed, if they are refiled. This means that Martin County's lawsuit against the Department of Transportation over AAF financing proceeds.

Commissioners receive Martin County's boat count presentation- showing far more boats at St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge than those referenced in federal Draft Environmental Impact Statement on AAF.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation during their regular meeting on July 7 about vessel traffic in the St. Lucie River at the St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge in Stuart. Martin County's data shows there are significantly more vessel on the waterway in this location than the numbers included in the Federal Railroad Administration's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the AAF project that was issued last year. The new Martin County data indicates the DEIS is factually misleading in terms of vessel count, and Martin County is now supplying the peak boat traffic -- what the average daily boat count is in those peak months, and what the average boat count is on weekends.

The DEIS used limited data collected only during the month of January. Martin County used a private engineering firm to study the county's boat traffic for the last 12 months. The undisputed data shows that in the spring and summer months there are 83 percent more boats in the St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge area as compared to the average boat counts contained in the DEIS, which only included two weeks in January.

Martin County's boat counts show the highest daily average to date was in April with an average of 280 boats per day. The DEIS shows the average daily boat count during daylight hours to be 121 boats per day and they included "casual observations at night" in their numbers. Additionally, Martin County's data shows the busiest boating day is Sunday with as many as 880 boats counted on a Sunday in August 2014.

Martin County's data shows the AAF project will adversely impact boaters with lengthy delays and create hazardous boating conditions. Click here to view Martin County's July 7 St. Lucie Rail Bridge boat count presentation.

Florida Development Finance Corporation reschedules meeting - but AAF is not on the agenda.

A public meeting of the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) has been scheduled for July 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Orlando. The meeting agenda does not mention AAF-related business, so it is unclear if any information or decisions regarding the proposed AAF project will be discussed or made during the meeting. It appears the FDFC will subsequently have the AAF hearing on a yet to be scheduled day.

Funding for the AAF project was to have been addressed publicly at the previous scheduled meetings which had been cancelled. In advance of those meetings, Martin County made multiple attempts to seek improvements to the public comment portion of the FDFC meeting. FDFC responded that the Counties and other opponents of the AAF project would be granted an opportunity to provide an organized set of facts and arguments which had not been provided at FDFC's April hearing on the subject.

Martin County's legal counsel has also sent letters to the FDFC regarding issues with its board governance and composition. To date, the FDFC has not formally responded to Martin County's correspondence on these issues.


Martin County remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting its citizens against the negative impacts of the proposed All Aboard Florida project.

In February 2015, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to allocate $1.4 million to fight the $3 billion AAF project. Martin County's concerns with the project relate to public safety, marine impacts, our environment, our economy, and impacts to our quality of life.

Martin County is a conservative steward of taxpayer dollars. Expenditures related to fighting AAF are brought before the Board of County Commissioners for review and approval.

More information on the web.

Martin County has a created a webpage where the public can view AAF-related materials. Please visit www.martin.fl.us and click on Hot Topics.



 
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Jul 15, 2015Invitation to Artists with a Vision ~ Instructors Exhibition Aug 1
Join VSOA Instructors for wine and cheese reception

Portion of proceeds benefit
Visionary School of Arts scholarships through sponsorships

VSOA has a waiting list of children who need sponsors.
A short auction fund raiser will be held at the event.

Please contact Andi at office@visionaryschoolofarts.com for a
sponsorship packet.



Michael Nolan, Tori Ryan, Danielle Keller, Lynne Barletta, Emily Royo, Alicia Posluszny, Tracee Virginia Newsome, Michael Claren

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Coming This Fall "SAVE OUR RIVER SHOW!





Visionary School of Arts will be hosting a number of shows
this fall for a brand new "SAVE OUR RIVER" theme that will include helping to get the word out about Caulkins Water Farm. Our student body and parents will me making a trip to Caulkins to learn about the new answers to our water issues. Students will go out to sketch and photograph our local river this summer. When the students complete their paintings in September, there will be a calendar contest of the 12 Juror's choice paintings and every single student will have a giclee produced of their river painting to market at the scheduled shows. Originals will not be for sale, as the show will travel. This show will become our Rising Star traveling fall show.


Visionary School of Arts is raising up and launching artists of all ages with training in business, marketing and leadership. We could not be more excited to share our passion for clean waters with our students, and the ability to actually do something about it! Art crosses political boundaries with a powerful message. Our goal is to get the show to Tallahassee in the spring so when we lobby for the needed government support, the show will have momentum, press coverage and a huge part of the solution.


We are excited about teaching our students about conservation and having a voice of leadership for the future!


Thank you for your support,


Lynne Barletta
Executive Director


Our Fall program includes:

Drawing with Detail: Graphite and Prismacolor Pencils
Working With Texture
Creative Surfaces
3D Paintings
Plein Air Pastels
Leadership for Children
Creating Giclees and Marketing



September (Date TBA)
Rising Star "SAVE OUR RIVER" show and contest and the creation of "Save Our River" calendar


November 14th 5 to 8 PM
Rising Star "SAVE OUR RIVER" show and reception hosted by
Trent Steele Law office Hobe Sound

December (Date TBA)
Rising Star "SAVE OUR RIVER" show hosted by
Harbor Community Bank Stuart

More Shows TBA


Registrations at the Front Desk or By Phone

772-283-4888 1724 Indian St, Stuart FL 34997

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ART AFTER DARK for Adults

Call for reservations and join our professional team for a night of creativity,
fun and learning!

Book a party or reserve individual spots

772-283-4888


 
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Jul 15, 2015A look inside MiamiCentral!
MiamiCentral is under construction! Click on the image above to watch All Aboard Florida’s President Mike Reininger provide an update on construction and an overview of the 9-acre development. Click here to watch Mike's overview! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzvQAEyk8M0

To date, we drilled 1,200 piles, poured 10,000 cubic yards of concrete, and utilized 2,546 tons of rebar. A total of 1,600 pilings will support the 50 to 100’ deep foundations. The five-track train structure will be located 50 feet above ground to maintain the flow of traffic and create a walkable, pedestrian friendly environment.

The red fence wrap spanning six city blocks conceals much of the work going on at the site. Once it's completed, MiamiCentral will connect passengers with existing public transit systems, like the Metrorail, Metromover, bus and trolley systems. Passengers will also have the option to rent a car or a bike, so they can get to their end destinations efficiently and seamlessly.

MiamiCentral, which is located at NW 1st Avene between NW 3rd Street and NW 8th Street, is in the heart of downtown Miami. Exciting changes are in the works, and we encourage you to stay engaged!


 
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Jul 15, 2015“American Dream”

Homeownership is one of the cornerstones of the “American Dream,” but depending on where you are looking to buy, you can run into roadblocks that might hurt your chances for approval. SmartAsset recently determined the places in the US where homebuyers were most likely to be approved for a mortgage. Counties were ranked based upon the ratio of mortgage applications to mortgages approved in the county.
Listed below are the top counties in Florida:
Rank County Loan Funding Rate 5 Year Borrowing Costs Property Tax Annual Mortgage Payment Loan Funding Rate Index
1 Sumter, FL 74.71% $67,427 $12,619 $12,184 74.71
2 Saint Johns, FL 64.55% $67,842 $13,660 $12,267 64.55
3 Santa Rosa, FL 64.28% $67,929 $10,045 $12,284 64.28
4 Manatee, FL 63.65% $68,016 $14,138 $12,301 63.65
5 Okaloosa, FL 62.77% $67,291 $9,219 $12,156 62.77
6 Seminole, FL 62.67% $68,036 $12,186 $12,305 62.67
7 Sarasota, FL 62.58% $67,303 $13,183 $12,159 62.58
8 Lee, FL 62.30% $67,703 $15,553 $12,239 62.30
9 Leon, FL 61.76% $67,969 $11,981 $12,292 61.76
10 Martin, FL 61.71% $68,007 $13,541 $12,300 61.71
The rankings were part of SmartAsset’s overarching study on the best mortgage markets in the US. You can see an overview of the methodology, and an interactive map showing the top mortgage markets in the US here: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/mortgage-rates#Florida/origination-rate


 
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Jul 14, 2015Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancies


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

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

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

Golden Gate meetings will be held quarterly (second Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Cassidy Community Center at Golden Gate. Next meetings: September 21 and December 14.
Hobe Sound meetings will be held quarterly (third Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Civic Center. Next meetings: July 15 and October 21.
Indiantown meetings will be held monthly (second Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Indiantown Civic Center. Next meetings: August 12, September 9, October 14.
Jensen Beach meetings will be held quarterly (first Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center. Next meetings: August 5 and November 4.
Old Palm City meetings will be held quarterly (third Monday of the month) at 6pm at Palm City Community Center. Next meetings: August 17 and November 16.
Port Salerno meetings will be held quarterly (typically the third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center. Next meetings: September 17 and December 17.
Rio meetings will be held quarterly (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center. Next meetings: August 20 and November 19.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 31, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jul 14, 2015Stuart Air Show To Implement New Parking Strategies
Martin County, Florida: Over 50,000 people flocked to Martin County Airport – Witham Field last fall to see the USAF F-22 Raptor and the USMC AV-8B Harrier tear up the skies at the Stuart Air Show. The large numbers of spectators also brought large numbers of cars.

“The return of military jets to our event was a huge draw last year,” said Don McGlynn, President of the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors. “As soon as we got confirm that we would be featuring three military acts for our 2015 show, we knew we needed to begin taking necessary steps to accommodate an even larger number of attendees.”

The US Navy F-18, the US Air Force F-16, and the US Army Golden Knights are scheduled to perform at this year’s air show, scheduled for October 30 – November 1 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

In anticipation of another year of record-breaking attendance, the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors has begun working with Jeffrey Shapiro of Solutions Event Services. A member of ICAS (International Council of Air Shows) and recent recipient of the ICAS Pinnacle Platinum Award, Mr. Shapiro has worked with numerous air shows, major sporting events, and large shopping malls to implement effective parking strategies.

Events supported by Solutions Event Services include the MCAS Miramar Open House with 750,000 attendees over three days, the Nellis Air Force Open House with 140,000 attendees over two days, the Oyster Bay Festival in Long Island with 200,000 attendees over two days, and the CVS/Caremark Charity Classic Golf Tournament with 15,000 attendees over three days.

With a focus on safety and security, Solutions Event Services develops traffic, parking, and transportation management plans to overcome event-related challenges.

A preliminary onsite visit of the airfield and existing parking areas was completed this spring which included a full analysis of traffic patterns and meetings with local law enforcement and key airport personnel. A detailed Event Logistics Plan has been created using the data collected during the onsite visit and will be implemented at the 2015 air show to improve the overall flow of vehicles into the parking areas as well as having them effectively exit in a timely manner.

The Stuart Air Show Board of Directors is also introducing a Premium Parking Lot for spectators who wish to park in a designated area close to an exit. Premium Parking will be available for $20 onsite, cash only.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $15 online at www.stuartairshow.com or by calling 877-577-9463. Ticket prices at the gate will be $25. Additional information on special pricing for Youth and Veterans/Active Military can be found online. Children under the age of five are free.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elisabeth Glynn, Executive Director at 772-781-4882 or at Elisabeth@stuartairshow.com.



 
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Jul 14, 2015Keep Martin Beautiful Welcomes New Board of Directors


Palm City, Fla – The incoming officers and directors of Keep Martin Beautiful are motivated and committed to Martin County as the new slate of officers and board members.

Keep Martin Beautiful Officers: President, Craig Ahal – AmeriSweeps; Vice President, Josh Ferraro – Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC; Treasurer, Jennifer Stull-Wise – Residential Asset Management; Secretary, Mary Kindel – City of Stuart; Immediate Past President, Jim Dragseth – Whiticar Boat Works. Directors: Pat Yancey – Martin County Solid Waste; Stuart Trent – South Martin Regional Utility

Incoming president, Craig Ahal, has been involved with Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) since 1997 and is looking forward to taking on this important role in the organization. “I have been a resident of Martin County for 26 years. In my time in this county, I have witnessed the success of KMB’s mission – to preserve and enhance the quality of life in our community through litter prevention, waste reduction, beautification, and environmental education,” said Ahal, “Our community has benefited significantly from the services and education this organization provides and I know we are making a tangible difference that will last for generations.”

Each year, Keep Martin Beautiful recruits over 3,000 volunteers throughout Martin County who donate over 10,000 hours of time to remove more than 50 tons of litter and marine debris from local beaches, parks, roads, and waterways. The Great American Cleanup held each spring and the International Coastal Cleanup which takes place in September are two of the organization’s signature cleanup events. “The cleanups allow people from all walks of life to unite with one common cause,” Ahal added, “KMB’s mission has been effective as a result of the strength and support of our volunteers and sponsors. It is an honor and privilege to work with my fellow board members and volunteers to continue to improve our community.”

Keep Martin Beautiful would also like to share its accomplishment in receiving Keep Florida Beautiful’s award for “Outstanding Communication and Education for 2015.” This honor would not have been possible without the dedication of so many members in the community who constantly promote the organization’s mission.

Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. In addition to its signature cleanup events, Keep Martin Beautiful also hosts an annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Ceremony and administers the successful Adopt-A-Road program.

KMB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and a volunteer driven organization that relies on memberships, sponsorships, grants, and other revenue to fund its important work. For more information, call 781-1222 or email info@keepmartinbeautiful.org or visit www.keepmartinbeautiful.org.


 
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Jul 14, 2015Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offers adoption discounts due to overcrowded conditions
For the second year in a row, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is seeing an increase in animals being surrendered during the summer months. For the last couple of weeks, the Palm City shelter has maintained a steady number of 150 animals up for adoption with a peak of 180. Usually that number is between 100 and 110. To prompt more adoptions, adoption fees are being reduced to $10 for cats (normally $40) and $60 for dogs, or half off the normal adoption fee of $120, until at least the end of July.
The HSTC is the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when the shelter gets overcrowded. Open access means the shelter accepts every animal that is brought to it, unlike other pet agencies that turn away animals they deem to be unadoptable or that come from other counties or states.
“By not turning any animals away, that’s a great benefit to the animals,” said HSTC Operations Manager Candice Veach. “Otherwise, I don’t know where they would go. But it puts us in a predicament.” That predicament means rather than housing all of the pets in the usual three by five foot space, some are being placed in crates in the hallways, which is not ideal for the pets. “As quickly as we’re adopting them out, we’re receiving them, which keeps the numbers steady,” said Veach. “We’re doing our best to keep the animals comfortable by walking them more and doing extra cleaning.”
Adopters can visit the shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City, Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., (Wed. until 7 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Interested parties must go through the HSTC adoption interview and review process to qualify as an adopter. Cats also may be adopted at Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, and at Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart. The shelter and thrift stores’ adoption hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. To see photos and descriptions of available animals, visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org. For more information, call 772-223-8822.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Jul 14, 2015“Caps of Love”
The VNA is collecting plastic caps for “Caps of Love”(see poster for types) to help them buy wheelchairs for children.

14 Fall Updated flyer.pdf
 
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Jul 14, 2015Community Update from FPL
We hope you and your family had an enjoyable and safe Fourth of July holiday and your summer is off to a great start!
At Florida Power & Light Company, summer is a busy time for us with the start of storm season and assorted community projects and events. Here are a few highlights from the last few months.

FPL has a plan for the 2015 storm season, do you?
Hurricane season has officially begun and now is the time to be sure you are prepared when a storm strikes your area. FPL prepares year round, testing scenarios, conducting drills, coordinating with local governments and ensuring that we are ready to work around the clock to get your lights back on. We encourage you to make a plan for your home or business.
https://www.fpl.com/storm.html?cid=aliasstorm





FPL and Gov. Scott welcome S&C Electric Company to South Florida
Last month, Chicago-based S&C Electric Company opened their first manufacturing facility in Florida. The West Palm Beach site will turn out thousands of smart grid devices aimed at improving service for FPL's 4.8 million customers.




Safer Homes, Fewer Burns
FPL joined forces with the City of Hialeah, Hialeah Fire Department and the American Red Cross to provide several homes with safety makeovers while helping residents avoid fires and prevent injuries. More than 70 volunteers went door-to-door installing smoke alarms, adjusting water heater settings and identifying ways to lower electric bills - all to help FPL customers be safer in their homes.



FPL recognized by Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The Florida Commissioner of Education's Corporate Business Recognition Award was presented to FPL recently for its outstanding partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education host the annual awards for the state's school districts and business partners that exemplify private sector engagement in public education.




Robots help students showcase STEM skills
Students from 12 schools in Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties took part in FPL's third annual Robotics Showcase. FPL sponsors 50 robotics teams across the state as well as the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional competition because these programs help prepare tomorrow's technically savvy workforce.




Energy Garden enriches educational curricula
Flagler County Teacher of the Year, Ed Wolff, opened his "Growing Energy Garden" to the public recently. Wolff, a teacher at Belle Terre Elementary School in Palm Coast, has been a recipient of FPL teacher grants for three years and used the money to incorporate solar and wind elements in the garden. Student guides demonstrated the solar and wind engines as well as other renewable techniques found in the garden.



FPL and FIU partner to build solar research facility
FPL and Florida International University announced a new partnership to build a commercial-scale distributed solar power facility in West Miami-Dade County that will help generate electricity for FPL customers and serve as an innovative research operation. The partnership will help us study solar power's interaction with the electric grid as part of our commitment to reliably deliver affordable clean energy to all of our customers.


FPL welcomes 2015 summer college interns
This summer FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy welcomes more than 200 college interns to facilities across the country. We are strong believers in recruiting the best talent and in creating opportunities.
http://www.nexteraenergy.com/careers/college.shtml?cid=aliascollege


These are just a few of the many activities that demonstrate FPL's commitment to work together with the communities we serve to make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family. I wish you a rewarding and relaxing summer and hope that it's a calm and quiet storm season.
As always, if you have any questions or thoughts to offer, feel free to reach out to your local FPL External Affairs manager or to me directly.

Sincerely,


Pam Rauch
Vice President of Development & External Affairs
Florida Power & Light Company



 
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Jul 13, 2015Keep Martin Beautiful seeks local volunteers to join in worldwide coastal cleanup

More than half a million people around the world to participate in
International Coastal Cleanup on September 19
PALM CITY, Fla. - The 2015 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is right around the corner and Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is encouraging residents to join the community by taking action to help improve the quality of our beaches and waterways.
Approximately 560,000 volunteers from more than 100 nations around the world come together on a single day to participate in the waterway cleanup. Spearheaded globally by the Ocean Conservancy and coordinated locally by Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB), this year’s International Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“The volunteers who participate in this cleanup each year are a dedicated and passionate group. From every walk of life, young and old, they are the quiet heroes in Martin County and the real protectors of our beaches and waterways,” said Craig Ahal, KMB president. “It is always inspiring to go to different sites during this coastal cleanup and see the mass of people with garbage bags, gloves, pick up sticks and data cards, combing the coastal waterfront and beaches and removing debris that can cause harm to marine life. It’s an important task and wouldn’t happen without the support of our volunteers.”
The cleanup efforts are a vital part of motivating people to do something tangible in their community - to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways. More importantly, the cleanup educates people to become aware of the problems associated with litter and challenges citizens to change the behaviors that cause the pollution in the first place. Last year, over 2,000 KMB volunteers removed more than 41,000 pounds of litter and marine debris from our shorelines.
“Every piece of trash that is picked up during the cleanup should be a challenge for change,” said Allison Schutes, marine debris specialist of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. “The trash that tops our top 10 list every year – things like cigarette butts, bags and bottle caps – include disposable plastics meant for one-time usage. These items simply do not belong in our natural environment.”
Groups and individuals are welcome to join the cleanup effort at Stuart Beach, but KMB encourages volunteers to sign up in advance to clean the beach or waterway of their choice to ensure clean waterways all over Martin County. All volunteers are invited to attend a volunteer appreciation party at Stuart Beach from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to thank volunteers, sponsors and community supporters. The event will feature food, drinks and family friendly activities.
Keep Martin Beautiful thanks the generous sponsors and community supporters of the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup, which include: Amerisweeps; Captec Engineering; Cook Electric; FPL; Indiantown Co-Generation; Jenkins Landscape; Kohl’s; Martin County Solid Waste; Organic Laboratories; Pineapple Cove Apartments; R3 Recycling; Ram Realty; Sailor’s Return; Wallace Nissan; and Whiticar Boat Works.
What Volunteers Need to Know
• The International Coastal Cleanup targets waterways throughout Martin County, from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean and everything in between
• Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure volunteers are assigned to areas most in need
• Volunteers who do not pre-register can join Keep Martin Beautiful at Stuart Beach on the morning of the cleanup
• The unique data gathering feature of this cleanup records every piece of litter collected
• Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes
• Participants will be provided with water and cleanup supplies, as well as a complimentary T-shirt (while supplies last)
For more information about the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup, or to register your family, business, civic or school group, contact KMB at 772-781-1222 or info@keepmartinbeautiful.org.
About Keep Martin Beautiful
Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at
facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or call 772-781-1222.

 
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Jul 13, 2015Mornings on Main Street
Stuart Main Street to Highlight Dancin’ in the Streets at July’s Mornings on Main Street
Aycock Funeral Home & Dignity Memorial to Host Downtown Networking Breakfast at Aycock Funeral Home & Dignity Memorial

Who: Anyone who loves Downtown Stuart and wants to shape its future!
What: Bi-monthly networking breakfast Mornings on Main Street presented by
Stuart Main Street. This month’s focus: Dancin’ in the Streets, including:
- Dancin’s return to downtown
- Entertainment lineup
- Overall info about Dancin’ in the Streets
- The Taylor Dayne Show and partnership with The Lyric
- Where to purchase tickets & ticket giveaways
When: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Aycock Funeral Home & Dignity Memorial, 505 S. Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994
How: Call 772-286-2848 for more information

STUART, FL – July 5, 2015 – Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce its next bi-monthly networking breakfast, Mornings on Main Street, will focus on Dancin’ in the Streets. Topics will include Dancin’ in the Streets return to downtown, entertainment for this year’s lineup, overall news about this year’s event, The Taylor Dayne Show and partnership with The Lyric, where to purchase tickets and ticket giveaways! Stuart Main Street will hold the popular FREE networking breakfast at 8:00 a.m. July 23, 2015 at Aycock Funeral Home & Dignity Memorial, 505 S. Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994. The event is sponsored by Aycock Funeral Home & Dignity Memorial with a light breakfast provided by Aycock Funeral Home & Dignity Memorial
Mornings on Main Street is a bi-monthly FREE networking event held the fourth Thursday of every other month. This “must attend” event focuses on Downtown Stuart with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for Downtown Stuart. For more information, call Stuart Main Street at 772-286-2848.


 
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Jul 13, 2015SFWMD Starts Up Wet Season Water Storage for the St. Lucie River
Ten Mile Creek will also help improve water quality for the river and estuary


Engineers at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this month began pumping operations at the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area to store and clean water during the 2015 wet season to help protect the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

“I am proud that we are able to provide a portion of the intended benefits of this piece of the ecosystem restoration plan for the St. Lucie River,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Daniel O’Keefe. “We appreciate the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to help make it possible to operate the project for this wet season.”

While the project, a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), continues through the federal process, the Corps authorized the SFWMD to operate the site to provide key benefits to the river this wet season.

Consistent with the original purpose of the project, the wet season operations will help to reduce nutrients and freshwater flows to the river and estuary.

“Progress demands a strong commitment to collectively develop and implement solutions,” said Col. Alan Dodd, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Commander. “What we've been able to accomplish alongside the South Florida Water Management District exemplifies what is possible when we all work together within our given authorities to provide operational and ecological benefits to South Florida.”

Background:
The Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area was designed to improve the timing and volume of water deliveries to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River by capturing and storing stormwater runoff from the Ten Mile Creek Basin.

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

Diverted stormwater from Ten Mile Creek will be stored in the Water Storage Area and will pass through a shallow water Polishing Cell for water quality treatment, primarily to reduce nutrient levels, before being released into Ten Mile Creek.


 
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Jul 13, 2015STUART AIR SHOW CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL MUSEUM


Martin County, Florida: Each year, the Stuart Air Show makes several charitable contributions to local nonprofit and community organizations. The most recent air show, held this past fall, was the most successful the event has ever been.

“Over 50,000 people came to see the air show,” said Don McGlynn, Stuart Air Show Board President. “Each ticket purchased enables us to make our charitable contributions.”

The Stuart Air Show provides contributions to several designated recipients. Among them is the Road to Victory Military Museum, a nonprofit organization that honors the brave men and women who have served or who are presently serving in the US Armed Forces. The museum is located in the heart of Stuart on Stypmann Avenue.

The donation from the Stuart Air Show directly benefitted the Museum, allowing them to purchase a command post trailer to be used as a mobile Museum as well as to refurbish a WWII era ambulance to its full authenticity.

“The air show has done a lot to support the museum over the years,” said Michael Roberts, President of the Road to Victory Military Museum. “Our partnership gives us the opportunity to highlight military history and honor those who have served our country. We were even able to showcase the ambulance as part of the Museum’s display at the 4th of July festivities in downtown Stuart.”

Historical artifacts, uniforms, photographs, weapons, and vehicles are displayed at the Museum, which focuses on paying homage to our country’s heroes while educating the public. The Museum is 100% volunteer driven. In addition to their efforts in supporting the Museum, this dedicated team of volunteers donates hundreds of volunteer hours at the Stuart Air Show by providing an exciting weapons demonstration and thrilling WWII battle reenactment as well as playing an integral role behind the scenes of the event.

“We’re anticipating another successful year,” added McGlynn. “The success of the air show directly allows us to make more of an impact on our community.”

The 2015 Stuart Air Show will be held on October 30 – November 1 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field and will feature the US Navy F-18, the US Air Force F-16, and the US Army Golden Knights.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $15 online at www.stuartairshow.com or by calling 877-577-9463. Ticket prices at the gate will be $25. Additional information on special pricing for Youth and Veterans/Active Military can be found online. Children under the age of five are free.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elisabeth Glynn, Executive Director at 772-781-4882 or at Elisabeth@stuartairshow.com.


 
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Jul 13, 2015"Out Laugh Hunger"
The 1st annual "Out Laugh Hunger" to support Treasure Coast Food Bank will be held at the Sunrise Theatre Black Box Venue in downtown Ft. Pierce on Aug. 14 at 7 PM.


You're in for a real treat with a full night of comedy planned!

Headlining the event is nationally-known comedian Chris Young who'll be flying in from Michigan just to share his "clean, clever, crafty, and funny" observations on life.

Also appearing on stage is the Treasure Coast's very own Casey Peruski from Casey N Spaz Comedy who has performed alongside the likes of Kevin Nealon, Richard Lewis, Tom Arnold, Frank Caliendo, Carlos Mencia, Russell Peters, and Rich Vos!

Tickets to "Out Laugh Hunger" are $25 and VIP tickets (two drinks and reserved seating area) are $50. Adults 18 and over are welcome.

We want to thank Wells Fargo and Indian River Magazine for their sponsorships. Would your business like to sponsor "Out Laugh Hunger" and play a direct role in alleviating hunger in our community? Then call us at 772.489.3034 today.

PS: Don't forget to check out Luminaries on July 27 for its wacky and wild "Out Laugh Hunger" cover photo!









Treasure Coast Food Bank
401 Angle Road
Fort Pierce, FL. 34947
(772) 489-3034
stophunger.org



 
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Jul 13, 2015FAU Harbor Branch Partners with Harvest Outreach
FAU Harbor Branch Partners with Harvest Outreach
for Children’s Educational Programming

Local children of families in need will learn about ocean science this summer, thanks to a partnership between FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) and the Harvest Food & Outreach Center in Fort Pierce.
The event will take place on Monday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harvest Food & Outreach Center, 2520 Orange Ave., in Fort Pierce. Field trips for the children to the HBOI Ocean Discovery Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North in Fort Pierce, will take place on Fridays, July 17 and July 24.
The program at the Harvest Food & Outreach Center includes a public open house featuring members of the HBOI Marine Mammal Team who will give public tours of the HBOI Marine Mammal Ambulance, provide interactive experiences for families and share information about the marine mammals in the Indian River Lagoon and beyond.
“We are always excited when we can introduce ocean education and our work at Harbor Branch to a new audience,” said Jim Masterson, Ph.D., program director. “We are grateful to Norm and Sandy Stevenson, whose generosity is allowing us to build a new, long-term relationship with the children and families served by the Harvest Food & Outreach Center.”
The collaboration is designed to support the educational programming for the children of Harvest Food & Outreach Center clients, and is being facilitated by Harvest Food board member Norm Stevenson, and his wife, Sandy.
“All children should have the opportunity to discover the wonders and possibilities of the world they live in,” said Stevenson. “We are proud of the work of both organizations, and are pleased to play a part in making it possible for the children of Harvest clients to learn about our oceans and estuaries firsthand with HBOI.”
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.



 
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Jul 13, 2015Learning Disabilities Today
Learning Disabilities Today
c/o Helping People Succeed
1100 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, Florida 34994

July 8, 2015



Media Release
Submitted by Suzy Hutcheson
Contact Information:
Jonathan Mittleman 772-219-1941
Suzy Hutcheson 772-320-0777


Learning Disabilities Today
Group Formed

Learning Disabilities Today, a group for adults with learning disabilities offering them the opportunity to share experiences and opportunities with each other, will meet on Saturday, July 25 at 10:30 am. Adults who have completed high school, attending college or are older are invited to attend. The meeting will be hosted by Helping People Succeed, 1100 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida.

The hope is that through this group, adults who experience a learning disability will increase their knowledge of employment opportunities, resources available and just have an opportunity to talk with one another.

For more information, please call Jonathan Mittleman at 772-219-1941 or Suzy Hutcheson at 772-320-0777.


 
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Jul 13, 2015Judge rules in favor of Martin and Indian River Counties in All Aboard Florida case


Statement on behalf of Martin County legal consel, Steve Ryan:
In the ongoing litigation filed by Indian River and Martin County plaintiffs in U.S. District Court in Washington DC, a status conference of counsel was held Monday before the Hon. Judge Cooper, and on Tuesday morning the Court issued an Order permitting the Counties to obtain the expedited discovery they sought regarding AAF's finances, and its claim it can fund the project if public subsidy bonds are not available. The Counties look forward to obtaining AAF's documents. Even with an expedited schedule, it is expected to take several weeks to complete this round of discovery. AAF has requested a protective order to prevent any public disclosure of its financial information, and to the extent it is confidential, the Counties lawyers agreed to maintain this confidentiality.

The Court also dismissed at this time the AAF's and DOT/DOJ's Motions to Dismiss the Counties cases, and will not consider such motions again until the discovery is completed and if they are refiled.
We will continue to update you as events unfold.


 
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Jul 13, 2015CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY

Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Florida: The Treasure Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will once again be continuing the tradition of honoring community philanthropists at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration.

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated in more than 500 locations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Treasure Coast Chapter has hosted its National Philanthropy Day celebration since 1994. Each year, over 200 guests gather to recognize and celebrate the top philanthropists of Martin & St. Lucie Counties. The reception honors those whose contributions make a significant impact on our community. The 2015 National Philanthropy Day reception will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Santa Lucia River Club, Ballantrae in Port Saint Lucie.

Nominations are now being accepted. Award categories include Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award; Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award; Outstanding Foundation or Group Award; and the Leave A Legacy Award. Nomination forms can be found online at www.afptreasurecoast.org.

Nominations must be received no later than August 14, 2015 to be considered. All nominees will be recognized at the reception as will all nominating organizations.

For information on the 2015 National Philanthropy Day reception, the nomination process, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Monte Kosoff, Chapter President at 772-464-5300 or at monte.kosoff@unitedwayslc.org.

A full press release and photos from the 2014 awards ceremony are attached.

Images:
1. Rocco Fiore, nominated by ARC of Martin County, accepting an award at the 2014 National Philanthropy Day reception.
2. Jennifer Ahern nominated Kim Waser Nash who was recognized at the 2014 recpetion.
3. AFP Treasure Coast Chapter members Lucy Corley, Monte Kosoff, and Joanne Towner.


Thanks so much for your consideration!

Best wishes,

Elisabeth


Elisabeth Glynn
Executive Director

Stuart Air Show
2400 SE Monterey Road, Suite 300
Stuart, FL 34996
772-781-4882 x402
772-781-5434 fax
Elisabeth@StuartAirShow.com


 
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Jul 13, 2015Portion of Sandsprit Park closed to public July 17-19


Martin Memorial Health Foundation will hold its 2015 Goombay Bash at Sandsprit Park (3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd, Stuart), closing the east end of the park to public access from Friday, July 17 at 5 p.m. to Sunday, July 19 at 8 a.m. Vehicles parked in the designated area at the time of the closing will be towed at the owner's expense.

The park and boat ramp will remain open to the public throughout the weekend with limited parking for personal vehicles and boat trailers.

Due to the large set-up of the event, the area for additional boat trailer parking located east of the boat ramp will be closed from Wednesday, July 15 at 8 a.m. to Monday, July 20 at 12 p.m.

Boaters can find alternative Martin County Parks & Recreation Department boat ramps at the following locations: Broward Street Boat Ramp, 4973 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, Charlie Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Ave., Palm City, Hosford Park, 7474 SE Gaines Ave., Stuart, Jimmy Graham Park, 8555 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, Phipps Park, 2175 SW Locks Rd., Stuart, Jensen Beach Causeway Boat Ramp, NE Causeway Blvd, Jensen Beach, Stuart Causeway Park, 202 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Timer Powers Park, 14100 SW Citrus Blvd., Indiantown.

The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department manages and maintains the Sandsprit Park as one of 76 venues in Martin County's Parks and Recreation Department system.

Visit www.martin.fl.us and click on "Parks & Recreation" under "Departments" for complete information on facilities and activities. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.


 
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Jul 13, 2015A.M. Best affirms Thrivent Financial’s A++ (Superior) rating with stable outlook

Agency cites favorable operating earnings, market position and high quality capital structure

Stuart, FL (July, 2015) – A.M. Best has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ A++ (Superior) rating as well as its stable outlook. The A++ (Superior) rating is the highest of the ratings agency’s 16 ratings categories.

A.M. Best cited Thrivent Financial’s prominent market presence within the Christian community, favorable trend of operating earnings, superior risk-adjusted capitalization, prudent asset liability matching and solid enterprise risk management practices. The agency also cited Thrivent Financial’s high quality capital structure. Ratings like this continue to demonstrate Thrivent’s ability to meet policyholder obligations remains strong.

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

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

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Mark Valinote and Amy Whitlach at 367 NE Baker Road, Stuart FL 34994, (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. 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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Jul 13, 2015Attorney Phyllis Gillespie New Chair For Helping People Succeed Board


As Helping People Succeed begins its 51st year, the local non-profit organization welcomes new Operating Board chair, Phyllis Gillespie, attorney with the firm of Laws-Scott & Gillespie PLLC in Stuart.

On the non-profit organization’s board for the last four years and two years as Vice Chair, Gillespie has been active in Helping People Succeed programs, as well as board committees and community projects throughout Martin County. Serving with Gillespie on the Operating Board are Vice Chair Michelle Weiler, Secretary Dr. Kim Dettori and Treasurer Kevin Burn.

Other board members include Bliss Browne, Jackie Holfelder, Beth Prinz Lowy Esq., Kelley Quinn, CPA, Kathy Skrzypczak, Dr James Vopal and Tom Warner. New board members, starting with the 2015-2016 fiscal year, are Lee Borellis, Barbara Essenwine, Bonney Johnson and Susan King. Carolyn Timmann is an Honorary Board Member.

Helping People Succeed is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. The organization works with children and families in varied programs, such as Baby Steps, Healthy Families, Music & Movement, Behavioral Health Services, Community Connections and Employment Options.

For additional information, contact Helping People Succeed on the website at www.hpsfl.org or by calling 772-320-0770. For more information on its background, activities and services, visit the website at www.hpsfl.org or click on the YouTube logo to review Helping People Succeed’s “Making A Difference” video. The non-profit organization is located at 1100 SE Federal Hwy in Stuart.


 
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Jul 13, 2015Summer at FOS: Sea Turtle Stories, Volunteers, Business Partners & More
The Story of Anna Belle “Abe” the Green Sea Turtle

By Brittany Biber, Director of Animal Care & Life Support

In 2011, “Abe” (formally known as Anna Belle) arrived at a Loggerhead Marinelife Center with healed scars from a boat strike and a buoyant butt (we’ll explain later!) After various procedures, it was deemed that this Green Sea Turtle would need a forever home to provide care for the rest of its life.

Abe (then “Anna Belle”) was transferred to Florida Oceanographic Society in 2012, joining our other three sea turtles (Turt, Hank and Lily) in the 750,000-gallon game fish lagoon. Fast forward three years: We now know honest Abe’s true male gender; he’s gained 60 lbs; become Turt’s BFF; and is now showing the effects of his boat strike more prominently.

About Abe’s Injuries

Abe was [unfortunately] struck in the midline of his body, directly over his backbone. This injury location has proven time and time again to cause slopes in the shape of sea turtle’s shells as they grow. Abe has a very visible slope on the back end of his shell – but only seeing it from the outside couldn’t tell us the whole story.

On May 30, 2015, Martin Health Services donated a much-needed peek behind Abe’s shell with a state-of-the-art CT scan.

These images allow us to see Abe’s bones, lungs and body cavity individually, giving us a better picture of his internal health.

Our Veterinarian is currently examining the scans and working with Brittany, Director of Animal Care and Life Support, to tackle these changes head on and to guarantee we are doing all we can to slow the slope.

The animal care team at Florida Oceanographic is committed to providing the longest and most comfortable life for our non-releasable sea turtles by approaching every physical challenge they present (as a result of their previous injuries) with comprehensive care plans as each turtle grows and changes.

Volunteer Spotlight
Meet Val Wright

Val Wright Transforms Concrete into Critical IRL Habitat

Whether she’s mixing concrete for reef balls or bagging oyster shells, Val Wright is right at home with hard work. This FOS volunteer does what it takes to help sustain the local waterways. “I’m ready to show up for whatever Florida Oceanographic needs,” says Val. “I don’t mind getting my hands dirty!”

Determined to be part of the effort to protect the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and stop the freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee, Val answered an FOS call for oyster reef project volunteers more than five years ago. Since then, she’s become a key volunteer with the development of reef balls, which are placed in the IRL to provide marine habitat and promote shoreline restoration. Val has led efforts with local high school students to make the reef balls, and this summer, is helping the younger FOS day campers get hands-on with mini-reef ball construction. The project involves mixing and pouring concrete into molds not much larger than a basketball, and tapping the molds with rubber mallets. It’s a great opportunity to talk with kids about conservation, and they love the messy job.

In addition to reef ball creation, Val also spends a few hours each week on another critical task – cleaning the algae from the Coastal Center’s jewel, the Game Fish Lagoon. Without the scrub-down, the algae would cover the sea grasses and make it difficult for the various species of fish to survive.

A Fort Pierce native, Val and her family have made the local waters a focal point of their lives. The family of four is scuba-certified, and they spend as many hours as they can on the water fishing, boating, snorkeling and diving. In fact, Val’s youngest daughter is named after the St. Lucie River. Val participates in the weekly IRL water quality testing program, and is involved with the Rivers Coalition.

“I’m always learning when I’m volunteering for the Coastal Center, and it’s a good feeling to be able to give back to my community,” says Val. “I like being part of the solution.”

Interested in Volunteering at Florida Oceanographic Society? Fill out an application online or contact Karla at 772-225-0505 ext. 104.


Florida Oceanographic Summer Campers Thank Local Businesses for Repairing & Refurbishing Summer Camp Vans

Two local businesses, Carl’s Buick GMC and Kelly’s Custom Trim, generously donated services to repair and refurbish Florida Oceanographic Society’s two 15-passenger vans. These vans are crucial for the organization’s summer camps, education and research programs.

“The support of these businesses and our community as a whole enables our organization to excel at what it does best - provide a safe and stimulating place for children, parents and teachers to experience the joy of learning about our wonderful coastal ecosystems,” states Mark Perry, Executive Director.

Every summer, Florida Oceanographic Society hosts educational and summer camp programs for children and teens ages 5 to 16 years. These vans provide necessary transportation to and from local parks (such as Bathtub Beach, Savannas Preserve State Park, etc.), inviting camp-goers to discover the wonders of Hutchinson Island through hands-on, feet-wet experiences.

To learn more about Florida Oceanographic Society and its education and research programs, volunteer opportunities and more, visit www.FloridaOcean.org, call (772) 225-0505, or visit the Coastal Center, located at 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart.




 
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Jul 13, 2015Treasure Coast Bonito Blast.
This fishing tournament will be held August 22nd. We are fortunate to have two members on our committee who would be honored to have the opportunity to speak at your meeting. Mark Neild is a recently retired Martin County Sheriff, and Mike Durkee, a veteran of the Gulf Wars. We would love the opportunity to share information about this years tournament and Wounded Warriors of South Florida. The idea behind the Treasure Coast Bonito Blast (TCBB) was to give the community an opportunity to participate in a favorite local pastime, while supporting Wounded Warriors of South Florida (WWofSF). This volunteer organization, gives 85 of its proceeds, providing emergency financial assistance to eligible disabled veterans (and their families) who have served in the wars and conflicts since 9/11. Last yearâ?Ts TCBB, a 501c3 event, brought over 100 local businesses and organizations together to sponsor this unique hunt for big Bonito. It became one of the biggest tournaments on the Treasure Coast, with 121 boats registered and over 400 anglers participating. In only its second year, TCBB had raised over $36,000 for veterans supported by WWofSF.

Sincerely, Kim Emmons

 
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Jul 13, 2015Free Movie Summer

Proudly Sponsored by
Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm

Tickets are available only by visiting the Lyric Theatre Box Office; seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The free tickets are limited to four per person and are subject to availability.


To Kill A Mockingbird
Saturday, August 1st & Sunday, August 2nd at 4pm

Tickets are available only by visiting the Lyric Theatre Box Office; seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.The free tickets are limited to four per person and are subject to availability. Summer Box Office Hours are Monday thru Saturday 10am - 3pm and Two Prior to Show Times. For More information or ticket availability, call the Box Office 772-286-7827.

Starring Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall in his film debut, To Kill a Mockingbird is based on the beloved 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. The film follows the story of Scout and Jem, raised in Maycomb, Alabama by their father and town lawyer Atticus Finch. A relentless optimist, Atticus teaches Scout and Jem to see the good in everyone. When a local judge appoints Atticus, played by Peck, to defend a black man against an accusation of assault on a white woman, Atticus must convince the jury, and the citizens of Maycomb, to set aside their prejudices. Widely regarded as one of the best films of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird won three Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Gregory Peck’s memorable performance as Atticus Finch. An enduring classic, To Kill a Mockingbird brings the imaginative and powerful words of Harper Lee to life, giving audiences a view of good and evil in 1930s America through the eyes of a precocious child.


 
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Jul 6, 2015The 14th annual Goombay Bash


The 14th annual Goombay Bash is set for Saturday, July 18 at Sandsprit Park in Stuart. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and includes tasty local eats, cool libations, live music and more.

This summer, the Martin Health Foundation LifeSavers will celebrate their 14th year dedicated to raising funds in support of the Treasure Coast's youngest residents. Sponsorships for their annual event, the Goombay Bash, are designated to support programs, equipment and services focused on the care of babies and children.
This year the LifeSavers have made a commitment to raise a total of $150,000 for multiple projects impacting the care of mommies and babies system wide.

This commitment continues to fund programs initially subsidized by the LifeSavers including, swaddler sacks for infants, breast care education for mothers, and equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at both Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center. We would love for you to show your support by purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor!
For more information on how you can be a part of this wonderful cause, visit GIVEmhf.org/Goombay or call 772.223.5634.




 
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Jul 6, 2015Welcome to the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing Newsletter!
Welcome to the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing's Industry Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide industry stakeholders with information on upcoming events, programs of services, and items of interest.

Summer Promotion-Help us commemorate the 300th anniversary of the sinking of the 1715 Plate Fleet

This month is the 300th anniversary of the sinking of the 1715 Treasure Fleet, also called the 1715 Plate Fleet. The 1715 Treasure Fleet was a Spanish treasure fleet returning from the New World to Spain. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba the fleet was lost in a hurricane along the shores of what we now call the Treasure Coast. It is reported that the peak of the hurricane struck at about 2 am on July 31st. The recoveries from the wreckage are legendary and the tale of the fleet is told in Kip Wagner's novel Pieces of Eight. The 1977 film The Deep and the 2008 film Fool's Gold were also based on the 1715 wreck. The sites of 6 of the sunken ships have been found, some in only 20 feet of water. The 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels LLC owns the rights to the wreckage and as recently as 2013, gold coins and chains were recovered from sites along the Treasure Coast.

The figures vary but recent documents list the ships' manifests as having $400 million worth of treasure on board and so far, only $175 million worth of valuables has been found.

During the months of July, August, and September visitors will have the opportunity to take part in your own Treasure Hunt to discover a brass replica Spanish coin or other fun prizes. Contact us at info@discovermartin.com for more information or if you are interested in participating.







Recent PR Coverage
PR outreach continues to pay off. Country Living and House Beautiful released their list of "50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America" and Stuart was #9- they also made sure to list the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center as a "must-do" attraction.

USA Today also ran an article on "Attractions for Kids in Martin County," highlighting several great, family-friendly spots.

Bragging Rights

It is always nice to brag about our area. Congratulations to Eleven Maple Street, a member of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse was "blown away" when he visited this popular Jensen Beach Restaurant. Eleven Maple Street definitely has something to brag about!

We have been working on our tourism blog, so if you have any interesting stories we can share with our audience please send them our way to info@discovermartin.com. You can view the blog here-
http://www.discovermartinblog.com

Have you seen the 60-second video "A Trip Through Martin County?"
We have over 6k views on YouTube. This video will also be used in an extended summer promotion.

If you utilize social media, please be sure to follow us. We work hard to push out valuable information. We are up to 12,837 followers on Facebook; this is a 731% increase. We are also gaining momentum on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Please take a moment to engage with us.




Hotel Update!
It has been another phenomenal month for the hotel industry in Martin County. The latest data from Smith Travel has occupancy up 17.8% for the month of May and this increase is ahead of our entire competitive set. Revenue was up 25.2% for the month of May, another increase ahead of most areas in Florida.

Year-to-date we are having a strong year with occupancy up 7.2% and revenue up 7.9%.





Tourist Development Council/Tourism Industry Spotlight
Whether running his small business or holding elected office-he served on the Martin County Commission and is currently serving on the Stuart City Commission since 1984-Jeff Krauskopf approaches matters with clear reasoning and memorable descriptors. His take on tourism is no different: "When you have a beautiful home set amid gorgeous surroundings, you want to entertain guests. Stuart is truly paradise, so I love welcoming visitors to share in its beauty."
Tourism is good business, too, said the husband and father of two grown children who's also a charter member of the Tourist Development Council. "Tourism brings an excellent return on what's invested. Visitors enjoy Martin County's unspoiled beaches, renowned golf courses and excellent parks. Stuart offers a very special appeal. World-class dining and entertainment. Elegant shopping. All in our historic downtown overlooking the St. Lucie River. In Stuart we cherish the past, while always looking toward making the future better. Entertaining our tourism guests makes preserving our past and ensuring our future possible."



A BIG THANK YOU!
Finally, we want to thank Jen Reyneri, Nancy Reily, and Ron Rose for their hard work, dedication, and support of the tourism industry during their service as valuable members of the TDC. We plan to continue to work with them as we work to promote tourism in Martin County.





Free Online Hospitality Training Program Second Module Released
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is continuing our partnership with Visit Florida to offer our partners and stakeholders free hospitality training. We are happy to offer you and your front-line employees free access to this guest service training. The second module, "Resolving Guest Conflict," demonstrates how to overcome and resolve conflict to make a situation right.

Your staff will learn:
*The power of empathy in assisting visitors through crisis and calm,
*The importance of being present and focused in guest interactions,
*Listening to guest inquiries and responding with in-the-know info and recommendations,
*Knowing the components to resolve a guest conflict and when to escalate it,
*And much more.
At the end of this program, upon successful completion of the course, each employee with receive a downloadable certificate they can print and display. To get started today, simply email training@discoverMartin.com to receive your complimentary promo code for use by your employees.
Learn more about this program at VISITFLORIDA.org/training.




OTM News
Speaking of Visit Florida, we were delighted to be appointed to the VISIT FLORIDA Cultural, Heritage, Rural, and Nature (CHRN) Committee. VISIT FLORIDA's Board of Directors established the CHRN Committee to maximize industry input toward fulfilling the agency's commitment to being "industry-led." Committee members are volunteers dedicated to putting the industry above their interests as they interact with agency staff.
The Criteria for the Certified Visitor Information Center (CVIC) was approved by the BOCC at the June 23 meeting. This new program will be facilitated by the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing (OTM) and Tourist Development Council (TDC).
The goal of the CVIC program is to encourage the visitor to stay longer, travel throughout Martin County, and generate additional revenue.
The agency operating a CVIC must be a non-profit organization, operated under one of the following: Downtown Development Authority, City or Tourism Authority, or a Chamber of Commerce.
This program is being established to enhance our ability to market to our current visitors and offer a positive, welcoming experience for visitors who utilize the designated Visitor Information Centers.
The program guidelines are in place to enhance a positive, welcoming experience for visitors who utilize Visitor Information Centers services to gain insight on Martin County's points of interest and tourism.



Event Calendar for July
With so many organizations planning and promoting events throughout the county it can be difficult to keep track of everything going on in our area. We have pulled together a list of events with as much additional information as possible. We hope having this information in one location will make it easier and more useful for your organization. Click here to view this calendar.
If we are missing an event or you would like to have your event listed on discovermartin.com at no charge, please email info@discovermartin.com.




Let's Get Social
Social media is undeniably one of the past decade's biggest trends in travel marketing. We are in the process of audience acquisition and are active on five of the largest social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Follow us and join the conversation using #discovermartin.





Thank you
Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions to nokiye@martin.fl.us. We thank you for your continued support and input as we work together to promote our beautiful area.



 
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Jul 6, 2015Free Movie Summer Proudly Sponsored by Michael & Marie Braid


Tickets are available only by visiting the Lyric Theatre Box Office; seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The free tickets are limited to four per person and are subject to availability.


Guys and Dolls Screening
& Special Talkback with John Loesser
Saturday, August 8th & Sunday, August 9th at 4pm

Based on the classic Broadway hit, Joseph Mankiewicz’ film version of Guys and Dolls brings you into the world of love and sin in Damon Runyon’s fictional New York City. With an all-star cast featuring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Jean Simmons, Guys and Dolls delighted audiences and critics alike, winning two Golden Globe awards and receiving four Oscar nominations in 1965. The beloved take on the famous Broadway production features the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser, with favorites including “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” and “If I Were a Bell.” As charming and witty as the original, Guys and Dolls brought the lives of Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson to the big screen in what Time Out called “a musical… glittering with intelligence and invention.”

After the film, don’t miss a talkback with John Loesser, the son of legendary composer Frank Loesser. Born in 1950, the same year that Guys and Dolls made its big debut on the Broadway stage, John has always considered the musical his “illegitimate brother.” And ever since, the twins have been inseparable. Throughout the years, John Loesser has seen the production grow, from the original production, to the big screen, to West End revivals, and he loves sharing his experiences along the way. As John says, “Guys and Dolls and I have shared our lives for the last 65 years, and I love sharing fun highlights and stories about its impact on the world.” Hear all the exciting stories during John Loesser’s talkback after the film this August.

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46th Annual Woodstock Screening & Talkback
with Barry Z Levine "Woodstock" Photographer and Linanne G. Sackett
Saturday, August 15th & Sunday, August 16th at 3pm

One of the most famous documentaries of all time, Woodstock encapsulated the spirit of the ‘60s in one 3-hour film. Directed by Michael Wadleigh, the film captured the sights and sounds of the 1969 counterculture Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York. The film features some of the most legendary musicians in American history, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Joan Baez, as they perform over three days for an audience of 400,000. Winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Woodstock revolutionized the genre with its innovative editing and immediate widespread appeal. The concert film was so popular that it grossed over $50 million dollars in one year, becoming one of the highest grossing films of 1970. Selected in 1996 for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, Woodstock was celebrated by the late Roger Ebert as a “beautiful, moving, ultimately great film.” For the screening this August, get in the spirit by arriving in your best Woodstock attire, whether it be bell bottoms or paisley tunics, for a chance to win an autographed copy of “The Woodstock Story Book.”

Marking the 46th anniversary of the film’s creation, the screening at The Lyric Theatre will feature a talkback with Woodstock photographer, Barry Z Levine, and author of “The Woodstock Story Book” Linanne G. Sackett. The still photographer for the film, Barry Z Levine took over 300 color photographs during his time at the legendary music festival. Many of his photographs have been featured in documentaries and books about the event, including in Woodstock Remembered, “Woodstock ’69: The First Festival,” and “Woodstock: Three Days that Rocked the World.” Most recently, Levine was honored in Italy by Biografilms for his life work. Joining Barry is his wife and author Linanne G. Sackett. Sackett and Levine worked together on “The Woodstock Story Book,” a book that features Levine’s rare photographs and a chronological account of the concert. Don’t miss the talkback after the film this August, featuring Barry Z Levine and Linanne G. Sackett.



 
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