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Jul 26, 2017FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - KEEPING YOU INFORMED

Legislative Issues Impacting Florida's Small Businesses...
Small Business Council July Conference Call Recap

Thank you to those who were able to join us for this week's Florida Chamber Small Business Council monthly conference call. We appreciated the opportunity to hear from small business leaders like you and keep you informed on issues impacting Florida's small business community.

Numerous small business leaders from across the state joined us for an in-depth discussion on the various issues impacting small businesses across the state. Issues discussed during the call included: the business rent tax, workers' compensation, workforce quality and insurance costs.

We were also joined by the following members of the Florida Legislature who are small business owners: Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, and Representatives Larry Ahern and Bob Rommel, who each committed to continue the fight to reduce costs for Florida small businesses and are acutely aware of how rising costs are impacting the bottom line for small business owners like you.

Florida Chamber Foundation's Chief Economist, Dr. Jerry Parrish, also previewed the results of the Florida Chamber's Q3 Small Business Index Survey. Survey results show “Workforce Quality” and “Government Regulations” as the top issues Florida's job creators are concerned about. Click here to view the full report.

We also received an update on the latest job numbers from Jim Poppell, Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Visit www.TheFloridaScorecard.org to learn more.

Small businesses are important to Florida's growing economy. Please mark your calendars for our next call which will take place Monday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. Next month's call will focus on healthcare. Additional details and registration information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Get Involved
For more information on the Florida Chamber's Small Business Council or becoming a member of the Florida Chamber, please contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1235.


More From the Florida Chamber
• ICYMI: Florida Chamber Unveils 2017 Legislative Report Card
• Register today for the Florida Chamber's 2017 Florida International Trade and Investment Conference in Orlando, August 9.



 
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Jul 26, 2017COMBATING HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS

We must tackle the lack of clean, safe water in our community from as many different angles as possible. That's why, in addition to supporting efforts to build a southern reservoir, this week I offered four amendments to increase funding for researching and combating harmful algal blooms.
Look, we all know this is a massive issue that won't be solved overnight. But this increase in funding would move us closer to preventing future public health crisis like we lived through last summer. In total, my amendments would increase funding by more than $2 million in four different programs that work to combat harmful algal blooms.
We'll be voting later this week on a bill to fund some of these programs and others that can make a real difference for our community. I'll be doing everything in my power to ensure Washington doesn't forget about the serious challenges we're facing.

To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website.

For more photos and videos, please join me on social media:

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.
Sincerely,

Brian Mast
United States Congressman


 
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Jul 26, 2017August 2017 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for August 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
August 8, 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.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
August 22, 2017 at 9:00 am
This meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (transmittal - EAR based amendments).
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.

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OVERSIGHT BOARD
August 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
August 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
August 16, 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
August 21, 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
August 16, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD
The Board of County Commission sits as the Environmental Control Board.
August 8, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), on U-verse Channel 99, and online at www.martin.fl.us.

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

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

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
August 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
August 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED PUBLIC HEARING
August 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
August 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
August 3 & 17, 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.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
August 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

RURAL INDIANTOWN REVITALIZATION ADVISORY BOARD
August 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

This notice dated: July 26, 2017.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@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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Jul 26, 2017SANCTIONS ON IRAN, NORTH KOREA & RUSSIA
North Korea, Iran and Russia have all sought to undermine American interests and cause violence throughout the world. It's critical that the United States sends a clear message that we will not tolerate affronts to human dignity or global security.
That's why we just passed a comprehensive sanctions package targeting the Kim regime’s ballistic missile program; Iranian efforts to support terror and develop ballistic missiles; and Russian attempts to interfere with American elections and violate the sovereignty of Ukraine.
There are three pieces of this bill:
North Korea: The comprehensive package includes a bill, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, which expands sanctions to deter North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, targets those overseas who employ North Korean slave labor and more.
Russia: Among other sanctions on Russia, the comprehensive package also includes a bill I co-sponsored called the Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 that requires Congressional approval to lift certain sanctions against Russia implemented in response to Russia’s efforts to undermine the 2016 United States election and violate Ukrainian sovereignty.
Iran: The package includes increased sanctions on Iran in response to Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as the country’s support for human rights abusers and terrorists.
To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website.
For more photos and videos, please join me on social media:

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.
Sincerely,

Brian Mast
United States Congressman


 
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Jul 25, 2017Great News For Veterans
When my time in the Army was cut short, I was fortunate to be able to use funding from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill to get my degree at Harvard. Without it, I may not be a Member of Congress right now.
That's why one of the first bills I helped introduce when I got sworn in was a bill to ensure that all Purple Heart recipients who are honorably discharged, regardless of how long they served, have access to G.I. Bill benefits. Today, that bill was passed by the House of Representatives.
Providing a high-quality education to these heroes is the least we can do, which is why I’m proud to have lead this effort. The bill was passed as part of a big series of great bills for veterans that will also enhance G.I. Bill benefits, end the 15-year limit on G.I. Bill usage for qualified veterans, make the VA run more efficiently, help veterans get jobs and more.
These are all great wins for our veteran community, and I'm honored to have been able to help get this package across the finish line.

To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website.
For more photos and videos, please join me on social media:

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.
Sincerely,

Brian Mast
United States Congressman


 
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Jul 25, 2017Mariner Sands breaks ground on $4.6 million renovation of outside bar & grill, pool and tennis area
With plans in place and the contractor chosen, Mariner Sands Country Club members and staff gathered on July 13 to officially break ground on an extensive renovation project at the upscale club in south Stuart. The updated features include an exciting new casual indoor/outdoor dining space, a modernized, luxurious pool area, and major tennis facilities remodeling.
Nestled amidst a palm tree hammock with sweeping covered terraces, the cornerstone of the project will be a 5,200 square foot open-air bar and grill reminiscent of old Florida. The casual tropical elegance will extend from the outside dining area into a bright, open and airy interior with vaulted, coffered ceilings punctuated with ceiling fans to reflect the comfortable southern contemporary style. An above-bar feature wall fitted with HDTVs will offer diners a perfect gathering spot for enjoying their favorite sporting events, with a good view from any seat in the house.
Only steps from the dining area, guests will find the 35-year-old pool transformed into a luxurious, resort-style experience. The renovations will feature a 6,000 square foot freeform pool with a zero depth entry, a three-lane lap expanse for exercise, and a well-appointed bathhouse with spa-quality amenities. Lush, tropical landscaping will offer shade and create a beautiful backdrop for open area events such as receptions and outdoor concerts.

Mariner Sands is renowned for its tennis courts and its tennis enthusiasts. During this project, the existing tennis courts will undergo substantial renovations to improve court layout to the highest professional standards. Two new tennis courts and two new pickleball courts will be constructed, along with an attractive tennis shop and covered outdoor seating at courtside.
The construction and renovation team includes: Architect Brent Wood of Brent Wood Architecture; General Contractor Jeff Hardin, CEO of Straticon; and The McMahon Group, Club Consultants. The project will build on the casual elegance for which Mariner Sands is renowned and will complement the ever-popular main clubhouse while elevating the outdoor dining, pool, and tennis court areas to the high standards established by the newly renovated fitness center and spa.

In keeping with the charitable mindset of the community, Mariner Sands has arranged for items from the existing pool deck and bar to be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County rather than being demolished and discarded.

“The renovation of the dining area, pool and tennis courts is the third installment in our improvement plan,” said Bill Ward, General Manager and COO of Mariner Sands Country Club. “Our members are very excited about the updates and participated enthusiastically in the planning process. Soon they will be able to dine, swim and relax in their own community at a level of luxury and comfort usually enjoyed at only the finest resorts. Adding these new lifestyle amenities is also important for future home buyers, who will be drawn to the extraordinary quality of life that Mariner Sands offers.”

During the construction, all of the Mariner Sands amenities will continue to be available to residents and members of this thriving community. A grand opening to celebrate the completion of the project is planned for early 2018. For more information about the exciting Mariner Sands construction project, membership options, or future events, please contact LeAnna Saundry at 772-419-5358 or visit www.marinersands.com.

About Mariner Sands
Mariner Sands Country Club is a distinctive private community known for its relaxed yet active lifestyle and a rich selection of activities to appeal to a wide range of interests. It features two exceptional golf courses, nine Har-Tru ® tennis courts, and a completely renovated fitness center and spa. A $4.6 million renovation of the pool, tennis courts and casual dining areas is now underway. Mariner Sands is a closely-knit, friendly and inclusive community where residents and members immediately feel at home. A strong philanthropic spirit is woven into the fabric of the community, adding a unique dimension of involvement in the arts, culture and quality of life of the region. With both residential and non-residential memberships available, plus an active stay and play program, there is something for everyone at Mariner Sands! For more information, call 772-419-5358, visit marinersands.com, or following the community on Facebook at /marinersandscc.
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Suggested photo caption(s): Mariner Sands Country Club members and staff gathered on July 13 to officially break ground on an extensive renovation project at the upscale club in south Stuart. (L to R - Larry Duane, Bill Murphy, Bill Ward, Jon Wendenhof, D'Arcy LeClair; Jack Carmody)




 
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Jul 25, 2017Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA
Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA firm for women
Embracing diversity means creating a workplace where people of all backgrounds feel included and valued. Rehmann is committed to supporting opportunities that foster diversity and gender equality. As a result, Rehmann has been named to the Accounting MOVE Project’s “Best Public Accounting Firms for Women” for the fifth consecutive year.
The list, released by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, recognizes firms that provide:
• Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women
• Proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women
• Evidence that the firm’s advancement of women is intrinsic to its growth and succession goals
The 2017 MOVE Project theme, “Pipeline to Finish Line: Powering Women to the Partner/Principal Level,” discussed specific strategies and programs that will advance women leadership.
In addition to having two robust leadership development programs that pair sponsors with protégés — allowing for development at both the individual and firm levels — Rehmann ranked 4 percent above average in the Accounting MOVE Project’s 2017 survey of the number of women partners, principals and management committee members at participating accounting firms.
Rehmann also has a dedicated Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) that focuses on the development of female associates and women’s career advocacy across the Firm to ensure a strong progression of women leaders.
“We are honored to be included among the best accounting firms for women for the fifth time in a row,” said Katie Strehler, Rehmann chief human resources officer.” Equal opportunity and advancement are fundamental to Rehmann’s culture and we’ll continue to drive that same principle.”
For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit Rehmann.com/careers.
About the MOVE Project
The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success: M – Money: fair pay practices; O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development; V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers; E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.


 
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Jul 25, 2017FAU Autism Friendly Business Program
FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) is offering a no-cost training for businesses who wish to be more autism friendly. The goal of the Autism Friendly Business program is to increase community inclusion, improve awareness, and create opportunities for people with autism while also benefiting your business. FAU CARD staff provide the training onsite, free of charge, and will assist the business in creating a strategy of support to improve their interaction with customers with autism.
Businesses that complete the training are provided with a certificate of completion, a window cling to display that they are autism friendly, and the business will be featured on the FAU CARD website in the Autism Friendly Business Directory: http://www.coe.fau.edu/centersandprograms/card/autism_friendly_business.php
Please share this information with your business contacts and encourage anyone who is interested to contact me directly. Thank you!
Jennifer Percival, M.Ed., CRC
Clinical Support Specialist for Transition
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Florida Atlantic University
Exceptional Student Education Department
5353 Parkside Drive, SR243
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: 561-212-4203
Email: jpollack@fau.edu
www.autism.fau.edu
NOTE: This communication may contain information that is legally protected from unauthorized disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please note that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, you should notify the sender immediately by telephone or by return email and delete this message from your computer.
The FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them. CARD’s goal is to optimize the potential of the individuals we serve by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize. If an accommodation(s) for a disability is required , please call 561-297-2055 or e-mail us at CARD@fau.edu, a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the date of the event. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we have had to rely on the community for support. Help us provide free support and assistance to people with autism and related disabilities. To donate to FAU CARD visit: http://coe.fau.edu/centersandprograms/card/donate.php



 
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Jul 25, 2017Morgan Stanley provides $25,000 grant

to Treasure Coast Food Bank to expand fresh produce program

Award will increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for families in need on the Treasure coast

Media Inquiries: Angie Francalancia
The Connection Public Relations
561-837-3251 office
561-324-2412 cell
angie@theconnectionpr.com

FORT PIERCE, July 18, 2017 – Treasure Coast Food Bank today announced a new grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to support the food bank’s fresh produce program. The funds will be used to increase the food bank’s ability to access, transport and store fresh produce and provide fruits and vegetables for local residents.

“We are proud to continue our commitment of providing fresh produce to children and their families. This grant will make healthy foods available to those who might otherwise not have access to them,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley and President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

“By providing the people we serve with increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, we give them the building blocks for a healthy life,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We are excited to work with Morgan Stanley to help improve the health of the people in our community.”

Food insecurity continues to be an issue facing millions of Americans. According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released in September 2016, 42 million people in the United States are living in food-insecure households, 13 million of whom are children. Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 study found that 89 percent of Feeding America’s client households with at least one child lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.


 
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Jul 25, 2017FEMA releases preliminary coastal flood risk study maps


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the final phases of a five year coastal flood risk study that affects Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. The study results will be incorporated into updated digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for these counties. The updated report includes flood hazard information updates.

FEMA has provided digital copies of the preliminary information including maps and report material to Martin County. Providing access to the preliminary data allows the community and county officials to review data, determine what changes are likely to occur and what impact it might have on residents and their property. For more information and to search the property locator map, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/fema-flood-information or call 772-219-4945.

To coordinate an open exchange of information and ensure residents have an opportunity to review the data, FEMA will coordinate with local governments in the affected counties to host a community open house. Residents are invited to attend and can interact with FEMA officials, view the coastal flood risk maps and look up property on the maps. Martin County will advise residents of the meeting date and location when available.


 
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Jul 25, 2017Tickets on sale now for 30th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets
Tickets are now on sale for the Dancin' in the Streets music festival, presented by Stuart Main Street and Downtown Business Association of Stuart, as well as the festival's The Pure Zeppelin Experience concert at The Lyric Theatre.

The much-loved festival, celebrating its landmarked 30th year, will take place on four stages with over twenty bands from 3 p.m. - midnight on Sat., Aug. 19.

Those looking for the ultimate Dancin' experience can also scoop up tickets to The Pure Zeppelin Experience show at The Lyric Theatre for $50, which includes admission to the festival. Anyone lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin in concert in the ‘70s came away changed – visceral and tough, the music entered your body, through bone and muscle, and shook you to the very core. The hammer has been passed to The Pure Zeppelin Experience, a Florida-based tribute band that reproduces a full Zeppelin concert, the madness and the majesty, to thrilling, chest-pounding effect. These are veteran musicians who’ve sold their souls for a one-way trip on the Stairway to Heaven.

Tickets for The Pure Zeppelin Experience are on sale now at The Lyric Theatre Box Office and online at LyricTheatre.com.

Dancin' in the Streets tickets are on sale now for $15 advance pricing at Seacoast Bank in Martin, St. Lucie, and select Palm Beach and Indian River locations, Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream in Downtown Stuart, Earthtones and Terra Fermata. Tickets will be $20 the day of the event.

This year's lineup includes Sierra Band, Ladies of Soul, Sister Baby and Bachaco on the Riverwalk Stage; Melinda Elena, Bryce Allyn, Moska Project and Relapse Band on The Colorado Stage; Alexis Rose, Kryptic, Dominique Binns, COG Worship Team, Blindsound, DJ Cue, Becky Peraza and Laura G. on the Full House Entertainment Stage and Victoria Leigh, Sam Meador, Abby Owens, Flint Blade & Jamie Newitt and Steven D. Hunt on the Earthtones Stage.

“Dancin' in the Streets brings incredible energy and fun to historic downtown Stuart, while raising funds for local non-profits and free community events in our treasured downtown area” said event chair Bill Moore. “This year we look forward to celebrating thirty years of live music, dancing, talent and community spirit.”

Dancin’ in the Streets is presented by the Downtown Business Association of Stuart and Stuart Main Street and is sponsored by Southern Eagle Distributing, Mark Brechbill, PLLC, Seacoast Bank, Mulligan's Beach House Bar & Grill, Snyder Marketing Solutions & Events, Coast 101.3, iHeart Radio, Treasure & Space Coast Radio, Stuart Macaroni Kid and Seabreeze Publications.

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


 
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Jul 25, 2017High Tide Volleyball Club launches on the Treasure Coast
High Tide Volleyball Club, a competitive club volleyball program, has officially launched on the Treasure Coast and will begin training for the 2017-2018 season.

The competitive indoor volleyball training program features an experienced training staff in both men and women's volleyball, including former college players from the nation's top Division I Programs, current college coaches and coaches of the area's successful high schools.

Club Director, Coach Krissy Schmidt, is a former Penn State women’s volleyball team defensive specialist. During her time as the Martin County High School head Varsity Coach, she finished 108-41, with five district titles, two regional titles, a State Runner Up in 2010 and State Champions in 2011. Schmidt was named 5A Coach of the Year in 2010 and 7A Coach of the Year in 2011, as well as the Treasure Coast Newspaper All-Area Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. In 2010, she was named a recipient of the AVCA 30 Under 30 award for up and coming coaches throughout the nation.

Coach Jim Van Hart, Director of Operations, has been the JV & Varsity Assistant Coach with the Martin County High School Girls Volleyball program for the last four years and has coached the last five years with Tribe/Treasure Coast and Sham-Roxz Volleyball clubs.

Coach Tony Glessner has served in a lead coaching role at the University of Michigan Volleyball Camp for the past seven years and was also a volunteer assistant coach for Ohio Elite Volleyball Club, which placed in the top ten in the nation each of his four seasons with them. For the past four years, Glessner served as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Martin County High School. During his time there, the Tigers brought home the State Championship in 7A, while also having a High School All-American on the team. He's also coached with Treasure Coast Volleyball and the National Volleyball League.

Coach Elise Walch is a 2014 graduate of Florida State University, where she was named Muscle Milk Athlete of the Year, earned AVCA All-American honorable mention accolades, AVCA All-Region honors and was named to the All-ACC Second Team. She helped lead her team to an NCAA Final Four Appearance in 2011 and two ACC Championships.

Coach Jeff Hardman is a former graduate of Siena Heights University where he played for four years, earning numerous All-Conference awards and helping to lead the team to its first-ever conference final appearance. Coach Hardman specializes in the technical aspect of the game and has a wide range of knowledge of all positions from passing, attacking and setting.

"Our well-rounded coaching staff is equipped with the experience necessary to ensure each of our players reaches his or her full potential," said Schmidt. "We look forward to offering a unique, elite training experience on the Treasure Coast for players looking to take their game to the next level."

Registration for High Tide Volleyball is available online at HighTideVBC.com and try-outs will be held on July 30. For more information email HighTideVBC@gmail.com.


 
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Jul 25, 2017High Tide Volleyball Club launches on the Treasure Coast
High Tide Volleyball Club, a competitive club volleyball program, has officially launched on the Treasure Coast and will begin training for the 2017-2018 season.

The competitive indoor volleyball training program features an experienced training staff in both men and women's volleyball, including former college players from the nation's top Division I Programs, current college coaches and coaches of the area's successful high schools.

Club Director, Coach Krissy Schmidt, is a former Penn State women’s volleyball team defensive specialist. During her time as the Martin County High School head Varsity Coach, she finished 108-41, with five district titles, two regional titles, a State Runner Up in 2010 and State Champions in 2011. Schmidt was named 5A Coach of the Year in 2010 and 7A Coach of the Year in 2011, as well as the Treasure Coast Newspaper All-Area Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. In 2010, she was named a recipient of the AVCA 30 Under 30 award for up and coming coaches throughout the nation.

Coach Jim Van Hart, Director of Operations, has been the JV & Varsity Assistant Coach with the Martin County High School Girls Volleyball program for the last four years and has coached the last five years with Tribe/Treasure Coast and Sham-Roxz Volleyball clubs.

Coach Tony Glessner has served in a lead coaching role at the University of Michigan Volleyball Camp for the past seven years and was also a volunteer assistant coach for Ohio Elite Volleyball Club, which placed in the top ten in the nation each of his four seasons with them. For the past four years, Glessner served as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Martin County High School. During his time there, the Tigers brought home the State Championship in 7A, while also having a High School All-American on the team. He's also coached with Treasure Coast Volleyball and the National Volleyball League.

Coach Elise Walch is a 2014 graduate of Florida State University, where she was named Muscle Milk Athlete of the Year, earned AVCA All-American honorable mention accolades, AVCA All-Region honors and was named to the All-ACC Second Team. She helped lead her team to an NCAA Final Four Appearance in 2011 and two ACC Championships.

Coach Jeff Hardman is a former graduate of Siena Heights University where he played for four years, earning numerous All-Conference awards and helping to lead the team to its first-ever conference final appearance. Coach Hardman specializes in the technical aspect of the game and has a wide range of knowledge of all positions from passing, attacking and setting.

"Our well-rounded coaching staff is equipped with the experience necessary to ensure each of our players reaches his or her full potential," said Schmidt. "We look forward to offering a unique, elite training experience on the Treasure Coast for players looking to take their game to the next level."

Registration for High Tide Volleyball is available online at HighTideVBC.com and try-outs will be held on July 30. For more information email HighTideVBC@gmail.com.


 
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Jul 25, 2017Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Now Scheduling Student Auditions


The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is coordinating its audition schedule for high school and advanced middle school musicians interested in becoming members of the orchestra for the 2017-2018 concert season. Auditions for strings, winds, brass and percussion will be held August 26th at the Jensen Beach High School Band Room in Jensen Beach.

Specific audition requirements, information, and registration to schedule an audition are found on line at http://www.treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com. To receive an audition time, complete and submit the registration form found on the youth symphony’s website. Upon receipt of a request for audition time, the musician will be contacted by either Dr. John Enyart for string players or by Thomas Servinsky for woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Annual auditions are required for past members of the youth symphony as well as new musicians desiring to be seated in the orchestra. The orchestra draws young musicians from Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie, northern Palm Beach, Brevard and Highlands counties.

Concert rehearsals are held on Mondays during the school year at the Jensen Beach High School Band Room between 6PM and 9PM. Most concerts are scheduled on Monday evenings.

Young musicians and families are encouraged to learn more about the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony by visiting the youth symphony’s website http://www.treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com where they will find the Handbook for musicians and parents, and information on scholarships and grants, the Academy Orchestra, previous performances, a documentary, and resources.

Contact Treasure Coast Youth Symphony at tcys@treasurecoastyouthsymphony.org.



 
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Jul 25, 2017Indiantown Rodeo lassos top tourism event award for 2nd year



The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the Indiantown Rodeo has been selected as a top tourism event for October 2017 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2017, the rodeo competed with top events from across the southeastern United States to receive this prestigious designation.

"Bull riding, bucking broncos, steer wrestling and barrel racing are just a few reasons to come on out to the Indiantown Rodeo. Bar-b-cue, kids' entertainment, rodeo clowns and more make this an exciting, sell-out event every year," said David Powers, Indiantown Chamber vice president and rodeo chair.

"The Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for visitors, residents and travel writers. The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in the Southeast region," said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

The history and culture of Indiantown, along with its equestrian and eco-tourism attributes, provide residents and visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience.

"Indiantown is truly unique to our area and it is the diversity of our communities and events that make Martin County so special. The Indiantown Rodeo proudly takes its place as one of the STS Top 20 Events for the month of October. Indiantown gets the value of being marketed along with events taking place in areas such as Chattanooga, TN and Greenville, SC. This is impressive!" said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism and Marketing Manager for Martin County.

The event will take place on October 13-14 and tickets will be on sale starting September 1. Please visit www.indiantownchamber.com for more information.

The complete list of winners is published on two websites: www.escapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room.



 
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Jul 25, 2017Thrivent Financial’s “Live Generously” Campaign Supports Helping People Succeed
Thrivent Financial’s “Live Generously” Campaign Supports Helping People Succeed

Mark Valinote, along with Amy Whitlach, both with Thrivent Financial – hosted an event to benefit their new neighbor – Helping People Succeed. Helping People Succeed recently found a new home just off of Savannah Road in Jensen Beach (1601 NE Braille Place). As a special “welcome” to the community Mark and Amy held a Sake + Sushi 101 at Benihana’s in Stuart. Guests were asked to attend for a $20.00 contribution.

Thrivent’s motto is to “Live Generously”. After the guests became experts at making sushi – they donned these shirts for a group photo.

Helping People Succeed is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving the Treasure Coast for more than 50 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, counseling, training and employment. For more information, visit the website www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to view Helping People Succeed’s “Making a Difference” video… Building Successful Families and Futures – One Life at a Time.



 
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Jul 25, 2017Helping People Succeed Is All Smiles,

With New Offices and New Board Members

Adrienne Moore, APR, CPRC

Helping People Succeed has been on the move in the last month – moving to new offices at 1601 NE Braille Place off of Savannah Road in Jensen Beach and announcing its new Board Members for 2017-2018. With 5,100 families served by the organization and approximately 125 staff members, the recent changes will only enhance its mission.

“We’re thrilled to have this new opportunity for our organization,” said Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed. “In business more than 53 years and currently serving five departments – Baby Steps, Healthy Families, Behavioral Services, Employment Options and Community Connections – we are pleased to present this new look for our clients in a one-story structure.

One of the first events in the new facility was Helping People Succeed’s Annual Meeting. The presentation of new officers comprise of Chairperson Bliss Browne, Vice Chairperson – Barbara Essenwine, Secretary – Melody Floyd and Treasurer – Kevin Burn. Board members include Lee Borellis, Cher Fisher, Joan Jefferson, Susan King, Claire Nash, Kelly Quinn and Carolyn Timmann – Honorary Board Member. The Foundation Board will consist of Chairperson Beth Prinz Lowy, Vice President Bonney Johnson and Secretary Mary Kay Buckridge and Claire Nash.

Special recognition was given to Kathy Skrzypczak. Kathy is the outgoing Chairperson and has served on the board for nine consecutive years. Other outgoing board members who were recognized were Beth Prinz Lowy and Tom Warner.

Individuals present were also recognized for their community service. They included Suellen Millroy – retired from the Hobe Sound Community Chest, Paul Nicoletti – former City of Stuart Manager, Ted Delancy – retired from the US Post Office (Stuart), and Peter Kemp – owner of Huston’s Office Supply. There was special volunteer recognition given to Philip Paxhia and Jose Vallecillo.

The move into the new building was well orchestrated. Employees who played an integral role in making this possible were also acknowledged at the Annual Meeting. They included Glenna Parris, Ken Dannewitz, Bob Wilt, Deb Tasy and Kelly Cuevas.

Carol Houwaart-Diez, the Executive Director of the Martin County United Way and guest speaker at the Annual Meeting, gave a personal testimonial of why the services of Helping People Succeed play an impactful role to all they serve.

Look for a notice coming out soon for a formal open house and ribbon cutting. In the meantime – if you would like a tour, or just come for a visit, please contact Suzy Hutcheson at 772.320.0777 or email at shutcheson@hpsfl.org.







 
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Jul 25, 2017Jensen Beach Elementary Playground's Shade Structure Installation Underway


The Jensen Beach Community Playground is about to get a lot "cooler"! Martin County is happy to announce the installation of a shade structure covering the playground is scheduled to start on Monday, July 24, 2017.

The project is possible thanks to a generous donation of $32,000 from the Jensen Beach Community Playground Committee to assist with the funding for the shade structure. "This project ties into one of the Martin County Parks and Recreation Master Plan goals. The Jensen Beach Community Playground Committee has been extremely supportive of our efforts to improve this community asset for years now; this playground is a clear example of the outstanding results that can be accomplished thanks to these type of partnerships" said Kevin Abbate, Martin County Parks and Recreation Director.

Due to construction work, the playground will be closed from Monday, July 24, 2017 until Monday, August 14, 2017 when it is scheduled to reopen for all to enjoy. The new addition will make the park more comfortable during the summer months, as well as provide needed sun protection year-round.

Thanks again to the Jensen Beach Community Playground Committee, those who participate in the Race for the Playground, and community donors for helping us make Martin County Parks the best of the best! #LoveMCParks

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. Interested in volunteering? Contact Deanna at ddeakins@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jul 25, 2017Shelter Pups & Coffee Cups debuts at Palm City Starbucks
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has kicked off a new program called “Shelter Pups and Coffee Cups!” in partnership with Starbucks in Palm City. Each Thursday, a volunteer picks up one of the shelter’s adoptable dogs and takes the pet to Starbucks from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. A Starbucks employee treats the dog to a “Puppuccino.”
“Puppuccinos are basically just whipped cream in a cup and the best part is that it’s free of charge,” said Sarah Fisher, the Humane Society’s volunteer program manager and mobile adoption coordinator.
In addition, each shelter dog taken to Starbucks will be the featured dog of the week and the pet’s adoption information will be displayed on the Starbucks’ bulletin board.
“This program is just one additional way to increase our shelter dogs’ chances of getting adopted and into their forever home,” explained Fisher. “We are grateful for Starbucks’ support.”
The participating volunteers include Shaun Kelly, Jennifer Renfro, Paige Trenchard and Lisa Cirminiello. All of these volunteers are trained to complete an adoption so customers can adopt right from Starbucks and bring the dog home if it is a good fit. Volunteers who are interested in participating in the program should contact Sarah Fisher via email at SFisher@hstc1.org or by calling her at (772) 600-3217.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.


 
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Jul 25, 2017UPDATE ON ALGAL BLOOMS
You've probably seen the news that there is a massive algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee. My office has been monitoring the situation for warning signs of a repeat disaster throughout the summer. Here's an update on what we know right now:
https://mast.house.gov/natural-resources

I also have written to the Army Corps to tell them, in the strongest possible terms, that they should exhaust every possible flood-prevention option prior to considering discharging water east out of the lake. The transfer of algae-filled water from Lake Okeechobee onto the Treasure Coast is simply unacceptable, which is why I have introduced legislation in Congress to hold the federal government responsible for the cost of damages associated with the transfer of algal blooms from Lake Okeechobee into our community.

We know this is a complex problem that won't be solved over night, which is why it's so important that the Army Corps work with South Florida Water Management District to implement SB 10. You may have seen that I had the opportunity to question the Army Corps about SB 10 last week. If not, check it out here. I will do everything in my power to get federal support for a southern reservoir.

To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website.

For more photos and videos, please join me on social media:

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.
Sincerely,

Brian Mast
United States Congressman


 
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Jul 25, 2017Award-Winning Chef Gordon Ramsay Helps Python Hunters
Award-Winning Chef Gordon Ramsay Helps Python Hunters Eliminate Three Snakes for an Upcoming Segment on His Live Series, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, on FOX
SFWMD Governing Board program has now eliminated 317 invasive Burmese Pythons to protect native Everglades wildlife



Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his son, Jack, pose with SFWMD Python Hunter Kyle Penniston and Jason Catarineau and two of the three Burmese pythons they eliminated on Saturday. Ramsay went on a python hunt with Penniston for an upcoming episode of his live show, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, on FOX. Click on image for larger version.

Western Miami-Dade County, FL - Emmy-nominated chef Gordon Ramsay recently joined the ongoing fight against invasive snakes being waged by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Ramsay, host and judge of TV series such as HELL'S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, joined Kyle Penniston, one of the most successful hunters of SFWMD Governing Board's Python Elimination Program, to kill three snakes along the banks of the L-28 Tieback Canal in western Miami-Dade County. Ramsay's participation was part of an upcoming segment for his latest series, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, which airs live Wednesdays (9-10 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Their kills bring the total number of invasive pythons eliminated by the SFWMD Governing Board's Python Elimination program to 317 snakes in four months.

Ramsay and his son, Jack, assisted Penniston with all three kills. Ramsay then cooked a python into a special meal right on the levee, using a portable oven. The kills also brought the total number of pythons eliminated by Penniston, of Miami, to almost 30 snakes.

"It was a blast hunting with the Ramsays and they were very respectful of what we are doing here in the Everglades, fighting these invasive predators to save the ecosystem," said Penniston, who has hunted snakes for years but tasted python for the first time this weekend when he ate Ramsay's cooking. "What an honor to have my first taste of python cooked by Chef Ramsay."

In total, the snakes eliminated by the program so far would stretch more than 2,000 feet in length. The total weight of all the snakes eliminated so far in the SFWMD Python Elimination Program is more than two tons.

About the Program
The program began on March 25, 2017 when professional python hunters were selected and given access to District-owned lands initially in Miami-Dade County for the pilot phase and later in Broward and Collier counties. 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 challenger or predator in the Everglades ecosystem, has decimated native populations of rabbits, wrens and other wildlife that it eats. The more of these snakes that can be eliminated, especially the females and their eggs, the better chance future generations of native species can have to thrive in the Everglades ecosystem which Floridians have invested billions of dollars to restore.

About THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY
THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY is a bold new show from the award-winning chef and series host. Based on his hit U.K. series, each distinctive and fast-paced hour combines good food and good cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series.

On THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, foodie families and friends from across the U.S. battle it out in an intense, high-stakes cook-off. In addition to impressing Ramsay, each team must win over the hearts and taste buds of the diners, celebrities and VIP guests they are serving. Each week one winner, decided by the diners, joins the "winners wall." At the end of ten episodes, Ramsay decides which two winning teams from across the season earned the chance to come back and compete in the finale for $100,000 and THE F WORD title.

Throughout each hour-long episode, Ramsay chats with surprise guests and VIPs in the dining room, shows viewers and competitors his skills with stylized cooking demos and appears weekly in unique field segments with fans, foodies and culinary experts.

THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY Social Info: Facebook: TheFWordFOX; Twitter: @TheFWordFox/ #TheFWord; Instagram:@thefwordfox



 
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Jul 25, 2017Now offering Organic Spray Tan voted “Best of the Best” by Allure



Organic Spray Tan: Wax Unique now carries a continuously voted “Best of the Best” by Allure magazine organic spray tan. Featured on dozens of television shows and magazines, our paraben-free products are universal. They work for all skin types and provide a completely natural, glowing color. Our spray tan products use only the finest all-natural ingredients available. They include Certified Organic DHA, Shea Butter, Citrus, Ginseng, and Cucumber. Like everything else at Wax Unique, our products are never tested on animals.




 
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Jul 25, 2017The Willow Project - Enrollment Now Open!
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Jul 25, 2017FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - KEEPING YOU INFORMED

Florida Chamber Releases
Quarter 3 Small Business Index Survey Results

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently revealed the results of our Q3 Small Business Index Survey, which shows “Workforce Quality” and “Government Regulations” as the top issues Florida's job creators are concerned about.

“One important trend to note is that two years ago, 'Workforce Quality' was ranked fifth as the top issue,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. "One year ago, it moved up from third and now it consistently ranks as a top issue for Florida's small businesses."

On the bright side, 70 percent of respondents expect their sales will increase over the next year.

"Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges, including increased concerns about workforce quality and government regulations,” said Tami Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Entropy Technology Design, Inc. “The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council looks forward to working together to identify and support solutions that will help and grow Florida’s small business community."

Click here to view the full report. http://www.flchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/SBIS-Report_Q3-July2017_Final.pdf


Get Involved
The Florida Chamber recognizes that small business is big business. To learn more about becoming a member of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1235.



 
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Jul 25, 2017FEATURED POSTER ARTIST IS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 HOBE SOUND FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS!
The Hobe Sound Chamber is proud to feature the work of a different local artist each year by choosing the official Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts poster image. The annual, outdoor, mixed-art event is presented by Martin Health System. Hobe Sound’s very own up-and-coming watercolor artist, Amber M. Moran will create a unique original painting for the 17th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts to be held February 3 and 4, 2018. Amber is the second featured artist for BEALLs Florida! brand; Art & Sol, the Stuart Sailfish Club 75th Anniversary Design Artist in 2016 and the 2015 Billfish Foundation Artist of the Year.

Amber M. Moran lives in Hobe Sound with her husband, Adam and two sons, Conlan and Brannen. Together they enjoy the Florida life-style of water sports, fishing and snorkeling. “I am heavily influenced by our tropical setting here. Water is included in almost every aspect of Florida life and I love that I can use watercolors to make my artwork look/feel more fluid like. I really feel like I was meant to be here in Florida and paint,” said Amber. With her family by her side for support and inspiration, Amber has built an expanding art business over the past several years. She participates in several shows and festivals and is a favorite at the Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts. Read her bio and see her vast art portfolio online at, www.ambermmoran.com.
Hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber and produced by Howard Alan Events, The Festival of the Arts returns to Hobe Sound in February for the 17th year, welcoming back Martin Health System as the presenting sponsor. Taking place Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM along Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound, the festival boasts free admission and parking. Shuttle service will be provided from The Pine School’s parking lot.

The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts features juried outdoor gallery style exhibits spanning four blocks of Dixie Highway starting at Bridge Road and continues south on Dixie Highway.

The artists are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity to ensure a wide array of quality artwork representing a variety of artistic media. The artists will be present for the duration of the show and welcome the opportunity to meet art enthusiasts and discuss the work, techniques and inspiration. The Festival will also feature a green market, local crafts, business vendors and an array of food tents and specialty beverages.

The 17th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts official poster by Amber M.
Moran will be unveiled at the Chamber’s Business After Hours event with the help of Martin Health System CEO Rob Lord. The Business After Hours will be held January 24, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at a local business to be announced. The GFWC Hobe Sound Women’s Club and the Chamber will award the
2018 Children’s Poster Art Contest winners at the Business after Hours.
Amber Moran will judge entries from 4th and 5th grade students at SeaWind and Hobe Sound Elementary Schools. Winners receive a ribbon and a gift certificate for art supplies. The winning students, their parents and teachers are invited to attend the Business After Hours as special guests.
The Children will have their winning posters unveiled as well. The Business After Hours and unveiling is open to the public. For details and tickets visit the Chamber’s events calendar at www.hobesound.org.



 
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Jul 25, 2017Comedian Brad Upton headlines Out Laugh Hunger
Comedian Brad Upton headlines Out Laugh Hunger
Night of comedy benefits Treasure Coast Food Bank

Join Treasure Coast Food Bank for an evening of fun as we Out Laugh Hunger!
The evening of comedy features headline performer Brad Upton whose hilarious observations and writing skills make him a hit with a wide variety of ages and audiences. Upton is a regular performer in Reno and Las Vegas and has opened for many legendary recording artists, including Johnny Mathis at his sold-out show at the Sunrise Theater.
Opening Acts are the Treasure Coast’s favorite comedy duo Casey & Spaz, along with Phil Isme.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at the Sunrise Theatre Black Box Venue, 117 S. 2nd Street, Fort Pierce.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP, which includes 2 drinks and a meet and greet. Purchase tickets at www.sunrisetheatre.com or visit the box office.
All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank.
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WHAT: Out Laugh Hunger, an evening of comedy benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank
HEADLINER: Brad Upton, with opening acts Casey & Spaz and Phil Isme
WHERE: Sunrise Theatre Black Box Venue
117 S. 2nd Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

TICKETS: General Admission: $25;
VIP: $50 – includes 2 drink tickets and “meet & greet with the artist
www.sunrisetheatre.com, or visit the box office in person

WHY: All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank


 
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Jul 24, 2017Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas Have Record Year
The South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) five Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) sent the cleanest water ever produced by these facilities to the Everglades over this past water year. STAs are shallow constructed wetlands that use plants to naturally remove excess phosphorus from the water.

During Water Year 2017 (May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017), 57,000 acres of STAs treated 1.1 million acre-feet of water. These constructed wetlands reduced phosphorus levels to an overall average concentration of 15 parts per billion (ppb). This is the lowest overall average phosphorus concentration on record for SFWMD's STAs since the District began operating them and tracking annual water year performance in 1994. Since inception, the STAs have prevented more than 2,329 metric tons of phosphorus from going into the Everglades.

"Taxpayers have invested billions of dollars into restoring the Everglades because of the importance of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "These record results show that Florida taxpayers are getting the return on their investment they deserve; clean water and a healthy Everglades for generations to come."

This water year, water entered the STAs with an average total phosphorus concentration of 96 ppb and flowed out to the Everglades after treatment with an average concentration of just 15 ppb.

In western Palm Beach County, STA-3/4, South Florida's largest treatment area, had its best performance with an average outflow phosphorus concentration of 11 ppb. Also in Palm Beach County, STA-2 performance resulted in an outflow phosphorus concentration of 14 ppb. These two STAs received aid from the recently completed A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB), a component of Gov. Rick Scott's $880 million Restoration Strategies Plan, a series of projects aimed at achieving Everglades water quality restoration goals.

The massive A-1 FEB, which the SFWMD Governing Board recently opened for public recreation, provides some water quality treatment before allowing water to be sent to these STAs at a controlled rate. This process optimizes the conditions within the STAs for phosphorus removal. Statistics show that the average phosphorus content of water flowing into STA-3/4 during the 11 water years prior to routine A-1 FEB operations was approximately 108 ppb. The average phosphorus content of water entering STA-3/4 from the A-1 FEB in Water Year 2017 was about 61 ppb, a 43 percent reduction.

"Clearly this component of Gov. Scott's bold and forward-thinking Restoration Strategies Plan is working as intended," O'Keefe said. "With the completion of the remaining Restoration Strategies projects by 2025, the Governor's vision of a clean and restored Everglades will become a reality."

Another component of Restoration Strategies, the L-8 FEB in Palm Beach County, is almost complete and is expected to improve the performance of STA-1 East and STA-1 West by moderating inflows to these STAs. SFWMD is also doubling the treatment capacity of STA-1 West as part of Gov. Scott's Restoration Strategies Plan.

The STAs were first constructed in 1994 in an effort to reduce the concentration of phosphorus entering the Everglades Protection Area, which includes Everglades National Park and the three Water Conservation Areas in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties; and, ultimately, to achieve water quality standards established for the Everglades. Due to the successful operation of the STAs, Restoration Strategies and implementation of a source control program requiring farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce phosphorus prior to STA treatment, about 90 percent of the Everglades Protection Area has already met this goal.



 
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Jul 24, 2017Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area Begins Operation to Protect the St. Lucie River and Estuary
Reaching a major milestone in the effort to protect the St. Lucie River and Estuary, engineers at the South Florida Water Management District this month began filling the repaired Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area to store and clean water for the river and estuary.

Congress tasked SFWMD with completing the long-stalled federal project and bringing it online to provide the intended benefits to the river and estuary ecosystems and the families and businesses in St. Lucie and Martin counties who depend on their health.

In a video presentation, water managers explain the problem and the project's solution:
• Ten Mile Creek collects stormwater runoff across St. Lucie County and empties into the St. Lucie River.
• Too much freshwater and too many nutrients upset the delicate ecological balance in the river and estuary.
• The project pumps excess stormwater runoff from the creek into a reservoir.
• The stored water flows to a wetland with plants that clean nutrients such as phosphorus.
• The water is sent back to the creek at the right time and in the right volume for the river and estuary.


 
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Jul 24, 2017Indiantown Rodeo lassos top tourism event award for 2nd year


The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the Indiantown Rodeo has been selected as a top tourism event for October 2017 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2017, the rodeo competed with top events from across the southeastern United States to receive this prestigious designation.

"Bull riding, bucking broncos, steer wrestling and barrel racing are just a few reasons to come on out to the Indiantown Rodeo. Bar-b-cue, kids' entertainment, rodeo clowns and more make this an exciting, sell-out event every year," said David Powers, Indiantown Chamber vice president and rodeo chair.

"The Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for visitors, residents and travel writers. The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in the Southeast region," said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

The history and culture of Indiantown, along with its equestrian and eco-tourism attributes, provide residents and visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience.

"Indiantown is truly unique to our area and it is the diversity of our communities and events that make Martin County so special. The Indiantown Rodeo proudly takes its place as one of the STS Top 20 Events for the month of October. Indiantown gets the value of being marketed along with events taking place in areas such as Chattanooga, TN and Greenville, SC. This is impressive!" said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism and Marketing Manager for Martin County.

The event will take place on October 13-14 and tickets will be on sale starting September 1. Please visit www.indiantownchamber.com for more information.

The complete list of winners is published on two websites: www.escapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room.



 
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Jul 24, 2017Thrivent Financial’s “Live Generously” Campaign Supports Helping People Succeed


Mark Valinote, along with Amy Whitlach, both with Thrivent Financial – hosted an event to benefit their new neighbor – Helping People Succeed. Helping People Succeed recently found a new home just off of Savannah Road in Jensen Beach (1601 NE Braille Place). As a special “welcome” to the community Mark and Amy held a Sake + Sushi 101 at Benihana’s in Stuart. Guests were asked to attend for a $20.00 contribution.

Thrivent’s motto is to “Live Generously”. After the guests became experts at making sushi – they donned these shirts for a group photo.

Helping People Succeed is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving the Treasure Coast for more than 50 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, counseling, training and employment. For more information, visit the website www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to view Helping People Succeed’s “Making a Difference” video… Building Successful Families and Futures – One Life at a Time.


 
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Jul 24, 2017House of Hope invites the community for grand opening celebration

House of Hope will celebrate the opening of the all-new Golden Gate Center for Enrichment with an exciting community party July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to bring their families to enjoy free food and beverages, face painting, snow cones, children’s games and prizes, live music and dancing, information booths and more.

Partner agencies and sponsors will be offering fun children’s activities and opportunities to learn about programs and services available to local residents. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Grill Team is firing up the coals to prepare a free lunch for party attendees. Throughout the festivities, guests will enjoy live music and dancing provided by DJ Louie G Entertainment and Marimba Maya Quetzal.

The newly renovated historic Golden Gate Center for Enrichment will be open for tours featuring the building’s new technology offerings, information about the extensive calendar of classes, and a collection of restored period photos and antiques showcasing the building’s extensive history in Golden Gate.

House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri invites, "We hope everyone comes out to celebrate with us on the 29th as well as to sign up for classes or learn how to volunteer their service or expertise. This unique collaboration of agencies and partners brings impactful programs and services right into the community."

House of Hope is thankful to the partnering sponsors of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment Grand Opening Celebration including Martin County Community Foundation, United Way of Martin County, Amerisweeps, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Marimba Maya Quetzal and DJ Louie G Entertainment.

The Golden Gate Center for Enrichment is located at 3225 S.E. Dixie Highway in Stuart at the northeast corner of Dixie Highway and Delmar Street. For more information contact House of Hope by calling (772) 286-4673 or visit www.hohmartin.org.

About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of about 6,000 per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.

For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or schedule a tour (772)286-4673.



 
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Jul 24, 2017NEW FEE REDUCTION LEGISLATION- Effective July 1, 2017


Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector would like to make vessel-owners aware of the new fee reduction legislation, F.S. 328.72 (18)(b), which provides for reduced vessel registration fees for a recreational vessel that is equipped with a registered Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or for a recreational vessel when the owner owns a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB.)
Effective July 1, 2017 registration fees have been reduced on vessels that have Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Vessel owners that have Personal Locator Beacons (PLB's). If the primary registrant owns more than one vessel that is equipped with an EPIRB, they will receive the reduced registration fees for each vessel that is proven to have a registered beacon with the NOAA. For the primary registrant who owns a PLB that is registered with NOAA, you are only allowed one fee reduction, no matter how many vessels you own.
For registering your beacons please click the link provided for the NOAA at https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov/RGDB/index or call with questions to 888-212-7283. The chart with the reduced fees is attached for your convenience along with the documents that we require as proof to receive this discount.


 
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Jul 24, 2017In a Surprise Move, Frank Brogan Retires from Pennsylvania Chancellor Post
Frank Brogan climbed a very tall career ladder in Florida that took him from classroom teacher to chancellor of the State University System, always by exceeding expectations.

In his early days, I had the privilege of watching him reach every rung.

Which is why I have to believe it was heartbreaking for him Tuesday to announce his retirement as chancellor of Pennsylvania's state university system, a $364,000-a-year job, coming as it did in the shadow of a consultant's report calling his agency "plagued by weak leadership and dysfunctional management."

Brogan, 63, notified the board of governors privately, hours before release of findings about declining enrollment and financial struggles across the state's 14 universities.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brogan released a statement calling the strategic review that led to the consultant’s study perhaps the most important act in the 34-year history of the system, which enrolls 105,000 students. He did not link the consultant’s findings, or fallout from it, to his decision to retire.

I Beg to Differ
“This is the System’s opportunity to make bold choices that will ensure our universities are here to meet the needs of our current and future students and the Commonwealth for decades to come, and beyond,” he said.

“While there is never a perfect time for a transition such as this, my family and I know we leave behind a system that is primed for the future, led by a team that is committed to making sure our students always come first.”

The Board of Governors has always supported Brogan and now express regrets over his departure.

“We wanted a change agent when we asked Frank to come here four years ago, and we got one,” said Guido M. Pichini, chair emeritus of the Board of Governors. “While we are all deeply sad to see him leave, we all know that, because of his leadership, courage, and dedication, this System is better poised for success than when he arrived.”

Brogan, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio who married his high school sweetheart, began his education career with his wife Mary in 1978 in the Martin County (Florida) School District. His first job was teaching fifth grade at Port Salerno Elementary School, then he moved to administration in 1981, serving as dean of students at Indiantown Middle School, then assistant principal, and finally principal of Murray Middle School. He was eventually elected to two terms as Martin County superintendent of schools.

In 1994, Brogan came out of nowhere in political terms, to be elected Florida commissioner of education. In fact, he was the youngest education commissioner in Florida history.

Brogan was seeking a second term in 1998 when Jeb Bush asked him to be his running mate as lieutenant governor. The Bush/Brogan team won the general election. And the next year, Mary Brogan -- a popular figure in Tallahassee -- lost her battle with breast cancer.

As lieutenant governor, Brogan oversaw education policy and acted as legislative liaison for the Bush Administration. Bush and Brogan were re-elected in 2002 but Brogan departed to become president of Florida Atlantic University in 2003.

In full cry, Brogan's service to Bush was a real partnership. Brogan is credited with authoring Florida’s “Bush/Brogan A+ Plan for Education,” which, according to testimony he gave before the Florida Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families Hearing on Academic Achievement in 1999, was "a comprehensive accountability system ... that significantly raises the achievement bar."

In fact, the Bush/Brogan A+ Plan served as the Republicans' blueprint for privatizing and charterizing public education across the country. In 2001, Brogan’s work earned him a place on George W. Bush’s 31-member education advisory panel to manage the transition to the Bush era of education reform. Many expected Brogan would run for governor when Bush's second term was done.

At age 49, in 2002, Brogan married 26-year-old law student Courtney Strickland.

A gubernatorial run was not to be. Brogan became the fifth president of FAU in 2003 and was reappointed by the FAU Board of Trustees to a second six-year term, which began in 2009. But he quit the job the same year to become chancellor of the State University System of Florida.

Brogan took office as chancellor during a time of real acrimony between the Florida Legislature and the Board of Governors. Nevertheless, he was the longest-serving chancellor since the creation of the Board of Governors in 2003.

I can only guess, at this point, why Brogan chose to leave his post as chancellor of Florida's university system, a system three times the size of Pennsylvania's, move his family from the Sunshine State to the freezing rain state, and step out of Florida’s persistent political spotlight. All at a pay cut.

Some in Pennsylvania postulated he was positioning himself for a run at governor in 2018. Others feared he would “transform” the system into a higher education version of charter schools, and that it would help propel him to a cabinet position if Republicans took the White House back in 2016.

We are unlikely ever to know for sure.

Brogan has not announced whether he and his family will remain in Pennsylvania, return to Florida or begin a new chapter in their lives elsewhere.

 
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Jul 24, 2017Is Back Pain Hurting Your Career?

Feeling the tension of work starting to affect you physically? Try to reduce stress by exercising regularly, drinking enough water and practicing breathing exercises.
Low back pain, more commonly associated with jobs involving physical labor, is now afflicting an increasing number of white-collar workers. Usually associated with heavy lifting, turning, bending and repetitive motions, back pain is becoming a plague among those who lift nothing heavier than a stapler.

While workplace design and employee fitness are factors in office workers developing neck and back injuries, overlooked elements are psychosocial factors:

How positive a person’s mental outlook is
How much they like their career
Improving the Psychosocial Factor

Instead of taking drugs to reduce back pain symptoms, more and more recommendations involve reducing the amount of stress and taking steps to increase job satisfaction. In fact, experts say that up to 80 percent of adults will seek treatment for work-related neck or back pain at some point in their career.

Interested in learning more about what you can do to save your back? Ask us at your next appointment.
Dr. Lisa Grassam
Grassam Family Chiropractic
Appointments: (772) 286-5433


 
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Jul 24, 2017Not all airports are created equal.
At least, that’s how our readers feel about hubs like Dallas Love Field, Pittsburgh International, and Tampa International, citing easy access, a vast selection of restaurants, and design with a sense of place as just a few of the reasons they stand out from the pack. “Lots of cool landmarks inside the airport, like a T. rex skeleton and a statue of former Steelers football player Franco Harris,” said one reader of Pittsburgh International. “Welcome to Pittsburgh!”
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Airports were rated on access, check-in and security, restaurants and bars, shopping, and design.Staying fit while on the road is another big trend these days — which is why airports like Minneapolis – St. Paul (No. 7) and Indianapolis (No. 2) have added indoor walking paths as an amenity. “Safest, cleanest, and most beautiful airport in the country,” one reader said of Indianapolis. “Has wonderful shopping and local restaurants that cater to everyone, but provide the traveling public with a little taste of Indy!”But for the fifth year in a row, it’s Portland International Airport that has claimed the top spot, thanks to its easy navigation, local artworks, and culinary offerings, which reflect the city’s dining scene. “It’s the best airport in America,” one reader said. “It has great retail and restaurants and they charge the same prices as their local stores and restaurants.” Some are even willing to add travel time to their trip in order to use this airport. “We live closer to Seattle but still prefer to fly to Portland,” remarked one reader. “Much friendlier airport, better parking, faster service.”From curbside check-in to breezy security lanes and plentiful dining and shopping options, the best airports in the U.S. help to dispel the notion that traveling can be a pain. If you can’t find a nonstop to your next destination, consider these 10 airports for your next layover.

 
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Jul 24, 2017New Website Increases Outreach


West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will conduct public workshops to garner critical public input needed to complete several planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), including the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) and the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP).

"These planning processes guide the future of Everglades restoration," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "These forums will ensure public participation through the entirety of these planning processes."

As part of SFWMD's extensive public outreach for these workshops, the District unveiled its new website this week where interested parties can get information about the planning projects as well as upcoming workshops where they can offer input.

The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project, which began July 2016, seeks to identify a slate of storage options, including the use of ASR wells and above-ground reservoirs to store water north of Lake Okeechobee. The project will improve the quantity, timing and distribution of flows into the 730-square-mile Lake Okeechobee. These measures will also aid in reducing damaging discharges from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.

The Western Everglades Restoration Project, which began August 2016, will develop a plan to restore and reconnect the western portion of the Everglades ecosystem into the greater Everglades. The project will improve water quality, re-establish sheetflow from the West Feeder Canal across the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and into Big Cypress National Preserve and maintain existing levels of flood protection.

Completion of these planning projects are part of the overall strategy devised decades ago to restore America's Everglades ecosystem. They are also part of the Integrated Delivery Schedule, a carefully crafted sequencing plan created using extensive public input, which governs the completion of projects to maximize the benefit of taxpayer dollars for restoration.

The public is welcome to attend and offer their views at the workshops. The next two workshops are related to LOWRP and will be held on July 27 at SFWMD's Okeechobee Service Center and July 28 at SFWMD's Headquarters in West Palm Beach.

Learn more about ongoing SFWMD planning projects that are a part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

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







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


 
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Jul 24, 2017DON’T BE THAT KID! AT SCHOOL NOW AVAILABLE AT QUILL & PRESS


Author Lois McGuire has announced that her character education children’s book “Don’t Be That KID! At School” and the accompanying activity book “Don’t Be That KID! At School Resource Guide” can now be purchased at Quill & Press at 2721 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida.
Please view www.dontbethatkid.net to learn more about the books or contact Lois McGuire at lois@dontbethatkid.net or 561-512-1013.


 
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Jul 24, 2017Temporary Pumps Have Immediate Impact On High Water Levels in Water Conservation Areas
Temporary Pumps Have Immediate Impact
On High Water Levels in Water Conservation Areas
Pumps at S-176 structure in Miami-Dade County will improve ability to move water out of Water Conservation Area 3A, aiding in response to high water emergency caused by heavy June rainfall

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) teams from the Homestead and West Palm Beach field stations worked through the weekend to install two temporary pumps that will ramp up efforts to lower water levels in Water Conservation Area 3A.

"I am very proud of our staff for working tirelessly to implement this pump installation, as well as all the other efforts undertaken since heavy rainfall caused this high water emergency in the conservation areas," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Protecting plants and wildlife and the Everglades is important to every Floridian and this latest example once again proves our staff is up for the task."

The two temporary pumps, installed at the S-176 structure in South Miami-Dade County, are part of the South Dade Conveyance System that allows water to be moved to tide south through the S-197 structure. The pumps increase the amount of water that can be moved through S-176 south by 175 cubic feet per second, allowing more water to be moved out of Water Conservation Area 3A to the north.

An average of nearly 15 inches of rainfall fell across the District in June, with more than 18 inches falling directly on the water conservation areas in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. This led the Department of Environmental Protection to declare a state of emergency in Water Conservation Area 3A, where the heavy rain caused high water levels that put wildlife at risk of drowning. In the aftermath, SFWMD water managers have been taking every feasible operational step to lower the water levels the maximum extent permitted by the system's design.

Installation of the pumps is expected to be completed this week.


 
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Jul 24, 20172017 Summer Newsletter from Brightway, The Barletta Agency
"Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August"
-Jenny Han, Author
We hope you and your family have been enjoying the wonderful shift in seasons. My team and I are committed to helping you fully enjoy every aspect of your life, comfortable knowing that we have everything you worked so hard for covered.
No matter the season, 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 assistance with an existing policy, please contact my Customer Service Team at 888-254-5014 or send an email to service@brightway.com.
Enjoy the season, and thank you for trusting us to protect your most valuable assets.
Tony Barletta
Agency Owner
tony.barletta@brightway.com
Brightway, The Barletta Agency



Reminder: Keep Your Policy Information Safe
Thank you for trusting Brightway, The Barletta Agency as your insurance agency. We have placed your policy with one of the dozens of reputable companies we represent. If you suffer a loss, you'll want to contact the insurance company directly to make sure your claim is handled as quickly as possible.
Keep an eye on your email; in the coming weeks we'll be sending you your policy information and contact information for your insurance company. Please print this information and keep it in a safe place. If during the storm season, you are asked to evacuate your home, take the email, along with your insurance policies, with you.

Pool Safety
With pool season in full swing, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have the right tools to maintain safety around your swimming pool. Swimming pools are considered an “attractive nuisance” to insurance companies, which means that it may be in a homeowner’s best interest to ensure their pool is as safe as possible and potentially purchase additional Liability insurance. Here are five ways to help ensure that your pool remains a safe place for everyone, especially young children.
1. Install a safety cover
They may make your pool look like a giant trampoline, but safety covers are very important when it comes to pool safety when the pool is not in use. Safety covers are available for both inground and above-ground pools.
2. Install a pool safety fence
Many cities require a fence be installed when buying a new pool. Even if it’s not required, it is still recommended that you install a fence around your pool. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission recommends a pool fence that is at least 48” high and that has a self-closing, self-latching, child-resistant gate.
3. Install a pool alarm
There are four different types of pool alarms you can purchase: perimeter alarms, pressure sensitive alarms, gate alarms and wearable alarms. Perimeter alarms are like invisible fences; if a child or small animal penetrates the laser field of a perimeter alarm, it will sound. Pressure sensitive alarms sit on the edge of the pool with a sensor tube that goes in the water and reacts to any pressure waves in the pool with a sound. Gate alarms work hand-in-hand with your gate and sound if the gate is opened. Wearable alarms can be worn by children around their wrists and will sound when immersed in water.
4. Invest in pool safety equipment
It’s important to have safety equipment like a lifesaver with a rope and a shepherd’s hook near your pool should they be needed. These tools can help you pull someone to safety if they need help.
5. Increase adult supervision
The best assurance of safety is keeping a close eye on your loved ones while enjoying the pool. This one may seem obvious but it is easy to forget if you’re not paying close attention. Active supervision is key. No child should be able to swim or be near the pool unattended. It can also be very helpful to learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
*Information courtesy of Swim University


 
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Jul 24, 2017Paralympian training
Did you know that we have a Paralympian training to compete at 2017 World Rowing Championships, right here at Treasure Coast Rowing Club?!
Jacqui Woods Kapinowski needs the community's support to go to the trials in New Jersey, and then onto compete against the best in the world. In the rowing world, you have to pay your own way and the price is steep. We aren't going to let that get in her way!
Come and support our arms and shoulders single sculler to the world championship!
Our friends at Sailfish Brewing Company, Inc. will be having a Tap Takeover at Hurricane Grill & Wings in Palm City on Monday, July 24th from 5pm - 10pm, offering samples and suggested pairings - and a specialty "RED, WHITE & BLUE" by sponsor Tito's Handmade Vodka!

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT at Hurricanes! The first 10 people to register for cornhole tournament will receive a 2017 SaveAround coupon book!

For more information, visit www.TreasureCoastRowingClub.com.

www.JacquiKapinowski.com


 
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Jul 24, 2017Governing Board Saves Threatened Specie
Governing Board Saves Threatened Species and
Taxpayer Dollars
SFWMD creates long-term gopher tortoise habitat in Highlands County to help save more than 300 threatened tortoises and over $400,000 in taxpayer dollars

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Thursday took an innovative step that will save two precious Florida resources, the threatened gopher tortoise and taxpayer dollars.

"As Governing Board members, we are stewards of the environment and tax monies entrusted to us," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "To help a threatened species, while also making a conscious effort to minimize the use of taxpayer funds is the definition of a 'win-win' for the District."

The Governing Board granted a conservation easement to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for 142.6 acres on the Fort Basinger property to create a long-term gopher tortoise relocation site. The Fort Basinger property is a 264-acre area between Highway 98 and the Kissimmee River in Highlands County that SFWMD acquired as part of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. Open to the public as part of the vast 30,000-acre Kissimmee River Public Use Area, this property has well-drained sandy areas, tree canopies and low-growing vegetation that make it perfect habitat for gopher tortoises.

Gopher tortoises are designated by the state as a "threatened" species and are required to be relocated to approved sites if impacted by District earth-moving activities or construction. Over the past five years, the District has spent about $778,000 relocating tortoises from levees and ongoing restoration projects, including to private lands in approved relocation sites.

The FWC easement and relocation site on District-owned land will accommodate more than 300 tortoises at the Highlands County site. This allows construction to continue on ongoing and future projects needed to restore the Everglades and provide flood protection to millions of residents. Additionally, not having to pay relocation fees will save more than $400,000 in taxpayer dollars.

The relocation of these Gopher tortoises to Fort Basinger will not affect the public's ability to use the property for recreational purposes, which include hunting, hiking, biking, hunting, bird watching and more.


 
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Jul 24, 2017ENHANCED COUNTERTERRORISM SCREENING
When I was serving in Afghanistan, I saw firsthand how many people there are out there that want to destroy our way of life. I've witnessed the carnage that radical Islamic terrorists create and their dedication to hurting Americans.
This week we passed two bills in my subcommittee and another bill on the House Floor to enhance counterterrorism screening. Because I know you care about this as much as I do, I want to give you a quick update on these bills:
The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act establishes international border security standards to close security gaps that currently exist allowing terrorists and foreign fighters to travel internationally. This bill is a commonsense way to monitor and stop the movement of terrorists.
We also passed the FTO Passport Revocation Act, which directs the State Department to refuse to issue a passport to an individual who is a member of, or providing support to, any foreign terrorist organization. This is just common sense: nearly 300 Americans have now traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight for known terrorist organizations. The only way they should be able to get back into the United States after fighting for ISIS is in handcuffs.
Finally, the full House passed the DHS Authorization Act to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security has the tools needed to fight terror and keep our country safe. This bill strengthens DHS by requiring it to be more effective, more efficient and more responsive to the threats facing our country.
For the rest of my life, I'll have two carbon fiber reminders of why we must do everything we can to ensure terrorists can't exploit loose immigration laws to get into this country and cause us harm. Learn more about my work to keep our country safe:


 
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Jul 18, 2017Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center Announces Accreditation for its Cardiac Program
One of Only Two Hospitals in the Region to Receive an Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence

Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center announced today that its cardiac program has been fully accredited for cardiac catheterization by Accreditation for Cardiovascular ExcellenceTM (ACE), an independent, physician-led organization that evaluates and monitors providers of cardiovascular care. ACE accreditation is a professional review of an organization’s structure, internal processes, patient safety practices, and clinical outcomes to determine if it meets the nationally-accepted best practice standards established by experts in cardiac and endovascular care.

“It is an honor to have our cardiac program receive an accreditation from such an esteemed institution,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “This achievement, along with the fact that we recently received state approval to establish an open-heart program, speaks volumes about the commitment of every member of our cardiac team whose hard work ensures we bring the highest quality health care to the community.”

Accreditation means that Jupiter Medical Center’s cardiac program maintains the highest standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care, and that the doctors and staff caring for patients undergoing diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures uphold those same standards.

“We congratulate Jupiter Medical Center for seeking and obtaining an ACE cardiac catheterization accreditation,” said ACE Chief Medical Officer Bonnie Weiner, M.D. “By submitting to a rigorous, independent evaluation, you have shown an uncompromising commitment to provide safe, high-quality care.”

To become certified, Jupiter Medical Center demonstrated excellence in the following categories: facility, equipment, leadership structure, physician extenders and cardiology fellows, nursing personnel, technologists and other personnel, reporting of results, procedure indications and informed consent, procedure preparation and conduct, patient outcomes, quality assurance, and radiation safety.

Jupiter Medical Center’s two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs provide an array of services including:
• Balloon Angioplasty
• Thrombectomy
• Stent Implantation
• Cardiac Biopsy
• Coronary & Left Ventricular Digital Angiography
• Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
• Coronary Intravascular Ultrasound
• Pacemaker & ICD Insertion
• Right & Left Heart Catheterization

ACE accreditation is just the latest of several significant steps Jupiter Medical Center has taken to transform cardiac care in the region. In 2015, Jupiter Medical Center and The Mount Sinai Hospital launched a pioneering partnership to enhance cardiac patient care services and research in South Florida. “Progressive partnerships like this are an important part of how we consistently deliver world-class health care to the region,” said Gonzalo Loveday, MD, Medical Director of Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center. In 2016, the Medical Center completely renovated its cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center. In 2018, Jupiter Medical Center will begin offering open-heart surgery.

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

 
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Jul 18, 2017NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET EARNS 2017 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW
New England Fish Market and Restaurant today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the sixth year in a row. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“Our entire New England Fish Market & Restaurant team is thrilled with the constancy of this achievement. We are proud of our great reputation, but we work hard at being better everyday,” said Bob Thesz, Restaurant General Manager of both Jensen Beach and Palm City locations.

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travelers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About New England Fish Market & Restaurant
New England Fish Market welcomes you with a “Taste of New England”…enjoy Maine lobsters, fresh steamers, succulent shrimp, thick and creamy clam chowder or our Key West conch chowder. We serve haddock, grouper, hog fish, and an array of other delectable fish. Join us for dinner at our Palm City and Stuart restaurant locations, shop our fresh fish markets available at both seafood restaurant locations and take advantage of larger portions at our new wholesale seafood location in Stuart.


 
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Jul 17, 2017Aycock Funeral Home to Host Mornings on Main Street on 7-27-17
Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce the next bi-monthly networking breakfast, Mornings on Main Street, will celebrate Christmas in July! Topics will include this year’s holiday plans for downtown and the 30th anniversary of Dancin’ in the Streets, the event that funds the Downtown Stuart tree lighting. Special “Christmas gifts” will include a ticket giveaway for Dancin’ in the Streets next month, and commemorative Dancin’ in the Streets ornaments.

The popular FREE networking breakfast will be held at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Aycock Funeral Home at 505 S. Federal Highway in Stuart. The event is sponsored by Aycock Funeral Homes with coffee sponsor, Stuart Coffee Company.

Mornings on Main Street is a bi-monthly FREE networking event held the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, and September and the third Thursday in November. This “must attend” event focuses on Downtown Stuart with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for Downtown Stuart. For more information, call Stuart Main Street at 772-286-2848.



 
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Jul 14, 2017Everglades Water Quality Program Achieves 70 Percent Phosphorus Reduction
Everglades Water Quality Program
Achieves 70 Percent Phosphorus Reduction
Everglades Agricultural Area farmers use of Best Management Practices results in one of five best annual reductions in phosphorus
West Palm Beach, FL - A program to improve Everglades water quality by ensuring the water flowing from farmlands in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) meets phosphorus reductions required by law, has performed far better than state-mandated goals.

The use of improved farming techniques, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), produced a 70 percent phosphorus reduction in the 470,000-acre EAA farming region south of Lake Okeechobee for the Water Year 2017 monitoring period (May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017). Florida's Everglades Forever Act requires that the amount of phosphorus leaving the EAA must be 25 percent less than before reduction efforts began.

"These tremendous results year after year are proof positive of the hard work from our farming community, who are doing their part to improve Everglades water quality," said South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Vice Chairman member Jim Moran. "This program, coupled with the state's investment in stormwater treatment areas and other measures, have restored Everglades water quality and continue to make it better every year."

South Florida's water, especially water moved into Everglades National Park by SFWMD, is cleaner than it has been in generations and meets stringent water quality requirements.

SFWMD delivered this required annual report, comparing the current Water Year for which BMPs are in place to a baseline period before the BMP program began, to determine whether the EAA has met the requirement of the law. A scientific model is used to compute the reductions and make adjustments to account for the influences of rainfall. Examples of BMPs include refined stormwater management practices, onsite farm erosion controls and more precise fertilizer application methods. These and other management practices by agricultural growers reduce the amount of phosphorus transported in stormwater runoff that reaches the Everglades and its connected water bodies.

BMP Program Results
When measured in actual mass, 152 metric tons of phosphorus were prevented from leaving the EAA and entering the regional canal system, which sends water into the Everglades, during the Water Year 2017 monitoring period. Since WY1996, the BMP program has prevented 3,208 metric tons of phosphorus from leaving the EAA. The average long-term reduction in total phosphorus since WY1996 has been 55 percent.

Just west of the EAA, in the 170,000-acre C-139 Basin, a BMP program has been in place since 2002. In November 2010, the program requirements were enhanced to better control the nutrient runoff. For the Water Year 2016 monitoring period, data show the actual mass of phosphorus discharged from the basin during that time was 26 metric tons, which surpasses the state requirements. Ongoing work continues to focus on improving phosphorus reductions in this basin, which historically reports elevated nutrient levels in its runoff.


 
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Jul 14, 2017Martin County Utilities Boil Water Notice


Due to a water main break in the area of Miles Grant and south Rocky Point, Martin County Utility customers may experience pressure problems.

We are advising the affected customers, as a precautionary measure, to boil water used for cooking, making ice, soda machines, brushing teeth or washing dishes for a period of 48 hours. It is not necessary to boil water for showering or other external uses.

Customers may call Martin County Utilities at 772-221-1434 with questions or concerns. For Martin County news and information, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/articles


 
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Jul 14, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves Monitoring as Part of Plan to Help Save Florida Bay

Florida International University will monitor Taylor Slough for four years to gauge impact of sending more clean freshwater to help reduce salinity levels in the bay

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Thursday approved a contract with Florida International University (FIU) to help monitor the impacts of its plan to help save Florida Bay.

"The Governing Board is immensely proud of the ingenuity of this plan and the speed with which it was implemented," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Entering into a contract with a scientifically committed university like FIU ensures that our plan is sending thousands more gallons of clean, fresh water through Taylor Slough and to Florida Bay."

SFWMD crews are completing the construction project, which will use several pump stations, detention areas and canals to move additional water into Taylor Slough, which connects to Florida Bay. The bay, a largely rainfall-dependent system, has suffered severely from seagrass die-offs. In the past, these ecosystem-harboring grasses were affected drastically by elevated salinity levels cause by localized droughts. The SFWMD Governing Board plan will add more fresh water through the slough during wet and dry months to help reduce salinity levels.

The contract employs FIU to monitor the levels of periphyton, sediment floc and macrophyte vegetation in the areas of Taylor Slough just west and southwest of the detention areas. All of these measurements are key indicators used to monitor the ecological impact and changes in an area. The monitoring is part of the requirements negotiated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which factored in input from interested parties to create a publicly-vetted Florida Bay plan.

"FIU is proud to partner with the SFWMD once again and play a critical role in helping move more clean water into Taylor Slough," said Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Principal Investigator for FIU Department of Biological Sciences and Interim Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society. "Freshwater hydration is a necessity for the Everglades and Florida Bay, and this incredibly important monitoring will provide data that quantifies effects of this project, while also adding to this university's long term research of the entire system."

The data will also be used in annual adaptive management team meetings for SFWMD, as the District continues to engineer new ways to help save Florida Bay.


 
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Jul 13, 2017Early Bird Rates for the Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism Expire Soon!
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Jul 13, 2017STOPPING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
For many people, human trafficking conjures up images of fiction or historical accounts of children in far away places being sold into slavery. But the reality is that in the last decade, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has receives nearly 150,000 reports of human trafficking in the United States. The majority of these victims are women and children being forced to perform perverse acts like prostitution and forced labor.
The bottom line: human trafficking is modern day slavery, and it's happening right here in our backyard. But right now there's no comprehensive system in place to address this human rights crisis.
The good news is that we just passed three bills to crack down on human trafficking in the United States:
• The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act provides funding needed to prevent human trafficking, protect victims and prosecute traffickers.
• The Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act ensures the Department of Labor has the tools needed to train its employees to spot human trafficking and respond immediately to stop the situation.
• The Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act enhances Department of Justice grants so local law enforcement agencies can get the resources they need to fight sex trafficking.
These three bipartisan bills will help keep our community safe, prevent our nation's most vulnerable from falling victim to unspeakable crimes and literally save lives.
To learn more about my work to keep our community safe, click below:

To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website. https://mast.house.gov/home
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It is an honor to represent you in Congress.
Sincerely,

Brian Mast
United States Congressman
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Jul 13, 2017Summer News from The Sade Group
The summer is well underway and here at The Sade Group, we are busy preparing for a bright year ahead! Below, you'll find information on important financial topics related to employee retirement & benefit plans, as well as a look at the importance of diversification. Our goal is to continually provide educational opportunities on a variety of financial topics to help you better prepare for a prosperous economic future.

Later this summer, we'll be hosting a seminar on 401(k) planning with Dana Flaherty from The Pension Studio, aimed to arm business owners and human resource managers with the latest trends and operations for 401(k) management. If you'd like to take part in this or any of our upcoming seminars, contact us at 772-210-1455 or email robin@sadepwm.com. And of course, if there's a topic you're interested in learning more about, we'd love to hear from you!


WHAT IS AN ERISA FIDUCIARY?
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was enacted in 1974 to protect employees who participate in retirement plans and certain other employee benefit plans. At the time, there were concerns that pension plan funds were being mismanaged, causing participants to lose benefits they had worked so hard to earn. ERISA protects the interests of plan participants and their beneficiaries by:
• Requiring the disclosure of financial and other plan information
• Establishing standards of conduct for plan fiduciaries
• Providing for appropriate remedies, sanctions, and access to the federal courts
It's the fiduciary provisions of ERISA that help protect participants from the mismanagement and abuse of plan assets. The law requires that fiduciaries act prudently, solely in the interests of plan participants and beneficiaries, and for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits and paying reasonable expenses of administering the plan.

Fiduciaries must diversify plan investments to minimize the risk of large losses, unless it's clearly prudent not to do so. Fiduciaries must also avoid conflicts of interest. They cannot allow the plan to engage in certain transactions with the employer, service providers, or other fiduciaries ("parties in interest"). There are also specific rules against self-dealing.

Who is a plan fiduciary? Anyone who:
• Exercises any discretionary control over the plan or its assets
• Has any discretionary responsibility for administration of the plan
• Provides investment advice for a fee or other compensation (direct or indirect)
Plan fiduciaries may include, for example, discretionary plan trustees, plan administrators, investment managers and advisors, and members of a plan's investment committee.

Fiduciaries must take their responsibilities seriously. If they fail to comply with ERISA's requirements, they may be personally liable for any losses incurred by the plan. Criminal liability may also be possible.

WHY DIVERSIFICATION MATTERS
When investing, particularly for long-term goals, there is one concept you will likely hear about over and over again — diversification. Why is diversification so important? The simple reason is that it helps ensure that your risk of loss is spread among a number of different investments. The theory is that if some of the investments in your portfolio decline in value, others may rise or hold steady, helping to offset the losses.

Diversifying within asset classes

For example, say you wanted to invest in stocks. Rather than investing in just domestic stocks, you could diversify your portfolio by investing in foreign stocks as well. Or you could choose to include the stocks of different size companies (small-cap, mid-cap, and/or large-cap stocks).

If your primary objective is to invest in bonds for income, you could choose both government and corporate bonds to potentially take advantage of their different risk/return profiles. You might also choose bonds of different maturities, because long-term bonds tend to react more dramatically to changes in interest rates than short-term bonds. As interest rates rise, bond prices typically fall.

Investing in mutual funds

Because mutual funds invest in a mix of securities chosen by a fund manager to pursue the fund's stated objective, they can offer a certain level of "built-in" diversification. For this reason, mutual funds may be an appropriate choice for novice investors or those wishing to take more of a hands-off approach to their portfolios. Including a variety of mutual funds with different objectives and securities in your portfolio will help diversify your holdings that much more.

Mutual funds are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the investment company, can be obtained from your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest.

Diversifying among asset classes

You might also consider including a mix of different types of asset classes — stocks, bonds, and cash — in your portfolio. Asset allocation is a strategic approach to diversifying your portfolio. After carefully considering your investment goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance, you would then invest different percentages of your portfolio in targeted asset classes to pursue your goal.

Winning asset classes over time

The following table, which shows how many times during the past 30 years each asset class has come out on top in terms of performance, helps illustrate why diversifying among asset classes can be important.

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Number of winning years, 1987-2016

Cash 3
Bonds 5
Stocks 10
Foreign stocks 12
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Performance is from December 31, 1986, to December 31, 2016. Cash is represented by Citigroup 3-month Treasury Bill Index. Bonds are represented by the Citigroup Corporate Bond Index, an unmanaged index. Stocks are represented by the S&P 500 Composite Price Index, an unmanaged index. Foreign stocks are represented by the MSCI EAFE Price Index, an unmanaged index. Investors cannot invest directly in any index. However, these indexes are accurate reflections of the performance of the individual asset classes shown. Returns reflect past performance and should not be considered indicative of future results. The returns do not reflect taxes, fees, brokerage commissions, or other expenses typically associated with investing.

The principal value of cash alternatives may fluctuate with market conditions. Cash alternatives are subject to liquidity and credit risks. It is possible to lose money with this type of investment.

The return and principal value of stocks may fluctuate with market conditions. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

U.S. Treasury securities are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest, whereas corporate bonds are not. The principal value of bonds may fluctuate with market conditions. Bonds are subject to inflation, interest rate, and credit risks. Bonds redeemed prior to maturity may be worth more or less than their original cost.

The risks associated with investing on a worldwide basis include differences in financial reporting, currency exchange risk, as well as economic and political risk unique to the specific country.

Investments offering the potential for higher rates of return also involve higher risk.





 
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Jul 13, 2017TREASURE COAST SQUARE’S ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Popular family-friendly event will be held during busy Tax-Free Weekend.

JENSEN BEACH, FL, (July 13, 2017) – School is almost back in session and to kick-off the season, Treasure Coast Square, the area’s leading fashion destination, will host its annual Back To School Bash on Saturday, August 5th from Noon to 4 p.m. in the JCPenney Court. The Back To School Bash is a great opportunity for Treasure Coast residents, area businesses and organizations to participate in the event, which will include retailer discounts, bungee rides, live entertainment, facepainting, crafts, video game demos, goody bags with samples and offers, a Grand Prize Giveaway and more.

“The beginning of a new school year is a busy, exciting time for families,” Amy Morris, Director of Marketing at Treasure Coast Square, said. “Our annual Back To School Bash is an ideal opportunity for local businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services to their ideal customers during one of our busiest weekends of the year.”

The Back To School Bash will be held during Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday. From August 4-6, mall shoppers will pay no sales tax on clothing, shoes, wallets, handbags and backpacks that cost $60 or less. School supplies, such as pens, pencils, binders and lunch boxes that cost less than $15 are also included.

Sponsorships and vendor spaces are available! Please contact Bianca Alexander at 772-692-9401 or bianca.alexander@simon.com for more information.


 
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Jul 13, 2017Thank You For Your Support - Help Us Continue Our Work
The Indian River Lagoon is home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals. At one point it was considered the most bio-diverse estuary in North America...
Unfortunately, the 2016 discharges wiped out over 50% of living oyster reefs and a majority of the seagrass beds in local waterways.

Florida Oceanographic is working to reverse this damage by:
• Actively replanting seagrass in our local waterways
• Restoring oyster reefs in the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon
• Increasing habitat and stabilizing shorelines with native aquatic plants
Now is the time that we ask for your support to help us continue our work https://www.floridaocean.org/p/292/summer-appeal?utm_source=All+Contacts&utm_campaign=67f8438736-Summer_Appeal_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a74262c230-67f8438736-30320085#.WWePORXysdU

Thank you in advance for supporting our conservation and restoration efforts.
We must continue taking steps to recover the estuary, while we work to stop the man-made impacts to this vital coastal ecosystem.

Sincerely,

Mark D. Perry
Executive Director


 
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Jul 13, 2017Governing Board Announces Seventh Consecutive Year with No Property Tax Increase
July 13, 2017


Property owners will pay no more in District taxes next year after Governing Board locks in rates

West Palm Beach- For the seventh consecutive year, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board acted to unburden Florida taxpayers. The nine-person Board championed an annual budget in which residents pay the same amount of property taxes as last year or, in some cases, slightly less than last year.

"The Governing Board is committed to fiscal discipline while ensuring the District's budget meets all the necessary public service requirements to protect and improve South Florida's water resources," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "By limiting operating costs, administrative overhead and non-mission related projects, the Governing Board proudly continues its tradition of not raising taxes."

The Governing Board locked in a rate reduction that compensates for the increases in property values measured by property appraisers in the 16 counties represented by the Governing Board. This keeps the actual amount of taxes paid by existing property owners the same as last year.

The property tax revenue collected, along with state and federal funding, will pay for programs in the 2017-2018 budget including:
• Providing flood control and hurricane response (including sufficient emergency and capital reserves);
• Improving water quality and implementing projects to restore the Everglades;
• Meeting ongoing water supply and water resource development needs;
• Administering streamlined regulatory programs;
• Meeting ongoing debt service payments, with no new additional debt proposed.
• Completing ongoing Everglades Restoration projects.
The Governing Board will finalize its tax assessments and budget during two public hearings on Sept. 14 and 26.
Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386



 
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Jul 12, 2017Big Cypress Basin Governing Board Awards $2.1 Million in Cooperative Funding Grants
July 11, 2017


Funded projects will help improve flood protection and water quality and ensure water supply in Collier County
Naples, FL- The Big Cypress Basin Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on Monday voted to award $2.1 million in cooperative funding grants to four flood protection, water quality restoration and water supply projects in Collier County.

"These projects will help protect residents, improve the environment of Collier County and ensure the future viability of this region," said BCB Governing Board Chairman Rick Barber. "We are very proud to aid these municipalities and utilities in getting the water right for Big Cypress Basin."

Since 2006, the Big Cypress Basin's Governing Board has provided financial assistance to local partners for flood protection, water quality improvement, natural system restoration and alternative water supply projects that meet the objectives of the Basin's Strategic Plan and the Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan. The projects receiving cooperative funding grants include:
• The Naples Bay Restoration and Water Quality Improvements at the Cove, which consist of stormwater and ecosystem restoration through dredging, construction of a pollution-control device and installation of a living shoreline that includes native cordgrass and oyster habitat. It will also remove about 3,000 tons of contaminated marine sediments; reduce sediment transport to the bay; reduce total nitrogen by an estimated 96 pounds per year and total phosphorus by an estimated 220 pounds per year respectively and remove about 2,500 pounds per year of sediment from the stormwater system. This project received a $75,000 grant.
• The City of Naples and Collier County West Goodlette-Frank Road Area Joint Stormwater and Septic Tank Replacement project consists of the conversion of 373 residential septic tank systems to central sanitary sewer collection system and stormwater improvements. Stormwater improvements include the addition of roadside swales and inlet structures. While removing wastewater effluent from the watershed, the project will increase the volume of reclaimed water available for water supply use. The project will reduce the amount of nutrients reaching the Gordon River and Naples Bay. This project received a $1.6 million grant.
• The Collier County Lely Branch Water Control Structure project, which consists of constructing a new weir on the Lely Branch Canal just north of the Rattlesnake Hammock Road culvert crossing. The project will benefit upstream areas by limiting the need for regulated releases of floodwater during the wet season; elevating groundwater levels in the shallow aquifers; reducing over-drainage from wetlands and native habitats; and enhancing surface water levels in area lakes. This project received a $200,000 grant.
• The Collier County Golden Gate City Stormwater System Replacement project consists of construction of stormwater improvements in the 140-acre area within the northwest quadrant of Golden Gate City. This is the first phase of a multi-phased project. Benefits will include enhancing flood protection in the region; enhancing sediment removal; improving water quality; eliminating of the infiltration of silt, trash and debris into the stormwater system and increasing the storage capacity in drainage swales. This project received a $239,000 grant.
All grants are for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year beginning Oct. 1. SFWMD's Big Cypress Basin provides flood control, ensures water supply and restores natural areas in Collier County and parts of Monroe County. It includes 153 miles of canals and 45 water control structures.

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



 
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Jul 12, 2017Engaging Our Community E-News
Healthy Summer Meals For Kids


The lazy days of summer are finally here! For many of us, summer is a wonderful blend of pool parties, barbecues and enjoying all the beauty the Treasure Coast has to offer. For many families, instead of summer being a time for fun and relaxation, it's a stressful time as they struggle to provide food for their children.
Many working families struggle in the summer due to the seasonal nature of employment opportunities on the Treasure Coast. Thousands of children rely on free or reduced meals provided at school during the school year. For some, it's the only meal they receive each day. Thanks to the generous support of our community and friends like you, Treasure Coast Food Bank is able to offer the Summer Meals Program to children and provide them with free healthy meals throughout the summer.

Get To Know Us


Treasure Coast Food Bank was honored to have been invited by the Exchange Club of Indian River to present to their members. Senior Director of Programs Homer Gutierrez and Director of Marketing and Communications Triana Romero had the pleasure of joining this wonderful group of individuals for a delicious lunch at CJ Cannons in Vero Beach, followed by a 20-minute presentation. TCFB is very grateful to have had the opportunity to share with Exchange Club members both the need and impact our programs have, especially on children along the Treasure Coast.

Exchange Club of Indian River has provided the community with programs in youth activities, service, and Americanism since 1973. The sole mission of Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation is the prevention of child abuse. They believe every child in our community should have the opportunity to grow up
healthy, safe, and happy, and they support local
youth-related projects dedicated to its prevention.

To invite a representative from TCFB to present to your group, please contact info@tcfoodbank.org.


 
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Jul 12, 2017CFWI Projects Taking Shape Throughout Region
July 12, 2017



Media Contact:
South Florida Water Management District
Randy Smith, rrsmith@sfwmd.gov
561-682-2800 office, 561-389-3386 cell

Southwest Florida Water Management District
Susanna Martinez Tarokh, susanna.martineztarokh@swfwmd.state.fl.us
813-985-7481, ext. 2008 office, 813-781-9817 cell

St. Johns River Water Management District
Danielle Spears, dspears@sjrwmd.com
407-659-4836 office, 407-961-3838 cell

West Palm Beach, FL - Innovative projects are being developed by the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) to meet the growing needs of the five-county Central Florida region while also protecting the region's water resources. Water experts project the region will need an additional 300 million gallons of water per day by 2035. Only about 50 mgd will be available from traditional sources without harming the water and related natural resources like wetlands and lakes.

The focus of pioneering projects underway and on the horizon include finding new ways to reuse reclaimed water, combining stormwater and reclaimed water to build a sustainable supply and drilling more than half a mile below ground to find new sources of water in the Lower Floridan aquifer (LFA).

"It is very encouraging to see this region's water supply planning now being implemented in projects underway and on the horizon," said Dan O'Keefe, South Florida Water Management District Governing Board chairman.

"By working together on alternative water supply projects that benefit the CFWI region we help extend our future water supply," said St. Johns River Water Management Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. "It's through this type of collaboration we can ensure residents and our natural resources have the water needed to thrive in the years to come."

"We have to be creative and collaborative if we want to ensure that our citizens have the water they need and that our natural resources, which define our quality of life, are protected," said Brian Armstrong, Southwest Florida Water Management District executive director.

Hers's a look at four unique regional water supply projects breaking new ground throughout the region:

OSCEOLA COUNTY - Cypress Lake Wellfield Project

The Cypress Lakes Wellfield is a collaborative effort between the members of the Water Cooperative of Central Florida (WCCF, composed of the Tohopekaliga Water Authority, Orange County Utilities, Polk County Utilities, and the City of St. Cloud) and Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID).

This proposed project will develop a nontraditional LFA groundwater wellfield in central Osceola County. The project includes the construction of a new water treatment plant, wellfield and raw water transmission systems, concentrate disposal well(s), and the construction of the distribution water mains to convey water among the WCCF partners.

The project has been identified as having a 15 mgd and 30 mgd finished water construction phases. The project has been permitted and is in design. Final design is anticipated to begin in 2020 with construction in 2022.

POLK COUNTY - Southwest Polk County Wellfield Project

The Southeast Polk County Wellfield project includes the construction of a new water treatment plant and associated infrastructure. This project is a collaborative effort among Polk County Utilities and municipalities within Polk County.

The proposed project will develop a nontraditional Lower Floridan aquifer (LFA) water public supply wellfield in southeast Polk County. The project includes the construction of a new water treatment plant, wellfield and raw water transmission systems, concentrate disposal well(s), the construction of distribution water mains to the project partners, and internal system upgrades by individual project partners.

The project is proposed to be built in three phases, with 10 mgd, 20 mgd, and 30 mgd finished water construction phases. The project partners will take the water from this wellfield project to meet their demands. This water will be used in lieu of additional future withdrawals from the traditional supply source. The project has been permitted and design will begin in 2017.

POLK COUNTY - Tampa Electric Company (TECO) Polk Power Reuse

This award-winning reclaimed water supply project within the SWFWMD portion of Polk County supplies 10 mgd of reclaimed water from three different wastewater treatment facilities to the TECO Polk Power Generation Facility.

The Edison Electric Institute, an electric industry trade association, honored Tampa Electric with a National Award for the innovative partnership project (Power industry's most prestigious award). The Florida Engineering Society named it as the Engineering Project of the Century in 2016.

The project included the design, permitting, construction and/or purchasing of a reclaimed water pump station at the Lakeland Wetland Treatment System, a pump station at the Mulberry Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), a storage tank at the TECO Polk Power Station, an advanced membrane reclaimed water treatment system at the TECO Polk Power Station, a membrane concentrate deep disposal well at the TECO Polk Power Station, transmission mains from the Lakeland Wetland Treatment System to the TECO Polk Power Station, transmission lines from Polk Southwest WWTP and Mulberry WWTP to the transmission main line and other necessary equipment to supply available reclaimed water flows from Lakeland, Mulberry, and Polk Southwest WWTPs to the TECO Polk Power Station.

The reclaimed water supply project provides an estimated 10 mgd of reclaimed water and will enable the future supply of ultimately up to 17 mgd of reclaimed water. The project is substantially complete.

ORANGE COUNTY - Altamonte Springs/FDOT Integrated Reuse Stormwater Treatment

This project constructed an integrated stormwater reuse and reclaimed water system. The facilities include a pipeline for the delivery of excess stormwater and reclaimed water to the City of Apopka's Water Reclamation Facility; a stormwater treatment plant; and a conveyance system to move stormwater from Cranes Roost to the stormwater treatment plant.

The intent of the project is for the recipient to augment the existing reclaimed water system with treated stormwater from Cranes Roost and I-4 and pump any excess reclaimed water through a new transmission pipeline to the City of Apopka. Excess reclaimed water will occur primarily in wet weather conditions. Apopka will use excess reclaimed water to augment its reuse system and/or to provide recharge to the Floridan aquifer. This project is complete.

Through the CFWI, three water management districts - the St. Johns River, South Florida, and Southwest Florida- are working collaboratively with other agencies and stakeholders to implement effective water resource planning, including water resource and supply development and management strategies to protect, conserve and restore our water resources. The CFWI encompasses five counties: Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole.

To date, the work of the CFWI has been captured in a series of documents which provides information to further develop specific regional water supply projects through partnerships with water users including potential sources, cost estimates, feasibility, the permitting process and any potential prevention or recovery needs. To learn more please visit cfwiwater.com.

The St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay.

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

The Southwest Florida Water Management District manages the water resources for west-central Florida as directed by state law. The District encompasses roughly 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties and serves a population of nearly 5 million people. Established in 1961, our mission is to protect water resources, minimize flood risks, and ensure the public's water needs are met.
Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386





 
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Jul 11, 2017Treasure Coast's last legal action against All Aboard Florida is dropped
The last of several Treasure Coast legal challenges to Brightline was dropped by Martin County on Friday, a development that could ease All Aboard Florida’s path to Phase 2 of the project.

Martin County had contested validity of the Florida Development Finance Corp. approving $1.75 billion of tax-free bonds for All Aboard Florida's passenger railroad, which is to run between Miami and Orlando, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

It's to begin limited service, between Miami and West Palm Beach, this fall, with expansion to Orlando still several years away.

From the outset, the project has sparked opposition from the Treasure Coast, but has been greeted warmly along the Space Coast.

Martin County, in its legal challenge, filed in Orange County, argued the Finance Corp. failed to afford the county due process, and that the Finance Corp. decision lacked “competent, substantial evidence."

But on Friday, the county dropped the case.

Ruth Holmes, senior assistant county attorney and the litigator overseeing the county's All Aboard Florida work, said dropping the case represents a victory for Martin County.

The county's goal all along was to force All Aboard Florida to find alternative financing to private-activity bonds.

Since the Finance Corp. issued the $1.75 billion of bonds, All Aboard Florida has, in fact, dropped its request, and now is seeking money only for Phase 1, with the possibility of seeking more than $1 billion for Phase 2.

"We got the result we wanted," County Attorney Sarah Woods said Monday.

Holmes said Martin County's next move is yet to be determined.

“We reserve our right to challenge any future issuance of bonds, but right now, we’re just in a holding pattern,” Holmes said.

All Aboard Florida's first Brightline passenger train debuts
All Aboard Florida officials on Monday said they look forward to working with the Treasure Coast in the future.

“Brightline continues progress on its Phase 2 extension to Orlando. We look forward to continuing to work with the communities in the Treasure Coast, especially on partnerships with quiet zones, similar to our efforts in South Florida," the company said in an email. "These are important steps forward as we build a transportation system for Florida’s future.”

Martin and Indian River counties have taken action on several legal fronts, most notably a joint federal court case, which was dismissed earlier this summer.

The counties also have challenged the issuance of some of the dozens of environmental permits All Aboard Florida needs before beginning work.

Last week, All Aboard Florida successfully secured a needed water permit that previously was unsuccessfully challenged by the Treasure Coast.

Martin County and St. Lucie counties still are challenging a South Florida Water Management District permit for All Aboard Florida, according to Dylan Reingold, Indian River County attorney.

Reingold declined to comment on Martin County's action. Indian River County, he said, has filed no new challenges and has no additional legal action “planned at this time.”

Martin and Indian River counties have allocated or spent more than $6 million in their legal fight against All Aboard Florida.

Brightline is to begin limited South Florida service this fall with expansion to Orlando still several years away.

 
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Jul 11, 2017Sky's the limit with 'crafty' upgrades at Stuart Air Show
Savvy air show fans are always looking for new experiences to keep life fresh and exciting. With that vein in mind, the Stuart Air Show is excited to debut a new flight of upgrades that will quench nearly every show enthusiast's thirst, taking their air show experience to a higher level.

New this year is the air show's Florida Craft Beer Experience. This upgraded "craft experience" let's air show fans join brewery representatives from both Walking Tree and Tequesta Brewing Company for a selection of unique and delicious craft beers-two complimentary-and special flight-line seating. The upgraded ticket is $25 per person (good for one day). Availability is limited.

The popular Bombers Squadron upgrade, sponsored by CenterState Bank, returns in 2017. This option includes special flight line seating, a catered lunch, drinks and adult beverages. The upgraded ticket is $60 per person (good for one day) and availability is limited.

The Beer Garden, sponsored by Heineken, also returns this year. This upgraded $25 ticket option includes flight line seating in a shaded area and two complimentary beers.

Park closer to the show gate with premium parking. At only $20 per day, this was a popular upgrade last year and by all indications, it's going to be a popular upgrade this year as well. Premium parking spots are limited, but this year may be purchased online.

Upgraded Spectator Seating is also available for an additional $8 per day.

All upgrade options may be purchased online at www.StuartAirShow.com.

The 2017 Stuart Air Show thanks Platinum Sponsors Pratt & Whitney-A United Technologies Company, Sikorsky Aircraft-A Lockheed Martin Company, and Martin County, Witham Field, and Gold Sponsors Alpha Zeta, and Heineken for helping to ensure that the 28th consecutive air show is another roaring success.


 
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Jul 11, 2017CHAD HASTINGS APPOINTED TO MARTIN COUNTY UNITED WAY
Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith is pleased to announce that attorney Chad Hastings will be appointed as Chair for the Martin County United Way on July 26th. Hastings has been a strong supporter of the United Way of Martin County for many years and has served in several board roles with the organization, including serving as Campaign Chair of the 2015-2016 United Way campaign raising over 2.7 million dollars for the organization, the most money ever raised by United Way of Martin County.

Chad has been a dedicated community leader in Martin County creating the Treasure Coast Justice Association, serving as chair of the Trial Lawyers Committee and serving as President of the Martin County Bar Association. He is a past graduate of Leadership Martin County and currently serves on their Board of Directors.


 
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Jul 11, 2017Try a few new ways to go green at home.

Recycling is the norm in most communities today. You probably want to make more of an effort to protect the environment beyond recycling. Here are a few methods to implement to save the planet in effective yet convenient ways.
Go "green" with your coffee. Brew a cup of certified organic coffee that is grown under sustainable conditions. If you use a "pod" type of coffee maker, buy reusable pods. This will help you save money as well. If you prefer your local coffee shop, take your own cup – not only will you eliminate waste, you might get a discount.
Switch from paper napkins and towels to cloth. A modest investment, these will last for years and add a touch of elegance to everyday dinners. Keep a stash of microfiber cloths handy and use them for mopping up spills or cleaning windows and the bathroom instead of paper towels. And linen towels will do a better job of drying your dishes than paper ones.
Practice conservation in your closet. By creating a "capsule" wardrobe of fewer but higher quality pieces, you'll feel like you have more clothing and will avoid wasting money on cheaper garments you'd throw away. When you clean out your closet, donate to a charity or a shelter in need. Some companies recycle used t-shirts or treadless athletic shoes to create new products. Finally, return dry-cleaning hangers, so they can be reused.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

Keller Williams of The Treasure Coast | 819 S Federal Hwy. Suite 300 | Stuart | FL | 34994-2952

 
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Jul 11, 2017Children's Services Council of Martin County May 2017 Newsletter
Summer Learning!

The Children's Services Council of Martin County is keeping kids learning all summer long! Research shows that children from low-income families typically lose 2-3 months of reading skills over the summer.

United Way of Martin County partnered with the Martin County School District, The Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Martin County Community Foundation, and the Children's Services Council of Martin County to provide a Summer Learning Camp at JD Parker Elementary School.

Approximately 100 struggling readers who just completed first grade attended the camp. The camp had a theme surrounding mysteries and the students earned their "Word Detective" badges by solving the word mysteries.

The Camp Coordinator, Courtney Beard said, "the success of the first grade summer camp can be measured by the response of the students on the last day of camp. They all wanted to keep coming and for camp to 'never end.' Beard continued, "the structure and theme around becoming a word detective made the camp playful, fun and rigorous."



The Council also funded Summer Slide Prevention Programs for the City of Stuart, East Stuart Youth Initiative the Banner Lake Club, BLAST Program and the YMCA in Indiantown.

Governor Rick Scott Appoints New Council Members

The Children's Services Council of Martin County welcomes new Council Members. Governor Rick Scott announced on Friday June 9th one reappointment and two new appointments to the Children's Services Council of Martin County.

William "Bill" Tulko, of Hobe Sound is a retired financial executive and CPA. Bill is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Children's Services Council of Martin County and has been reappointed for a second four-year term.

Angela Hoffman, of Hobe Sound, is the Executive Director of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. Angela also serves on the Martin County Business Development Board and Chairs the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center's Advisory Committee. Angela will fill a vacant seat and is appointed for a four-year term.

Susan Burrows, of Jensen Beach, is a retired Martin County Principal of the former Challenger School. Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ARC of Martin County and is also filling a vacant seat for a four-year term.

To learn more about the Children's Services Council of Martin County, please log on to www.cscmc.org, friend the Council at www.facebook.com/cscmc or call the Manager of Outreach and Communications at (772) 288-5758 ext. 102.



 
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Jul 10, 2017MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION SITES


Stuart, FL - The Martin County School District announced today its list of sites where students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2017-2018 school year. This program is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision. The sites are:

• Willoughby Learning Center
• J.D. Parker Elementary
• Pinewood Elementary
• Port Salerno Elementary
• Warfield Elementary
• Indiantown Middle
• Spectrum Jr./Sr. High School

For additional information please contact:

Laura Holmedal, Director Food and Nutrition Services
1050 SE 10th Street
Stuart, FL 34996
772-223-2655
HolmedL@martin.k12.fl.us

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



 
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Jul 10, 2017North Shore Navigation Locks to Return to Normal Operations When Lake Okeechobee Rises to 12.5 Feet

Okeechobee, FL - With Lake Okeechobee levels rising, five navigation locks on the north shore will soon return to normal operations. When the lake reaches 12.5 feet, these locks will be open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
• Okeechobee County: S-193 structure, Taylor Creek.
• Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek.
• Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp.
• Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge.
• Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport.
The S-193 lock at Taylor Creek is currently operating on Saturdays and Sundays only between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The four other north shore locks have been closed since the lake fell below 12 feet in April.

The closures were a result of drought conditions that reduced water levels in Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee Basin. Injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.

On the south shore, the S-310 lock at Clewiston in Hendry County has remained open even when lake levels were lower. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

To get the latest information on Lake Okeechobee's water volume, including daily levels, visit SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov/science-data/levels.

To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.


 
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Jul 10, 2017Florida Jumps Texas to Become 2nd in Airline Passengers
I just wanted to share the great news that Florida has now surpassed Texas to become second in the nation for airline passenger volume. This new ranking proves that the state’s robust investments in infrastructure pave the way for our airports to bring in new domestic and international flights, which in turn benefits the tourism industry. Below you can see a press release from the Governor’s announcement today.

VISIT FLORIDA’s commitment to the tourism industry helps ensure the continued growth of the state’s airport system and the overall growth of our sector. I look forward to working with all of you as we implement our new marketing plan to attract 120 million high-yield visitors to the Sunshine State by land, sea and air!

Sincerely,

Ken Lawson
President & CEO
VISIT FLORIDA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2017 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
(850) 717-9282
media@eog.myflorida.com


Gov. Scott: Florida Jumps Texas to Become 2nd in Airline Passengers
Governor Applauds Federal Aviation Infrastructure Awards

COCOA, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott announced that Florida’s airports rank second in the nation for airline passenger volume according to preliminary data from the Federal Aviation Administration and Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Governor Scott also applauded President Trump and the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding $10.6 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to eight Florida airports.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Florida’s airports have surpassed Texas and are now second in the nation for the most amount of airline passengers. Florida’s airports help welcome millions of visitors, business leaders and families to our state each year, and have a significant impact on supporting job creation and growing our economy. That is why I am proud that we have invested more than $1 billion in state funding in our airports over the past six years.

“I would also like to thank the Trump Administration for awarding federal funding to eight Florida airports so we can continue to grow. I was proud to join President Trump last month at the White House to discuss the future of infrastructure, and it is clear that we have a partner in D.C. that understands the importance of supporting transportation projects in Florida. We will continue to make important investments in our airports so Florida can be first for airline passengers.”

According to the latest statistics available from the Federal Aviation Administration (preliminary 2016), Florida’s airports now handle more enplanements than Texas, placing it second in the nation only to California. Data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics support that claim.

Mike Dew, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary, said, “Florida’s airports are critical to the economy of our state and Governor Scott has demonstrated that by investing over $1 billion in our airport system.”

The Florida airports receiving federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants are Daytona Beach International Airport, DeFuniak Springs Airport, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Wauchula Municipal Airport, St Pete‐Clearwater International, Jacksonville International, New Smyrna Beach Municipal, and Space Coast Regional. More information on projects and funding amounts can be found HERE and HERE.

The Fighting for Florida’s Future budget signed by Governor Scott last month included more than $263 million for aviation improvements, and since 2011, the State of Florida has invested more than $1 billion in Florida’s airports. Florida airports account for 1.3 million Florida jobs with an annual payroll of $44.5 billion, and support more than $144 billion in annual economic activity.Florida has four large hub airports, more than any other state.

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Jul 10, 2017THE CABANA AT JENSEN DUNES CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Assisted Living Community to Host Open House

Jensen Beach, Fla. (July 10, 2017) – The Cabana at Jensen Dunes – an innovative community offering quality, affordable assisted living and memory support – is hosting its One-Year Anniversary Open House on Wednesday, July 26, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy a complimentary buffet, with ornate ice sculptures decorating the tables.

The event, which is open to the public, will feature an array of live music including steel drums from The PANama Hats, and oldies by Ron Finn and Lauren Santon.

“Over the past year, we’ve developed a strong connection with the people, businesses and organizations of Jensen Beach,” said Deniese Williams, Executive Director. “We’re proud to serve our area’s older adults – and we’re grateful to the community for its support.”

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes is located at 1537 N.E. Cedar Street in Jensen Beach. Turn left when you have reached the end of N.E. Cedar Street.

About The Cabana at Jensen Dunes
The Cabana at Jensen Dunes is an all-rental, state-of-the-art assisted living and memory support community that provides an uplifting, sustaining lifestyle to foster empowerment in life’s later years. Featuring 73 assisted living residences and 53 secure memory support residences, The Cabana is the first phase of a 37-acre master plan that will be expanded to include independent living. The community is managed and led by PRAXEIS of Jacksonville, Fla. – the creator of Life Fulfilling Communities®. PRAXEIS has contributed to the development, financing and/or management of more than 26 new senior living projects nationwide. For more information, visit www.JensenDunes.com.


 
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Jul 10, 2017House of Hope dedicates nutrition center to cherished local philanthropist, Elisabeth Lahti
On the morning of June 30, House of Hope’s Stuart Service Center was filled with dozens of smiling faces waiting to honor the woman of the hour- Elisabeth Lahti. Beyond the agency’s Client Choice Pantry, a set of swinging doors leads into a room equipped with sparkling stainless steel countertops, sinks and commercial grade appliances. The state-of-the-art kitchen environment is accented with a brightly colored plaque designating, The Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center. The Center is named in honor of Elisabeth Lahti’s many years of support which has been a driving force in House of Hope’s evolution. Onlookers beamed with admiration for the philanthropist standing before them cutting a large red ribbon. Once a social worker herself, Lahti’s passionate support continues to have a significant impact on House of Hope’s mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

Cameras flashed and the excited chatter hushed as CEO Rob Ranieri addressed the guests. Welcoming everyone, he explained the purpose of the newly completed Clean Room kitchen and what it would mean for House of Hope’s thousands of clients. The Nutrition Center opens a new chapter for the agency and its expanded nutrition initiatives. Now economically priced bulk food items will be reapportioned and/or prepared into fresh meals for food insecure households and homeless clients. A balanced variety of fruits and vegetables will be offered year-round through the pantries as the Nutrition Center brings the capability to blanch and freeze thousands of pounds of fresh produce gleaned seasonally from area farms. The kitchen also offers vocational opportunities for Martin County residents striving toward higher wages. Food handling certification and other training in the bustling food service industry will be offered through a partnership with Indian River State College’s culinary program.

During the ribbon cutting dedication, a team of volunteers inside the Clean Room kitchen donned hairnets and gloves in order to portion out and repackage cooking spices for distribution to House of Hope clients. The Nutrition Center has many opportunities for team building volunteer projects. Local businesses and civic clubs are encouraged to sign up by contacting Lauren Mustelier at Lauren@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673 x 1004.

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

For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or schedule a tour (772) 286 - 4673.



 
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Jul 10, 2017House of Hope dedicates nutrition center to cherished local philanthropist, Elisabeth Lahti
On the morning of June 30, House of Hope’s Stuart Service Center was filled with dozens of smiling faces waiting to honor the woman of the hour- Elisabeth Lahti. Beyond the agency’s Client Choice Pantry, a set of swinging doors leads into a room equipped with sparkling stainless steel countertops, sinks and commercial grade appliances. The state-of-the-art kitchen environment is accented with a brightly colored plaque designating, The Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center. The Center is named in honor of Elisabeth Lahti’s many years of support which has been a driving force in House of Hope’s evolution. Onlookers beamed with admiration for the philanthropist standing before them cutting a large red ribbon. Once a social worker herself, Lahti’s passionate support continues to have a significant impact on House of Hope’s mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

Cameras flashed and the excited chatter hushed as CEO Rob Ranieri addressed the guests. Welcoming everyone, he explained the purpose of the newly completed Clean Room kitchen and what it would mean for House of Hope’s thousands of clients. The Nutrition Center opens a new chapter for the agency and its expanded nutrition initiatives. Now economically priced bulk food items will be reapportioned and/or prepared into fresh meals for food insecure households and homeless clients. A balanced variety of fruits and vegetables will be offered year-round through the pantries as the Nutrition Center brings the capability to blanch and freeze thousands of pounds of fresh produce gleaned seasonally from area farms. The kitchen also offers vocational opportunities for Martin County residents striving toward higher wages. Food handling certification and other training in the bustling food service industry will be offered through a partnership with Indian River State College’s culinary program.

During the ribbon cutting dedication, a team of volunteers inside the Clean Room kitchen donned hairnets and gloves in order to portion out and repackage cooking spices for distribution to House of Hope clients. The Nutrition Center has many opportunities for team building volunteer projects. Local businesses and civic clubs are encouraged to sign up by contacting Lauren Mustelier at Lauren@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673 x 1004.

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

For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or schedule a tour (772) 286 - 4673.



 
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Jul 10, 2017FLORIDA CHAMBER FEDERATION
FLORIDA CHAMBER FEDERATION
RSVP Today for the 2017 Governmental Affairs Conference
Hotel Room Block Expires Tomorrow

You are invited to join Executive Vice President David Hart and Vice President of Governmental Affairs Frank Walker in Tampa on July 26-27, 2017, for the annual Florida Chamber Federation Government Affairs Conference. This event is free and is an exclusive opportunity for Florida Chamber Federation government affairs staff. To register as an attendee, please reply to this email or contact me at 850-521-1243.


Florida Chamber Executive Vice President David Hart leads a discussion at the
2016 Florida Chamber Federation Government Affairs Conference


Attendees can expect to start the conference with an in-depth conversation about the 2017 Florida Legislative Session and Special Session 2017-A, followed by networking opportunities and dinner with attendees. On day two, we will host a special conversation with former House Speaker Will Weatherford, hold in-depth discussions on issues important to Florida's business community and provide an analysis of the 2018 elections. We are finalizing details, so be on the lookout for a full release of the conference agenda in the near future.

If you haven’t made hotel arrangements, please do so now. The Florida Chamber has a hotel room block at the Hilton Downtown Tampa, which features a room rate of $139/night. The hotel room block expires tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The Hilton Tampa Downtown is easily accessible to our conference meeting location. To secure your reservation using the Florida Chamber room block, click here. Act now, as space is limited.

Below are additional details:

2017 Florida Chamber Federation Governmental Affairs Conference
Begins at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Concludes at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017
RSVP to gblose@flchamber.com



 
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Jul 7, 2017VISIT FLORIDA's 2017-2018 Marketing Plan
Dear Industry Partner,

I just wanted to take a moment to update you on our new marketing plan. VISIT FLORIDA's 2017-2018 Marketing Plan was unanimously approved during a publicly-noticed meeting of the Board of Directors on June 27th, (http://www.visitflorida.org/MarketingPlanReader/) and was available to the public online immediately thereafter. It includes the highest ever level of funding for our core domestic and international marketing programs, as well as new aggressive and strategic approaches that will help us reach our goal of 120 million high-yield visitors.

We appreciate each and every one of our Partner's support, and those who continue to work with us will see affordable cooperative programs in the days ahead. We are looking forward to a great year to come!


Ken Lawson
President & CEO
VISIT FLORIDA

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Jul 7, 2017Free Movie Summer
Tickets are limited to 4 per person and subject to availability.
Tickets are ONLY available at the Box Office

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Jersey Boys
Saturday, July 29 at 3:00pm
Sunday, July 30 at 5:00pm

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Director Clint Eastwood directs the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons. Oscar winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
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La La Land
Saturday, July 29 at 7:00pm
Sunday, July 30 at 2:00pm

PG 13 | 128 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama, Romance

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Documented through musical numbers and beautiful scenery, the two try to stay connected as both of their career paths begin to steer away from each other. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Winner of 6 Academy Awards and 7 Golden Globes.

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Rear Window
Saturday, August 5 at 3:00pm
Sunday, August 6 at 5:00pm

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors - a frustrated, fun-loving composer, a middle-aged couple with a small dog, a dancer who seems to enjoy practicing her routines while scantily clad, a pair of reclusive newlyweds, and a salesman and his invalid wife. One day the wife inexplicably disappears, and the salesman starts doing things that lead Jeff to suspect that he may have murdered her. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont (Grace Kelly) and his visiting nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) to investigate. Nominated for four Academy Awards. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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The Birds
Saturday, August 5 at 7:00pm
Sunday, August 6 at 2:00pm

PG 13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) is the modern rich socialite, part of the jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends. Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening, and as the birds continue their vicious attacks, survival becomes the priority. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Dirty Dancing
Sunday, August 13 at 2:00pm

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from dreams of college and joining the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

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Top Gun
Sunday, August 13 at 5:00pm

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly out flown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father's death in combat that killed others due to his father's error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Sunday, August 20 at 2:00pm

PG 13 | 133 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a young activist wizard from England, visits New York. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary people are at risk of being unsettled. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched and with the suitcase in the wrong hands, several creatures manage to escape to unknown directions. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' (Colin Farrell) attention who will target Newt amid panic caused by an invisible, devastating and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc in New York's 5th Avenue. Is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions and ultimately, what will happen to the remaining magical creatures still loose in the streets?

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Hidden Figures
Sunday, August 20 at 5:00pm

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose in the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards.





 
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Jul 7, 2017House of Hope dedicates nutrition center to cherished local philanthropist, Elisabeth Lahti
On the morning of June 30, House of Hope’s Stuart Service Center was filled with dozens of smiling faces waiting to honor the woman of the hour- Elisabeth Lahti. Beyond the agency’s Client Choice Pantry, a set of swinging doors leads into a room equipped with sparkling stainless steel countertops, sinks and commercial grade appliances. The state-of-the-art kitchen environment is accented with a brightly colored plaque designating, The Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center. The Center is named in honor of Elisabeth Lahti’s many years of support which has been a driving force in House of Hope’s evolution. Onlookers beamed with admiration for the philanthropist standing before them cutting a large red ribbon. Once a social worker herself, Lahti’s passionate support continues to have a significant impact on House of Hope’s mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

Cameras flashed and the excited chatter hushed as CEO Rob Ranieri addressed the guests. Welcoming everyone, he explained the purpose of the newly completed Clean Room kitchen and what it would mean for House of Hope’s thousands of clients. The Nutrition Center opens a new chapter for the agency and its expanded nutrition initiatives. Now economically priced bulk food items will be reapportioned and/or prepared into fresh meals for food insecure households and homeless clients. A balanced variety of fruits and vegetables will be offered year-round through the pantries as the Nutrition Center brings the capability to blanch and freeze thousands of pounds of fresh produce gleaned seasonally from area farms. The kitchen also offers vocational opportunities for Martin County residents striving toward higher wages. Food handling certification and other training in the bustling food service industry will be offered through a partnership with Indian River State College’s culinary program.

During the ribbon cutting dedication, a team of volunteers inside the Clean Room kitchen donned hairnets and gloves in order to portion out and repackage cooking spices for distribution to House of Hope clients. The Nutrition Center has many opportunities for team building volunteer projects. Local businesses and civic clubs are encouraged to sign up by contacting Lauren Mustelier at Lauren@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673 x 1004.

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

For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or schedule a tour (772) 286 - 4673.


 
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Jul 6, 2017Restoration of Historic Loxahatchee River Dam Nears Completion

Access to paddle over the Lainhart Dam will be restricted starting in mid-July but temporary access for paddlers to portage boats around the dam will remain open

Restoration of the historic Masten Dam on the Loxahatchee River in northern Palm Beach County is nearly complete and work will soon begin to restore the Lainhart Dam, another historic dam on the Wild and Scenic River.

The dams, first built in the 1930s by local families, control and regulate upstream flow stages of the Northwest Fork of the river and maintain the hydrology of the riverine floodplain ecosystem. Modeling has shown that without the two dams in place, the upstream water levels would be about 1.5 feet lower, draining the freshwater swamp and encouraging saltwater intrusion.

"One of SFWMD's primary missions is the protection of natural systems and these dam renovations are crucial to ensuring the future of the Loxahatchee River, Florida's first designated wild and scenic river," said Governing Board Vice Chairman Jim Moran, a lifelong Palm Beach County resident. "These dams are not only living parts of Palm Beach County's history, but they also play a crucial role in protecting the cypress swamp floodplain that makes the Loxahatchee so unique."

In February, the SFWMD Governing Board approved $2.5 million worth of restoration work to the two historic dams. The repairs, which came after extensive public input and thorough review, were designed to minimize any impact to the river's natural resources and historical integrity of the dams. Areas of the dam that have decayed or where the water is no longer being held back will be repaired and stabilized, and soil under and around the dams will be stabilized to reduce seepage.

In addition to protecting the unique river ecosystem of the Loxahatchee River, the dam restoration work also included reconstructing the canoe and kayak portages to improve recreational access for all users.

Access for paddlers to portage boats around the Masten Dam remained open during the renovations of the dam over the past several months even as access to paddle over the dam itself was temporarily restricted. When work restoring the Lainhart Dam begins in mid-July, access to paddling over the dam will be restricted. Temporary "portage" access to carry boats around the dam will be open while crews build new permanent portage structures. The repairs are scheduled to be completed by July 2018.


 
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Jul 6, 2017Health eNewsHealthy news and information from Grassam Family Chiropractic.

Feeling Down? Try This

We all have those moments when we feel stressed out or down in the dumps. Here are a few tips that can turn the blues into a rainbow of hope:

1. Talk to a friend. Spending an hour each week with a close friend can do wonders for your stress levels. Simply talking about your life or stressors is a great release.

2. Play with your pet. A study out of the University of Missouri showed an increase in serotonin levels in individuals who spent just a few minutes with an animal.

3. Stretch it out. Tense and stiff muscles can disrupt our day with pain. Stretch upon waking each morning for a few minutes.

We’re passionate about helping our patients enjoy peak levels of health. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited us, book an appointment for a natural, drug-free approach to wellness.

Off the Sidelines and Back in the Game

It’s been estimated that 90 percent of all world-class athletes utilize chiropractic as a means of preventing injuries and boosting their performance capacity. You don’t have to be a pro athlete, however, to benefit from chiropractic. Avid runners and Crossfitters, golfers, and many others can reap the rewards of chiropractic care.

Natural chiropractic care can be an effective way to address a variety of sports injuries. There are numerous potential benefits of getting regular chiropractic care for those engaging in any sport:

• Better performance
• Greater endurance
• Fewer injuries
• Better flexibility
• Greater recovery

If back, neck or knee pain has sidelined you from your favorite sporting activity, we would like to help you get back in the game. Chiropractic care is a drug-free, nonsurgical form of natural health care that allows your body to experience restored function. Plus, it feels fantastic! Contact us today for an appointment.

4 Daily Health Habits

Enhancing your health doesn’t have to mean spending hours each day at the gym or eating like a rabbit. Here are four daily tips to remember:

Drink plenty of pure water. Put the kibosh on soda consumption and opt to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Tweak what you eat. Give each meal an upgrade by swapping out a food for one that’s more nutrient-dense. For example, exchange iceberg lettuce for spinach, kale or arugula.

Get sufficient sleep. Adults should aim to get 7-8 hours of quality sleep a night. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining excellent health.

Move more. As sitting has been called “the new smoking,” it’s important to incorporate plenty of movement into your day. Simply walking more can pay health dividends.

These daily tips work even better when your nervous system is free from vertebral subluxation!



 
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Jul 6, 2017Common Items Sellers Forget To Do
Selling your home or property is a big event. With all that goes into a real estate sale, some important items can easily be forgotten or overlooked, especially when the listing becomes active and showings and open houses begin. Listed below are items that are often forgotten but can be vital to the successful sale of your property.


Check References
For many of us, we check ratings and reviews for a number of items, especially if we are going to put a certain amount of trust in them. The same can be said for your agent - you're trusting them to help you sell one of your biggest assets, including the control of access to your home, so take a moment and check your agent's reviews. S/he may have some listed on his/her website, and if not, don't be afraid to ask for a few references. It's also important to check that your agent's real estate license is current and active.

Disclose Invisible Improvements & Former Issues
If you've been an owner for a number of years, small improvements can be forgotten. While replacing the windows or installing a new roof are major improvements and generally important items to disclose, small or 'invisible' improvements are also incredibly important to disclose to a buyer. If you've done electrical work, had the plumbing upgraded or work done on sewer lines, fixed a window leak, or another small repair that doesn't seem incredibly major, disclose it. The same can be said for any issues that have occurred over the years: chimney fire, basement flood, electrical issues, etc. The last thing you want is to be served a lawsuit after you've sold because you failed to disclose something, so disclose all you can to avoid any confusion or future questions.


Social Media Marketing
For any seller, getting the perfect buyer and highest sale price is a given. But that doesn't mean you list your property and wait. If you're active on the Internet, you have the ability to be your biggest social marketer. Social media isn't just for sharing pictures and memes: as a seller, you can use all your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to market your home. Not only will your friends and family see your property, but if they like your post, their friends and family will as well. With the combined efforts of you and your agent, your property can be viewed by hundreds if not thousands more people via social media accounts just by sharing your listing with your friends.

Specify What Stays and Goes
When it comes to a real estate transaction, the property law of fixtures basically means any physical property attached (fixed) to the home or real property is included in the sale. This includes cabinetry, lighting fixtures, faucets, window coverings, and in some cases even a wall-mounted television. For a seller, it's imperative to remember to clearly indicate in the contract what will stay upon the sale and what will go. This means being as specific as possible when it comes to appliances, window coverings, and anything else mounted to a wall that a buyer could mistake for staying in the property.


Curb Appeal
For a buyer, seeing a well presented home or property will truly contribute to whether or not a buyer will be motivated to view your property. Curb appeal is incredibly important, not only for those buyers that may drive by your home, but also for those that will look online and judge a property on its listing photos. When it comes to selling, it's crucial to pay attention to detail on your curb appeal, especially when it comes to small cosmetic repairs, dead plants, overgrown yards, even bad doorbells and burned-out light bulbs. Do all you can to boost your property's curb appeal in advance to help attract potential buyers.

Clean
For some sellers, the idea of cleaning the property before leaving is not on the top of the to-do list. But depending on where you live, the seller may have a responsibility to clean the home upon exit. In some states, the purchase contract will stipulate the home has to be 'broom clean,' or the floors swept and walls and ceiling left bare. Whether or not your purchase contract states the cleanliness of the home, it's a nice gesture of goodwill to the buyer to thoroughly clean the home when you leave. This includes cleaning the interior of the property, even the inside of closets, cupboards and appliances (if they're staying), and cleaning out a garage (if there is one). It benefits the seller to leave the property in good condition not only because it's the right thing to do, but it's likely the buyer will receive some of your mail, and staying in pleasant terms is a good thing.




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jackalbright@keyes.com
www.JackAlbright.keyes.com
Jack Albright

Mobile Phone: 630-291-0529




 
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Jul 6, 2017Vacancies on the Board of Appeals and Adjustments to the Fire Code


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill five at-large vacancies on the Board of Appeals and Adjustments to the Fire Code. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 28, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Powers & Duties:
The Board of Appeals shall meet for the purpose of interpreting the provisions of the fire code and to consider and rule on any properly filed appeal from a decision of the Fire Marshal.

A Board of Appeals shall be appointed consisting of members who, by education and experience, are qualified to pass upon the application of this code as it affects the interests of the general public. Board members shall not be officers, agents, or employees of Martin County. No more than one of said members shall be engaged in the same business, profession or line of endeavor. No member of the board of appeals shall sit in judgment of any case in which he/she is directly interested. Each member shall be a registered Martin County voter for at least one year before appointment.

The terms will be staggered for 1, 2, and 3 years.

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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DG/ADM
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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Jul 6, 2017Great things are happening here at the Project!!
Thanks to our new volunteer, Julie "Kaboolie" Coker, the girls are learning to make adirondack chairs!

Julie has worked in the construction industry as a Project Manager for over 24 years. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist. Julie learned about Project LIFT and The Willow Project while she was a vendor at the Martin County Quarters Auction.

Julie worked with the girls to make the chairs from scratch. Measuring each piece of wood, making the cuts, the girls even got to custom paint them. Our next goal is to have the girls make cushions for the chairs. They really loved this project! That's a good thing, because most of the staff are making requests to buy them......


Volunteer Spotlight.....

At Project LIFT, we are very blessed to have the best group of volunteers around! It is very difficult to choose just one to put in our spotlight. This time the teens' stomachs chose for us!

Kimberly Perron, a local Interior Designer, and owner of Resort at Home, came to our Open House event over a year ago. She learned about Project LIFT from being on the Board of United Way. She immediately bought into our mission and wanted to find a way to help. She loved the fact that at the end of the day all the teens and staff come together to enjoy a family style meal. She remembered that her family did the same thing when she was growing up and she and her husband do the same today. She feels like it is a great way to instill values and for people to come together to talk and share.

So once a month her husband, Andy McHenry, and friends Nancy Williams and Howard Pain, get together and cook an amazing dinner for about 20 people! Yes... they always include dessert. Everything is homemade and delicious! Thanks Kimberly for all that you do!


Calling all Volunteers!

Please Join Us for a Volunteer Open House
on Wednesday, July 19th at 2pm

It is that time again!!!! The Willow Project is hosting a volunteer meeting on Wednesday, July 19th at 2pm at Project LIFT. We will be going over the fall program for the girls. We want to schedule vocational mentors, see what we can do for personal development days, meals and drivers!!!

If you know anyone who is looking to volunteer or can teach a trade, please let us know!!

Right now the Girl's Program offers:

• agriculture
• screen printing
• sewing
• carpentry
• bike repair
What we would like to add:
• boat building
• upholstery
• auto mechanics
• welding
• art education
• graphic design
• music education
Please bring friends, contact info and lots of ideas for the program!! We really want to keep this program growing and empowering.

Please RSVP to Alisia at (772) 221-2244 or alisia@projectliftmc.com if you are able to attend.

Thank you for the continued support hope to see you all there!!!


 
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Jul 6, 2017Beginning Photography & More
This course is the first in a continuing series of studies in photography. The intent is to learn about the camera, how it works, and how to take pictures faster and more creatively.

Thursday(s) Sept. 7 - Nov. 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart

Monday(s) Sept. 27 - Nov. 27, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
IRSC Main Campus, Fort Pierce

Intermediate Class from
8:00 pm -10 pm

Cost: $229.00

Advanced Photography
Tuesday(s) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 11th - Close Up Photography
Sept. 12th - Portraiture Photography
Chastain Campus





 
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Jul 6, 2017Reducing Wildfire Risk Along the Treasure Coast


The Florida Forest Service will be reducing the impact of wildfire disasters along the Treasure Coast beginning July 10th. Three large parcels of land have been identified, custom fuel reduction plans have been developed, and the implementation phase will begin with a specialized team arriving from Punta Gorda, FL.

“Mulching, chopping and grinding up highly flammable vegetation will reduce future fire intensity and improve firefighter access,” explains Forest Area Supervisor Trevor Taylor with the Florida Forest Service. “Once the volatile fuels are at a manageable level, a prescribed fire plan will be implemented to burn off the woody debris on the forest floor. This process will eliminate the risk of a significant wildfire threatening these neighborhoods for up to five years depending on the growth cycle.”

Project 1 - Working in conjunction with the City of Port Saint Lucie and Savannas Preserve State Park, the Florida Forest Service will mow, chop, and burn 40 acres of overgrown vegetation that borders two neighborhoods near Lyngate Park off Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Project 2 – Ten acres of unmanaged private land that borders ten homes in Vero Beach will be mowed, chopped, and burned to reduce the wildfire risk.

Project 3 – Working in conjunction with the Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation in Hobe Sound, the Florida Forest Service plans to mow, chop, and burn 180 acres inside the camp. This heavily wooded area borders several summer camp cabins and two adjacent neighborhoods.

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

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



 
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Jul 6, 20173D Scanning Comes to Stuart, Martin County Florida


The Stuart based 3D Printing, Product Design and Prototype Experts company, 3D Printing Expert, Inc., announces the new service of “white light scanning”.

Company president Anthony Di Chiara says “our 3D scanning equipment will quickly scan and capture accurate design dimensions of your parts, products and objects for use in developing a 3d CAD design for 3d printing or for the manufacturing process.”

3D scanned models can be used for making an animation or visualization, to make design changes to a new product, be used to perform dimensional and comparative analysis of an object. They can also be used for archival purposes; to accurately record the form of an object. 3D scans can be used by digitally repairing damage that has been done to an object or 3d scanning can even record your face in intricate detail.

“We provide 3d scanning services to inventors, companies and organizations interested in having their product or item scanned either for reproduction or product design modifications, alterations or design improvements.”



 
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Jul 5, 2017June Rainfall Nearly Double District-wide Average
June Rainfall Nearly Double District-wide Average
Water Conservation Areas received more than twice their monthly average rainfall, leading SFWMD, DEP and USACE to take measures to address high water emergency

After experiencing drought-like conditions throughout the dry season, the start of the wet season in June ushered in extreme rainfall, which dropped nearly double the amount of rain normally seen in the month across South Florida. The significant rainfall caused high water emergencies in the southern and central parts of the system, particularly the water conservation areas.
"These two extremes illustrate the system's unpredictability and showcase the alertness required to take necessary actions when drought concerns turn to flooding realities," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This is the nature of water management in South Florida and this is why we work 24/7 to protect families, businesses and the environment."

The District-wide average rainfall for June was nearly 15 inches, or about 181 percent of average. The three water conservation areas, critical links in system, which convey water south from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park, received the heaviest rainfall. Water Conservation Areas 1 and 2 received 18.49 inches, or 246 percent of average. Water Conservation Area 3 received 18.74 inches, or 219 percent of average.
Most of these heavy rains fell in the first two weeks of June.
It was in Water Conservation Area 3A that the heavy rains caused the most concerns. High water levels put wildlife at risk and threatened to damage plant life critical for the Everglades ecosystem. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission closed the conservation areas to recreation and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued an emergency order. In response to that emergency order, the District has taken numerous steps to protect theses areas' wildlife and reduce water levels. These actions include:
• Implementing emergency deviations with the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to send more water to tide using the S-197 structure in Miami-Dade County, as well as increasing pumping at the S-332D pump station and allowing the use of the S-343A and B and S-344 structures to move more water out of the conservation areas to Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Preserve.
• Maximizing discharges from Water Conservation Area 1 to tide through the Hillsboro Canal in Palm Beach County.
• Maximizing discharges from Water Conservation Area 2A to tide through the C-14 Canal in Broward County.
• Maximizing discharges from Water Conservation Area 2A to tide through the North New River Canal in Broward County.
• Maximizing discharges from Water Conservation Area 3A to tide through the Miami Canal in Dade County.
• Maximizing discharges through the S-333 structure at the southern end of Water Conservation Area 3A to Everglades National Park.
• Releasing water through S-334 structure to the South Dade Conveyance System where it is being sent to tide.
• Using gravity to send water that would otherwise be pumped into Water Conservation Area 3A to tide. The S-13 Pump Station is also being used to pump water during high tide when it would be impossible to use gravity.
• Moving water from the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin in Palm Beach County to Lake Okeechobee through the North New River Canal.
• Moving water from Stormwater Treatment Area 2 to Lake Okeechobee through the North New River Canal.
• Moving water from Water Conservation Area 1 in Palm Beach County to tide through the C-51 Canal.
• Moving water from Water Conservation Area 1 in Palm Beach County to Lake Okeechobee through the L-8 Canal.
• Maximizing flows out of Water Conservation Area 3A through the S-344, S-343A and 343B structures.
• Constraints removed from S-199, S-200 and S-737 structures, moving water into Everglades National Park from the C-111 Canal.
• Performing daily inspections along the stretch of the L-37 Levee, bordering Water Conservation Area 3A in Broward County between Interstate 75 and Griffin Road, to ensure its integrity.

Areas of the Everglades Agricultural Area, the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Southwest Coast that includes the Fort Myers area and the Big Cypress Basin, also received more than 200 percent of average rainfall for June.



 
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Jul 5, 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, July 21, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions:
Citizen actively engaged in the banking/mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing
Citizen who resides within Martin County
The banking/mortgage term is four years, and the resident term will expire in November 2018.

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. The next few meetings will be held on September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6.

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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Jul 5, 2017NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE VACANCIES


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

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

Golden Gate meetings are held every other month (first Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Cassidy Community Center at Golden Gate. Next meeting is August 7.
Hobe Sound meetings are held every other month (third Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Civic Center. Next meeting is July 19.
Indiantown meetings are held monthly (second Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Indiantown Civic Center. Next meeting is July 12.
Jensen Beach meetings are held every other month (first Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center. Next meeting is September 6.
Old Palm City meetings are held every other month (third Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Palm City Community Center. Next meeting is August 21.
Port Salerno meetings are held every other month (second Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center. Next meeting is August 10.
Rio meetings are held every other month (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center. Next meeting is July 20.

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

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

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 21, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us
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Jul 5, 2017County News
Do business with Martin County
Martin County encourages participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and small businesses in the public contracting process. DBE goals are used to determine a minimum threshold of DBE participation in the expenditure of Federal Transit Administration funds. Martin County is announcing that its 2018-2020 goal is 1%. Additional DBE information can be found at Public Transit Information and bid opportunities for the Martin County Board of County Commissioners are posted here. It is recommended that you register with Demandstar.com to receive notification of upcoming bid opportunities by e-mail.
Maintenance notice for utility customers
Martin County Utilities, City of Stuart and South Martin Regional Utilities will temporarily change the method of chlorinating drinking water to insure the safety of the water. Utility water users may notice a chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the period of July 2-16.

New public transit stop added
Beginning Monday, July 3, the MARTY 20X commuter route is adding a new stop. The stop will be located at Cove Road and US 1 in Stuart, at the Walgreens on the west side and Seacoast Bank on the north side, for both north and south travel.




 
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Jul 5, 2017PRICE REDUCTION AND “SAME DAY” RENEWAL SERVICE


Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, announced that the fees to apply for or renew, a concealed weapon permit, are reduced by $5 effective July 1, 2017.
“I appreciate our first-of-its kind partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services which gives us the authority to provide concealed weapon permit services to our citizens and better serve the public. It’s so convenient for taxpayers to no longer leave the county and be able to come into their own county building and have their concealed weapon renewal license printed and renewed “SAME DAY,” or to apply for a new permit.
Stop by Your Martin County Tax Collector office at 3485 S.E. Willoughby Blvd to apply or renew your concealed weapon license. Appointments may be scheduled by phone (772-288-5600), booked online from our website http://taxcol.martin.fl.us/cwp_client/dl_default_hs.htm or by e-mail (CWP@mctc.martin.fl.us). Walk-ins are welcome. Concealed weapon licenses are valid for seven years. Any time we can offer more service or help our residents, we do!


 
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Jul 5, 2017Commissioners receive 2018 Tentative Budget


Martin County's 2018 Tentative Budget of $431,762,160 was released to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today. The budget is balanced and provides a fiscally responsible plan to deliver exceptional quality and service that our residents have come to expect. Health, safety, water quality and services improving the quality of life and welfare of the public continue to be a priority for FY18.

Based on the BOCC's directives, state mandates, and departmental assessments of priorities, the budget focuses on a comprehensive program to address deferred maintenance for County infrastructure: roads, bridges, and drainage. Another initiative is the septic-to-sewer conversation program for communities and neighborhoods in which continued use of septic systems negatively impacts our water quality.

The FY18 Tentative Budget presents a continuation of challenges from prior years: modest increases in the tax base and in major operating fund revenues. Departmental budgets have been prepared to stay, where possible, at current levels of funding; noted requests for increase are minimal, but justifiable. "We have tried to minimize the impact to the taxpayers while addressing many pressing issues. The average homeowner will see a slight increase, less than two percent or $31.32, on their tax bill" said County Administrator Taryn Kryzda.

Prior to this budget being submitted, the Board approved a referendum to be placed on an August 29, 2017 ballot for an infrastructure sales surtax. If successful, the Board may elect to reduce the FY18 proposed tentative millage rate. If the initiative fails, then some projects which are planned in FY18 using the sales tax will need to be prioritized with other funded projects. "One of the greatest challenges for the County is the ability to repair and maintain our roads, drainage systems, bridges, buildings, parks and technology" Kryzda said.

Budget workshops will be held July 17-19. These workshops are open to the public and televised live on Martin County Television, MCTV.

An electronic copy of the 2018 Tentative Budget is available on the County's website here.


 
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Jul 5, 2017Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at A.C.T. Studio Theatre



“The Tempest” has been long considered one of Shakespeare's most lyrical plays. Prospero—a magician on an enchanted island—punishes his enemies, brings happiness to his daughter, and comes to terms with human use of supernatural power. “The Tempest” embodies both timeless romance and the historical moment when Europe began to explore and conquer the New World. Its complexity of thought and range of characters—from the spirit Ariel and the monster Caliban to the beautiful Miranda and her prince Ferdinand—plus its poetic beauty and exploration of difficult questions that still haunt us today make this play wonderfully compelling.

Director Dennis O’Donovan plans to transport the audience to the land of the immortal Bard with the use of creative effects on the A.C.T. stage. Together with his cast of 15, O’Donovan will serve up Shakespeare’s tasty series of amusements, as fools become more foolish, villains have their villainy unmasked, and the pure of heart are guided toward pure love.

“The Tempest” will be performed at A.C.T. on July 28, 29, 30 and Aug. 4, 5, 6. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880. Group sales and student pricing are available by calling the box office.




 
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Jul 5, 2017Take Advantage of Dog Days of Summer Savings – Stuart Air Show Style
July brings a lot of marvels—the Fourth of July, hot sultry temperatures, and unique holidays like National Hot Dog, National Ice Cream and National Picnic month. And, on July 6 (International Kissing Day), it brings an end to the Stuart Air Show’s limited pre-sale General Admission pricing for the November 4-5, 2017 show. So, don’t kiss those Air Show savings away, take advantage of the pre-sale pricing before they glide away.

Until July 6, general admission pre-sale tickets are $10 (adults). On International Kissing Day (July 6) ticket pricing increases to $15. Pre-sale general admission tickets may be purchased online at www.StuartAirShow.com. General admission tickets at the gate this year will be $25.

Don’t miss this year’s premier act, Screamin’ Sasquatch, sponsored by Jack Link’s, a 1929 Taperwing Waco bi-plane with a jet engine that allows the plane to fly vertically, flip, tumble, and hammerhead torque roll. Also new this year is the Batcopter and Bat Mobile. Loved by all ages wherever it goes, this crime fighting helicopter flew and was filmed in the original 1966 BATMAN movie and the original television series BATMAN.

And because July barbeques are often celebrated with cold craft beers, celebrate July in November at the Stuart Air Show by also purchasing an upgraded ticket to the Air Show’s Florida Craft Beer Experience. This upgraded “craft experience” let’s Stuart Air Show fans join brewery representatives from both Walking Tree and Tequesta Brewing Company for a selection of unique and delicious craft beers—two complimentary—and special flight-line seating. The upgraded ticket is $25 per person (good for one day). Availability is limited.

Other upgrade tickets, such as premium parking, special spectator seating, Friday night’s Dirty Flight Suit Party and more are also now available for purchase on the website (www.StuartAirShow.com). Don’t delay, take advantage of summer savings by buying your tickets today!

The 2017 Stuart Air Show is grateful to Platinum Sponsors Pratt & Whitney—A United Technologies Company, Sikorsky Aircraft—A Lockheed Martin Company, and Martin County, Witham Field, and Gold Sponsors Alpha Zeta, and Heineken for helping to ensure that the 28th consecutive air show is another roaring success.



 
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Jul 5, 2017Diving into Parks and Recreation Month is easy!


In recognition of National Parks and Recreation Month, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a variety of special events and activities at different Martin County parks and facilities throughout the month of July.

Free Day at Sailfish Splash Waterpark
Martin County residents are invited to splash for FREE, Wednesday, July 5 at Sailfish Splash Waterpark! To take advantage of the free admission, residents will be required to present a valid photo identification card showing a Martin County address. Admission to the waterpark on July 5 will be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis until the park reaches capacity. All children who are not potty trained will be required to wear a water diaper. Water diapers are available for purchase ($6.50 each) at the waterpark. Sailfish Splash Waterpark is located at 931 S.E. Ruhnke Street in Stuart and regular park hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Country Band at Music at the Mansion
The "Music at the Mansion" event will take place at The Mansion at Tuckahoe in Indian RiverSide Park on Sunday, July 2, from 4-7 p.m. in Jensen Beach. Residents and visitors can stomp their feet to the beat of The Bron Burbank Band while enjoying food, beverages, kids activities and more at this monthly event.

Enjoy Jensen Beach and spend July 4th at the Sand Dune Café!
The Sand Dune Café, located at 4191 S. Ocean Blvd. in Jensen Beach, is offering a family beach set up (4 beach chairs, 2 umbrellas) for 20% off and a 20% discount on hamburgers and hot dogs. The café is open every day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., weather permitting.

Tee off in red, white and blue for savings
Guests wearing red, white and blue at the Martin County Golf Course on July 4 will receive 20% off the purchase of 18 holes of golf with cart. The Martin County Golf Course, located at 2000 S.E. St. Lucie Blvd. in Stuart, is open 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., weather permitting. (Cannot be combined with any other discount and/or promotion.)

"Parks have the power to transform our daily lives. Martin County parks and recreation facilities provide us great places to play, stay healthy and connect with nature," said Kevin Abbate, Parks and Recreation Department Director. "We're pleased to share these fun events and cost-savings opportunities with residents."

To learn more about the events the department has planned to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month, visit www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Jul 5, 2017July Deadline Set for Area Artists Participating In Helping People Succeed’s Calendar Project


By Adrienne Moore, APR, CPRC
Area artists from Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties are invited to submit artwork for Helping People Succeed’s annual Art for Living Calendar, now in its 19th year and featuring the area’s outstanding arts community.

The Call for Artists spells out the guidelines and requirements for the painting submissions, applications and other requirements for the 13-month calendar. Each month’s page will include a selected painting, background of the artist and a photo of each artist, plus a page sponsor from area businesses.

The calendar theme consists of tropical scenes, including birds, fish, wildlife, flowers, coconuts and more. Other scenes could represent historical buildings, the St. Lucie River, the Indian River Lagoon, the Loxahatchee River and more. For example, local scenes over the years have included Tuckahoe Mansion, The Rand Estate, downtown Stuart, and The House of Refuge.

Deadline for applications and art submissions is Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm. The submission from each artist will include an application, an entry fee of $25 and a high-resolution jpeg photo of the painting to be submitted for the first calendar judging review. Once the judges select the artwork during the first review, original unframed paintings will be submitted for the final judging.

Application forms and guidelines explaining the calendar process are available to artists via a rundown of requirements for each painting. Artists should be aware of size, framing and other specifications to participate in the popular calendar project.

The application can be found online at www.hpsfl.org, under the category of Upcoming Events and then Download the Application to receive the rundown of instructions for each submission. For questions regarding the application process, contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778 or at gparris@hpsfl.org.

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




 
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Jul 5, 2017Fitch affirms Thrivent Financial’s AA+
Fitch affirms Thrivent Financial’s AA+ (Very Strong) rating with stable outlook
Agency cites exceptionally strong capitalization and favorable profile with its membership

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

Fitch cited Thrivent’s exceptionally strong and high quality capitalization, and their belief that management is committed to maintaining statutory capital levels in excess of rating guidelines. As part of the affirmation, Fitch also remarked that it considers Thrivent’s business profile very strong.

These ratings reflect Thrivent Financials’ overall financial strength and claims-paying ability, but do not apply to the investment performance of investment products. The ratings were affirmed June 26, 2017.

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


About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a fraternal benefit society that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its more than two million member-owners a broad range of insurance, investments and banking solutions through financial representatives, independent agents and online. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their beliefs while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

For additional important disclosure information, please visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.



 
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Jun 30, 2017Harbor Branch Home to FAU's New Marine Science & Oceanography Graduate Degree Program
Florida Atlantic University is now providing an unprecedented opportunity for graduate students to earn a master's degree while working alongside leading scientists and engineers at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. The newly launched Marine Science and Oceanography graduate degree program is the opportunity of a lifetime for students interested in coastal and oceanographic science. By incorporating research faculty at Harbor Branch, the program provides an unparalleled hands-on academic experience.
Graduate students who are chosen to participate in the program will:
• Gain a broad understanding of coastal, nearshore and oceanographic science
• Obtain the research and inquiry skills necessary to independently conduct research and answer questions within their area of specialization
• Prepare to enter the workforce ready to apply their skills to research, management and administrative questions related to coastal and oceanographic issues in higher education, government, private sector consulting positions and non-profit organizations
This interdisciplinary program incorporates faculty from Harbor Branch and the College of Science, and areas of concentration include:
• Marine Biology
• Coastal and Geological Science
• Conservation and Ecology
• Remote Sensing and GIS
• Chemistry
• Statistics and Communication
Click here for more information on the program and for application materials. http://fau.edu/hboi/education/msmso.php


Cuba Research Cruise Concludes

A team of FAU Harbor Branch scientists recently returned from a successful NOAA-sponsored research expedition circumnavigating the entire Cuban archipelago. Researchers involved report seeing vast, diverse and beautiful mesophotic coral reefs covering the sea floor in virtually every location they explored. Cuban, UNCW, and NOAA colleagues joined Harbor Branch scientists on the mission, and their expertise and collaboration greatly contributed to making the cruise a success. FAU Harbor Branch's Dr. Dennis Hanisak provides the last mission log update, which can be read here.

In the News - The Indian River Lagoon

Here Comes the Rain - 2017's First Flush
This week, Dennis Hanisak, Research Professor and IRLO Director, and Kristen Davis, IRLON Manager, provided an update on the Indian River Lagoon. After an exceptionally dry season fraught with increased wildfires, the wet season began in earnest last week with heavy rainfall driven by the remnants of a tropical depression originating in the Pacific. Read the full update here.
TCPalm Special Feature: Harbor Branch's IRLON Helping to Save the Indian River Lagoon
FAU Harbor Branch's Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors (IRLON) was highlighted in TCPalm this week. The article drives home the importance of regularly collected data in understanding the lagoon. Read it in full here.
The article was published alongside Dennis Hanisak's presentation at the Martin County Board of County Commissioners on data gathered from the network.
PBS Changing Seas Interviews Lapointe on Toxic Algae
FAU Harbor Branch's Dr. Brian LaPointe was interviewed last fall for an episode of PBS's Changing Seas, "Toxic Algae: Complex Sources and Solutions," which is now available for viewing. Dr. LaPointe recounts the record rainfall which occurred ahead of last summer's harmful algal bloom.
Watch the episode here.

Student Update
Graduate Student Danielle Dodge Wins Award
Graduate student Danielle Dodge was awarded "Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation" for her master's thesis research about coral population genetics and gene expression responses to estuarine discharge. Danielle shared her research at the Benthic Ecology Meeting Society and Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Joint Meeting in South Carolina. Read more.
Welcome Summer Interns!
FAU Harbor Branch's 2017 summer interns started their ten weeks of research this week. Each intern develops a project with one or more Harbor Branch scientists and engineers. This year there are nineteen summer interns from sixteen different colleges and universities.
Support for this year's program has been provided by the Link Foundation, the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation, and the James Pomponi Memorial Internship.
SNMREC REU Students Arrive at FAU Harbor Branch
This month FAU Harbor Branch welcomed four students for an intensive summer research program hosted by the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University. The students participate in the program at Harbor Branch, and will stay on campus in Harbor Branch apartments.
This ten-week program focuses on training, mentoring, research and providing students with an exciting summer experience that will prepare them for graduate studies or carriers in engineering and science.




 
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Jun 30, 2017Give our Veterans Freedom From Hunger
They have gone without their families and the comforts of home that we take for granted. They have risked their lives for you and me. I'm talking about our returning troops - real American heroes.

Sadly, too many of these brave men and women are coming home to face even more hardship, struggle...and hunger. For more than 100,000 children, families, senior citizens, and yes, even veterans on the Treasure Coast, there is no freedom from hunger this summer.

Jimmy, who served with the Army in Afghanistan, recently returned home to his wife, Bethany, and their three children. He was injured in the line of duty and still experiences pain. He is trying to readjust to civilian life, find a job, and support his family.

"You have no idea how great it is to be home with my family, but I'm frustrated too," Jimmy said. "I had hoped to have a job by now. The bills are piling up, and by the end of the month, we don't have enough money to buy food."

No one should go hungry in our community, especially the brave men and women who have already sacrificed so much. Your gift today to the Treasure Coast Food Bank helps provide good food to veterans, their families and others who are hungry. Every $10 donated provides 80 meals. Your generosity will make a real difference in their lives.

"I heard about your Mobile Pantry, so I went to see what it was all about, and I was so thankful
to receive oranges, broccoli, apples and other groceries to help feed my family," Jimmy said. "It is wonderful to know that people care. It gives me and my family hope for the future."

Your support makes it possible. Please help us provide food and hope to our returning troop members and our hungry neighbors in need. Please send your gift today.


Thank you for caring,


Judith Cruz
President & CEO





 
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Jun 29, 2017County launches agritourism website
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing launched their new agritourism website, www.growninmartin.com, at the recent Regional Agritourism Conference and Farm Tour hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension of Martin County. The website was created through a grant program from Visit Florida.

Agritourism presents a unique opportunity to combine aspects of both the tourism and agriculture industries. Promoting existing agritourism opportunities while developing new offerings will not only help support our economy but diversify our tourism product.

"The goal of the new website is to help grow the number of visitors coming to our area," says Nerissa Okiye, Office of Tourism and Marketing Manager. "Highlighting our agritourism-related attractions, events and restaurants that feature produce from Martin County producers helps expand the diversity of Martin County's tourism landscape."

This new website is part of a larger digital strategy to create an expression of Martin County's brand that inspires users to explore a timeless getaway and the pure, unspoiled nature you can only experience throughout Martin County.

The agritourism website includes engaging imagery, feature stories, an agritourism events calendar and listing of dining partners. The website also includes resources for individuals interested in pursuing agritourism opportunities. The responsive design of the new site allows for an effortless and seamless transition between computers, smartphones and tablets. Conveniently, the site is housed as part of the larger Discovermartin.com tourism website.

To cultivate local agritourism, businesses and event organizers are encouraged to add events and special offers directly to the website. Locally-owned businesses can submit images and descriptions to info@discovermartin.com to be listed on both the grownimartin.com and discovermartin.com websites at no charge.

Let Martin County's rich agricultural legacy grow on you by visiting growninmartin.com! There you can discover where to dine on fresh caught locally crafted delights, learn more about farm to table opportunities, how to shop green and more.


 
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Jun 29, 2017Caulkins Water Farm Florida Stormwater Association 2017 Excellence Award Winner
The South Florida Water Management District receives the Florida Stormwater Association 2017 EXCELLENCE AWARD for the CAULKINS WATER FARM project.
Envisioned by Boyd Gunsalus (center), Lead Environmental Scientist for South Florida Water Management District and designed by Melissa Corbett, P.E. (left), President of The MilCor Group civil engineering firm, Kurt Spitzer (right), Executive Director of the Florida Stormwater Association presented the Caulkins Water Farm project with the 2017 Excellence Award at the annual conference held June 14 – 16, 2017 in Fort Myers. Recognized for its innovative and cost effective approach to reduce harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River and Estuary, the water farm is a public/private partnership between South Florida Water Management District and land owner George Caulkins. An astounding success, the 450 acre pilot project nearly quadrupled its initial water storage projections. A 3,000 acre expansion project is now under construction and is anticipated to go on-line this fall. Find more information at www.facebook.com/CaulkinsWaterFarm/


 
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Jun 29, 2017Soldier Stories: An Exhibition of Original Military- Themed Watercolors
July 24-November 26 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Soldier Stories: An Exhibition of Original Military- Themed Watercolors Artist Marilyn Johansen’s award-winning series of watercolors illustrate and honor her family’s history of patriotic service. Elliott Museum, 825 N.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart. Museum members free, regular admission for others. If bringing a group, RSVP to Al Simbritz @ asimbritz@elliottmuseum.org. ElliottMuseum.org

 
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Jun 29, 2017Entertainment lineup announced for 30th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets
Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association of Stuart have announced the 2017 lineup of musical acts for the 30th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets!

The much-loved festival, celebrating its landmarked 30th year, will take place on five stages, including The Lyric Theatre, with over twenty bands from 3 p.m. - midnight on Sat., Aug. 19. Tickets will be available in July at Seacoast Bank locations in Martin, St. Lucie, and select Palm Beach and Indian River locations, Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream in Downtown Stuart, Earthtones and Terra Fermata.

This year's lineup includes Sierra Band, Ladies of Soul, Sister Baby, Bachaco, Melinda Elana, Bryce Allyn, Moska Project and Relapse Band performing on two main stages, plus two additional stages of up and coming acts. The Pure Zeppelin Experience will also be performing at The Lyric Theatre.

Every year, the streets of Downtown Stuart shut down and the community comes out for a day of live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors and of course - dancin' in the streets!

It all began in the Summer of 1987, when a call was made to community leaders from the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce to brainstorm a fundraising event that would keep the newly established Stuart Main Street program alive. Thirty years later, Downtown Stuart is still Dancin’ in the Streets!

Today, the event continues to be Downtown Stuart’s biggest fundraising event, and draws thousands of people to the area each year. Funds from Dancin’ in the Streets support free community events year-round, including Hobgoblins on Main Street, Rock’n Riverwalk and Christmas on Main Street. In the past decade alone, Dancin’ has brought nearly 65,000 people downtown and raised almost a half-million dollars.

“Dancin' in the Streets brings incredible energy and fun to historic downtown Stuart, while raising funds for local non-profits and free community events in our treasured downtown area” said event chair Bill Moore. “This year we look forward to celebrating thirty years of live music, dancing, talent and community spirit.”

Dancin’ in the Streets is presented by the Downtown Business Association and Stuart Main Street and is sponsored by Coast 101.3, Courthouse Commons, Seacoast Bank, Mulligan's Beach House Bar & Grill, Southern Eagle Distributing, Snyder Marketing Solutions & Events and Seabreeze Publications.

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


 
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Jun 29, 2017Entertainment lineup announced for 30th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets
Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association of Stuart have announced the 2017 lineup of musical acts for the 30th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets!

The much-loved festival, celebrating its landmarked 30th year, will take place on five stages, including The Lyric Theatre, with over twenty bands from 3 p.m. - midnight on Sat., Aug. 19. Tickets will be available in July at Seacoast Bank locations in Martin, St. Lucie, and select Palm Beach and Indian River locations, Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream in Downtown Stuart, Earthtones and Terra Fermata.

This year's lineup includes Sierra Band, Ladies of Soul, Sister Baby, Bachaco, Melinda Elana, Bryce Allyn, Moska Project and Relapse Band performing on two main stages, plus two additional stages of up and coming acts. The Pure Zeppelin Experience will also be performing at The Lyric Theatre.

Every year, the streets of Downtown Stuart shut down and the community comes out for a day of live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors and of course - dancin' in the streets!

It all began in the Summer of 1987, when a call was made to community leaders from the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce to brainstorm a fundraising event that would keep the newly established Stuart Main Street program alive. Thirty years later, Downtown Stuart is still Dancin’ in the Streets!

Today, the event continues to be Downtown Stuart’s biggest fundraising event, and draws thousands of people to the area each year. Funds from Dancin’ in the Streets support free community events year-round, including Hobgoblins on Main Street, Rock’n Riverwalk and Christmas on Main Street. In the past decade alone, Dancin’ has brought nearly 65,000 people downtown and raised almost a half-million dollars.

“Dancin' in the Streets brings incredible energy and fun to historic downtown Stuart, while raising funds for local non-profits and free community events in our treasured downtown area” said event chair Bill Moore. “This year we look forward to celebrating thirty years of live music, dancing, talent and community spirit.”

Dancin’ in the Streets is presented by the Downtown Business Association and Stuart Main Street and is sponsored by Coast 101.3, Courthouse Commons, Seacoast Bank, Mulligan's Beach House Bar & Grill, Southern Eagle Distributing, Snyder Marketing Solutions & Events and Seabreeze Publications.

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


 
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Jun 29, 2017Habitat for Humanity of Martin County ReStore
Both ReStore locations will be closed on Tuesday
July 4th in honor of Independence Day.
We will reopen for normal business hours on Wednesday July 5th.

Do you or someone you know have a few hours per week? Why not get out of the house and make a difference?
VOLUNTEER IN ONE OF OUR RESTORE'S!
The Habitat Restore operates on volunteer power!
We need friendly and helpful people who want to participate in our mission. Knowledge of building materials and mechanical systems a plus but certainly not a requirement.
Team members are needed in the following areas:

Donation pick-up assistant: assist in loading and unloading donation
Appliance repair: clean and test appliances, identify model numbers
Furniture construction and repair: clean and recondition furniture
Salvage artist: build unique items from wood scraps and other materials.
Sales: assist customers with purchases
Stock specialist: maintain store inventory, create descriptive signs
Merchandise detective: figure out donated items' age, material, value
Deconstruction craftsman: remove fixtures from homes pre-demolition
General assistance: painters, flyer distributors, general gophers
The Habitat Restore offers you an opportunity to interact with people and to assist working families striving for home ownership.

We appreciate the efforts of each and every volunteer who contributes to our mission.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at the ReStore, Call Kelly at (772) 223-9940 or Email RestoreVolunteers@habitatmartin.org

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County ReStore
2555 S.E. Bonita Street
Stuart, FL 34997
(772) 223-8991
Hours
Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Habitat For Humanity of Martin County ReStore North
2090 N.W. Federal Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994
772-223-8991
Hours
Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.




 
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Jun 28, 2017MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SCHOOL GRADES ANNOUNCED – TOP TEN IN STATE


Stuart, FL – The Florida Department of Education released school grades today. Since 1999, Florida has used school grades to communicate how well a school is performing relative to state standards.

Overall, seven schools increased one letter grade, including all of the traditional high schools. Crystal Lake Elementary increased by two letter grades earning an “A”. The District earned an “A” grade, and is in the top ten highest scoring school districts in the state.

“I am proud of the work that our teachers, staff and administrators are doing to impact student learning,” said Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord. “With tremendous gains at the majority of our schools, we have much to celebrate. I am delighted of the work being done in the Martin County School District, educating all students for success,” she said.

Martin County School District School Grades
2016-17 2015-16
Elementary Schools
Bessey Creek Elementary A A
Citrus Grove Elementary A A
Crystal Lake Elementary A C
Felix A. Williams Elementary A B
Hobe Sound Elementary B C
Jensen Beach Elementary B B
J.D. Parker Elementary C C
Palm City Elementary A A
Pinewood Elementary B B
Port Salerno Elementary C C
SeaWind Elementary B C
Warfield Elementary B C

Middle Schools
Dr. David L. Anderson Middle B B
Hidden Oaks Middle A A
Indiantown Middle C C
Murray Middle B B
Stuart Middle A A

High Schools
Clark Advanced Learning Center A A
Jensen Beach High School A B
Martin County High School B C
South Fork High School B C


More information on school grades can be found at: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.

The Martin County School District (MCSD, an Academically High-Performing School District in Florida since 2004, is fully accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. More information about MCSD can be found online at www.martinschools.org.



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Jun 27, 2017Martin County Mosquito Control aerial spraying scheduled for Wednesday
Martin County Mosquito Control will conduct its second aerial spray mission of the year, Wednesday June 28th over Indiantown to reduce overall mosquito populations that have significantly increased due to recent rains. Approximately 30,000 acres in Indiantown (zone I) and surrounding areas will be sprayed Wednesday evening, starting around 8:30 pm until midnight, weather-permitting. If spraying cannot be performed on Wednesday, spraying will occur in the evening on either Thursday, June 29th or Friday, June 30th.

Zone maps are located on the Mosquito Control web page at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 27, 2017New Web Page Tracks Progress of Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today launched a new web page, featuring an interactive map and milestone tracker to allow the public to follow the progress of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

"This project was approved by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, as part of an effort to reduce harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This new web page allows citizens to see how their tax dollars are being spent on this project, as well as track the progress of this reservoir."

The Water Resources Law of 2017 -- Senate Bill 10 -- calls for SFWMD to construct a reservoir that can hold 240,000 acre-feet of water on about 18,000 acres of state-owned land in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) south of the lake. This property was originally purchased with the intention of building a shallow Flow Equalization Basin (FEB), which would have been known as the A-2 FEB.

The project was included in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, as well as Central Everglades Planning Project to improve the conveyance of water south from the lake to Everglades National Park. Instead, the land will now be used to build the much deeper 240,000 acre-foot reservoir. The EAA Reservoir is intended to help reduce damaging estuary discharges from the lake.

The web page displays to the public where the reservoir will be located, what steps required by the Legislature have already been completed and what key points remain. To date, SFWMD has identified the approximately 3,200 acres of land it owns (currently leasing to private entities) that would be used for the project and about 500 acres of privately owned land that would need to be acquired. SFWMD has already contacted the private landowners to express interest in acquiring their property.

By July 1, SFWMD will take the next step by sending a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting that the Corps develop with SFWMD a "Post Authorization Change Report" to the project for approval by the U.S. Congress. This is necessary since the land was originally slated to be used as part of the Congressionally-approved Central Everglades Planning Project.

https://sfwmd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=4d9807e424894aec9e9c1f74d323f17e


 
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Jun 27, 2017MAINTENANCE /FACILITIES REPAIR PROPOSAL MANUAL


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Jun 27, 2017White Glove Moving Food Drive Success!
In 2013, after learning about the high demand on food pantries and soup kitchens in the summer months when kids were out of school, White Glove through Move for Hunger stepped in to help. A summer food drive was launched that mimicked the efforts of the holiday food drive by delivering sturdy moving boxes to businesses who wished to participate. Each location committed to one, or more, and were required to fill them with non-perishables. This year, over forty-five locations throughout Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties participated in the 5th Annual Summer Food Drive hosted by White Glove Moving & Storage. The goal was to raise 1,000 lbs. of food between May 30th and June 12th this year.
White Glove Moving along with the Treasure Coast Food Bank are proud to report that the goal was exceeded by 3x’s the amount. On June 19th, four full pallets were unloaded off the 26’ foot long moving truck weighing a total of 3,201 lbs. which equates to over 2,667 meals for families in need throughout the Treasure Coast. To date over 30,000 lbs. of food has been raised since 2013 by White Glove and community partners.
Of course a feat this big could not have been made possible if it were not for dedicated local businesses, networking professionals, realtors and customers moving who took the time to donate their unwanted non-perishable food items to help with the efforts. A big thank to the following businesses broken down by county.


 
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Jun 27, 2017White Glove Moving Food Drive Success!
In 2013, after learning about the high demand on food pantries and soup kitchens in the summer months when kids were out of school, White Glove through Move for Hunger stepped in to help. A summer food drive was launched that mimicked the efforts of the holiday food drive by delivering sturdy moving boxes to businesses who wished to participate. Each location committed to one, or more, and were required to fill them with non-perishables. This year, over forty-five locations throughout Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties participated in the 5th Annual Summer Food Drive hosted by White Glove Moving & Storage. The goal was to raise 1,000 lbs. of food between May 30th and June 12th this year.
White Glove Moving along with the Treasure Coast Food Bank are proud to report that the goal was exceeded by 3x’s the amount. On June 19th, four full pallets were unloaded off the 26’ foot long moving truck weighing a total of 3,201 lbs. which equates to over 2,667 meals for families in need throughout the Treasure Coast. To date over 30,000 lbs. of food has been raised since 2013 by White Glove and community partners.
Of course a feat this big could not have been made possible if it were not for dedicated local businesses, networking professionals, realtors and customers moving who took the time to donate their unwanted non-perishable food items to help with the efforts. A big thank to the following businesses broken down by county.


 
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Jun 26, 2017Massive West Coast Restoration Project Makes Big Progress
Bulldozers have been piling up massive mountains of earth and construction crews have been working since last year to build a restoration project crucial to the health of the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary. The C-43 West Basin Reservoir remains on schedule with a steady stream of funding championed by Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House representatives Matt Caldwell, Heather Fitzenhagen, Dane Eagle, Ray Rodrigues, Byron Donalds, Bob Rommel and senators Lizbeth Benacquisto, Kathleen Passidomo and Denise Grimsley.

"I want to thank Gov. Scott and the Southwest Florida delegation members for showing their commitment to our residents by appropriating $106 million to accelerate the construction of the C-43 Reservoir," said South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board member Rick Barber. "This money will expedite the completion of this crucial reservoir project that will capture basin runoff and reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges."

About the C-43 Reservoir:
Work on the C-43 West Basin Reservoir began in 2016 on 10,700 acres SFWMD owns near LaBelle in Hendry County. Once completed, the reservoir will hold 170,000 acre-feet of water, allowing for the capture of basin runoff and aid in reducing damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary. It will also store fresh water that can be sent to the estuary during dry periods to help reduce elevated salinity levels that can damage oysters, seagrasses and other wildlife.

"We will look back at the 2017 legislative session as the most significant funding victory for the C-43 West Basin Reservoir project," added SFWMD Governing Board member Jaime Weisinger. "With continued commitment from state leadership, this monumental construction undertaking will be a reality for Southwest Florida."

The project's initial work involved creation of large piles of earth, followed by compressing the soil, ensuring solid foundation for pump stations. Construction is also well underway on a reservoir pump station.

Additional design and construction contracts will be awarded as construction progress moves forward. The next major contract is expected to be awarded by the Governing Board in January 2018. This contract will involve building a main pump station that will draw water from the Caloosahatchee River into the reservoir.

The approximately $500 million project is expected to be completed in 2022.



 
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