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Dec 11, 2017NW BRITT ROAD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURE
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Martin County will begin preparation for upcoming bridge work along NW Britt Road. The north lane of NW Britt Road approximately 2000' west of NW Pine Lake Drive will be closed to traffic. The south lane of NW Britt Road lane will remain open to traffic. During this lane closure access will be maintained to all residences along the affected section of NW Britt Road. This work is anticipated to be complete by December 15, 2017.

Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes. Minor delays are likely.

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


 
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Dec 11, 2017Are you the winner??
Attention Martin County Residents check your mailboxes for December’s issue of The Local Know It All Magazine!! A few special prints went out and if you were one of the lucky recipients you will be placed in a drawing for 2 VIP Bracelets to the Salerno Seafood Fest!!! Which means you get in free, eat free and drink free, in the VIP tent all day!! (A $300 value)
Please take a photo of your magazine and send to EVENTS@THELOCALKNOWITALL.COM


 
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Dec 11, 2017Tickets On Sale to Members!
Not a Member of The Lyrics Theater ?
Become one today and get the BEST SEATS!
Memberships start at just $35
Call Heather Long, Membership Director at 772-220-1942, ext 204 or
Click Here to Become a Member Today!
http://www.lyrictheatre.com/become-a-member
Tickets are available to the public on January 12th


 
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Dec 11, 2017COMMON SENSE COMES TO WASHINGTON
This week was amazing: a wave of common sense overcame Washington! I'll be the first to say that meaningful action and change have been missing from Washington for far too long, but this week we made major progress to restore sanity!
First, we took the next step toward cutting your taxes and simplifying the way you file your taxes. We're working to double the standard deduction (taken by 70% of the people in our district), increase the child tax credit (taken by over 40,000 families in our district) and lower rates for middle- and lower-income filers.
Then, the President officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This was a momentous occasion for those of us who recognize the truth that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel!
But that wasn't all. We also passed the Taylor Force Act. Right now, the Palestinian Authority has a disgusting policy of giving financial rewards to families of terrorists, and unbelievably, the U.S. has been sending them taxpayer dollars that could be used to fund the program. The good news is that this bill, named for a former Army officer who was murdered in 2016 while traveling in Israel, will stop U.S. taxpayer dollars from going to the Palestinian Authority to reward this terrorist pay-to-slay. I can’t believe we even need to pass such a commonsense bill, but I was glad to see it pass with unanimous bipartisan support.


 
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Dec 11, 2017Invitation to Bid HIDDEN OAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL INTERCOM SYSTEM REPLACEMENT ITB -1004-0-2018/NA
School District of Martin County, Florida
2845 S.E. Dixie Highway
Stuart, FL. 34997
Invitation to Bid
HIDDEN OAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL INTERCOM SYSTEM REPLACEMENT
ITB -1004-0-2018/NA
Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received at the Martin County School District Purchasing Office for replacement of the intercom system at Hidden Oaks Middle School.
Scope of Work: Intercom system replacement. See detailed Scope and Specifications.
Ordering Instructions: This package can be downloaded from Onvia DemandStar at http://www.demandstar.com or from the Purchasing Website http://www.martinschools.org/pages/Martin_County_School_District/Departments/Purchasing_And_Warehousing
Document Cost: No charge for electronically downloaded documents from the Onvia DemandStar Web site by members without subscriptions that include the School Board of Martin County, Florida in their subscription service territory, or $5.00 for those who do not.
Bid Bond: Yes
Project Estimated Budget: $100,000.00
Pre/Bid Conference: MANDATORY THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 @ 9:30AM. Hidden Oaks Middle School 2801 SW Martin Hwy Palm City Florida, 34991
Due Date/Time: 1/16/2018 2:00 PM Eastern School District of Martin County, Florida must receive bids or proposals no later than said date and time.
NOTE: ALL PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS/RESPONDENTS ARE HEREBY CAUTIONED NOT TO CONTACT ANY MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY OR DISTRICT STAFF, OTHER THAN THE SPECIFIED CONTACT PERSON.
Local contractors are encouraged to submit proposals. Contractors are encouraged to offer bidding opportunities to local subcontractors. The School Board of Martin County reserves the right to reject any and all bids; and to waive minor technicalities and irregularities.
Contact: Neil Appel, C.P.M.
Purchasing Supervisor
Email: appeln@martin.k12.fl.us


 
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Dec 11, 2017Boatlines Dec 8
Tips for Keeping your Battle Wagon
in FIghting Shape

More people are getting hooked on the sport of fishing. In fact, fishing participation increased by 1.5 million people over the last year according to the Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's 2017 Special Report on Fishing. This makes fishing the number two adult outdoor activity behind jogging. Add to this fact another stat. That is, sales of new powerboats increased nearly 7 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 250,000 boats sold, according to Chicago, Illinois-based National Marine Manufacturers Association data. It's not a far leap to think that more sport fishermen are owning boats. Yet, sport fishing boats aren't simply power yachts with a fighting chair in the cockpit and tuna tower on top. These craft have their own unique features and needs when it comes to maintenance and upgrades. (more) To view the complete newsletter, click here.


HOW TO RESPOND IF YOUR BOAT CAPTAIN NEEDS YOUR HELP

WHAT: "Partner in Command" Course presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron.
Course provides pro-active response in essential and emergency on-board situations. Instruction includes emergency procedures, marine radio operation, and such safety issues as anchoring, docking, navigation, and bad weather.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., January 6-7, 2018

WHERE: Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 700 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce

COST: $40-Non-Members; $30-Members; Includes book, patch and certificate,
Pre-Registration Required

FURTHER INFO OR TO ENROLL: Paul Vallier, pavallier@aim.com, (772) 678-2468 or (772) 781-6676 St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org



 
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Dec 7, 2017Treasure Coast Food Bank receives $50,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities
FORT PIERCE, Fla. Dec. 6, 2017 - Treasure Coast Food Bank has received a $50,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities to expand its BackPack program for children facing hunger.

Local Publix managers joined Treasure Coast Food Bank’s board of directors for a check presentation at Treasure Coast Food Bank recently.

“We’re extremely grateful to Publix Super Markets Charities for this grant to help us eliminate childhood hunger,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Publix has been a longstanding partner in our fight against hunger and a stalwart supporter of Treasure Coast Food Bank in many ways, and this grant shows a continued dedication to working with us to eliminate hunger on the Treasure Coast.

The money will allow Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide an additional 10,000 backpacks to food-insecure children on the Treasure Coast. Through the BackPack program, children receive wholesome and easy-to-prepare food to eat at times when they cannot access food at school or at a community facility, such as on weekends or holiday vacations.

Working in partnership with schools or agencies like the Boys & Girls Club, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides a weekend supply of shelf-stable food directly to students who are food-insecure. A weekend supply of food includes two nutritious breakfasts, three healthy entrees, shelf stable milk, fruit juice, two servings of fruit or vegetables, and a snack. Each serving is child-friendly, nonperishable, and easily consumed.

“The BackPack program is one of several programs we use to combat childhood hunger, and this grant significantly expands the number of children we’ll be able to serve this school year,” Cruz said.


ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.





 
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Dec 7, 2017Healthy news and information from Grassam Family Chiropractic.

Show Your Body Some Love this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season…for stress!

While thinking of others as the holiday’s approach might be your top priority, it’s also important to consider your own physical and mental health. Here are a few ways to manage stress brought on by the holidays.

1. Exercise. Sometimes, the holiday season can throw us off of our usual schedule. Do your best to maintain your regular fitness routine.

2. Watch what you’re eating. While most of us love holiday food, it’s important that we don’t over-indulge. Choose options high in Vitamin C to keep your immune system thriving.

3. Take a breather. There’s nothing wrong with taking a “time out” from a gathering when you need it.

4. Visit our practice. Having an adjustment can keep physical and mental exhaustion at bay.



The Truth Behind Energy and Protein Bars

You’re driving in your car, hurrying to your next appointment. It’s 2:30 p.m. and you realize you’ve had nothing to eat all day. You glance around the car for something (anything!) to eat and you spy an energy or protein bar on the back seat.

Perfect! It’s quick, it satisfies and it’s good for you, right? Not so fast. Before you make energy bars a go-to when you’re hungry, there are a few things you should consider:

• Read the label. Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it healthy. In fact, many are packed full of sugar.

• “Power” bars might sound good, but they’re designed for athletes and can be high in carbs—good for them, bad for someone sitting behind a desk all day.

• Choose a bar with “healthy fats” instead of those high in saturated or trans fats.

Exercising regularly is a great way to help maintain your health naturally – but using energy or protein bars as a substitute for healthy food is not!



Is Time Slipping Away From You?

Do you go to work every day and come home feeling like you’ve gotten nothing accomplished? Time management might not be one of your strong suits! However, it’s a critical business skill to learn – especially in the fast-paced world in which we live and work today. Did you know that physical complaints such as headaches and reoccurring illness can be caused by the accumulation of stress?

Here are a few tips to help you “pull it together” and get more done on the job:

• Decide to check your email at set times instead of every five minutes.
• Organize tomorrow’s “to do” list before heading home from work to get it off of your mind.
• Break large projects into manageable tasks.
• Learn to say “no” when you need to.

Remember, physical, chemical or emotional stress is the underlying cause of tight muscles, spinal misalignments and nerve interference. Get adjusted!


 
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Dec 7, 2017MIAF The Log Dec 7
Maverick Boat Group to Create 100 New Jobs at New Manufacturing Facility in St. Lucie County
Provided by Gov. Scott

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Maverick Boat Group (MBG) will be building a new boat manufacturing facility in Fort Pierce which will create 100 new jobs. The expansion will also invest $7 million in the local economy.

Governor Scott said, "I am proud to announce that Maverick Boat Group will be opening a new manufacturing facility which will create 100 new jobs for families in St. Lucie County. By working to reduce burdensome regulations and cut taxes, like permanently eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, we are making it easier for businesses like Maverick Boat Group to invest in our state. We will work to cut $180 million in taxes during the upcoming legislative session to ensure Florida remains the top destination for job creators."

Scott Deal, founder and CEO of MBG, said, "We've fully outgrown the capacity of existing facilities and need a lot more room for production. Our plan is to be fully operational by next summer, get in there and start building boats. In the final phase we'll be adding a total of 277,000 square feet of new production space. It's very important and significant that our region and leaders are facilitating and recognizing the importance of manufacturing jobs like the ones we provide. The jobs are essential, not subject to offshoring, and preserve the legacy of boat building and manufacturing that is an organic part of the community culture."

The new facility will house larger models and free up capacity at Maverick Boat Group's existing 9.5-acre facility in Ft. Pierce, which will increase production and expand model offerings for each of the company's four brands. Construction of the new manufacturing facility will begin this summer, and MBG will continue manufacturing its Maverick, Cobia, Pathfinder and Hewes brands sold around the world at its current facility. The new facility will add an additional 38 acres to their headquarters.

To view the complete article, click here.

ABBRA REFIT Study Tour to kick off REFIT 2018
Provided by the American Boat Builders & Repairer Association


The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association will host a fullday tour of Southeast Florida boatyards focused on refit projects on January 9th, 2018, leading into the Refit conference January 10-11, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ABBRA's Refit Study Tour is a day-long mobile training course that takes participants on exclusive tours of two South Florida boatyards that are well known for their ability to manage challenging refit projects and perform quality work. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the projects and yard operations and give the participants the opportunity to hear directly from the project managers about the challenges they encounter while managing their refit projects.

The tour will be hosted by Tom Allen owner /operator of Kittery Point Yacht Yard, ABBRA's 2017 Boat yard of the Year, and Pam Lendzion, ED of ABBRA and CEO of MarineTec Management Company. These two industry experts will facilitate the discussions and learning experience throughout the day. This mobile classroom will give participants time to ask questions of experienced project managers, operations managers, technical supervisors, and others. At the end of the day, attendees participate in a facilitated roundtable discussion and SWOT analysis of each project. The class will meet in the morning for a tour briefing before visiting the first boatyard, debrief at lunch, visit a second yard and return to the meeting room for the roundtable discussion.

Registration fee includes all course supplies, tour transportation, lunch, and break refreshments. Participants will be responsible for their personal hotel accommodations. Those interested in joining the Study Tour should contact ABBRA immediately as space is limited. For details, please call Bethany Sigler at 401-236-2466 or email bethany@abbra.org.

MRAA Introduces New Membership Structure
Provided by the Marine Retailers Association

The MRAA has launched an all-new retail membership structure in an effort to better serve today's boat dealers. With three levels of membership now available to dealers, service shops, marinas and other retailers, the MRAA has built great value to drive the return on investment dealers seek from their support of the association.

The new membership structure is separated into three tiers:
• The Bronze Member level includes access to MRAA's core benefits and allows for the purchase of products and services, a-la-carte.
• The Silver Member level includes access to the educational course catalog at MRAATraining.com, in addition to all of the Bronze level benefits.
• The Gold Member level includes access to the Bronze and Silver level benefits, plus custom publications and the all-new Continuous Certification program.
For more information on MRAA Membership, contact Nikki Duffney.





 
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Dec 7, 2017SIGNAL MAST ARM PAINTING PROJECT INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Sunday, December 10, 2017, the Engineering Department will begin signal mast arm painting maintenance. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures at the following intersections between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm:

SW High Meadow Avenue @ SW Martin Downs Boulevard
SE Monterey Road @ SE Ocean Boulevard
SE Luckhardt Street @ US Highway 1
US Highway 1 @ NW Wright Boulevard
SW Palm City Road @US Highway 1
SE Kanner Highway @ US Highway 1
SE Johnson Avenue @ US Highway 1

This work is anticipated to be complete by December 24, 2017. Motorists should use caution and expect minor delays.

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





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



 
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Dec 6, 2017PALM CITY GARDENS/ST. LUCIE SHORES NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATION PROJECT INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, the Martin County Engineering Department will begin drainage repair/replacement and improvements within Palm City Gardens / St. Lucie Shores. This work will require intermittent lane closures between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm throughout the duration of the project. This work is expected to be complete by April 25, 2018.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and expect minor delays.

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

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


 
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Dec 6, 2017Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series returns to the Library in 2018

PALM CITY, FL - Beginning in January, the Martin County Library System will present the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library. Four concerts will be held from January to April. This series is underwritten by a grant from Elisabeth Lahti awarded to The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.
The first concert, The Great Jazz Pianists, will be performed by the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio on January 13 at 2 p.m. Attendees will hear interpretations of tunes performed by jazz greats such as Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, and Erroll Garner.
The second concert will be performed by the Russian Duo: Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky on February 17 at 2 p.m. Russian Duo's extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies, bluegrass, ragtime, tango, film scores, and more.
The third concert, Mark Green and a Tribute to Satchmo, takes place on March 24 at 2 p.m. The performance consists of a live Dixieland jazz presentation celebrating the life and music of Louis Armstrong.
The fourth and final concert, Classical and Tango Masterworks for Solo and Duet Piano, will be performed by Duo Beaux Arts Pianists Tao Lin and Catherine Lan on April 28 at 2 p.m. The acclaimed duo perform virtuoso selections from the greatest classical repertoires.

All concerts require free tickets to attend, which can be picked up at the Cummings Library on the Tuesday prior to each performance (limit two per person, please). For more information, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-288-5702.


 
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Dec 6, 2017VISIT FLORIDA New in 2018: Attractions, Hotels, Restaurants & Events
VISIT FLORIDA's PR team is in the process of updating the "New in Florida " section of the VISIT FLORIDA Media Blog and we want to feature your destination!

We are in need of details about new attractions, hotels/resorts, restaurants and events for 2018. You can take a look at the information featured from 2017 on the VISIT FLORIDA Media Blog by clicking here.

http://www.visitfloridamediablog.com/home/new-in-florida-2017/

If you have 2018 information that you feel should be added to the list, please email PR@VISITFLORIDA.org by Tuesday, December 19.



 
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Dec 6, 2017INDIANTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE ROAD CLOSURES
On Saturday, December 9, 2017, the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce will host their Christmas Parade. The following roads will be closed to traffic from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm:

The parade will begin at Big Mound Park.
S.W. Yalaha Street from S.W. Indianmound Drive to S.W. Jackson Avenue,
S.W. Jackson Avenue from S.W. Yalaha Street to S.W. Osceola Street,
S.W. Osceola Street from S.W. Jackson Avenue to S.W. Washington Avenue,
S.W. Washington Avenue from S.W. Osceola Street to Post Family Park.

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

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

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



 
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Dec 5, 2017Tax Overhaul Just Another Reason to Move to Florida, Chamber Says

Tax Overhaul Just Another Reason To Move to Florida, Chamber Says

Need one more reason to grow businesses in Florida? According to the Wall Street Journal, federal tax reform may offer better incentives than Florida’s friendly business climate and sunny weather. In fact, there’s $80 billion reasons to start dialing businesses in other states and encouraging them to expand and grow to Florida.

DID YOU KNOW: People moving to Florida from seven states in the Northeast and Midwest brought with them $80 billion in income. The states include New York ($25.1 billion), New Jersey ($15.9 billion), Illinois ($11.6 billion) and Ohio ($8.8 billion).

"You give me somebody who's 57, 58, 59, 62—who's been a leader in strong companies in the Midwest, and they now want to bring that to Florida?" Mr. Wilson, the Florida Chamber’s chief executive said. "We'll take that all day long."

Click here to read the full article.

https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/tax-bill-2017/card/1512168247

 
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Dec 5, 2017HBKS Announces Promotion of Firm Leader
Stuart, Florida – HBKS® Wealth Advisors announced the promotion of a key leader. Senior Financial Advisor Ryan Furtwangler, CFP® of the firm’s Stuart, Florida office has been named a Principal.

"Ryan has demonstrated his dedication, professionalism and commitment to our collective success. He operates at a high level in terms of client advocacy and representing our brand and have garnered the respect of our team members ," noted Christopher Allegretti, CPA and CEO/HBKS Managing Partner.

“Ryan reflects our core principles as a strong, national RIA firm offering the practical, attentive service associated with a local company,” said Allegretti.


HBKS® Wealth Advisors is a division of HBK, rated a Top 100 firm by both Accounting Today and Inside Public Accounting magazines. HBKS® was established in 2001 when HBK merged with The Sorce Financial Group, an advisory firm operating since 1950. The resulting HBKS serves clients from 12 offices in Ohio, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania, and has assets under management of more than $3 billion.

Insurance products offered through HBK Sorce Insurance LLC. Investment Advisory Services offered through HBK Sorce Advisory LLC, doing business as HBKS Wealth Advisors, an SEC registered investment advisory firm. Not FDIC Insured — Not Bank Guaranteed — May Lose Value, Including Loss of Principal — Not Insured By Any State or Federal Agency.
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Dec 5, 2017JUST FOUR DAYS TO LEFT - 64th Light Tackel Tournament
JUST FOUR DAYS LEFT
To Register
The weather looks great and the fishing Gods are predicting a hot bite for this year’s LT Tournament.
16 boats have already registered so don’t miss out and sign up today!
This year promises this to be the biggest event held in our club’s history. Loaded with fun and action every evening, great prizes plus breakfast and lunch every day. Each evening enjoy the Live Entertainment plus food and drink Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings followed by a fabulous sit-down awards banquet on Sunday.
I hope to see you there!
Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair



 
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Dec 5, 2017The Start of the Mural!
COME ONE, COME ALL!

The Mural is set to begin December 6th, and we want YOU to help!
Lynne Barletta and her team from Visionary School of Arts will be on site, December 6th from 8am-4pm, to roll on the 2 base colors for the mural. If you would like to help roll on the base colors, please come,dressed appropriately, to help paint the wall promptly at 8am on site at:

301 SE 3rd Street
Downtown Stuart

Please respond to this email, by clicking the link below if you can join us! Or...volunteer by calling the school at 772-283-4888 (RSVP by Friday, December 1st). We would like all volunteers to arrive at 8am.

LET'S DO THIS!

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

Go to CatchtheWaveofHope.org to see the mural. We will have sponsorship forms and a donation box onsite. Help us get all the sponsors for all the fish, mammals, and reptiles that will be painted into this fabulous intercostal river scene; designed by lead artist, Lynne Barletta.

100% of the sponsorships and proceeds of this mural are benefiting Catch the Wave of Hope Charitable Organization. Please help us build a home for trafficked girls locally!


 
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Dec 5, 2017Stuart Featured in Where to Retire Magazine
Houston, TX (Dec. 5, 2017) – Stuart, FL, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Stuart is profiled in a feature titled “8 Tax-Friendly Cities” in the January/February 2018 issue, available nationwide on Dec. 12.
Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said many relocating retirees consider taxes when making their move. “Retirees find they must take into account the tax situation in their potential location to make a well-rounded, wise decision. With an eclectic city center and gorgeous Atlantic beaches, Stuart paints an overall rosy picture, with a lesser tax bite,” Fuller said.
Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.
Where to Retire, now in its 26th year of print, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and recently released its 10th biennial list naming the 50 best master-planned communities in the U.S. It has a national circulation of 200,000 and is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription is $18. All material in the magazine is protected by copyright law, and reproduction of content requires the permission of the magazine. Print and electronic reprints of an article may be purchased through Dave Hart. Request free information from our advertisers here.


 
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Dec 5, 2017Martin CARES Program


Martin CARES (Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series) is an award-winning program that offers citizens a behind-the-scenes look at Martin County government.

Over a five-week period, participants will enjoy a variety of exciting field trips to various Martin County facilities such as our beautiful parks and beaches, historic one-room schoolhouse, senior center, and an inside look at our Emergency Operations Center.

Citizens will also visit recently completed infrastructure and water quality projects, will hear from departments under the Board of County Commissioners, and Martin County's Constitutional Officers.

The next five-week class begins in January 2018 and pre-registration is required.






Why CARES?

We want to familiarize residents with the function and purpose of Martin County government, thus increasing citizen awareness of the variety of services offered by local government.

Through Martin CARES, participants will personally get to know the men and women who oversee the day-to-day operation of the departments that provide key services such as roads, water and sewer service, parks, emergency medical services and law enforcement.

Upon completion of the program, participants will have first-hand knowledge of the structure and function of County government and can share that information with friends and neighbors.






The Details:

Each “class” is comprised of approximately 50 citizens (spouses welcome) participating in a series of sessions held once a week over a five-week period. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and conclude following a “working” lunch. There is no cost to participate and Coach transportation, snacks and lunch are provided.

How to Register:

To register for the next upcoming CARES program, please select the "Register for CARES" button, follow the steps and be sure to provide your contact information. Please complete all fields entirely in order to register, then submit your request. You can also select the Program Brochure button to learn more!


 
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Dec 5, 2017Florida Surpasses California to Become Worst "Judicial Hellhole"
The Sunshine State could be named the "Shady State" after a new report by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) named Florida the "nation's worst Judicial Hellhole," the first time in the study's 16-year history where the state was ranked number one.

Lawsuit abuse in Florida is an increasingly serious and expensive problem, and it just keeps getting worse. On average, it translates into a $3,400 ‘tax’ for Florida’s families each year, due to increased lawsuit abuse costs.

According to ATRA, the trial bar's aggressive practices throughout Florida, along with friendly lawmakers in positions of power in the Legislature, have made Florida a hellscape for litigation and abuse. Continued failure by the Legislature to enact serious legal reform during the 2018 session will continue Florida's slide as a "judicial hellhole" and worsen an already crippling legal environment for businesses and residents alike.


 
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Dec 5, 2017Upcoming 2017 Transportation Summit
Planes, Trains, Automobiles and More:
Register Today for the 2017 Transportation Summit

Did you know?

By 2030, 26 million people will call Florida home, 4-5 million new drivers will be on our roads and we will have to accommodate Florida’s more than 112 million yearly visitors. Each year more than $160 billion worth of goods flow through Florida's ports and airports.

Is Florida ready for the challenges and opportunities that 2030 will hold?

Join us at Port Canaveral on December 12, 2017 for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Solutions Summit as Florida’s transportation experts, business leaders and policy makers come together to take an in-depth look toward the future of Florida's infrastructure systems and discuss how our state is positioned for growth in 2030 and beyond.

Be sure to register today- hotel rooms are almost sold out!


 
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Dec 4, 2017VISIT FLORIDA's New Marketing Team Members
These past few months have been such a busy time at VISIT FLORIDA, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on the great work our team is doing. Last week, we announced another record quarter of visitation, with over 88 million visitors to our state through the first nine months of the year. Even with the impacts of Hurricane Irma, we are continuing to set records by aggressively marketing our state. That began with our two-phase, Post-Irma Marketing Campaign, which led directly into our Winter Campaign that we recently launched. Additionally, earlier this month we unveiled our U.K. Winter Takeover Campaign, which includes expanded tour operator and airline partnerships, as well as Heart Radio activations in London, Manchester, and Wales. And we are continuing to develop more cooperative marketing programs for our partners to maximize their reach across the country and across the globe.

We have also been hard at work to recruit the best talent to help us market our state. Since August, we have hired 11 additional marketing professionals to help us create new, innovative, and cutting edge programs to sell Florida. Below is a list of new additions to our marketing team and a brief description of their experience.


Meetings and Corporate Events

Nalini Dube'-Borzym, Meetings and Conventions Manager

Nalini is the former Director of Sales for Discover the Palm Beaches, based in Chicago, and was instrumental in helping position the destination in the meetings, conventions and incentive markets. She has held various positions with Marriott, Starwood, Wyndham and Independents in Florida, along with Associated Luxury Hotels International, which represents over 120 hotels nationally and internationally.

Nalini has been an ongoing SITE member for 10+ years. She was a Board Member of the SITE Chicago Chapter and has been active in many industry organizations including MPI, FICP, PCMA, and ASAE. Nalini has lived and worked in many Caribbean islands, but Florida has been her home for many years.

Susan Armstrong, Manager, Meetings and Corporate Events

Susan came to us from Tampa where she spent two years working in the meetings industry as a consultant for two large meeting and incentive houses. Prior to that she was an Account Director at Creative Group in Chicago where she managed a team of meeting professionals and worked in tandem with the sales executives on operational strategy for the company's client base.

Holly Mathis, Corporate Meeting and Event Planner

Holly pursued a degree in Communications at Florida State University followed by a move to Charleston, South Carolina where she pursued custom event planning. Now back in Tallahassee, Holly is excited to bring her event planning experience to VISIT FLORIDA.

Dania Engel, Meetings, Events, and Travel Trade Coordinator

Dania received her B.S. in Advertising from the University of Florida, and her MBA from the University South Florida. Most recently, she worked in the marketing department of Tindale/Oliver, a transportation/engineering firm. Born and raised in Tampa, Dania recently relocated to Tallahassee.


Promotions

Lauren Colley, Promotion Activation Manager

Lauren's career includes positions at Westfield Malls, Beasley Media Group Tampa Bay (formerly CBS Radio), and Clear Channel Communications in Tampa. She has more than ten years of experience in radio promotions. She is based in Tampa and manages promotions projects in the Northeast US and Canada.

Harold Franco, Promotion Activation Manager

Harold joins us from CBS Radio Orlando where he worked his way up in the promotions department, ultimately serving as Promotions Manager. He has more than five years of experience in radio promotions. Fluent in Spanish, his career includes stops at Univision and Telemundo in Miami. He is based in Orlando and manages promotions projects in the Southeast and Midwest US.

Lindsay Wurm, Promotions Coordinator

Lindsay comes to us from The Zimmerman Agency in Tallahassee where she was an Account Coordinator where she worked on the Pelican Grand Beach Resort and Orlando World Center Marriott accounts. She is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University with a double major in Marketing and Management.

Cayleigh Farrell, Promotions Coordinator

Originally from New Port Richey, Cayleigh moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State where she majored in Marketing. Prior to joining VISIT FLORIDA, she was an Account Representative at Altrua Global Solutions in Tallahassee. There she managed the production of point-of-purchase materials for McDonald's franchisees around the United States.


Public Relations

Nicole Rees, Senior PR Account Executive

Nicole moved to Florida after receiving her degree in Marketing from Auburn University. Prior to joining our team, she was responsible for tourism programs at a destination marketing firm, planned events and handled board relations for a non-profit organization and has served in various positions in state government.

Brianna Barnebee, Public Relations Account Executive

Brianna graduated from the Florida State University with a degree in public relations and international affairs. She is currently involved in the Florida Public Relations Association as a recent graduate of the inaugural statewide LeadershipFPRA class. She has previously served as the Director of Communications and PR for the Capital Chapter of FPRA. She continues to be involved with her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, by serving on the local association board and leading public relations efforts as a regional PR Content Specialist.

Both Nicole and Brianna are in the Travel and Tourism section of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).


Brand

Christina Amrhein, North America Campaign Manager

Christina came to us from the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee where she was the Marketing and Communications Manager. In her prior position, she oversaw the Center's consumer brand, public relations, media relations and advertising efforts including social media campaigns, traditional and digital marketing strategies and regional co-ops with global brand partners. Prior to that she served as the Assistant Director of a global nonprofit at Florida State University.



We have also been hard at work with our agencies, such as Spark, to develop exciting new marketing programs. I am thrilled to have such a diverse and experienced group of marketing professionals on our team. I want to thank our existing staff for helping us recruit such great talent. I encourage you to reach out to any of these individuals if you have any questions or suggestions. We are here to help you any way we can, and we truly value your partnership.

Together, we will continue to reach new heights and bring more visitors to the Sunshine State.


 
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Dec 4, 2017Golden Gate Building listed on National Register of Historic Places
Golden Gate Building listed on National Register of Historic Places

Martin County Board of County Commissioners and staff celebrate the addition of the Golden Gate Building to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

The NRHP is an official list of places of historical significance throughout the United States. The Golden Gate Building joins thirteen other structures located in Martin County deemed worthy of preservation and forever protected for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

The Golden Gate Building enjoyed a lively past and served the community in a variety of ways as outlined in the timeline below:
1925 Built by the Golden Gate Development Company
1926 -1936 Served as Port Sewell Post Office
1956-1958 Occupied by renowned artist James F. Hutchinson and his family
1989 Building was officially condemned
2002 Purchased by Martin County
2005 Structural stabilization took place
2007 Exterior renovations completed
2017 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
Opened as the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment

"Martin County is home to the charming natural beauty and architecture of Old Florida. We are happy to have played a vital role in the preservation of another Martin County structure of such architectural and historical significance as the Golden Gate Building," said Martin County Commissioner and Board Chairman, Doug Smith.

In addition to the renovation, the interior showcases the building's long-term presence in the Golden Gate neighborhood through a collection of photographs and period furniture. A future project will expose the preserved artwork of Florida Hall of Fame artist, James F. Hutchinson.

Managed by the House of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Martin County providing residents with access to critical needs and services, the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment is located at 3225 S.E. Dixie Highway in Stuart. The center offers an extensive calendar of workshops, career training opportunities, arts and cultural presentations, access to library materials and more through partnerships with nearly a dozen local agencies. In the short time the center has been open, it's quickly become much more than a community center. "The building once again stands proud, fortified by the passion and efforts of those who fought to save her and serves as a foundation of hope and revitalization for the residents of the Golden Gate Community," said Commissioner Smith.

To view the program calendar, visit https://www.goldengateprograms.org/. For additional information about the project or to get involved as a partner, funder or volunteer, please visit www.hohmartin.org, or contact goldengate@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673, ext. 1002. Follow Martin County Board of County Commissioners on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners and Twitter @MartinCountygov for the most up-to-date information on County happenings and services.


 
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Dec 4, 2017One Martin Inaugural Farm to Table Luncheon a Success
PALM CITY, Fla. - One Martin, a non-profit devoted to cultivating an informed citizenry and building a prosperous community, sponsored the first annual Martin County Farm City Luncheon this November at Kai-Kai Farm in Indiantown to celebrate the essential role agriculture plays in the economic health of the region.
Adam Putnam, Florida Secretary of Agriculture, sent a personalized video greeting in which he urged attendees from both the agricultural, business and nonprofit spheres to work together to connect urban and farming communities in order to propel Florida forward.
Keynote speaker Brandon Tucker, a Governing Board Member of the South Florida Water Management District, addressed the myth that agriculture is not regulated in Florida. While emphasizing farmers’ inherent interest in environmental protection and best management practices for their land, he also explained the multitude of regulations and regulatory bodies that have to be satisfied before land can be used for any purpose.
Moderating a lively panel discussion, One Martin Board Member Mitch Hutchcraft, Vice President of Real Estate for King Ranch and Consolidated Citrus, underscored the important notion that a healthy environment, a strong economy and sustainable agriculture are not mutually exclusive. “We agree on the essentials,” Hutchcraft said, “including a healthy local environment, economic vitality, environmental protection, and quality of life. This Farm City event offers members of our community from all walks of life an opportunity to come together and discuss both business and environmental goals.”
Panelists posed intriguing questions to the 120 attendees. Crystal Stiles, Director of the Office of Economic Development of Florida Power & Light, asked, “How do we leverage what is unique about our community?” Rob Ranieri, CEO of House of Hope, asked, “How do we prepare our workforce for job opportunities so that the people we assist at House of Hope are no longer in need of our services?” Tom Hurley, Chairman of the Board of Becker Holding Corporation, questioned, “Now that the citrus business in Martin County is in jeopardy, how will we replace the economic vitality of that agricultural sector?”
The lunch served at One Martin’s Farm City event provided a perfect example of the role of agriculture in Martin County. Carl Frost, One Martin Board member and co-owner of Kai-Kai Farms – along with his wife Diane and their staff - created a three course meal using products grown on their farm or sourced from local producers, including their delicious signature Kai-Kai Seminole Pumpkin Bread Pudding.
Rick Hartman, President of One Martin’s Board and Owner of Hartman Real Estate and Old River Cattle Company, invited the audience to continue sharing their expertise in building a community that values both economic diversity and environmental protection. “My family has been here for generations and we love Martin County,” he said “The collaboration of the people gathered here today and the discussions we’re having – connecting our rural and urban communities – is a great start to helping us build a more prosperous Martin County.”
One Martin is grateful to the speaker’s panel, attendees and sponsors who supported the event including: Becker Tree Farm; Caulkins Citrus LTD; Shadow Lake Groves; Whiticar Boat Works; Harbor Community Bank; Captec Engineering; Florida Farm Bureau and Oceana Coffee.
About One Martin

One Martin is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more informed citizenry, building a more prosperous community and providing opportunities for civil discussions on topics of importance to Martin County. One Martin’s goal is to also encourage local government to operate more ethically, efficiently and transparently. For more information go to www.onemartin.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OneMartinCounty.



 
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Dec 4, 2017Boatlines Nov 30
Martin County Board of County Commissioners

You're Invited! Join staff for an interactive open house about the proposed Manatee Pocket Mooring Field project Thursday, November 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club. To learn more about the project and the open house. visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields.

Recreational Reopening of Red Snapper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on Dec 8, 9, & 10, 2017

Red Snapper Mini-season has been rescheduled. If any one of you catches and/or releases red snapper on any of our artificial reefs, I can use photos of the fish for our next grant application.

Please send any pictures to James B Oppenborn , the
St. Lucie County Coastal Resources Coordinator at oppenbornj@stlucieco.org.

Florida Oceanographic Society - Lights on the Lagoon

A Winter Wonderland is returning to the Coastal Center this December! This holiday season the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland every evening with palm trees aglow and the whole center shining with holiday lighting.

This special event will run in the evenings from Thursday - Sunday, December 7-30, excluding Christmas Eve. TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 15 ONLINE OR AT THE CENTER!
Nightly Admission: Adults - $15; Adult Member - $12; Children (3-12) - $8; Children Member - $6; Children under 3 - Free. For more info, visit their website.

Calendar Events

Nov 30 ~ Open House at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club regarding the proposed Manatee Pocket Mooring Field project.. To learn more, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields.

Dec 2 -3 ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - CPC 100 - Boating Essentioals. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Dec 4 - 13 ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - OUPV (Less than 100GRT). For more info,
call 772-283-8130.

Dec 8 ~ Captains Meeting Martin County Christmas Boat Parade 5pm Twisted Tuna

Dec 8 ~ Captains Meeting St. Lucie County Christmas Boat Parade 6pm Sailfish Brewery

Dec 9 ~ Martin and St Lucie County Christmas Boat Parades. For more information, Click Here

Dec 11 ~ MIATC Board Meeting, Ft. Pierce. For more information call the office at 772-692-7599 or email Michele at MMiller.MIATC@gmail.com

Dec Dec 12~ How to Start a Small Business. The course is FREE and will be held from 1:00 - 3:30PM at the Morgade Public Library in Stuart. For more info, visit the website.

Dec 16 ~ Indian River County Christmas Boat Parade. For more information, click Here









 
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Dec 4, 2017Investing in education
Children are our future, and it's vital that we invest in their futures.

Even as we work to create new and better jobs in our state and preserve our environment for the coming generations of Floridians, I am fighting to make sure that we continue to improve education for Florida's children.

With this in mind, I have proposed a nearly $12 billion investment in education in my latest budget. This would mean an increase of about $200 more per student.

We have the money in the budget for this increase, and I will fight to ensure our schools get the funding they need.

Our state is moving in the right direction, and this is one more way that we will create a better future for Florida.

Let's Get to Work,


Rick Scott




 
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Dec 4, 2017Florida is Full of Opportunities for Small Business Owners
This week, I had the pleasure of joining Governor Scott at the M3 Business Summit, sponsored by the Urban League of Broward County, the Urban Empowerment Fund and the National Development Council, among others. After speaking with representatives from these organizations, it is evident that attracting investment capital and creating loan programs for small businesses are crucial to the continued success of Florida’s economy.

At this event, Governor Scott led a roundtable discussion regarding the launch of the Capital Access Fund of Florida. This fund will provide up to $8 million in capital for small, minority-owned businesses. The recent launch of the Capital Access Fund of Florida shows that our state is working to ensure all entrepreneurs have the support necessary to succeed. When businesses in our state are successful, Florida residents are too.

I am confident that programs like the Capital Access Fund of Florida will help equip small business owners with the tools they need to grow, expand and bring more economic opportunity to our state. Investing in Florida companies is a great way to ensure jobs are created for hardworking Floridians. We encourage you to learn more about the Capital Access Fund of Florida, and the many other business resources DEO offers.



 
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Dec 4, 2017Correction: Commissioner Heard not arrested
Two arrested, one was not.
In a surprise twist to those who have followed closely the Lake Point public records case, Commissioner Sarah Heard was not arrested on Nov, 28, as Martin County Currents reported. We apologize for the error.
The grand jury, which is continuing its investigation, issued criminal indictments to sitting-commissioner Ed Fielding and former-commissioner Anne Scott on two counts each of failing to permit inspection or copying of public records.
The only charge filed against Heard is a non-criminal misdemeanor for failure to respond to a public records request, punishable by a fine up to $500.
Both Scott and Fielding were ordered to appear in court on Dec. 28; however, the circuit court judge in the case, Curtis Disque, ordered a docket sounding on Dec. 18 for Heard, Fielding and Scott to ensure that all parties and attorneys agree on court appearance and trial dates


 
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Dec 4, 2017Correction: Commissioner Heard not arrested
Two arrested, one was not.
In a surprise twist to those who have followed closely the Lake Point public records case, Commissioner Sarah Heard was not arrested on Nov, 28, as Martin County Currents reported. We apologize for the error.
The grand jury, which is continuing its investigation, issued criminal indictments to sitting-commissioner Ed Fielding and former-commissioner Anne Scott on two counts each of failing to permit inspection or copying of public records.
The only charge filed against Heard is a non-criminal misdemeanor for failure to respond to a public records request, punishable by a fine up to $500.
Both Scott and Fielding were ordered to appear in court on Dec. 28; however, the circuit court judge in the case, Curtis Disque, ordered a docket sounding on Dec. 18 for Heard, Fielding and Scott to ensure that all parties and attorneys agree on court appearance and trial dates


 
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Dec 4, 2017INVESTING IN OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
The water issues in our community have been devastating, and it’s clear that we need to do more to make every possible tool available to fix the problem.
This week I introduced the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Reauthorization Act, which extends and doubles the funding authorization for a critical credit assistance program designed to accelerate investment in our nation’s water infrastructure.
This commonsense, bipartisan bill will make more resources available for ecosystem restoration, non-point source pollution management projects, estuary conservation projects and more. In fact, by making an investment in this program now we can increase the amount available for water infrastructure loans exponentially from $1.5 billion to more than $5 billion.
This week, I was also able to secure a commitment from Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster to work with us to address harmful algal blooms.


 
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Dec 4, 2017An Evening of Excellence - Martin County's Premier Event - Early Registration
It's a great time for a great cause!

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
Lobster and Filet Entrée
Bids for Kids Auction with KC Daniel
Musical Entertainment and Dancing


Mariner Sands Country Club
Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Benefiting the Students of Martin County

Early Registration Discount (BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2017)

Space is limited.
Reserve your seat today!

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY!


 
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Dec 4, 2017VISIT FLORIDA Editorial Lead: Nature Parks, Winter Season, Golf & Romance
The VISIT FLORIDA PR team is in need of press releases that highlight interesting or unique angles on the following topics in 2018, and why visitors should choose your destination.
• The best nature parks and wildlife getaways in Florida
• Why visitors should head outside during the winter season in Florida
• The best places to golf in Florida
• The most romantic places in Florida
This information will be used to create a Florida press release that will be pitched domestically and internationally. Please include at least one photo with the appropriate credit.

If you would like to have your destination showcased in the upcoming VISIT FLORIDA press release that will be distributed internationally, please email us at PR@VISITFLORIDA.org by the deadline of Friday, December 15.

Thanks in advance for helping Florida become the no. 1 travel destination in the world!


 
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Dec 4, 2017Dec. 5 is the Grant Program Overview Webinar
As a reminder, VISIT FLORIDA's 2018-19 grant application cycle will be opening soon. We invite you to join our Grants team for a webinar on Tuesday, December 5 at 2 p.m. EST. Register now.
Our grants can assist your business with marketing the tourism advantages of the state to attract visitors. During this webinar, we will share:
• Categories and eligibility criteria
• Tips for completing the online application
• Examples of awarded projects
• Important dates
Joseph, our Grants team will be available to answer any questions you have, so please plan on attending this webinar. RSVP here.
https://events-na7.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1137732132/en/events/event/shared/default_template_simple/event_registration.html?sco-id=1815961341&_charset_=utf-8


 
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Dec 4, 2017Venture Construction Group of Florida Hosts Holiday Toy Drive

Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is hosting a Toy Drive to benefit Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA). VCGFL invites the community to drop off a toy at the Kendra Gives Back Party on Dec. 13 or at a VCGFL office location at 2630 SE Willoughby Blvd., Stuart or 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton through Dec. 15.
All types of toys are needed for ages infant-17 including: books, clothing, games, educational toys, art and craft sets, dolls, Lego sets, teen hygiene kits and more. If you have any questions please call Sandra at 1-866-459-8351.
AVDA provides a state-certified domestic violence center that offers a comprehensive array of services for victims of domestic violence including a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing, advocacy, counseling and support to help them live violence-free and self-sufficient lives. AVDA also works throughout the community to educate and engage people of all ages in the commitment to prevent violence.
A major advocate for philanthropy and giving back to the community, VCGFL sponsors numerous charities and educational events throughout the state annually.


 
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Dec 4, 2017Health Facilities Authority Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill two vacancies on the Health Facilities Authority. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, December 22, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

The purpose of the Authority shall be to assist not-for-profit health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing, and refinancing of projects in any corporated or unincorporated area within the geographical limits of the local agency.

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

Meetings are held as needed but always once each year at the Administrative Building, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida.


 
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Dec 4, 2017Historic Preservation Board Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Historic Preservation Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, December 22, 2017. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: a Realtor, two at-large members, and one who has demonstrated knowledge specifically related to Martin County history.
Appointments shall be in the sole discretion of the Board of County Commissioners. Each member of the Board shall be a resident of Martin County.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
Adopt or amend rules of procedures not inconsistent with the LDR or Chapter 267, Florida Statutes; Designate individual sites, districts, and archaeological zones pursuant to Section 4.13.4; Approve historical markers and issue Certificates of Designation; Establish procedures for the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness and Certificates to Dig; Recommend zoning and building code amendments to the proper authorities; Promote an awareness of the benefits of historic preservation and its benefits to the community; Perform periodic updates to the historic architectural survey; Perform periodic updates to the archaeological survey; Record and maintain records of the Board's actions and decisions; Provide an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners; Review, develop, and recommend ordinances to the Board of County Commissioners that promote the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings; Seek out worthy projects for matching grants-in-aid from sources which have as their purpose the preservation for public benefit of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture; Review applications for all buildings, properties, and site in unincorporated Martin County nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places; Establish criteria and procedures for the expedited review of certain projects by staff; and Seek expertise on proposals or matters requiring evaluation by a professional or a discipline not represented on the Board.

Meetings are typically held every month on the second Monday of the month at 4:00 pm at the General Services Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart.

If any member fails to attend three consecutive meetings in one year without cause or prior approval of the Chair, the Historic Preservation Board shall declare the member's seat vacant.

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


 
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Dec 4, 2017Parks & Recreation Advisory Board - Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, December 22, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: Two at-large members who must be Martin County residents and shall not be employed by the County nor be related to a County employee or have a business relationship with Parks and Recreation vendors.

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

It shall be the function of the Board to advise the Board of County Commissioners on the planning and implementation of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and to make recommendations on programs, services, acquisition and uses of parkland, sports and recreation facilities as well as such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of County Commissioners.

Members who miss more than 50 percent of regularly scheduled or three consecutive meetings in a given calendar year will be automatically removed from the Board.

Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Dec 4, 2017Senate Debate on Tax Reform Begins
The U.S. Senate voted 52 to 48 on November 29 to begin floor debate on the Republican tax reform bill. That Senate debate started on November 30 and is limited to 20 hours. Part of the challenge in passing this bill is to keep the tax cut cost over the next 10 years to no more than $1.5 trillion dollars. In the Senate, any amendments to the tax reform legislation that passed the Senate Finance Committee that result in greater tax cuts will require other changes to pay for any additional tax cut proposals. If the Senate is able to pass their tax legislation, then a Conference Committee of House representatives and Senators will convene to try to resolve the differences in the two tax legislative bills. Then, once the Conference Committee reaches an agreement, it will need to be approved by both the House and the Senate before going to the President for signature.
At this point, there are only 10 legislative days left in the House and 12 days in the Senate. If legislation is not passed by both the Senate and the House by the end of 2017, the process is likely to slow down and be more difficult to pass. If the legislation is pushed into 2018, the process will essentially begin again and passage will likely become more difficult.
The Senate bill contains many of the same proposals as the House bill, but also differs in several significant respects. Here are some of the differences:
• Where the House bill would create four income tax rates for individuals at 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 percent and 39.6 percent, the Senate bill would employ a seven-bracket system, with tax rates of 10 percent, 12 percent, 22.5 percent, 25 percent, 32.5 percent, 35 percent, and 38.5 percent. The 38.5 percent rate would start for single taxpayers with taxable income over $500,000 and for married taxpayers filing jointly with taxable income over $1 million, which are the same thresholds in the House bill.
• The Senate bill would allow individuals to deduct 17.4 percent of "domestic qualified business income" passed through from a partnership, S corporation, or sole proprietorship. The deduction would not apply to specified service businesses, except in the case of a taxpayer whose taxable income does not exceed $150,000 (for married individuals filing jointly; $75,000 for other individuals). The benefit of the deduction for service providers would be phased out for taxable income exceeding $150,000 (for married individuals filing jointly; $75,000 for other individuals). In the case of a taxpayer who has qualified business income from a partnership or S corporation, the amount of the deduction would be limited to 50 percent of the W-2 wages of the taxpayer. The House bill reduces the tax rate on partnership, S corporation, or sole proprietorships to 25 percent. Many pass-through business owners would be eligible for the 25 percent rate on 30 percent of their income, with the balance being taxed as ordinary income and subject to self-employment tax.
• The Senate bill would increase the child tax credit to $2,000, while the House bill caps that deduction at $1,600. The Senate's child tax credit would be modified to allow a $500 nonrefundable credit for qualifying dependents other than children. The Senate bill would also keep the adoption tax credit and the child and dependent care credit, which would be repealed by the House.
• The Senate bill would entirely eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes. The House bill would allow a deduction for state and local real property taxes, up to $10,000.
• The Senate bill would retain the current deduction for medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of a taxpayer's adjusted gross income. In addition, unlike the House bill, the Senate bill would not change the current alimony rules.
• While the House plan would limit the deductibility of mortgage interest to $500,000 of acquisition indebtedness, the Senate bill would retain the current limit of $1 million but would repeal the deduction for interest on home equity indebtedness. The House bill would grandfather mortgages incurred before November 3, 2017.
• The Senate bill would eliminate the individual health care mandate and related subsidies projected to save over $300 billion over 10 years. The House does not propose to eliminate the individual healthcare mandate.
• The Senate bill would lower the corporate tax rate to 20 percent—like the House bill—but would delay that lower rate until 2019. There is pressure to increase the corporate tax rate to 22 percent rather than 20 percent.
• The Senate bill would not repeal the estate tax but would double the exemption amount. Many believe the estate tax will not be repealed after 2023 as in the House bill.
• Some Senators are looking to have a trigger for up to $350 billion in tax increases over 10 years if economic growth does not meet revenue targets. This would increase uncertainty and likely stunt economic growth.
There are many other differences between the Senate bill and the House bill. We will continue to keep you apprised of developments.


 
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Dec 4, 2017Want to Start Your Own Business-Be Your Own Boss?
SCORE Treasure Coast Launches Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series
Fort Pierce Fl. SCORE (www.score.org), mentors to America’s small business, in partnership with Canon, introduce a new business planning workshop series to aid start-up entrepreneurs. SCORE is committed to creating 1 million small businesses by 2020 and the SCORE/ Canon Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series helps entrepreneurs test a small business idea and helps you with everything you need to plan a startup.
This SCORE/ Canon program includes one, free “Start-up Basics” workshop and four business planning sessions at a modest fee of $80 for all four. These workshops focus on the “Business Concept,” “Marketing Plan,” “Financial Projections,” and “Funding Sources”. Each session includes exercises to help the entrepreneur plan for success. SCORE also includes free and confidential mentoring sessions as part of the workshop series.
“This series will help entrepreneurs understand the crucial components of starting a business,” says Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter Chair Ken Koziol, “Our goal is to help our community grow. Helping small business owners test their ideas and complete some initial planning for their start-up is essential to achieving success, it’s simply the best Business Workshop Series on the Treasure Coast”, adds Koziol.
The free “Startup Basics” workshop will be held at three different locations on January 10,2018, and the remaining four will be held every Wednesday, From 10 A.M. to 1P.M. starting February 7th,at IRSC Pruitt Campus, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 For more information on location or to register, call (772)-489-0548-or visit http://bit.ly/2zIGdyA
Sponsored locally by SCORE Treasure Coast, and the SCORE/ Canon Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series help entrepreneurs make a smart start. “At the end of the five workshops, attendees will have a solid understanding of start-up basics, marketing strategy, and financials,” says SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. He adds, “This is a blended learning model bringing workshops, learning exercises and mentoring to entrepreneurs in a one-stop training program to help entrepreneurs make a smart small business start.”
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call (772)-489-0548. Visit SCORE Treasure Coast, online at https://treasurecoast.score.org .



 
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Dec 4, 2017SE Bridge Road-Intermittent Lane Closures
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Fibernet Direct will be pulling fiber from one hand hole to the next within the conduit on SE Bridge Road, between SE Powerline Avenue and SE 138th Street. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm for one day only. Motorists should exercise caution and use alternate routes through this area.

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



 
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Nov 30, 2017Hamilton Fine Art Show & Auction Sponsored by Rehmann at Temple Beit HaYam
Rehmann, in conjunction with Hamilton Fine Art & Auctions, Inc. is hosting an art show and auction on December 9, 2017 at Temple Beit HaYam in Stuart, Florida.

For those of you who have not been to an auction, it’s a fun and exciting event. Hamilton Art, who is conducting the event, enjoys an excellent reputation for offering high quality art and collectibles at opening ids 50% to 75% below retail.

At our show framed artwork will include oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, serigraphs, sports memorabilia and more!!

This show will include such Masters as Ebgi, Chagall, Dali, Peter Max, Renoir, Picasso, Lam, Lauri Blank Miro, Sabzi, Leroy Neiman, Tripp Harrison, and many more.

Admission is $25 per person, which includes complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. A ticket also qualifies you to win a work of art, which will be raffled off at the event. Winner must be present.

The festivities will begin with a one hour preview at 6pm. During this time, you can browse, socialize and enjoy music and refreshments. The live auction will begin at 7pm.

Everything is in place for an enjoyable evening. All we need is you.

Tickets are available at www.tbhfl.org. Seating is limited.



 
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Nov 30, 2017Florida Chamber's Voice of Reason: Florida Chamber Jobs Agenda Seeks Workers' Comp Fix
As a business leader, you know all too well the fight for free enterprise never ends. The cost of doing business is a daily reminder of the challenges job creators face.

Florida's business community has faced a $1.5 billion impact from workers' compensation rates that remain 14.5 percent higher than they should be. Florida's bottom five legal environment is an open invitation for "gotcha" lawsuits that cost Florida families an average of $3,400 each year in lawsuit abuse costs. And discouraging and discriminatory tax policies, like the Florida-only business rent tax, are uncompetitive.

Despite the economic, political and demographic shifts that have placed Florida in a fragile position, I believe Florida's best days are yet to come. By reducing the cost of living and cost of doing business, redoubling efforts on workforce and investing in infrastructure, Florida's economy will continue to strengthen jobs, wages and opportunities for Floridians.

Year after year, the Florida Chamber has been at the forefront of solving issues that impact the competitiveness and future of Florida's business climate. And the Florida Chamber's 2018 Jobs Agenda - reinforced by the united support of Florida's business community - once again will be the driving force to create economic opportunity and grow jobs.

Legislative leaders, including House Speaker Richard Corcoran, former House Speaker Will Weatherford, more than a dozen members of the Florida Senate and House of Representatives, along with Florida Chamber Board Chair Bob Grammig joined us at Florida's Capitol recently as we unveiled the jobs agenda, and called on lawmakers to strengthen Florida's economy, spur smart growth, and create jobs and economic opportunity.

Among the 41 priorities on the 2018 Jobs Agenda is a fix to Florida's workers' comp system. By addressing the true cost drivers of the system, including attorney fees, Florida can experience stability to the system and lower unnecessary costs.
SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"I think workers' comp is one of the biggest issues facing the state of Florida, especially if you put it in the context of working families. There is a tremendous amount of pressure for companies, like mine, that provide basic services to keep wages low." - Senator Keith Perry, Florida Chamber Bottom Line.

"A competitive and predictable workers' comp system that protects workers and job creators is vital to making Florida more competitive. Lawmakers should consider the long-term ramifications for the future of the state if they fail on reform this session." - Carol Roberts, President and CEO, Bay County Chamber of Commerce.

"When it was first developed it had a good purpose. But, by the time you allow government to take over and attorneys to get involved, it has been completely run amuck. - Todd Gates, Southwest Florida Region Chair, Florida Chamber Board of Directors and Founder and Chairman of GATES.

The Orlando Business Journal, Florida Politics, WJHG News Channel 7, and more were among those talking about the 2018 Jobs Agenda.
WORKERS' COMP TASK FORCE
The 2018 Legislative Session begins January 9, and the Florida Chamber and its Workers' Comp Task Force will once again be leading the charge to reform Florida's broken workers' comp system. As a leader in Florida's business community, your help is needed.

Here are three ways you can help:
1. Share this message,
2. Join our Worker's Comp Task Force,
3. Engage with our lead lobbyists on this issue, Carolyn Johnson (cjohnson@flchamber.com) for in-depth legislative details.
As always, thank you for your support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.


 
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Nov 30, 2017Keeping SFWMD Canal Banks Clear is a Public Service
West Palm Beach, FL - Like interstate highways for water, South Florida's flood control canals make it possible for 8.1 million people to live in what many call paradise.

More than 2,000 miles of canals from Orlando to the Florida Keys are operated and maintained by the South Florida Water Management District. Keeping them clear of debris and vegetation, especially on their banks, ensures this system works every single day and night to protect Florida families and businesses.

As local governments and community and homeowners' associations, you can help spread the word by sharing this important information and video.

 
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Nov 30, 2017Why the Indian River Lagoon?
Following the 2011 Super Algal Bloom in the Indian River Lagoon,
the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation Board of Directors
vowed to make a difference.
The Love Your Lagoon event was born and that first year,
net proceeds supported the establishment of the now annual
Indian River Lagoon Symposium
(click here)
http://www.indianriverlagoon.org/Symposium.html


Since then, net proceeds from the past six Love Your Lagoon events
have been granted to support a wide variety of FAU Harbor Branch’s ongoing
Indian River Lagoon Observatory research, education, and outreach efforts.

The health of the 156-mile Indian River Lagoon Estuary
located on Florida’s East Coast is critical to our local environment
as well as having an overall estimated
$7.6 billion economic impact
to the State of Florida.
To see the 2016 valuation data, please click here.
http://www.hboifoundation.org/uploads/files/PDFs%20Mailchimp/2016%20Indian%20River%20Lagoon%20Economic%20Valuation%20Update%20--%20Treasure%20Coast%20Regional%20Planning%20Council.pdf

Through Love Your Lagoon proceeds, discretionary grants and specialty license plate funds,
the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation has funded
FAU Harbor Branch researchers
to study the effects of water quality in the Indian River Lagoon
and St. Lucie Estuary for decades, including concerns
regarding the reduction in Indian River Lagoon seagrass, coral health,
dolphin and manatee health
and monitoring, and harmful algal blooms.

It is estimated that 35-40% of past FAU Harbor Branch
research, education, and outreach activities have been devoted to the Indian River Lagoon.
For more information, please click here.
http://www.hboifoundation.org/uploads/files/PDFs%20Mailchimp/Grants%20Spotlight%20--%20IRL%20Research%20and%20Education%20at%20HBOI%20(2).pdf

And to view real-time, high-accuracy weather and water quality data from
the most comprehensive water quality network in the lagoon,
FAU Harbor Branch’s Indian River Observatory Water Quality (LOBOs) Network,
please click here.

http://fau.loboviz.com/


 
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Nov 29, 2017St. Lucie nuclear power plant to conduct quarterly siren test November 30
Martin County's Emergency Management Agency, St. Lucie County's Public Safety Department and Florida Power & Light (FPL) will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie nuclear power plant on Thursday, November 30 at noon.

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

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

For more information on St. Lucie's emergency plan, please visit: https://www.fpl.com/clean-energy/nuclear/safety-planning.html. or call Martin County Emergency Management at 772-287-1652.



 
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Nov 29, 2017Parks and Recreation revises ordinance to increase protections to the environment, animals and park users
To fully meet the needs of the community and the Parks and Recreation Department (PRD), the Martin County Board of County Commissioners recently adopted Ordinance 1035 revising Chapter 17, Parks and Recreation, General Ordinances, Martin County Code.

"The revisions to Chapter 17 were made with the goal of protecting the environment, improving and maintaining the safety and security of our parks and park users, and providing a clear and transparent document. We hope the changes will lead to more satisfied park users, an improved overall customer experience and an enhanced park system," said Kevin Abbate, Martin County Parks and Recreation Department Director for Martin County. Major changes fall under three categories - environmental protections, safety and security, and clarity.

Environmental protections increase safeguards for our treasured assets, improve the quality of our parks system, ensure the habitat and wildlife in our parks are better preserved and protected, and minimize damage to park property.
• Conservation lands added
• Protections for sea turtles and other wildlife added
• Destroying, removing, damaging natural resources expanded
• Domestic and wild animals provisions enhanced
Other revisions allow County staff to closely monitor and permit activities, enhancing overall safety of park users and increasing clarity for ease of understanding.
• Sale of alcoholic beverages added
• Consumption of alcoholic beverages enhanced
• Full-service beach parks, camping facilities, loitering, and unattended personal property regulations updated
• Section on definitions updated
• Section on animals created
Highlights of revisions to safeguard citizens, wildlife, and natural resources include, but are not limited to the following:
• Consumption of alcohol in parking lots, play areas, athletic fields, and pavilions requires a permit. Consumption of alcohol in restrooms is prohibited.
• Removal of live shellfish is prohibited without proper authorization from the state.
• Casting a net on any seagrass or leaving behind organic matter from a cast net is prohibited.
• Display, release, or distribution of balloons in any outdoor area of a county park is prohibited.
• Fishing is prohibited within 50 feet of the boundaries of a full service beach park. Shark fishing is prohibited within 1,000 yards of the boundaries of a full service beach park.
• Using county property to access an area within 50 feet or 1,000 yards of the boundaries of a full service beach park to fish or shark fish is prohibited.

To view the ordinance in its entirety, visit Ordinance 1035. Follow Martin County Parks on Facebook for more information and details about what's happening in your Martin County Parks at https://www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Nov 29, 2017Three commissioners arrested for public records violations
Heard, Fielding and Scott all charged with violating the law
Two current Martin County Commissioners, Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding, and former commissioner Anne Scott of Jupiter Island, were arrested Tuesday and charged with violating public records laws, according to court records and sources close to the investigation.
Heard called in sick Tuesday, said County Administrator Taryn Kryzda. Within a few hours, Heard was arrested by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department for failing to respond to a public records request.
Had Heard not called in sick, she likely would have been at the dais of the Martin County Commission meeting, which spared her constituents the sight of a sheriff’s deputy escorting her out of the commission chambers during a live-streamed meeting.
Fielding’s arrest on two counts of public records law violations came after the meeting concluded. He was processed and released, according to sources close to the investigation. Scott, also charged with two counts of public records law violations, turned herself in and was released on her own recognizance.
Heard’s attorney, Barbara Wagner of Stuart, waived a formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty in writing to all charges on Heard’s behalf, asking also for a jury trial after filing a formal request with the Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court for a copy of the indictment or information filed in the case.
Thus far, only one count was filed by the State Attorney’s Office with the clerk in a non-criminal information, a formal document that begins a criminal proceeding in the court.
The information listed only one count of a public official violating state public records laws by failing to respond to a public records request, a non-criminal misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the grand jury was still in session, sources close to the investigation said, so more charges are expected in the case that stems from a public records request made by the Lake Point mining and water restoration project in February 2013.
Lake Point was seeking evidence in its breach-of-contract case against Martin County and the South Florida Water Management District, and asked for all emails on private email accounts between former commissioner Maggy Hurchalla and commissioners. As of Sept. 27, 2017, copies of commissioner emails were still being provided to Lake Point attorney Ethan Loeb, according to court testimony.
Lake Point also filed suit against Hurchalla for tortious interference in those contracts. Now that both Martin County and the SFWMD have settled with Lake Point, the only defendant in the case is Hurchalla. Her jury trial will begin Feb. 5.
Over the past four-and-a-half years that the case has been in the courts, Martin County has paid the fees of commissioners’ personal attorneys to defend them against Lake Point’s charges of public records violations.
A “mini” trial conducted in February by court arbiter Howard Googe found Heard, Fielding and Scott guilty of violating public records laws, which prompted the state attorney’s investigation.
Googe’s ruling, which was upheld by Circuit Court Judge William Roby, levied sanctions against Martin County that have totaled more than $500,000. More attorney fees are likely still to be awarded to Lake Point, should the company file for additional sanctions, because the first two awards for attorney fees and costs included the time only through July 2017; court hearings for public records were still going on as late as October.
After the Lake Point settlement with Martin County, however, the county no longer is paying private attorney fees for commissioners, and the joint defense agreement with Hurchalla also ended.
Heard’s attorney also requested all evidence in the case, including Heard’s grand jury testimony, wire taps, all emails, or any other investigative reports in the case in her request for the court to allow sufficient time to obtain evidence.

http://hobesoundcurrents.com/three-commissioners-arrested-public-records-violations/

 
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Nov 29, 2017CHAMBER INSIDER
Greetings from the Florida Chamber Foundation's inaugural Less Poverty, Through More Prosperity Summit where the Florida Chamber of Commerce is leading discussions on the depth and breadth of poverty in Florida, including how we can join together to create economic prosperity for all Floridians moving forward.

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation's Less Poverty, More Prosperity: Florida's Fiscal Cliffs Report, more than 3.1 million people are living in poverty in Florida, with 944,415 of that total under the age of 18. This issue not only impacts Florida's families, but also the growth of Florida's future workforce and businesses.

As the 2018 Legislative Session approaches our focus remains steadfast to unite Florida's business community to continue creating jobs and economic opportunities for all Floridians.

The Florida Chamber's 2018 Jobs Agenda, outlined in Where We Stand, is a legislative roadmap that will continue strengthening Florida's economy, spur smart growth and make Florida more competitive. We look forward to working with Governor Scott, President Negron and Speaker Corcoran and the legislature as we look for opportunities to find common ground to secure Florida's future.

Year after year, the Florida Chamber has been at the forefront of solving issues that impact Florida's competitiveness, and we remain committed in our efforts to be the driving force uniting Florida's business community, creating economic opportunity and growing jobs.

In addition to reducing the cost of living, reducing the cost of doing business and preparing for the future, the Florida Chamber's legislative priorities encourage lawmakers to follow science-based research to secure Florida's water future. The latest in a series of educational research videos, produced by Florida Atlantic University - Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe, provides additional proof that septic tank problems are detrimentally impacting Florida's water systems.

While some in the media reported on the Florida Chamber, and Legislators Push for Septic to Sewer Conversion to Cleanup the State's Waters, one newspaper is attempting to divert attention from Florida's overall water needs. While the author had good intentions, many of the facts were wrong, and was deserving of our response.

The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) continues with its once-in-every 20 years review of Florida's Constitution, and is currently considering many proposals that could forever change our states founding document. Today, the Florida Chamber team is testified before a CRC Committee against the fatal flaws of Proposal 23 which will impose opaque demands on Florida's sustainable growth and become a vehicle for a potentially limitless number of lawsuits. Read our staff analysis here and our letter to commissioners here. Also, read our supportive staff analysis on Proposal 90 - raising Florida teacher pay toward the national average.

And while Tallahassee is abuzz with legislative as well as constitutional activities, we continue to remain engaged at the federal level. From federal tax reform to supporting smarter immigration policy, our focus remains on making Florida more competitive.

Thank you for your support of free enterprise and in the Florida Chamber. As always, please feel free to contact me at mwilson@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1209 to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can make Florida more competitive.



 
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Nov 29, 2017Library reveals guest author list for BookMania! 2018
STUART, FL - The Martin County Library System is excited to announce the guest author list for its annual BookMania! festival on March 3, 2018 at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center. Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions featuring prominent and emerging writers as follows:

Know Your Body, Know Your Food
9:15-10:00 a.m. (Inez Frid, facilitator)
James Hamblin If Our Bodies Could Talk
Larry Olmsted Real Food, Fake Food

A Dogs Tale
10:30-11:15 a.m. (Jackie Williams, facilitator)
Maria Goodavage Secret Service Dogs
David Rosenfelt Collared

All in the Family: Writing Teams
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Joanna Campbell Slan, facilitator)
Liv Constantine (Lynne & Valerie Constantine, sister team) The Last Mrs. Parrish
Charles Todd (Charles & Caroline Todd, son/mother team) The Gatekeeper

The Spy Next Door: True Tales of Espionage and Intrigue
1:15-2:00 p.m. (Luann Justak, facilitator)
Eva Dillon Spies in the Family
Paul Kix The Saboteur
Michele Rigby Assad Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA

Relationships in History: Then and Now
2:30-3:15 p.m. (Edie Donohue, facilitator)
Jamie Ford Love and Other Consolation Prizes
Kate Quinn The Alice Network
Lisa Wingate Before We Were Yours

On the Edge of Your Seat
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Paula Hunt, facilitator)
Rene Dented The Child Finder
A.J. Finn The Woman in the Window
Anne Hilleman Song of the Lion

Now in its 24th year, this prestigious literary event is free and open to the general public. BookMania! is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. For more information, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-288-5702.


 
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Nov 29, 2017HOBE SOUND CHRISTMAS PARADE ROAD CLOSURES
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Christmas Parade. The following roads will be closed to traffic between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm:

CR-A1A (Dixie Hwy) from SR-5 (U.S. 1) north to CR-708 (Bridge Rd),
CR-708 (Bridge Rd) from CR-A1A (Dixie Hwy) west to S.E. Hercules Ave,
S.E. Hercules Ave from CR-708 (Bridge Rd) south to S.E. Olympus St,
S.E. Olympus St from S.E. Hercules Ave east to S.E. Venus St,
S.E. Venus St north to Zeus Park Circle

Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

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

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



 
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Nov 28, 2017Preventing Future Tree Damage
Properly pruned trees and plants are one of the best safeguards a homeowner has to limit damage to property during storms. When trees are pruned properly, they tend to be healthier and more eye-catching, thus enhancing the curb appeal of your property, along with increasing the property’s value.
Too often trees are “hat-racked” (cutting through the majority of branches to leave the tree with the appearance of a hat rack), and palms are often “hurricane-cut” (where all but a few fronds are removed). These and other improper pruning practices can jeopardize the health and structural integrity of trees and palms in the landscape. At the next library lecture presented by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Martin County Program on Monday, December 4, Laurie Albrecht will discuss “Lessons Learned from Hurricanes: Preventing Future Tree Damage”. Discover how to restore damaged trees and get tips on how to avoid future storm damage. Ms. Albrecht will also discuss wind-resistant trees and proper tree maintenance, including pruning. Find out the proper pruning techniques for your own use or when you hire a tree-trimming service. Join us in the John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Room at the Blake Library, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by the lecture from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Laurie Albrecht is the UF/IFAS Extension Environmental Horticulture Agent for Palm Beach County. Before moving to Florida, she was an instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Ms. Albrecht has made numerous presentations throughout Martin and Palm Beach County.
The goals of the Master Gardener program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities. Volunteers share University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research-based information with Martin County residents, to help them to make informed decisions when designing and maintaining their landscapes.
For more information, please call 288-5654.

 
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Nov 28, 2017FAU Harbor Branch Assists with Sperm Whale Stranding
FAU Harbor Branch assisted in the stranding of a young sperm whale on Wednesday, November 15. The whale beached itself near the Juno Beach Pier Wednesday afternoon and died after being sedated during the rescue. The calf was too young to have been without its mother and no adults were seen offshore. The whale was brought back to FAU Harbor Branch where a necropsy was completed. The goal is to use the data that's collected to help prevent future strandings.

Thanks to FAU Harbor Branch staff: Wendy Marks, Adam Schaefer, Steve Burton, Dr. Annie Page-Karjian, Jessie Stevens and Dr. Laurie Alexio; FAU Volunteers: Sarah Cielinski and Amanda Hudon and FAU Graduate Students: Danielle Ingle, Cameron Luck and Grace Roskar.

Special thanks to Harbor Branch's marine mammal rescue partners: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), MARS Stranding group, Juno Beach Pier Ocean Safety and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.


 
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Nov 27, 2017Helen Blake to be honored at 2018 Kiplinger Luncheon
Stuart, November 22 – There is no name more closely associated with the Martin County Library System than Blake. On January 22, Helen Blake will be honored by The Library Foundation of Martin County as the 2018 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award.

The award will be presented at the Kiplinger Literacy Award Luncheon, a typically sold-out event, held at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. Knight Kiplinger, editor-in-chief of Kiplinger Publications, will be the keynote speaker.

“Helen and Pres Blake were instrumental in the success of the capital campaign to build new libraries for Martin County. The Blakes’ contribution to that campaign is memorialized with the name of our flagship library but their commitment goes so much further,” said Stacy Ranieri, president of the foundation’s board of directors. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize Helen for all of her past and current contributions to literacy in Martin County.”

"Literacy is not just about acquiring the tools to take care of the details of life, like filling out forms and following directions,” said Helen Blake. “It is about looking through windows into places you may never see in person and reading about ideas you might never hear otherwise. It's about opening doors to new opportunities and a better life.”

The Blakes came to Martin County over 30 years ago and currently reside in Sailfish Point. Helen holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bates College and a master’s degree from Springfield College. She worked in radioisotope research, taught chemistry lab and mathematics. She also studied mathematics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Helen has served on the Library Foundation board of directors in the past and continues to support the organization’s events while spending time with her children, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Among her other activities, Helen is involved with the oversight of a scholarship program at Bay Path University in Massachusetts that her husband Pres funded in her honor. The scholarships are offered to women who wish to return to work but require further education to pursue a gainful career.

Keynote speaker Knight Kiplinger has deep roots in Martin County and an enduring connection to the Library Foundation. The Kiplinger family has been a part of the Treasure Coast since 1952 when Kiplinger’s grandfather was seeking a refuge from the “hubbub” of Washington, D.C. Among the family’s many contributions to the area was a plot of land on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart for the construction of the county’s first library and the Woman’s Club of Stuart.

Kiplinger’s remarks will offer attendees a unique ringside perspective on the leaders and policies that shape our future. The Kiplinger Letter is the most widely read and longest-published business forecasting publication in the world. Among the company’s many accolades, Kiplinger Publications was named one of America’s most ethical companies in 2009 by Ethisphere Magazine.

About The Library Foundation of Martin County
Founded in 1992, the mission of The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. is to acquire and administer funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to endow the library system for future generations. In addition to the Kiplinger Literary Award Luncheon, the foundation hosts the annual A Literary Affair dinner in March in conjunction with the Book Mania! Festival and a Young Literary Leaders awards event. For more information, visit http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org.


 
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Nov 27, 2017Stuart Martin County Chamber broke attendance and exhibitor records at their 26th Annual Holiday Trade Show
TREASURE COAST –A record number of 60 exhibitors and hundreds of guests enjoyed the beautiful Kane Center as its backdrop on the evening of November 15th at the Chamber’s 26th Annual Holiday Trade Show. Guests enjoyed gift shopping, learning about member’s businesses and found valuable services in the community. The evening was spent admiring art work, discovering great gift ideas and winning great prizes including restaurant gift cards, gift baskets and elegant wreaths donated by Home Depot of Stuart as the Grand Door Prizes.
The food received rave reviews from our guests that enjoyed the Mini-Holiday Taste featuring food from Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Berry Fresh Café, Creative Catering, Hog Snappers Shack & Sushi, The Kane Center, LouRonzo’s Italian Fusion, Spritz City Bistro and Stuart Boathouse.
The Holiday Show was made possible by our generous sponsors; our host The Kane Center; Allegro Senior Living; Brightway Insurance- Barletta Agency; Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs & Advisors; Florida Power & Light; Keaney Financial Services; Sam’s Club; and Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart. Media sponsors were Coast 101.3fm/ WHLG, Crary Buchanan, Hometown News, Treasure Coast Newspapers/TC Palm, and WSTU 1450.


 
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Nov 27, 2017Florida Chamber Foundation Research Update
Research Update from the Florida Chamber Foundation

The Florida Chamber Foundation is continuously researching and analyzing data about Florida and your community. Please take a moment to view the Florida Chamber Foundation's most recent By The Numbers, shown below, and consider what this information means to your chamber's members and region. Should you have any questions, please contact me at jgabel@flchamber.com.


What Do the Job Numbers Say?
In the most recent Florida Chamber Foundation’s By The Numbers, the Florida Chamber Foundation takes a closer look at Florida’s current job growth rates, our highest performing job categories, economic prosperity and more.

Hurricane Irma had a large but temporary impact on Florida's job numbers and our state is back on our estimated trajectory of job creation. Last month, Florida gained 125,300 jobs, with 197,500 jobs created year-over-year and our unemployment rate is down to 3.6 percent.

Watch the video by clicking below.



 
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Nov 27, 2017SFWMD Gives Thanks for Bountiful Harvest
West Palm Beach, FL - Earlier this week, hunters killed the 700th invasive python as part of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board's Python Elimination Program, the latest milestone for the program. Since the program began in late March, an average of three pythons have been eliminated per day from SFWMD lands.

Python hunter Eric Bramblet caught the fourth 16-foot python in the SFWMD Python Elimination Program. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
This month brought two of the largest pythons eliminated as part of the program. On Nov. 1, Dustin "Wildman" Crum, of Myakka City, brought in a 16-foot-11-inch Burmese python that broke his own program record, edging the previous high by an inch. Five days later, a 16-foot-3-inch python killed by Eric Bramblet, of Bonita Springs, weighed in at 143 pounds, 1 pound short of the program record set by Nicholas Banos and Leonardo Sanchez in early April.

"This Governing Board program has been enormously effective in killing this relentless predator to help preserve native Everglades wildlife," said SFWMD scientist Mike Kirkland, project manager for the Python Elimination Program. "The sheer numbers that are being caught and their size shows how massive a threat these predators are to our beautiful habitat."

All the pythons eliminated by the program would stretch more than 4,700 feet - almost nine-tenths of a mile - and weigh more than 10,000 pounds, or the equivalent of approximately two Lincoln Town Cars. Elected officials and celebrities ranging from U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., to superstar chef Gordon Ramsey have taken part in the hunts, bringing international awareness to the issue of this invasive species and the District's efforts to eradicate them. Kirkland and the python hunters were also featured in a Discovery Channel television special about the program.

About the Program
A team of professional python hunters was selected from more than 1,000 applicants and given access to District-owned lands in Miami-Dade County for the pilot phase and later in Broward and Collier counties as the program expanded. These independent contractors are paid $8.10 per hour, up to eight hours daily, to hunt in the Everglades. Depending on the size of the snake presented, they can also receive additional payments of $50 for pythons measuring up to 4 feet and an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. An additional $200 is given for each eliminated python nest with eggs.

The invasive Burmese python, which breeds and multiplies quickly and has no natural predator in the Everglades ecosystem, has decimated native populations of wildlife. The more of these snakes that can be eliminated, especially females and their eggs, the better chance future generations of native wildlife will have to thrive in the Everglades ecosystem that Floridians have invested billions of dollars to restore.



 
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Nov 27, 2017Help the Florida Chamber Stop the CRC From Killing Growth
As you are likely aware, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission is considering Proposal 23, a measure opposed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Proposal 23 would impose opaque demands on Florida’s sustainable growth as well as become a vehicle for a potentially limitless number of lawsuits. Florida is already in the bottom five in national legal climate rankings. Proposal 23 will lead to even more damaging lawsuits against community consensus projects by those opposed to Florida’s growth and continued competitiveness.
The Constitution Revision Commission has scheduled a workshop on Proposal 23 for Tuesday, November 28 at 1:00pm. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead role in informing the Commission why this proposal is so harmful to our economy, and has assembled a team of experts to testify in a panel discussion before the Commission. Please tune in on the Florida Channel to see this important discussion.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce will continue to work with and educate commissioners about the impacts that each of the 103 CRC Proposals would have on Florida’s business community.

Contact CRC Commissioners Today

The Florida Chamber has crafted a staff analysis of Proposal 23 to better explain why it is bad for Florida’s future. Read the full analysis here and contact commissioners on the Judicial Committee to express your concerns. If you have any questions or feedback from commissioners, please contact Chris Emmanuel at cemmanuel@flchamber.com.




 
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Nov 27, 2017ARE YOU READY for the 64th Light Tackle Tournament ?
Only 10 days left too our biggest event of the year

EVENT TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW & OPEN TO EVERYONE
December 7th 6:30-8:30 Happy Hour Plus Live Entertainment Sponsored by the Marriott & Stuart Sailfish Club.
December 8th 6:30-8:30 Happy Hour Plus Live Entertainment sponsored by Pilar Rum, METCo Marine Electronics & Stuart Sailfish Club.
December 9th 6:30-8:30 Happy Hour Plus Live Entertainment sponsored by Titos Vodka, METCo Marine Electronics & Stuart Sailfish Club.
December 10th 7:00-8:00 Cocktail Hour followed by a sit-down awards banquet 8:00-10:00pm.
Happy Hour Tickets $45.00 per evening each.
Banquet Dinner Tickets $105.00 each
Event package: includes all 3 happy hour tickets plus one Banquet ticket
Package Price $195.00 a $45.00 savings. All tickets must be purchased and paid for by December 4th close of business. Late comers may purchase event tickets at the event at regular price.
Please call Cheryl at, Cell: 772-888-6337 Office: 772-286-9373 email: sailfish@stuartsailfishclub.com and reserve your tickets today.
Thank you, Charles Conigliaro Tournament Chair


 
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Nov 27, 2017CHRISTEN L. SPAKE, ESQ. joins law firm of MCCARTHY, SUMMERS, BOBKO, WOOD, NORMAN, BASS & MELBY, P.A.
Stuart, Fla. – McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. is pleased to announce that Christen L. Spake, Esq., has joined the firm. Ms. Spake holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Minor in Spanish Language from Wingate University (Summa Cum Laude). She received her J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of Land Use Planning, Zoning Litigation, Guardianship and Fiduciary Litigation. Ms. Spake is an AV Preeminent® peer rated attorney since 2013, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2017. She is a past president of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association, and is admitted to The Florida Bar, U.S. District Court Middle District, U.S. District Court Southern District and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

About McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A.

The attorneys of McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A., have been serving satisfied clients for more than 40 years on the Treasure Coast. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Elder Law, Guardianship Law, and Family Law, as well as Real Estate Transactional work, Real Estate Financing, Real Estate Litigation, Business Law and Corporate Law. For more information, please contact McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. at 772-286-1700 or www.mccarthysummers.com.


 
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Nov 22, 2017Legislation Providing Services for Veterans and Their Families Passes Committee
The Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security unanimously passed Senate Bill 326 - Services for Veterans and Their Families. This bill establishes the Florida Veterans’ Care Coordination Program within the Department of Children and Families to provide statewide dedicated behavioral healthcare referral services to Veterans and their families through Florida’s 211 Network.
Florida’s 211 Network is a statewide telephone-based service that helps callers identify and connect with health and human service programs that can meet a variety of needs, including food, housing, employment, health care, crisis intervention, and more. This service is available statewide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in all of Florida’s 67 counties by calling 2-1-1.
With over 1.5 million veterans, Florida has the third largest Veteran population in the nation. Senate Bill 326 continues our state’s commitment in solidifying Florida’s reputation as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.
Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday Legislation Passes First Senate Committee
Senate Bill 620 - Disaster Preparedness Tax Exemption, unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism. The bill proposes a 10-day (June 1-10, 2018) sales tax holiday making certain items relating to disaster preparedness and protection tax exempt.
The Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday would coincide with the beginning of hurricane season and provide Floridians with cost savings on vital disaster preparedness items that can help protect their families and homes in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. During the tax exempt period, under specified maximum values, the following items will be exempt from state sales and use tax, and county discretionary sales surtaxes: certain light sources, radios, tarps, “tie-down” kits, fuel tanks, batteries, cellular telephone chargers, food storage coolers, portable generators, storm shutter devices, carbon monoxide detectors, reusable ice, personal locator beacons, and emergency position-indicating radio beacons.
Week of November 13-17, 2017
Capitol Office Phone: 850-487-5032| District Office Phone: 772-219-1665
Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday Legislation Passes First Senate Committee (Continued)
The 2017 hurricane season proved to be extremely busy and produced several named hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma, which greatly impacted the State of Florida. In addition to creating a family disaster plan, Floridians would be encouraged to take advantage of this sales tax holiday and stock up on essential disaster preparedness items.
Video archives of these and all Senate committee meetings from last week can be viewed online via: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/Videos.
As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends, and loved ones,
let us take time to reflect and count our many blessings.

 
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Nov 22, 2017HBK Dealership Industry Group Leader Impacts Tax Reform Bill
HBK’s Collins Wins Changes to House Tax Reform Bill for Dealerships

November 17, 2017 … Pittsburgh, Pa. … On November 3, HBK’s Rex Collins, CPA, CVA, was asked to join a conference call of the directors of several regional and national dealer associations. Natalie Higgins of the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) had secured an opportunity to address the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee as they prepared their proposed tax legislation for a full House vote. The conference call participants asked Collins, who heads up HBK’s Dealership Industry Group practice, provides financial counsel to dealers exclusively and is called upon regularly to address dealer conventions and meetings, to present the dealers’ position before the Committee.

“We were scheduled for a half-hour phone call that afternoon,” Collins reported. “It turned into an hour and a half discussion, as the Committee was eager to understand our issues and to find a fix for the problem.”

While there are several items of impact to dealers in the proposed House tax reform bill (read “Tax Reform: What Matters Most”), the issue of greatest concern was the deductibility of dealers’ annual interest expense. A provision in the House bill would have limited the deduction to 30 percent of the dealer’s adjusted income, which includes normal taxable income plus depreciation, amortization and interest.

“Given the amount dealers typically spend each year on interest, this item was clearly the most damaging in the proposal,” Collins explained. “Most impacted are those dealers who have been struggling and those who have been growing. Dealers on the low end of the profitability spectrum would be severely compromised; unable to deduct their interest expense, their taxes could exceed their total profits. Dealers looking to grow by acquiring debt would also be severely punished with the loss of the deduction.

“The Committee became convinced of the inequity and potential harm to so many American businesses, and they agreed to carve dealers out of the interest expense limitation as proposed in their tax reform bill.”

There was, however, as one would expect in such negotiations, a trade-off.

“In exchange,” Collins said, “we will not be allowed to directly expense the cost on fixed assets purchased during the year. However, that does not restrict our ability to take advantage of existing depreciation and Section 179 expensing election. As a matter of fact, the legislation provides for the doubling of the current benefits of Section 179.”

While Collins and the dealer associations won the day, the battle on behalf of dealerships continues, he pointed out.

“The Senate bill is similar to the original House bill in how it addresses this issue,” he said. “There is still work to be done.”

http://hbkcpa.com/hbks-collins-wins-changes-to-house-tax-reform-bill-for-dealerships/


 
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Nov 22, 2017Martin County Meetings ~ December 2017
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 December 2017. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
December 12 & 19, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
December 20, 2017 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.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
December 18, 2017 at 3:00 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.

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
December 20, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE
December 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: Community Services Conference Room, 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
December 7, 2017 at 8:30 am
Location: Fire Rescue Administration at the Public Safety Complex, Conference Room 286, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
December 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LAW LIBRARY COMMITTEE
December 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
December 4, 2017 at 10:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
December 7 & 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
December 11, 2017 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.

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

The Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 25 & 26 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and again Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of New Year's Day.


 
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Nov 21, 2017Castronovo Chocolate Releases its Cocoa For Peace Collection
STUART, FL -- Castronovo Chocolate, maker of award-winning bean-to-bar American craft chocolate, is introducing its Cocoa for Peace Collection gift box ($46).

Ten percent of the profits from the sales
of this collection will be donated to The Amazon Conservation Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving South American rain forests in partnership with the indigenous peoples who live there. Whether giving it as a holiday gift to a chocolate lover, a co-worker, that hard-to-shop-for person on everyone’s list, or as a gift to self, it is a gift that will help others earn a sustainable living while preserving rainforest ecosystems.
The Cocoa for Peace Collection is a curated assortment of four Castronovo Chocolate bars, each from a region of Colombia where cacao is relied upon to create a better life for those that harvest it in a manner that protects and preserves the rainforests. “It’s important to us that the cocoa we use in our chocolate provides a commercial venture for indigenous people in remote villages,” says Denise Castronovo, Owner and Master Chocolate Maker at Castronovo Chocolate. “We are proud to partner with ACT as we get cocoa from many of the same regions where ACT is already working.”
As with all Castronovo Chocolate, there is a story for each bar in the Cocoa for Peace Collection:
· Rare Cacao Collection Sierra Nevada 72% Dark Chocolate. Two-time Silver Winner of the 2016 and 2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards, London (single-origin dark chocolate). This cacao grows along the remote slopes of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada coastal mountains. Since there are no roads, the wild cacao is harvested by the Arhuaco indigenous people and brought down the steep slopes in jute sacks on the backs of mules. The chocolate has a distinct auburn color and bright fruity flavors of apricot and caramel with a delicate nuttiness.
· Rare Cacao Collection Sierra Nevada 63% Dark Milk Chocolate. Gold Winner of the International Chocolate Awards World Finals 2016, the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Awards London, and the International Chocolate Awards Americas Semifinals 2015; two-time Silver Winner of the International Chocolate Awards World Finals 2015 and 2014, Silver Winner of the 2017 International Chocolate Awards Americans & Asia Pacific Semifinals; Bronze Winner of the 2017 and 2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards London (all single-origin micro-batch milk chocolate category). This dark milk chocolate bar is truly an innovation in the single origin bean-to-bar category. Castronovo uses the same beans that are in its dark chocolate Sierra Nevada bar and mixes it with just the right amounts of organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter and whole milk powder to create a dark milk chocolate with caramel, fruity and nutty flavors.
· Arauca Colombia 70% Dark Chocolate. The Arauca region lies on the border of Colombia and Venezuela along the Arauca River basin. Rich in ecological resources, biodiversity and fertile floodplain soil some of the best cacao in the country grows here. Cacao is an important source of employment for female heads of households and can help in the recovery of peace to the region. The chocolate is full of depth with sweet aroma and comforting flavors of nectarine, honeysuckle, cream and cashew.
· Signature Collection Tumaco Colombia 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (new to the line). Silver Winner of the International Chocolate Awards Americas & Asia Pacific Semifinals 2017, Bronze Winner of the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017. The region of Tumaco lies on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. It’s an area where Afro-Colombians live in near isolation and engage in subsistence agriculture on the jungle lowland with a few cash crops such as cacao. The region is troubled with violence due to its location as a port city and fine cocoa offers an opportunity for a positive change in the area. This dark milk chocolate has delicate citrus, honey and floral flavors.
The Cocoa for Peace Collection is currently available at www.castronovochocolate.com and www.Amazon.com.
The Amazon Conservation Team was founded in 1996, by ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin and conservationist Liliana Madrigal. This non-profit organization seeks to steadily increase the number of indigenous peoples in Amazonia able to monitor, sustainably manage and protect their traditional forestlands, and, by extension significantly increase the area of Amazonian rainforest enjoying considerably improved protection. ACT works in close partnership with indigenous peoples to protect rainforests. The organization’s approach to success combines idealism, innovation, tradition, science, spirituality and social entrepreneurship.
Former ecologist and preservationist Denise Castronovo, started Castronovo Chocolate in 2013, in part to create a market for products that support rainforest ecosystems while providing a stable economy for its indigenous people who live off of the rainforest and harvest cacao. Denise searches throughout Latin American for cocoa beans with extraordinary flavor. How they are harvested and prepared are just as important. The company is passionate about protecting heirloom varieties of cacao, enabling rainforest conservation, promoting peace in post-conflict regions. Each Castronovo Chocolate bar has its own unique story that positively reflects its area of origin, impacts biodiversity and protects the culture of indigenous people.


 
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Nov 20, 2017Start your Holidays with a Classic at A.C.T. Studio Theatre "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry

Welcome the Holiday Season at A.C.T. Studio Theatre with the beloved American classic “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry. Based on the Frank Capra movie, this is the heartwarming story of George Bailey, the Everyman from a small town, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born. The 292 year-old angel reveals that George, after all, has had a wonderful life!

Spend a little time being part of the studio audience at a 1940s Christmas Eve radio
broadcast which has become almost as familiar as Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” It celebrates the American philosophy that hard work, fair play and love will be rewarded.

Director Dawn Achin appreciates that “ . . . the beauty of this show is how it demonstrates the far-reaching impact we have on those around us . . . ” With a cast that includes Barry Wood, Doug Curey Jr., Robert Pollock, Christine Marcazzolo, Joyce Milligan, Donna Amaru and Dennis O’Donovan, this endearing play will be on stage at A.C.T. Studio Theatre Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call (772) 932-8880.



 
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Nov 20, 2017Spread the gift of cheer this Holiday season!
What do you get for the person that has everything and wants nothing?

GIVE A GIFT CERTIFICATE
Share the magic of live theater, dance, music, comedy and family events.
We have just the ticket for everyone on your list!
Call The Lyric Theatre Box Office at 772-286-7827

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MAKE YOUR LOVED ONE A "STAR"
with their very own personalized Bronze Sidewalk Star on Flagler Avenue.

TAKE A "SEAT"
with a personalized message or dedication.

MAKE A DONATION!
No donation is too large or too small. Whether giving a donation in your name or as a gift, every donation is appreciated and truly makes a difference.

ARTS & EDUCATION
Support & inspire the Leaders of Tomorrow by sponsoring one of The Lyric’s Arts & Education programs such as Summer Camp, Discovery Series, Artist in Residency and Family Programming.

BECOME A SPONSOR
As an individual or a business you can get your name in lights! Customize a show sponsorship package especially for you.


Give the gift of supporting the Arts,
contact Linda Prange, Development Director
at 772-220-1942, ext 209 or development@lyrictheatre.com.

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Happy Holidays!


 
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Nov 20, 20172017 Fall Newsletter from Brightway, The Barletta Agency
"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
- William Cullen Bryant, Poet
We hope you've been enjoying the fall months this year, with plenty of time to spend with family and friends. Our team is committed to helping you achieve your dreams, which means making sure you, your family and the things important to you are fully protected.
We're always here for you. If you would like to talk with us about buying a new policy, please give us a call at (772) 872-7800. If you need help with an existing policy, please contact my Customer Service Team at 888-254-5014 or send an email to service@brightway.com.
Thank you for trusting us to protect your most valuable assets, while you take the time to enjoy and appreciate the changes this season brings.
Tony Barletta
Agency Owner
tony.barletta@brightway.com
Brightway, The Barletta Agency

CONSUMER ALERT: Flooded vehicles hitting the market
If you or someone you know is in the market for a new car, it’s more important than ever to know how to identify cars that have been damaged by flooding. From Hurricane Harvey alone, an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 vehicles have been destroyed. While many of those damaged cars will be written off and sold for salvage, others may undergo “title washing,” a tactic in which a vehicle’s title is branded in one state but then transported to another state that has a different criteria for title branding. So, while a vehicle may have been branded as flood damaged in one state, it can be transported to another state to be sold with a clean title. Less than reputable sellers can use title washing to sell cars to unsuspecting buyers who will not notice a problem until it’s too late. Title washing also means that you are at risk for buying a flood car even if you do not live near a flood-prone area, or any of the areas affected by hurricanes this year.
Click the link below for tips on how to avoid buying a flood-damaged car.

https://www.brightway.com/news/consumer-alert-flooded-vehicles-hitting-the-market

Reliable resource: Guide to Home Insurance
It always helps to have a strong grasp on your insurance. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has created A Consumer’s Guide to Home Insurance, which includes information about what it takes to insure your home, knowing what your policy covers, your responsibilities, and the claims process. The information provided in this guide is beneficial for anyone who has a Home insurance policy. Click the link below to view and save this guide for your own use.

http://www.naic.org/documents/prod_serv_consumer_guide_home.pdf

A tree fell on my house – What do I do?
Strong winds, thunderstorms, ice storms and so many other forces of nature can cause a tree to fall. Hopefully, you will not have to deal with a fallen tree on your home, but it’s always best to know what to do beforehand just in case. If a tree were to fall on your home, here are some important questions to address.

https://www.brightway.com/news/a-tree-fell-on-my-house-what-do-i-do

Avoiding deer-car collisions
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average cost of repairing a vehicle after colliding with a deer is estimated at $1,840. In addition to damaging your vehicle, these accidents can also cause serious bodily injury. Stay safe on the road this fall and click the link below for tips on defensive driving to avoid hitting a deer.

https://www.iii.org/article/avoid-a-deer-car-collision





 
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Nov 20, 2017Lawsuit Abuse Reform Is Key To Reducing the Cost of Doing Business
Did you know that Florida’s bottom five legal environment is an open invitation for “gotcha” lawsuits that cost Florida families an average of $3,400 each year in lawsuit abuse costs?

That’s why, as The Capitolist wrote earlier this week, Florida must do something about trial lawyers.


From unchecked fraud and legal scams that contribute to rising property insurance rates to the sue and settle strategy called pre-judgement interest, Florida's lawsuit abuse climate ranks in the bottom five among states.

Learn more about the Florida Chamber’s 2018 Jobs Agenda and see why “doing something about trial lawyers” will help create jobs and economic opportunity for Floridians.

TAKE OUR LAWSUIT ABUSE SURVEY
Has your business been impacted by the threat of lawsuits? Please take a moment to complete this short survey today.

http://floridaflcoc.weblinkconnect.com/cwt/external/wcpages/wcwebinput/2017_lawsuitabuse12.aspx?PROFILEID=6R4P4H1V0N1I


 
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Nov 20, 2017Don't Delay: International Business Council Meeting is January 9
The Florida Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Capitol Days
will feature a meeting of the International Business Council, as well as
the annual Global Florida Dinner.

Join international stakeholders from across the state, as well as members of the Consular Corp and foreign trade offices for a dynamic discussion on how to maintain and expand Florida's position as an international trade leader.

MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD...


 
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Nov 20, 2017Call for Nominations to Celebrate Environmental Excellence in Martin County
Palm City, Fla. – After a one-year hiatus, Keep Martin Beautiful, a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is delighted to bring back the Environmental Stewardship Awards. Keep Martin Beautiful is seeking nominations for individuals, businesses, civic and non-profit groups, and government agencies that are improving our local environment and our quality of life. Nominations are due by December 6, 2017 and the Awards Ceremony will be held on February 7, 2018 at Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club.

“Martin County has experienced a host of environmental challenges over the last two years, especially the harm to our rivers and estuaries, the recent hurricane, beach erosion and other issues,” said Craig Ahal, president of Keep Martin Beautiful’s Board of Directors. “Despite these challenges, our community always rises up to create positive change, and we know there are many individuals, organizations and businesses who have taken action to protect and improve our environment and our community. We look forward to receiving a record number of nominations this year.”

More than 200 guests are expected to be in attendance at the Awards Ceremony and always represent a diverse cross-section of Martin County that is rarely all seen celebrating in the same room together. Guests will include civic, business, environmental, and political leaders as well as community activists, educators and youth.

Focus areas for nominations include: community improvement and neighborhood revitalization; litter and marine debris removal; recycling programs; river advocacy; environmental innovation and environmental stewardship; youth engagement and education. Projects and activities must have occurred in 2016 or 2017.

In addition to nominations, Keep Martin Beautiful is also seeking sponsorship of the Environmental Stewardship Awards. It’s the most impactful way for your organization to showcase your commitment to improving the quality of life in Martin County!

The deadline to submit nominations is December 6. Nomination and sponsorship forms, previous year’s winners, and other details are available online at keepmartinbeautiful.org. For more information contact Keep Martin Beautiful at 772-781-1222 or events@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 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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Nov 20, 2017Venture Construction Group of Florida raises awareness for domestic violence with Kendra Scott
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) hosts a fundraiser with Kendra
Scott to raise awareness for domestic violence and January’s Stalking Awareness Month. The Kendra
Gives Back Party takes place on Dec.13 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Kendra Scott, Mizner Park at 411 Plaza
Real, Boca Raton. The shopping event is open to the public and includes sips, sweets and a fun shopping
event. The Kendra Gives Back Party will donate 20 percent of sale proceeds to Gemma’s Angels
Foundation Boca Raton and Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA). Orders will be accepted onsite at
the Kendra Gives Back Party and via phone during the event. Please call 561-430-2520 to place your
order. VCGFL is matching all donations. VCGFL is also hosting a Toy Drive for AVDA. VCGFL invites the
community to drop off a toy at the Kendra Gives Back Party or at a VCGFL office location at 2630 SE
Willoughby Blvd., Stuart or 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton through Dec. 15.
The Gemma’s Angels Foundation Boca Raton is dedicated to raise awareness and end domestic
violence in honor of Gemma Burlakoff and her fight to save her children. In 2013, Gemma fought
heroically with her husband, the father of her children, in a violent domestic dispute to protect her
children. Gemma was murdered in front of them.
AVDA provides a state-certified domestic violence center that offers a comprehensive array of services
for victims of domestic violence including a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing,
advocacy, counseling and support to help them live violence-free and self-sufficient lives. AVDA also
works throughout the community to educate and engage people of all ages in the commitment to prevent
violence.
“It’s so important to continuously raise awareness about domestic violence. This is a tragic and a
pervasive issue that isn’t going to magically disappear. It doesn’t just affect one person, it affects the
entire family, it affects so many,” says Sandra Lawson, operations director at Venture Construction Group
of Florida, co-founder of Gemma’s Angels, sister of Gemma Burlakoff.
According to a report by the American Psychological Association in 2014, over 4.7 million women
experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year. According to a report by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last July, most murders of American women involve domestic
violence and in 93 percent of those cases, victims were killed by current or former intimate partners.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1
in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate
partner in their lifetime. According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, domestic violence is
prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual
orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally
abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control.
On a national scale, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute,
which equates to 10 million abuse victims annually. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive
approximately 20,800 calls. 19 percent of intimate partner violence involves a weapon. Intimate partner
violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male
murder victims are killed by intimate partners. 72 percent of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by
intimate partners. 94 percent of murder-suicide victims are female. 19.3 million women and 5.1 million
men have been stalked which equates to 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men. Over 66 percent of female
stalking victims reported stalking by a current or former intimate partner.
According to the Florida Coalition of Domestic Violence (FCADV), in 2016,105,668 crimes of domestic
violence were reported to Florida law enforcement. The coalition warns that many more survivors of
domestic violence are not reporting their abusers to the police or accessing services at domestic violence
services due to reasons such as shame, fear, or being prevented from doing so by their abusers. In
Florida, over 170 domestic violence homicides took place in 2013. Many more incidents went unreported.
Although overall crime rates in Florida decreased in 2013, rates of domestic violence remained the same,
and incidence of stalking increased by 19 percent.
“Increasing awareness is so important to put an end to domestic violence and stalking. We invite
everyone in the community to stop by this event, shop and help raise money for a very necessary cause,”
says Stephen Shanton, president and CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
A major advocate for philanthropy and giving back to the community, VCGFL sponsors numerous
charities and educational events throughout the state. Recent sponsorships include Feed the Hungry
Event in Boca Raton; Kendra Scott Gives Back Party to Benefit Gemma’s Angels Foundation in Boca
Raton; Kendra Scott Gives Back Party To Benefit ALS in Boca Raton; Walk to Defeat ALS in Miami-Dade,
Estero, Orlando, Palm Beach, Davie; ARC of Martin County Fishing Tournament in Stuart and
throughout the St. Lucie, Jupiter, Palm Beach inlets; JRC Foundation Golf Tournament to Benefit Molly’s
House and Quantum House in Palm City; JRC Foundation Golf Tournament to Benefit SafeSpace in
Palm City; Palm City Chamber of Commerce 22nd Annual Golf Tournament; Melbourne Regional
Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament; Martin County High School Football Club Annual Golf
Tournament.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is an award-winning leader in
construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services
throughout the state of Florida. Specializing in industrial/ commercial projects, VCGFL assists property
managers, condominium boards, homeowner associations, association boards, hotels and business
complexes with general contractor services, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood
mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. VCGFL won the prestigious
Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers in the U.S., Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award, and is
the proud recipient of the 2017 FRSA S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards
in Sustainability and Community Service. With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Stuart, and
Tampa, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL takes
care of the details every step of the way including roofing, siding, windows, drywall, flooring, paint, gutters
to rebuilding properties after major storm events from hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms.
VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage
Center Preferred Contractor, Platinum Preferred Certified Contractor with the National Insurance
Restoration Council, Windstorm Insurance Network WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®,
WIND Certified Fellow®, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors,
Certified Member of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA), Certified
Member of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA), Owens
Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor
and Duro-Last Certified Contractor. VCGFL credentials have been vetted and screened through
independent third party Global Risk Management Solutions. For more information call 866-459-8351 or
visit us online at www.vcgfl.com.
About Gemma’s Angels Foundation
Gemma’s Angels Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness to end domestic violence in honor of
Gemma Burlakoff’s fight to save her three daughters. Gemma was brutally murdered in front of her
children in a domestic dispute in 2013. Gemma successfully saved her children's lives and lost her life in
doing so. Gemma fought heroically to protect her children. Unfortunately, no financial support was left
behind to provide and care for her daughters. Gemma’s Angels Foundation was launched in 2014 and
thrives on the support of businesses, fundraisers and major awareness events. Anyone who needs help
please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Florida residents in need of
help may contact the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119.
About Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)
AVDA has been a safe haven for thousands of victims of domestic abuse. Adults and children are
provided 24-hour, 7 days a week emergency shelter, crisis counseling, food, clothing, individual and
group counseling services. AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering
alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. Learn more at http://www.avdaonline.org/.
About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel and
sense of community of its CEO and Designer, Kendra Scott. A true omni-channel business, Kendra Scott
is sold at premiere retailers including Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Von Maur and over
600 specialty boutiques worldwide, the brand boasts a thriving web business and over 50 stand alone
retail stores across the United States. The brand is well-known for its comprehensive suite of elegantly
designed jewelry pieces as well as lifestyle categories such as beauty, home goods and fine jewelry. The
brand also offers the Kendra Scott Color Bar™, an innovative jewelry customization experience available
in all Kendra Scott stores as well as www.KendraScott.com.


 
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Nov 20, 2017BREAKING NEWS: HISTORIC TAX REFORM PASSES HOUSE
This might be the biggest news yet: The House just passed historic tax reform to cut taxes and simplify the tax code.
Bureaucrats in D.C. seem to forget that every dollar they spend is the result of somebody else’s labor. It’s about time that we make the government do more with less and empower the American people to do more with more!
This is the first major tax reform since the Reagan Administration, when I was a little kid and weighed no more than maybe 60 pounds sopping wet. That's a big deal.
Our bill simplifies the tax code, doubles the standard deduction for all families and most importantly, cuts taxes for low- and middle-income families who are struggling just to get by.
Every dollar less the government takes, and every dollar more that you keep in your pocket, is a big win. That’s exactly what this bill does and why it will grow middle class paychecks in Florida by more than $2,250 and lead to the creation of more than 55,000 new jobs.
Every day that I've been working on this bill, I've thought about the families in our community - the students working their way through college, the small business owners just trying to turn the key in their door every morning and our middle class families working hard to save for retirement. Watch this video to hear more about how the bill will grow your paycheck:


 
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Nov 20, 2017CUTTING OFF HAMAS
I chose to volunteer alongside the Israeli Defense Forces following my service in the U.S. Army because our countries share the common ideals of freedom, democracy, and mutual respect for all people.
Hamas, on the other hand, preaches destruction to Israel and death to the values we hold dear here in America. They have already murdered more than 400 Israelis and at least 25 American citizens.
The good news is that the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill I introduced called the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act. The bill sanctions people, groups and governments that assist Hamas' reign of terror and genocidal goals.
We also passed a bill called the Taylor Force Act to cut off U.S. taxpayer support to the Palestinian Authority as long as they are continuing to give huge cash rewards to terrorists. To think we're taking dollars out of an American taxpayer's pocket that could end up in the pocket of a terrorist who went out there and ran somebody over with a car is disgusting.
Both of these bills are great progress to restore sanity to Washington and protect global security!

https://mast.house.gov/hamas

 
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Nov 20, 2017County Connection: Catch a Florida memory, learn about Santa Claus' history and find Black Friday savings
Catch a Florida Memory!
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is partnering with the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission to reel in anglers with the Catch a Florida Memory program. This program recognizes saltwater anglers for their fishing skills and encourages them to target multiple species, decreasing fishing pressure on the most commonly sought-after species.

https://documents.martin.fl.us/Documents2010/content/info_release/adm/2018/MC_Info_Release_Catch_A_FL_Memory.pdf

MARTY not in service on November 23
Just a reminder that MARTY, Martin County's Public Transit service, will not be in operation on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal service will resume on Friday, November 24.

http://files.constantcontact.com/96897699201/1f6fc464-991d-4ad0-b4ec-50efa56214da.pdf

@YOUR LIBRARY
For more library news, visit the library website

The history of Christmas and Santa Claus
Robert Farley, History Professor, will get you into the holiday spirit and out of the malls. Join him at the Cummings Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 for a fascinating talk. This lecture is part of the IRSC Living History Series.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13377&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15


Kids Drop-in Crafternoon: Give thanks!
What are you thankful for? Drop in at the Hobe Sound Library anytime between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and create some fun fall and Thanksgiving crafts! For ages 5-12 years.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=15192&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15

Jane Miller presents: The Pilgrims
Join Jane at the Blake Library on Tuesday, November 21 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for a timely viewing of The Pilgrims. This film follows the true story of a small group of English Separatists whose determination to worship God as they saw fit planted the seeds of the American Dream.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13437&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15

Kids' movie @ your library: Cars 3
Race fans are invited to the Lahti Library on Wednesday, November 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. for Cars 3. Lightning McQueen suffers a severe crash while trying to compete with a younger rival. Afterwards, McQueen embraces new technologies as he trains for a return to the racetrack.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=15251&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15


IT STARTS IN PARKS


Black Friday season pass sale
Give the gift that suits every member of the family...Sailfish Splash Waterpark Season Passes! Take advantage of our Black Friday offer and save $30 on all waterpark season passes. The offer starts Thursday, November 23 at noon and ends on Friday, November 24 at 11:59 p.m.


Thanksgiving hours at Martin County Golf Course
Please note these times if you are planning to golf on Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 24, 18-hole rounds must check in by 10 a.m. and 9-hole rounds must check in by 12:00 p.m. All carts due back in no later 2:00 p.m. We hope you have a nice holiday!

https://www.martincountygolfcourse.com/

Visit our booth at Pineapple Fest in Jensen Beach
Martin County Parks and Recreation will have a booth at Pineapple Festival happening in downtown Jensen Beach this Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Stop by Booth 28B for a chance to win a giveaway for Martin County Golf Course or Sand Dune Café!

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Preparing for a healthy and safe Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here! The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging everyone to practice food safety while preparing meals throughout the holiday season. There are four simple steps to food safety: clean, cook to temperature, chill and separate. Learn more >


AROUND TOWN

Manatee craft day
Stop by the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 and make a special manatee-themed craft to take home with you! While there, check out their visitors center; nature trails; game fish lagoon; and sea turtle, rays on the reef and sea star touch tank pavilions. Learn more >


Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care
Join author and journalist Eliot Kleinberg at the Elliott Museum on Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history, capped with a strong argument that our state's biggest challenge is encouraging its transplants to become Floridians. RSVP/learn more >


HURRICANE SEASON

Find local information during an emergency
During a declared emergency, Martin County-specific information is available by tuning to WQCS-88.9 FM at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Residents can also tune to MCTV - Comcast Channel 20 and U-verse Channel 99 - for local information, or stay connected on our website.


THE CONE ZONE

Road closure information
Use caution in the "cone zone!" Check out the latest info and an interactive map on road and lane closures to plan your route around town. The web application shows roads that may be closed due to construction or events. Enter the Cone Zone >



 
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Nov 20, 2017SFWMD Identifies Initial Concepts for EAA Storage Reservoir
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week sought public input on initial concepts being considered for the proposed Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project.

These project concepts under consideration will be modeled further by SFWMD staff in the coming weeks. Modeling results will be presented at future public meetings as part of the extensive ongoing public review



process for the EAA Storage Reservoir Project. The project began as Senate Bill 10. Earlier this year, the bill was authorized by the Legislature, an effort led by Senate President Joe Negron, and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

"This is an exciting step in a rapidly moving process," said SFWMD Federal Policy and Coordination Bureau Chief Matt Morrison. "The public received a first look at the conceptual project features and provided additional valuable feedback. Next, we will undertake detailed modeling on the array of initial concepts to determine what features provide the most benefit while making the best use of taxpayer dollars."

The initial concepts discussed by SFWMD staff at two meetings this week included:
• A 240,000 acre-foot reservoir that would require 10,000 acres for storage and another 6,300 acres of stormwater treatment areas (STAs) to treat water and meet the project goals by sending additional clean water south to the Everglades. This alternative includes a total project footprint of approximately 16,000 acres.
• A 360,000-acre foot reservoir that would require 22,000 acres for storage and another 9,500 acres of STAs to meet the project goals by sending additional clean water south to the Everglades. This alternative includes a total project footprint of approximately 31,000 acres.
SFWMD is currently engaged in an extensive series of public meetings to receive public input that helps inform the scope and modeling for the project. Six public meetings have been conducted to date. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. at SFWMD Headquarters in West Palm Beach. This protocol is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process necessary to ensure the project remains eligible for federal cost sharing.

For the modeling data and more information on the meetings, including agendas and presentations, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.

To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.


 
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Nov 20, 2017Library announces date for annual BookMania! festival
STUART, FL - The Martin County Library System is pleased to announce the return
of BookMania!, the most prestigious literary event on Florida's Treasure Coast. BookMania! takes place on March 3, 2018 at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center. Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions featuring prominent and emerging writers. Specific panel themes are Know Your Body, Know Your Food, A Dogs Tale, All in the Family: Writing Teams, The Spy Next Door: True Tales of Espionage and Intrigue, Relationships in History: Then and Now, and On the Edge of Your Seat.

BookMania! is free and open to the general public. As part of a collaborative effort with Barnes & Noble booksellers, the Martin County School District will be collecting books for their K-12 book drive in conjunction with this event. Additionally, a ticketed sponsors' event, A Literary Affair, will be held on the evening prior to the festival.

This popular program has achieved national recognition for its stellar authors, record attendance, and impressive book sales. Now in its 24th year, BookMania! remains a favorite destination for a wide and diverse audience. Bookmania! is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.

For more information, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-288-5702.


 
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Nov 20, 2017SATELLITE OFFICE HOURS
Our 18th District Congressional staff works for you. They're available to help you navigate federal agencies and programs like Medicare, Social Security, Veterans Affairs and more. Please feel free to stop by our offices at any time.
We're also hosting satellite office hours on Tuesday, November 21st to make getting help as easy as possible. Here's all the information you need:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 Jensen Beach Boulevard
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Hobe Sound Library
10595 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455


 
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Nov 20, 2017VISIT FLORIDA Selects SPARK As New Brand Strategy & Creative Agency
I am pleased to announce that VISIT FLORIDA has selected SPARK as our new Brand Strategy & Creative agency. This announcement comes as part of VISIT FLORIDA's recent shift from a single agency of record to a specialized agency model that also includes digital media, co-op marketing, multicultural and paid social.
VISIT FLORIDA first began a working partnership with SPARK in 2009. Since then, they have been significant in the development of various award-winning efforts, including our Share a Little Sunshine in-state advocacy campaign, Insiders program, "Conquering Florida" video series and winter "Bragging Season" campaign. These projects have won numerous Telly, Webby and Mercury awards over the years.
As part of their new role, SPARK will assist with VISIT FLORIDA's overarching global brand strategy, campaign planning, creative development and advertising production.
SPARK brings a proven track record of fresh, innovative brand ideas and a strong familiarity with the tourism industry, having worked with other leading brands such as Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Destination Hotels.
SPARK's appointment is the result of a comprehensive competitive process begun in April. The ensuing six-month long process elicited written proposal submissions from 20 agencies. The current contract, which began Nov. 1, continues through 2020.
Maryann Ferenc, VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors Chair, said "With our selection of SPARK as the new lead Brand & Creative agency, we have secured the keys to some of the most innovative, forward-thinking, and creative content and strategy in our industry. I want to congratulate the VISIT FLORIDA and SPARK staff for their hard work to make this happen under new circumstances, and I look forward to seeing tremendous results from this collaboration."
Through our continued partnership with SPARK, I'm confident that we will reach new heights as we market the Sunshine State around the world.
For Florida!


 
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Nov 20, 2017FPL supports STEM education in our communities
From robotics teams to a traveling science show, FPL is moving Florida forward by investing in education

Florida Power & Light Company is committed to enriching Florida students’ experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

“At FPL, we’re working together with the communities we serve to help make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family,” said Pam Rauch, FPL vice president of external affairs and economic development. “One of the ways we do this is by investing in STEM education. These programs prepare today’s students for exciting and well-paid jobs in the future, creating the employees that FPL will be looking for in the future. In addition, they also help break down barriers and provide more opportunities to traditionally underserved populations.”

Among its education initiatives, FPL sponsors a traveling science show that visits nearly 100,000 students a year across the state. This program, known as “Captain Wattage,” will visit 15 county schools between October and November. The company has also sponsored 70 robotics teams across its service area over the past three years, as well as several robotics competitions. Each year, FPL awards a college scholarship to a high school student within its service area who has participated in robotics. SPAM 180 from Martin County is one of the robotics teams that FPL supports.

To learn more about Captain Wattage, robotics and FPL’s other education initiatives, visit www.FPL.com/education.



 
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Nov 20, 2017Time to elect your new Board of Directors


As a BBB Accredited Business you elect the leaders to serve as Directors of BBB's Board. The Nominating Committee is putting forward four candidates for your consideration. Please review the qualifications of the candidates and indicate your confirmation of those individual business leaders you support for board service.

The Nominating Committee is always looking for great candidates to serve. The Nominating Committee places great value in qualified leaders committed to ethics reflecting the diverse community we serve. If you are interested in serving on the board or working more closely with BBB on projects (e.g. BBB Torch Award for Business Ethics, BBB Accreditation Committee, etc.) please share your interest with David Arcila: Darcila@bbbsefl.org or by phone at 561 842 9278 ext. 151.

Please cast your ballot by December 15, 2017.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBBSEFL5GJLWHC


Sincerely,

Rod Davis, CEO BBB Serving Southeast Florida & the Caribbean


 
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Nov 20, 2017Anglers hooked on recognition program
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is partnering with the Florida Fish
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to reel in anglers with the Catch a Florida
Memory program. This program recognizes saltwater anglers for their fishing skills and
encourages them to target multiple species, decreasing fishing pressure on the most
commonly sought-after species.
Anglers of all ages and skills can earn prizes, recognition and bragging rights while
supporting marine fisheries conservation. FWC offers three Saltwater Angler Recognition
Programs - Saltwater Reel Big Fish, Grand Slam or Saltwater Life List. Angler-submitted
photos are highlighted in the Club Members section on FWC’s website at
www.CatchaFloridaMemory.com and their Facebook page at
www.Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory. Charters, local residents and anglers fishing in
Martin County are also encouraged to submit their fishing photos via email to
info@discovermartin.com, or by the use of #discovermartin to be featured in ongoing
promotional efforts and on numerous Martin County social media channels.
Martin County is the first destination to officially support this program. Dual-branded
Tervis® tumblers will be added to the prizes offered, and both organizations are exploring
joint opportunities for cross-promotion. “With 100 artificial reef systems and over 800
species of fish, fisherman from all over the world come to fish our waters,” said Nerissa
Okiye, Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing Manager. “There’s no better way to
promote the impressive array of fishing opportunities, charters and tournaments in Martin
County, than to partner with FWC” Okiye continued.
Along with encouraging anglers to target multiple species, FWC promotes responsible
angling, including proper catch and release techniques. Anglers do not have to harvest their
fish to be eligible for the program and are, in fact, encouraged to release their catch after
documentation. Catch-and-release procedures are regularly employed when anglers fish
Martin County waters for sailfish and other species. To learn more about proper fish handling
techniques, visit http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/fish-handling/.
Learn more about Catch a Florida Memory by visiting www.CatchaFloridaMemory.com and
explore fishing opportunities at www.discovermartin.com/see-do/world-class-fishing/.
Follow Discover Martin on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscoverMartin and Twitter
@DiscoverMartin.
Martin County fishing charters, marinas and event organizers can submit images and
descriptions of their businesses to info@discovermartin.com to be listed at no charge on the
tourism page of Discover Martin’s website. There they also have the option to add events and
special offers directly to the website.
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MAK/ADM
www.martin.fl.us 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida 34996

 
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Nov 20, 2017Marty will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
NOVEMBER 23, 2017
“MARTY”
Marty will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Marty will resume operations on Friday, November 24th.
¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!
MARTY estará fuera de servicio
El dia de Acción de Gracias 11/23/2017
Pero estaremos en servicio
El Viernes 24 de Noviembre de 2017.
Information/información 772-463-2860

 
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Nov 20, 2017Black Friday Sailfish Splash Waterpark season pass sale
Give the gift that suits every member of the family...Sailfish Splash Waterpark Season Passes! Take advantage of our Black Friday offer and save $30 on all waterpark season passes. The offer starts Thursday, November 23 at noon and ends on Friday, November 24 at 11:59 p.m.

 
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Nov 20, 2017Thanksgiving hours at Martin County Golf Course
Please note these times if you are planning to golf on Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 24, 18-hole rounds must check in by 10 a.m. and 9-hole rounds must check in by 12:00 p.m. All carts due back in no later 2:00 p.m. We hope you have a nice holiday!

https://www.martincountygolfcourse.com/

 
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Nov 20, 2017LTT COUNT DOWN ONLY 17 DAYS LEFT

If you are Planning to fish the Stuart Sailfish Light Tackle Tournament, time is running out!
We currently have 17 boats signed up and slips are becoming scarce. There are only 4 complimentary slips left, so we encourage you to register before it’s too late.
This year’s event is one we promise you won’t want to miss Breakfast by Marriott and lunch by Jersey Mikes daily!
Invite your friends and family to enjoy and celebrate the 4 nights of festivities:
Live entertainment with food and drinks starting on Thursdays nights kick-off party as well as Friday and Saturday evening followed by a fabulous sit-down awards banquet. Get your tickets now. Kickoff Party, Happy Hour and Banquet tickets will also be available at the event.
We want to thank our Happy Hour Sponsors, Titos Vodka, Pillar Rum and MeTco Marine electronics. Sign up today before it’s too late!!!!!



 
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Nov 16, 2017FAU Harbor Branch and Scientists from South Africa Team Up on Study to Save Endangered African Penguins
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (November 15, 2017) – With less than 25,000 breeding pairs in existence today, it is an uphill battle for the African Penguin, which calls South Africa home. The 60 percent drop in their population since 2001 has put them on the endangered species list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In some South African colonies, the drop in population has been as high as 80 percent. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all contributing factors in their dramatic decline.
To preserve this species and optimize rehabilitation efforts, an epidemiologist from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute joined forces with scientists from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). The facility, located near Cape Town, South Africa, receives more than 900 African Penguins for rehabilitation each year. While the success rate for the overall release of these penguins back into the wild is about 75 percent, limited data exists on the factors that contribute to their successful rehabilitation.
To better understand how to improve the rehabilitation of African Penguins, the researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind study on prognostic health indicators such as body mass, blood analysis, and infectious disease exposure. For the study, they analyzed 3,657 adult African Penguins that were admitted to the SANCCOB facility for rehabilitation between 2002 and 2013.
Results of the study, published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, provide invaluable information on the importance of minimizing their rehabilitation time, treating their diseases early in the process, and controlling mosquitos to avoid infection. They found that the biggest risk factors for mortality are things that can be addressed in the first 10 days of their admission. This finding is key because approximately 70 percent of deaths occur during this time. They also identified markers of body mass and hematologic parameters that are important criteria in the initial assessment and treatment of wildlife admitted for rehabilitation.
“Because most of the mortality of these birds occurs within the first 10 days after they are admitted, we wanted to develop more effective strategies to quickly reverse their various symptoms such as severe dehydration, hypothermia or hyperthermia, anemia, and extreme weight and muscle loss,” said Adam M. Schaefer, M.P.H., co-author of the study and an epidemiologist at FAU’s Harbor Branch, who collaborated with Nola J. Parsons, BVSc., Ph.D., corresponding author of the study, SANCCOB, and Ralph E.T. Vanstreels, D.V.M., Ph.D., co-author of the study, Nelson Mandela University. “A poor body condition may be an indication of poor food resources, physical or behavioral problems, or a combination, and is a significant predictor of survival of these seabirds during rehabilitation.”
The researchers calculated the effects of season of admission, reason for admittance, blood parasite infection status, and body mass, hematocrit, and total plasma protein upon admission in determining whether an individual penguin was likely to be released after rehabilitation.
The most frequent reasons for rehabilitation were oiling (71.2 percent), followed by injury (19.6 percent). Injured penguins had lower body mass than healthy wild adult penguins, suggesting that these birds had suboptimal foraging success, which made them more vulnerable. Debilitation accounted for 4.3 percent of the admissions followed by molting problems – an annual process of losing and replacing their feathers – accounting for 3.9 percent of admissions.
Findings from the study show that when compared with an oiled penguin, an injured penguin was 13.1 times more likely to die in rehabilitation. While oil pollution is a historical threat to the conservation of African Penguins, the researchers found that on average, 93 percent of the oiled penguins admitted during the study period were rehabilitated successfully and released back into the wild.
“We suspect that the reason for this high success rate is because oiled penguins were often admitted in good body condition and health status," said Schaefer. “In addition, their condition when they are oiled is physically obvious to conservation officers for collection and rehabilitation.”
The release rate for penguins admitted with injuries varied between 52 and 71 percent depending on the affected body part, revealing that there are still challenges in the medicine of trauma for this species. Duration of stay was longest for the birds that sustained chest injuries compared to tail, flipper or leg injuries, which is related to the time required for feathers to regrow after an injury has healed. Furthermore, penguins admitted to the rehabilitation center while undergoing molt or due to arrested molt, had low release rates and were more likely to die, indicating that artificial induction of molt (through hormonal supplementation or light-cycle manipulation, for example) could benefit the rehabilitation of these birds.
“The key is making sure that these penguins are in the right condition to be released and finding that ‘sweet spot’ where we know that they are healthy enough to be released into the wild and do well,” said Schaefer. “We have an amazing collaboration with Dr. Parsons and Dr. Vanstreels to continue our research on this project to preserve this incredible species, which is threatened with extinction because of natural and human causes.”


 
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Nov 16, 2017Florida Chamber Foundation's inaugural 2017 Prosperity Summit
Did you see the below email we sent this week regarding the Florida Chamber Foundation's inaugural 2017 Prosperity Summit? Below you will see our newest speakers and ways that you can be part of this conversation. This summit is designed to educate and help frame the issues that surround poverty - and ensure your community is informed and armed with the latest data.

Many of your communities already have great programs that fuel economic prosperity. I hope you will join us on November 28th in Tampa to share these best practices.

During the Prosperity Summit, you will be able to connect with other leaders who are working hard, just like you, to find solutions that will help bring economic opportunities to the more than 3.1 million Floridian in poverty today.

To make these conversations successful, we need your voice.

Please make plans today to join us November 28 in Tampa.

NEW SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for the 2017 Prosperity Summit to learn how Florida’s business community can lead the charge in helping to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Topics will include a focus on the specific issues Florida must get right in order to break the cycle of generational poverty: creating jobs, affordable housing, connected infrastructure, quality education opportunities and more.

Be part of the conversation with our recently announced speakers, including:

• Tim Center, CEO, Capital Area Community Action Agency
• Doug Davidson, Market Executive, Bank of America; Florida Chamber Foundation Chair
• Michelle Dennard, President and CEO, CareerSource Florida
• Mireya Eavey, Sarasota Area President, United Way Suncoast
• Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power Company; Achieve Escambia
• Bob McFalls, President and CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network
• Bill Mills, President and CEO, Florida Prosperity Partnership .
• David Odahowski, President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
• Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
• Will Weatherford, Managing Partner, Weatherford Partners; Former Florida Speaker of the House

Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for a statewide summit as we learn how Florida’s business community can partner with the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to help break the cycle of poverty and create greater economic opportunities for all Floridians.

When we work together, we can create economic opportunities for all Floridians.



 
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Nov 16, 2017Hedrick Brothers Construction Announces Partnership with KIRCO for Real Estate Development Company Hedrick Kirco PropertieS
Hedrick Brothers Construction, www.hedrickbrothers.com, and KIRCO, www.kirco.com announced today the formation of Hedrick Kirco Properties, www.hedrickkirco.com, a Florida-based vertically integrated commercial real estate organization focused on the development, construction, and property management of corporate-driven real estate. The partnership blends more than 75 years of experience from privately owned companies, who together have planned and developed over 35 million square feet of property and built over four billion dollars of successful construction projects throughout the United States.

The combination of these best-in-class resources offers a single point of accountability throughout a project's life cycle. Clients will now have experts in development, construction, and property management contributing at every step.

"Our broad expertise accommodates a variety of delivery models, be it build-to-suit, sale/leasebacks, or adaptive re-use; and the scope of in-house services will include acquisition, pre-development/design, capital, construction and property management to name a few," said Matt Kiriluk, Co-Founder & CEO, Hedrick Kirco Properties.

The company's core focus is corporate-driven, build-to-suit real estate, with expertise in office/headquarters, lab/R&D, advanced manufacturing and distribution. Other markets the company will continue to serve include automobile dealerships, senior living, and education/healthcare institutions.

"Hedrick Kirco Properties was founded on shared values, with reputations of unwavering integrity, and the passion of simply bringing out the best in every project," said Dale Hedrick, Co-Founder & President, Hedrick Kirco Properties. "As trusted partners and advisors to our clients throughout the journey, our team is committed to transforming visions into reality."

Hedrick Kirco Properties is headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL, with presence also in Michigan, Ohio, the Carolinas, and Alabama. The team includes, from Kirco - Matt Kiriluk, Co-Founder & CEO; Quinn Kiriluk, Vice President – Development; and Adam Manix, - Vice President - Development. From Hedrick Brothers Construction: Dale Hedrick, Co-Founder and President; Dean Butters, Vice President – Development; and Ryan Bridger – Vice President, Development.

For more information please visit www.hedrickkirco.com or call 561.242.4320 (Florida) or 248.519.1150 (Michigan).


 
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Nov 16, 2017Library celebrates the harvest of the mind, body, and spirit with annual Chautauqua South series
MARTIN COUNTY, FL - From January through April, the Martin County Library System (MCLS) will present an arts and education series called Chautauqua South-an eclectic array of artists, authors, storytellers, dramatists, historians, educators, and entertainers.

Tracing its roots to open-air classrooms on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State in 1874, the Chautauqua movement grew rapidly. In 1992, MCLS created its own Chautauqua experience in Florida, taking inspiration from the renowned Chautauqua Institution. What began as one month of events has evolved into a four-month explosion of programs highlighting the original theme of Chautauqua, defined by Merriam-Webster as "popular education combined with entertainment."

Chautauqua South represents a culturally rich landscape of offerings designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes, and its success is attributed to ongoing support from the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. and The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. This season, all events are sponsored by the Friends (aside from BookMania! and the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series, which are Foundation-sponsored). We invite you to make Martin County Library System your cultural destination as you attend these and other events. A Chautauqua South 2018 At-a-Glance calendar is available at www.martin.fl.us/martin-county-services/library-event-calendar.


For more information, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-288-5702.



 
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Nov 16, 2017Ring in the Holidays at Christmas on Main Street November 24

STUART, Fla. - Stuart Main Street and The Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association will ring in the holidays with Christmas on Main Street Friday, November 24 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on the Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart.

The annual event kicks-off the holiday season in Downtown Stuart and includes fun activities and performances for the entire family, including face painting, a bounce house and cookies and milk for the kids. Bring your camera and take a FREE “do-it-yourself” photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus – just in time to include in your holiday cards. The kids will enjoy a meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and free rides on the Islamorada Beer Company “sleigh” too. Get in the holiday spirit with the Florida Arts and Dance Company performing selections from The Nutcracker and live holiday music by The Sunrise Jazz Combo. Wrap up your evening strolling the streets of Downtown Stuart lit in all of their Christmas splendor.

"Christmas on Main Street is a wonderful annual tradition for the community," said Patty O’Connell of the Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association. "We invite everyone to join us for this free celebration made possible thanks to funds raised throughout the year. It’s a great way to ring in the holidays."

Christmas on Main Street is presented by the Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street, and is sponsored by the City of Stuart, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Mark Brechbill, PLLC, Stuart Boathouse, Spritz City Bistro, Seacoast Bank, Islamorada Beer Company, Duffy's Sports Grill and Coast 101.3.

For more information, visit HistoricDowntownStuart.com, StuartMainStreet.org, find Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart on Facebook or call 772–286-2848.


 
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Nov 16, 2017Are You Over-Sitting?
It’s commonly accepted among experts that lower back pain is related to prolonged sitting. And let’s face it, in today’s world we spend plenty of time during our day doing exactly that—we sit in the car, we sit most of the day at work and we even sit to watch television after our workday is over.

It seems that the only time we’re not sitting is when we’re moving from one location to the next. Because this is how we’re living, it should come as no surprise that back pain can be a pretty common problem.

http://www.grassamchiro.com/over-sitting/?sid=361762&site=344

 
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Nov 16, 2017Sitting is the New Smoking
While we’re not suggesting that you stop sitting, what you should do is take some simple steps to minimize the impact by making your environment more back friendly.

Here are a few suggestions:
•Take interval breaks throughout your day
•Change your position as often as you sensibly can
•Get up and walk every 45 minutes
•Stretch your spine throughout the day

If you’re dealing with frequent back pain that seems to be sticking around, consider contacting our practice for an appointment.

http://www.grassamchiro.com/over-sitting/?sid=361762&site=344

 
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Nov 16, 2017Is Your Head Posture to Blame for Neck Pain?
You feel exhausted at the end of the day. Your neck always hurts. You have frequent headaches, and maybe even fibromyalgia. Have you wondered if head posture could be the cause?

All About Forward Head Carriage

When your head is positioned correctly, the opening to your ear is centered over your shoulder. If your ear opening is off center and is located to the front of the shoulder, you have forward head posture, also known as forward head carriage. For every inch that your head is off center, extra unnecessary weight is exerted on the muscles in your neck and upper back, making them work harder just to keep your head up!

Unfortunately, today’s lifestyle contributes to this condition far too often. Workers hunched over their computers all day, children watching television and playing video games, cradling the phone between your ear and your shoulder and driving in the car for long periods of time can all cause forward head posture. Left untreated, this condition can cause disc compression and poor health.

How You Can Help Yourself

Consider the following when it comes to correcting forward head posture.
•Receive regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care has shown to be effective in reversing forward head posture, reducing pain and preventing further deterioration of the spine.
•Get up and stretch every 15-20 minutes if you sit at a desk during the day.
•Limit the amount of time you spend watching television or playing video games.
•Focus more on your posture, making sure you are sitting up straight with your head in an upright position.
•Sleep on a cervical pillow to maintain the proper curve in your cervical spine.

If you’re concerned about forward head posture and you have neck or back pain, headaches, muscle weakness, or fatigue, consider contacting us for an appointment.

http://www.grassamchiro.com/head-posture/?sid=361762&site=344

 
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Nov 16, 2017SFWMD. SOUNDSCIENCE. Tortoises. Facebook Live

West Palm Beach, FL - Nearly 20,000 people watched Facebook Live as Dusty "The Wildman" collected his bounty on a colossal snake during the South Florida Water Management District's Python Elimination Program.

Now, SFWMD's SOUNDSCIENCE podcast is going Facebook Live in a new endeavor to keep the public informed about the incredible science being done to protect South Florida's water resources. Tune in today at 1 p.m. on the SFWMD Facebook page.

SFWMD wildlife biologists Brian Garrett and Holly Andreotta will bring the public along live to check on a gopher tortoise community in St. Lucie County. The animals are threatened in Florida, and the two biologists are tasked with ensuring they are protected while SFWMD upgrades a nearby structure that provides flood protection for Martin and St. Lucie counties' human residents.

Garrett and Andreotta will take questions live as they conduct the check.

Submit Your Questions
The public is also welcome to submit science questions about gopher tortoises in advance for the biologists to answer live. Email SFWMD Media Relations Representative Gabe Margasak @ gmargasak@sfwmd.gov, or comment under the link to this news release on Facebook.

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Nov 16, 2017Festival of Trees Open House

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes invites you and your family to join us for our second annual Festival of Trees Open House. Tour our innovative community and enjoy festive decorations, live music, complimentary appetizers and desserts and holiday cheer.

Let us know you are stopping by and submit the RSVP form to the right or call 772-332-1000 by December 11. We look forward to seeing you there!


 
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Nov 16, 2017Ranieri to lead Library Foundation board
Stuart, November 15 -- Martin County public relations and marketing professional Stacy Ranieri was installed as president of The Library Foundation of Martin County at the organization’s 26th annual meeting.

Ranieri succeeds Noreen Fisher who led the board for three years. Also installed as officers were Denise Erich as vice president, Charles Cleaver as treasurer, and Pat Ditmars as secretary. Alishia Parenteau and Xenobia Poitier-Anderson were reappointed to a second term as directors. In addition to Fisher, Scott Konopka and Lois McGuire retired from the board.

“Noreen Fisher’s contributions to the Library Foundation and to our libraries are incalculable,” said Ranieri. “She served on the board for six years and as our president for three. Her leadership reinvigorated our fundraising and events and she served as our guiding light during the executive director search which brought Michael Kenny to the Library Foundation.”

Ranieri recapped the foundation’s successes during 2017: A 12.5 percent increase in contributions; an increase in membership to 800; the Founder’s Society reaching 126 people with lifetime contributions of $10,000 or more; excellent participation in the Gateway to the Arts project in Golden Gate; a sold-out Kiplinger Literacy Award luncheon; a noteworthy Literary Affair fundraising event.

The Library Foundation funds library system program needs not met through public funding, including literacy services, young literary leader awards, homework helpers, STEM, after-school and summer reading programs, as well as Dr. Seuss Day, Book Mania! Festival, Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series and the Gateway to the Arts project.

“This is an exciting time to take the helm as president of the Library Foundation board,” added Ranieri. “We have an engaged board of directors and a creative and enthusiastic new executive director. The Library Foundation is poised to increase its fundraising efforts and its positive impact on enhancing enrichment programs through our local library system that will benefit residents of all ages.”

About The Library Foundation of Martin County
Founded in 1992, the mission of The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. is to acquire and administer funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to endow the library system for future generations. In addition to the Kiplinger Literary Award Luncheon, the foundation hosts the annual A Literary Affair dinner in March in conjunction with the Book Mania! Festival and a Young Literary Leaders awards event. For more information, visit http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org.


 
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Nov 15, 2017Fall Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale hits Downtown Stuart November 18 and 19!
STUART, Fla. – The Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street present the Fall Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale – a not-to-be-missed shopping extravaganza in Historic Downtown Stuart. This year’s shopping event will take place on Sat., November 18 and Sun., November 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale takes place at participating downtown shops and includes special sales, gifts with purchase deals, and much more! Bargainistas are sure to find plenty of steals, while enjoying the new Fall and Summer merchandise at the dozens of unique and special retailers in downtown Stuart.

"We're excited to showcase fabulous Historic Downtown Stuart shops, boutiques and galleries and offer amazing deals to the community at this year's Fall Shopapalooza," said Patty O'Connell, Downtown Business Association committee member and owner of Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic and Gumbo Limbo Coastal Kidz.

Free shuttles for the special sidewalk sale event will be running from the Osceola, Sailfish and Kiwanis parking lots.

For more information, visit www.HistoricDowntownStuart.com, http://www.stuartmainstreet.org, find Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart on Facebook, or call 772–286-2848.



 
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Nov 15, 2017County settles Lake Point lawsuit
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a legal settlement with the owners of Lake Point today, coming after the South Florida Water Management District's settlement with Lake Point in August.
"After months of working toward a resolution through court-ordered mediation, we have reached an agreement which we believe is in the best financial interest of the County. The settlement is considerably less than the original amount requested by Lake Point, and will be structured with payments over time to offset the impact to residents," said Board Chairman Doug Smith.
As part of the settlement agreement, the County will purchase over 400 acres of land adjacent to the C-44/Okeechobee Waterway to develop as a stormwater treatment area (STA), providing significant environmental benefits as well as other uses for 12 million dollars.
In the spirit of cooperation, the County is formally apologizing to the Lake Point owners, principals and its employees. "We realize the meaningful economic contribution of the continued public-private partnership with Lake Point, and this settlement allows us to move forward in our continued efforts to protect and improve environmental resources of Martin County," said Taryn Kryzda, County Administrator.
This case began in 2013 and is set for trial in February 2018. By settling the case, the County eliminates its exposure for possible damages and the further expenditure of attorney's fees and costs. It also reconfirms its support for the Lake Point Public Works Project.

To stay up-to-date on other County news, follow us on Twitter @MartinCountygov and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/


 
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Nov 15, 2017THE DIAMOND MOMOI ORANGE CRUSH CHALLENGE FOR THE STUART SAILFISH CLUB'S 64TH ANNUAL LIGHT TACKLE TOURNAMENT
After receiving some feedback in-regards to using Momoi Diamond Orange Crush line, John from diamond one of our sponsors and I have agreed on the following changes in line color.

All pro-boats may use Momoi 20Lb test Hi-Vis Yellow or Momoi 20Lb test Hi-Vis Orange Crush

The challenge: If the first place winning pro-boat fished exclusively with the Momoi Orange Crush Line, Diamond will give the winner a free 3,000-yard spool of Momoi 20Lb test Orange Crush.
Amateur division must also use Momoi 20Lb test line as well in either color.

Thank you
Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair


 
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Nov 15, 20172017 Prosperity Summit: New Speakers Announced
Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for the 2017 Prosperity Summit to learn how Florida’s business community can lead the charge in helping to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Topics will include a focus on the specific issues Florida must get right in order to break the cycle of generational poverty: creating jobs, affordable housing, connected infrastructure, quality education opportunities and more.

Be part of the conversation with our recently announced speakers, including:

• Tim Center, CEO, Capital Area Community Action Agency
• Doug Davidson, Market Executive, Bank of America; Florida Chamber Foundation Chair
• Michelle Dennard, President and CEO, CareerSource Florida
• Mireya Eavey, Sarasota Area President, United Way Suncoast
• Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power Company; Achieve Escambia
• Bob McFalls, President and CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network
• Bill Mills, President and CEO, Florida Prosperity Partnership .
• David Odahowski, President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
• Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
• Will Weatherford, Managing Partner, Weatherford Partners; Former Florida Speaker of the House

Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for a statewide summit as we learn how Florida’s business community can partner with the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to help break the cycle of poverty and create greater economic opportunities for all Floridians.

When we work together, we can create economic opportunities for all Floridians.


 
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Nov 15, 2017Boatlines Nov 14
Light Tackle Tournament RULE CLARIFICATIONS-UPDATES

THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE RULES FOR THE UPCOMING STUART SAILFISH CLUB LIGHT TACKLE TOURNAMENT DEC 7TH - 10TH 2017

They apologize for the confusion in regard to the type of line we are using this year and the testing of the leaders.

Diamond has been one of our important sponsors for the past ten years and has dictated the line use in our Tournaments. According to Diamond owner John, they have been using the Momoi 20lb test for years and this year is no different with one exception, the COLOR, ORANGE CRUSH 20lb test is NEW and HOT according to John and will be used this year only for the PRO DIVISION!.

In addition, after speaking to several Captains, they
are going back to tradition, Jim Bausch has agreed to continue the tradition of testing the leader lines on your return each day.

Again, my apologies.
Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair
Vice President
Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation
Vero Beach Boat Show - Nov 18th



The 34th Annual Vero Beach Fall Boat Show will be held on Saturday, November 18th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, November 19th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. Riverside Park is located just west of the Riverside Theater and southeast of the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach, off of Route 60. For more info, go to http://www.verobeachboatshow.com/

Florida Oceanographic Society - Lights on the Lagoon

A Winter Wonderland is returning to the Coastal Center this December! This special event will run
in the evenings from Thursday - Sunday, December 7-30, excluding Christmas Eve.

Tickets go on sale on November 15th.
For more info, visit their website.

Martin County Board of County Commissioners


You're Invited! Join staff for an interactive open house about the proposed Manatee Pocket Mooring Field project Thursday, November 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club. To learn more about the project and the open house, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields.

Calendar Events

Nov 15 ~ How to Start a Small Business. The course is FREE and will be held at the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce in Ft Pierce from 10:00 - 12:00PM For more info, visit their website.

Nov 16 ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - Commercial Assistance Towing). For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Nov 17 ~ Florida Inland Navigation District Community Outreach Event. The Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. RSVP to Susan 561-627-3386 by November 14.

Nov 18 - 19 ~ Vero Beach Boat Show. for more information visit their webiste at http://www.verobeachboatshow.com/

Nov 18 ~ Florida Inland Navigation District Meeting in Martin County. For more info,
view the notice.

Nov 27 ~ MIATC Board Meeting. For details contact Michele Miller at 772-692-7599

Nov 30 ~ Open House at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club regarding the proposed Manatee Pocket Mooring Field project.. To learn more, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields.

Dec 9 ~ Martin and St Lucie County Christmas Boat Parades. For more information Click Here

Dec 16 ~ Indian River County Christmas Boat Parade. For more information click Here






 
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Nov 15, 2017Senator Negron's Weekly Update


November 6-9 Update.pdf
 
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Nov 14, 2017DISCOUNT Deadline on the Registration for the Light Tackle Tournament--quickly approaching!
HURRY DON'T MISS OUT ON THE 10% Early Registration Discount for the Stuart Sailfish Club's 64TH Annual Light Tackle Tournament. !






 
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Nov 14, 2017The Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
The Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
Esteban Santiago in Ft. Lauderdale, James T Hodgkinson in D.C., Omar Mateen in Orlando, Robert Lewis Dear in Colorado, John Houser in Louisiana, James Huberty in California, Seung-Hui Cho in Virginia Tech and now Devin Kelley in Texas. This is not only an infamous list of mass shooters. These are also the names of men who have been perpetrators of violence against women at some point in their lives.
Sadly, this is not the end of a horrible string of events; similar incidents will continue to occur in small towns and big cities across America. For those of us who work with victims of domestic abuse, it is alarmingly clear that it is one of the best indicators of future unspeakable violence on a larger scale.
Victims of domestic violence have known this sad truth all along. Ask any one of them and they will tell you that the perpetrator of violence is deadly serious about their threats. They have heard the words: “I will kill you…your pets…your friends…your family.”
As a community and a society we must recognize how dangerous these people are - not only to their immediate victims but also to anyone they encounter, by chance or by deliberate intention. Violence against an intimate partner or family member should always be a huge red flag for predicting future violence. Batterers practice in the home. It’s where they perfect their horrific “craft” if you will.
Case in point: Devin Kelley. It’s been widely reported and confirmed that this Texas church shooter of innocent men, women and children had been convicted of violence against his first wife and of fracturing the skull of his baby in 2012 while he was in the Air Force. Kelley was judged guilty of 4th degree battery, a misdemeanor, and incarcerated for 12 months. He remarried and divorced. In 2017, he was still sending threatening texts to his ex-mother-in-law, a woman who attended the church where he ultimately shot and killed 26 people and wounded 20.
What do perpetrators of domestic violence want? Power and Control. How do they get it? Through intimidation, manipulation and emotional and physical abuse, among other tactics. And if a victim leaves or tries to get help through law enforcement or an injunction for protection against their abuser, the risk of violence against the victim increases by 75%. Many victims lose their lives after they leave, like Trisha Todd of Martin County.
Almost every woman who comes into our SafeSpace Emergency Shelter tells us her batterer owns guns and has threatened to use them against her. This is true in domestic violence shelters across the country. Almost 20% of all crime on the Treasure Coast involves domestic violence - and 33% of all homicides in Martin, 25% in Indian River and 15% in St. Lucie County - are related to domestic violence.
It’s being said that mass shootings are unpredictable. However, if we know that 54% of all mass shooters have intimate partner abuse or familial violence in their past, then this correlation can help serve as an indicator. In cases of domestic violence, we know that police are called many times, guns are often used as a means of controlling of victims, and stalking is a precursor to domestic violence homicide.

Given these alarming facts, and the number of mass shooters who have a prior history of domestic violence, it is clear that domestic violence can and should be used as a primary predictor for future violence against others on a much larger scale. Law enforcement officials and legislators must take action. They need to listen to victims and take them seriously. And while we must all continue to send our prayers and thoughts to victims and their families, our elected officials must work harder on policy changes that address underlying causes and our society’s response to them.

FYI, By the Numbers:
• From 2009-2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. In addition, 66 perpetrators killed themselves after a mass shooting, and another 17 perpetrators were shot and killed by responding law enforcement.
• The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.
• Mass shootings significantly impacted children: 25 percent of mass shooting fatalities (211) were children. This is primarily driven by mass shootings related to domestic or family violence, in which over 40 percent of fatalities were children.
• In nearly half of the shootings—42 percent of cases—the shooter exhibited warning signs before the shooting indicating that they posed a danger to themselves or others. These red flags included acts, attempted acts, or threats of violence towards oneself or others; violations of protective orders; or evidence of ongoing substance abuse.
Reference: https://everytownresearch.org/reports/mass-shootings-analysis/


 
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Nov 14, 2017Be ‘kind and uplifting’ toward Palm Beach workers, businesses
I’m writing to urge true Palm Beachers to dig deeply, and to become more heartfelt and generous to our local small business, restaurant and club workforce, as if they were friends and family.

Many of the wonderful people who work in various Palm Beach establishments deserve medals of honor for putting up with how awfully they are treated by customers and members from near and far.

Everyone knows the fiscal conundrum that Palm Beach’s fair weather and six-month-plus-one-day season places upon business owners and workers simply trying to earn a living here. These for-profit employees deserve just as much love as our non-profit employees.

Sure, there are some employees who do not deserve to work in Palm Beach. Bad eggs should be shown the door … permanently. However, rather than verbally berating service people publicly, we must consider top quality Palm Beach workers as partners, not punching bags.

Be especially kind and uplifting when local businesses are busy, or overwhelmed, or if your plate of food is a bit behind schedule. Genuine grace and sugar goes much farther on-island than salt and vinegar.

As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of the season in Palm Beach each year, make it your personal mission every day to treat the retail businesses, service staff and doormen here with love, respect and dignity.

Without five-star service people and inventory, Palm Beach could not function or be the number one paradise on earth that it is.


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves Agreements with USACE to Ensure Federal Cost Share for EAA Storage Reservoir
Doral, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved entering into support agreements to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to ensure the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project becomes a reality.

The EAA Reservoir project, which will build a reservoir on land south of Lake Okeechobee, began as Senate Bill 10, authorized by the Legislature through Senate President Joe Negron and signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year. As part of the support



agreements approved by the Governing Board, the District will pay the USACE up to $1.5 million to provide technical assistance during the development of a Post-Authorization Change Report (PACR) critical to the construction of the reservoir.

The PACR is needed for the federal government to approve sharing the cost associated with the reservoir project as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The USACE's technical assistance as the District develops the EAA Storage Reservoir's PACR would ensure consistency with federal guidelines and regulations.

"SFWMD has moved swiftly and decisively since receiving direction from the Legislature to get this project completed as quickly as possible," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "By hiring the Army Corps, this District is doubling down on making this reservoir a success."

SFWMD is currently engaged in an extensive series of public meetings to help inform the scope and modeling for the project as well as solicit feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. Four public meetings have been conducted so far with at least three more scheduled this month. These meetings are consistent with the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process necessary to ensure the project remains eligible for federal approval.

For more information on the meetings, including agendas and presentations, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves New Agreement to Fight Invasive Lygodium and Allow Additional Public Access in Loxahatchee Refuge
Doral, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today provided authority to Executive Director Ernie Marks to enter into a new license agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to use the 144,000 state-owned acres that comprise the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County.

The agreement is a win-win-win for SFWMD, USFWS, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and South Floridians. The District receives federal funds needed to combat the invasive Lygodium fern while taking over full control of the day-to-day eradication efforts. USFWS will continue usage of the state-owned Refuge for up to 20 years while agreeing to increase public access within the land. Additionally, FWC will offer its assistance in helping USFWS expand the Refuge's recreational activities for the public.

"This Board has voiced its concern with the Refuge situation for quite some time regarding the spread of Lygodium. Losing a beautiful piece of the Everglades ecosystem to this invasive is simply unacceptable," said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chairman Jim Moran. "We are thankful to our federal and state partners for stepping up to join us in this critical fight for the Everglades."

With the SFWMD now taking the lead to control this invasive plant, it is a critical time for the Refuge as it has seen a 600 percent increase in Lygodium over the last 20 years.

"The District has a proven track record of success fighting these invasive plants," said SFWMD Land Resources Bureau Chief Rory Feeney. "Working with our federal and state partners, we are ready to take the fight directly to this fern and break its chokehold on the Refuge."

David Viker, Chief of Refuges, Southeast Region of the National Wildlife Refuge System, said, "I'm very pleased with the Service and District's progress at strengthening a relationship that has endured more than 66 years, extending it for at least 20 more. Through interagency collaboration, we are enhancing Everglades restoration, better controlling invasive species and expanding public access on the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge."

USFWS would also be required under the new agreement to focus on increasing recreational activities including hunting and fishing opportunities, similar to what is available in state-managed water conservation areas throughout the District. FWC, which manages recreational opportunities in much of the state-owned land in Florida and has provided funding to help fight Lygodium in the Refuge for years, would take on a more prominent role in the expanded recreational opportunities to take place within in the Refuge.

"The FWC appreciates the cooperation among agencies to prioritize conservation of the fish and wildlife resources in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, a vital part of the north Everglades ecosystem, and to promote outdoor recreation," said Tom Reinert, Regional Director for FWC's South Region.



 
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Nov 13, 2017Wildfire mitigation activities on Gables Nature Preserve
During the week of November 13, 2017, the Florida Forest Service in cooperation with Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division will be reducing future wildfire intensity and improving ecosystem health. The Florida Forest Service has identified the Gables Preserve Community as an at-risk community for wildfires, and a series of firebreaks will be established to improve firefighter access. The process of reducing the wildfire risk will include a reduction of the height and density of the overgrown vegetation through a combination of mowing and chopping treatments.

After the mechanical treatments, Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division will be able to gain access to the Gables Nature Preserve in order to mitigate invasive plants to restore native plant reproduction.

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


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Invites the Public to Two EAA Storage Reservoir Meetings, Nov. 15-16, Clewiston and West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting two public meetings on the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir project. The meetings will be held in the evenings on Wed., Nov. 15 in Clewiston and Thu., Nov. 16 in West Palm Beach.

These will be the fifth and sixth public meetings held by the District so far regarding the reservoir project.




SFWMD staff receives input at the first public meeting for the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir in Clewiston. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The SFWMD presentations to the public will define the purpose and need for the southern reservoir, highlight the project's schedule, plan formulation review and discuss initial modeling results. Staff will continue to solicit feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. These meetings are consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which provides opportunities for the public to provide input related to the development of the project.

These public meeting will also be webcast live on SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov.

If you would like to provide comment but cannot attend these meetings, you can still submit feedback by emailing EAAreservoir@sfwmd.gov or through handwritten correspondence to:

Mike Albert, Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road, MSC 8312
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

For more information on the meetings, including an agenda and the reservoir project, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.

To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.



 
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Nov 13, 2017CPA Firm Opens New Office on the Treasure Coast
Stuart, FL – The certified public accounting firm of Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. (CDL) announces the opening of their Stuart office (850 NW Federal Highway, Suite 121, The Nexus at Stuart). The 30-year old firm, headquartered in West Palm Beach, will provide a variety of CPA services to meet the needs of individuals, families and businesses on the Treasure Coast.
Leading the team of accountants will be Thomas Pence, Jr., a shareholder with the firm since 2001. Pence has 28 years of experience working as a certified public accountant and focuses on corporate, partnership and individual taxation. Pence resides in Hobe Sound and has lived in Martin County since 2006.
“With the vitality and growth happening here in Martin County, we want to partner with the community and become the Treasure Coast’s leading CPA firm,” said Pence. “Many of our employees live here and are active in the community. CDL focuses on personal attention and in-depth understanding of each our client’s needs and we will bring that same standard of service to Martin County.”
Joining Pence in the Stuart office will be Senior Tax Managers Laura Clark, Martin Woods and Patrick Mangan. All three CPAs reside in Martin or Northern Palm Beach County and bring more than 35 years in public accounting experience. In addition, all four CPAs are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).
Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. is one of the largest local accounting firms in Palm Beach County. The firm provides accounting services in the areas of audit, tax, family office, business valuation, and international taxation. The firm was founded in 1987 and has nearly 100 employees in the West Palm Beach and Stuart offices. For more information about Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. please visit www.cdlcpa.com


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Takes Action on Critical USFWS Land Necessary for Everglades Restoration
Doral, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Thursday approved a land exchange agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) near the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge that will allow the completion of Everglades water quality restoration.

"This land swap is the definition of a win-win for Floridians, outdoor enthusiasts, state and federal taxpayers and Everglades wildlife," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Ensuring the Everglades water quality standards laid out as part of Gov. Rick Scott's Restoration Strategies Plan has taken one giant step forward with the decision to acquire these lands."

The proposed land swap approved by the Governing Board, which must still be approved by the U.S. Congress before it can be signed by SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks, would give SFWMD 1,327 acres of federally owned land west of the Loxahatchee Refuge known as the Snail Farm. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) would then take ownership over the SFWMD-owned 2,586 acres east of the Loxahatchee Refuge known as the Strazulla parcel.

The Snail Farm parcel is crucial to the expansion of Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West, which is part of Gov. Rick Scott's Restoration Strategies Plan to complete Everglades water quality restoration.

"Gov. Scott has invested significant effort and resources into Restoration Strategies because he knows it will create a lasting legacy of a restored and vibrant Everglades for generations to come," O'Keefe said.

The Strazzulla parcel is located close to the USFWS offices of operation on the east side of the Refuge. It is also closer to major roadways and public access on the east side of the Refuge. This land swap would give USFWS a piece of property where it can expand public access, recreational opportunities and other uses.

Refuge Manager Rolf Olson expressed the virtues of the proposed land exchange, saying, "The Service gains conservation land that represents an important transition zone from cypress forest to sawgrass marsh and opportunity to provide increased public access through the proposed land exchange."

The land swap must be completed by USFWS in February in order to stay on schedule with Florida's Everglades water quality restoration efforts.



 
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Nov 13, 2017Thrivent Action Team announces results from the U14 Soccer Team Action Team
Jensen Beach, FL (November 10, 2017) – A Thrivent Action Team in Stuart hosted an action team where the U14 rec team from Jensen Beach Soccer Club collected over 100+ pairs of new and used soccer cleats and tennis shoes to send to children in Haiti. .

The event took place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

The action team, led by Robert Whitlach, had been working over the last month lettering parents know when and where to bring the new or used items cleats, shoes, shin guards, and soccer balls. The U14 team showed up 90 minutes before their practice to collect and zip tie the pairs of shoes together. Meschac St. Amour and Shirlon McCarty from Habitat for Children Ministries were also present to talk with parents and tell the kids about life growing up in Haiti and playing soccer barefoot and how much this would mean to the children. It was a win win win situation for all involved as the parents had someplace to give those outgrown shoes, the kids were able to learn about another culture and some hard realities, and Habitat for Children will be able to assist in getting these shoes to kids that don’t have any.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 
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Nov 13, 2017Junior League of Martin County Board of Directors Announce 9th Annual Reindeer Dash 5K & Tot Trot
STUART, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2017) – The Junior League of Martin County Board of Directors has announced the date of the 9th annual Rudolph’s Reindeer Dash 5K & Tot Trot. The race will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 a.m. in Sewall's Point Town Commons Park, SE Corner of Ocean Blvd and Sewall's Point Road, in Stuart.
“Funding from monies raised directly impacts our community, from the 3,500 books donated to support classrooms with the ‘Books for Kids’ project to the ‘Foster the Love’ party at Hibiscus House which gives the children a day of fun and pampering every February. In addition to those projects, the League does many other projects supporting Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, House of Hope and many other organizations, all while training women to be civic leaders in the community.” said Rosi Shepard, President of the Junior League of Martin County
The 5K race starts at 7 a.m. and the registration fee is $30. Following the 5K race, young runners can participate in the Tot Trot. Awards will be distributed for overall male and female winners, the top three male and female runners per age category, the top three teams and the best-dressed team.
The 2017-2018 board of directors include Rosi Shepard, President; Dr. Teena White, Vice President; Cecilia Deyo, Executive Vice President; Lauren Moss, Treasurer; and Lee England, Sustainer Director .
The League is currently accepting sponsorships for the event. For more information, contact JLMC5Krunners@gmail.com. To register for the race, visit the Junior League of Martin County Facebook page or website at jlmcflorida.org.


 
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Nov 13, 2017Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration
by Friday, December 1
. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant positions:
The Committee shall consist of at least 8 but not more than 11 members who shall be appointed by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners. The Committee shall consist of 1 representative from at least 6 of the following categories:
• A citizen who is actively engaged in the residential homebuilding industry in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in homebuilding in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low income persons in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who actively serves on the Local Planning Agency (pursuant to Section 163.3174 Fla. Stat.);
• A citizen who resides within Martin County;
• A citizen who represents employers within Martin County;
• A citizen who represents essential service personnel -- any person in need of affordable housing, who is employed by a company or organization located within Martin County, including, but not limited to, teachers and educators, police and fire personnel, health care personnel, and all building trades personnel.
These terms will expire in January 2021.

Committee Powers & Duties:
Recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Evaluate the incentives contained in the Martin County local housing incentive plan and make recommendations for its amendment as needed to encourage or facilitate the creation or maintenance of affordable housing. Review the Martin County Local Housing Assistance Plan (SHIP) before its submission for adoption or amendment to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Review applications for SHIP funds by community-based organizations or eligible sponsors and provide recommendations for funding of these applications to the BCC. Function as the review committee set forth in the local housing assistance plan to advise and monitor the SHIP program, evaluate requests for exceptions from the regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth in the local housing assistance plan, and to hear appeals from decisions made by the SHIP program administrator.

Meetings are typically held monthly at 3:30 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

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


 
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Nov 13, 2017How Many Hungry Children?
1,103,850

According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Research, there are more than 3.4 million Floridians who are food insecure in our state- with more than 1.1 million of them children under age 18.

But what does it mean when a child is food insecure?




Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for a statewide summit as we tackle issues like food insecurity and learn how Florida’s business community can partner with the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to help break the cycle of poverty and create greater economic opportunities for all Floridians.

When we work together, we can create economic opportunities for all Floridians.


 
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Nov 13, 2017‘Signage Cancer’ afflicts Treasure Coast
In my June letter, “Weather-worn Treasure Coast Facades Sorely In Need of Freshening,” I asked why the collective built environment from Vero to West Palm and all points in between looked so worn-out, dated, unkempt, and rust-stained.

I argued that most commercial exteriors need only a little bleach and water, others a fresh coat of paint, and some a complete makeover, including improved signage.

Some locals were offended, yet most with a worldly appreciation for better architecture, landscape design, and uniform signage codes were inspired to embrace facade improvements.

Following a three-month visual study of the Treasure Coast, I can conclude that the dilapidated condition of retail, commercial, and residential signage is the No. 1 visual detractor, especially in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

It’s the rusted, falling-apart, over-sized strip-mall signage frames and casings coming up and out of the ground like rotten fangs that look awful and gaudy along nearly all Treasure Coast thoroughfares.

Hundreds of thousands of rusting and crooked signage structures can no longer be the business brand and first impression of Florida’s true values.

Visitors and snowbirds rely heavily on their first impressions of Florida businesses, facades, signs, and graphics before spending money locally.

Unkempt non-uniform, dilapidated "signage cancer" is what's littering our tropical paradise most.

Yes, major hurricanes and salt air wreak annual havoc on Florida signs and their structural integrity over time. However, lack of proactive discipline and modest reinvestment is mainly to blame.

South Florida and the Treasure Coast do not need to grow out of control. Rebuilding all outdated and dilapidated signage and facades is a far less costly beautification and value-adding strategy.

It's time to focus on improving Florida signage codes, rebuilding Florida's retail signs, and making our statewide retail and commercial economy look great again.


 
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Nov 13, 2017Weather-worn Treasure Coast facades sorely in need of freshening
A Florida native, I've been coming to Treasure Coast beaches since I was a boy. This area truly is a paradise, yet one in need of serious elbow grease.

As my wife and I drive around Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie, Hutchinson Island, Vero, and on down to Hobe Sound and Jupiter, we are constantly reminded of how dilapidated, weather-worn and rusty our entire area has become over time.

From medical office facades, to restaurant and shopping center signage, from government and school buildings, to service stations and lifestyle stores, the collective built environment from Vero to West Palm and all points in between looks overly tired, dated, worn-out, and rust-stained. Why?

Have Treasure Coast leaders in business, industry, real estate, and more become lazy or bored? Have both seasonal and permanent residents fallen out of love with our community? Have dilapidated and unkempt become the South Florida brand?

Some exterior locations need only a little bleach and water. Others exteriors thirst for a fresh coat of paint. Sadly, many local exteriors need a complete makeover.

At the core of making a community and its places of business shiny, in-demand, and profitable again are individual efforts, collective pride, and a standard of excellence conveyed uniformly by regional leaders and officials.

I would urge everyone to raise the bar and make summer 2017 a season of exterior appearance improvements throughout Stuart and Treasure Coast counties.

I’m not suggesting change or new developments, just a serious polish of the venues and signage already established, since the current state of appearances is so dilapidated.

If you are still in love with where we live, prove it. Take a careful look around. Begin tackling eyesores, repairing dilapidation, and making everything you see 10 times cleaner, fresher, brighter, more colorful, or resurfaced anew once again.


 
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Nov 13, 201715 BILLS PASS TO SUPPORT VETERANS
I want to start this morning by thanking all the veterans in our community for your commitment to this country, and your service. When I say thank you for serving America and her people I hope you realize I mean much more than those simple words.
I am saying thank you for making your sense of duty to America above all else. Thank you for the austere life you lived: being shot at, flying over our enemies, sailing across the seas away from your family, missing the most special moments with your family, and your willingness to line a row of Arlington national cemetery alongside the greatest heroes we have ever known.
Your service was selfless and the definition of honorable. In short, thank you for being everything that makes me say, I am proud to be an American.
But words aren’t enough. We need to put those words into action and give our veterans the proper care that they need and rightfully deserve. And this week, I’m happy to say we made some serious progress: we passed 15 bills to support veterans. Watch this week's Week In Review video to hear all about the bills and my other work for you this week:

https://mast.house.gov/blog?ID=BBB46559-A4F5-4DA2-888C-399A04521081

https://mast.house.gov/2017/11/week-in-review-november-3-november-9-thanking-our-veterans


 
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Nov 13, 2017News from The Sade Group

Greetings from The Sade Group!

Fall is here, and we've certainly been enjoying the cooler temps this week! As we gear up for the holidays, it's an important time to reflect on your financial goals for the upcoming year and assess the year past. You may have questions, and please know that we are always here to help.

Below you'll find new information on Medicare and Social Security Statements. If you would like to learn more about these or any other topics of interest, please give me a call at 772-210-1455 today.

Sincerely,
Scott B. Sade








In The News







Local advisor Scott Sade speaks at Estate Planning Symposium

Scott Sade, CIMA, CFTA, of The Sade Group presented on current market trends at the third annual Estate Planning Council Symposium, hosted by the Martin County Estate Planning Council on October 17. The symposium was offered to the public at no charge to provide education regarding personal estate and financial planning.

Sade has over thirty-five years of financial industry experience and has managed approximately $200 million in client assets. Sade's entrepreneurial spirit led him to create and establish the Sade Group Private Wealth Management.

Sade focuses on building trust and rapport, one client at a time and delivers a true high-touch concierge practice. Although Sade specializes in estate planning, he is a diverse financial planner and advisor with clients ranging from all walks of life and levels of income and security.

"Doing what's right for our clients and sitting on the same side of the table with them has allowed me to build a clientele of folks with whom I enjoy doing business" Sade says.

The Martin County Estate Planning Council is comprised of attorneys, certified public accountants, financial planners, insurance professionals, trust officers and more. The Council was established to foster intelligent cooperation among its members, to assist its members in keeping abreast of the laws and conditions affecting business and personal taxation, to foster professional development opportunities and collaboration and to encourage its members to uphold the highest standards of service and ethics.

To learn more, visit SadePWM.com.












IS THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION STILL MAILING SOCIAL SECURITY STATEMENTS?

Your Social Security Statement provides important information about your Social Security record and future benefits. For several years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) mailed these statements every five years to people starting at age 25, but due to budgetary concerns, the SSA has stopped mailing Social Security Statements to individuals under age 60.

Workers age 60 and over who aren't receiving Social Security benefits will still receive paper statements in the mail, unless they opt to sign up for online statements instead. If you're age 60 or older, you should receive your statement every year, about three months before your birthday. The SSA will mail statements upon request to individuals under age 60.

However, the quickest way to get a copy of your Social Security Statement is to sign up for a my Social Security account at the SSA website, ssa.gov. Once you've signed up, you'll have immediate access to your statement, which you can view, download, or print. Statement information generally includes a projection of your retirement benefits at age 62, at full retirement age (66 to 67), and at age 70; projections of disability and survivor benefits; a detailed record of your earnings; and other information about the Social Security program.

The SSA has recently begun using a two-step identification method to help protect my Social Security accounts from unauthorized use and potential identity fraud. If you've never registered for an online account or haven't attempted to log in to yours since this change, you will be prompted to add either your cell phone or email address as a second identification method. Every time you enter your account username and password, you will then be prompted to request a unique security code via the identification method you've chosen, and you need to enter that code to complete the log-in process.









WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR REVIEWING MY MEDICARE COVERAGE DURING MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT?

During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period that runs from October 15 through December 7, you can make changes to your Medicare coverage that will be effective on January 1, 2018. If you're satisfied with your current coverage, you don't need to make changes, but it's a good idea to review your options.

During Open Enrollment, you can:
•Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa
•Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan
•Join a Medicare prescription drug plan, switch from one Medicare prescription drug plan to another, or drop prescription drug coverage

The official government handbook, Medicare & You, which is available electronically or through the mail, contains detailed information about Medicare that should help you determine whether your current coverage is appropriate. Review any other information you receive from your current plan, which may include an Annual Notice of Change letter that lists changes to your plan for the upcoming year.

As you review your coverage, here are a few points to consider:
•What were your health-care costs during the past year, and what did you spend the most on?
•What services do you need and which health-care providers and pharmacies do you visit?
•How does the cost of your current coverage compare to other options? Consider premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs such as copayments or coinsurance; are any of these costs changing?

If you have questions about Medicare, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit the Medicare website at medicare.gov. You can use the site's Medicare Plan Finder to see what plans are available in your area and check each plan's overall quality rating.
























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Nov 13, 2017Wildfire mitigation activities at Peck Lake Park
During the week of November 13, 2017, the Florida Forest Service in cooperation with Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division will be reducing future wildfire intensity and improving ecosystem health. The Florida Forest Service has identified the residential communities adjacent to Peck Lake Park as at-risk communities for wildfires, and a series of firebreaks will be established to improve firefighter access. The process of reducing the wildfire risk will include a reduction of the height and density of the overgrown vegetation through a combination of mowing and chopping treatments.


Due to safety concerns it will be necessary to close the park while equipment is working on-site. Any closures are anticipated to last one to two days.

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



 
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