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Sep 30, 2017Chircus - The Children's Ball


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Sep 27, 2017BEACH DYNAMICS


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Sep 22, 2017Replacing Trees Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma negatively impacted our community by weakening, uprooting, and defoliating trees which means there will be less carbon sequestration and oxygen production by trees and their foliage. The storm sped up the death process by killing many weak and old trees. Individuals replacing trees damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma can obtain advice on tree replacement from their local Florida Forest Service or County extension office.

“When landowners replace hurricane damaged trees,” explains Senior Forester Calin Ionita, Florida Forest Service, “they should select a high quality tree—either a Florida Fancy or a Florida Grade No. 1--determined as such by the Florida Grades and Standards. This quality rating is based upon trunk, branch, crown, leaf and root characteristics.”

Research shows that Southern Magnolia, Live Oak, Crape Myrtle, Bald Cypress, and Sabal Palm have a good resistance to wind damage. These trees are less likely to lose limbs or blow over during hurricanes.

Some of the trees with the least wind resistance were Sand Pine, Chinese Elm, Water Oak, and Laurel Oak.

Remember that proper planting and care are just as important as tree selection. By making smart choices when you choose and plant new trees, you'll avoid costly damage later. For more information on grades and standards, go to the Florida Department of Agriculture website.

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

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


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Sep 22, 2017HURRICANE IRMA Hurricane Irma Recovery Briefing


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is asking local businesses and chambers to contact them if they need federal assistance. If you need support, please contact the FEMA Region IV External Affairs team:
Phil Strouse
FEMA Region IV External Affairs
Stakeholder Relations Team Lead
404-909-2641 | philip.strouse@fema.dhs.gov
Corinne Epstein, MSW, MPA
FEMA Region IV External Affairs
Intergovernmental Affairs & Private Sector Engagement
770-220-5696 | corinne.epstein@fema.dhs.gov
The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues working with members and local chamber partners to help ensure Florida recovers from Hurricane Irma. Thanks to your support, Florida is getting back to business. If you’ve not yet had a chance to support ongoing efforts, please consider:

Here are two ways you can help:
• Florida Disaster Fund – Administered by Volunteer Florida to help Florida communities as they respond to and recover from Hurricane Irma.
• Florida Chamber of Commerce Local Chamber Relief Fund – A program that exclusively supports local chamber of commerce in Florida that have been most impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Statewide Update
The latest post-Irma recovery information, straight from the state Emergency Operations Center:

• PORTS: All ports are now open including Key West, albeit with restrictions.
• POWER: Since the height of power outages, 6.7 million on last Monday, power has been restored to more than 6.6 million accounts. In just over a week, nearly 100 percent of all outages have been restored by more than 30,000 restoration personnel across Florida – the largest power restoration undertaking in history for a single state. In fact, linemen have restored power to more Floridians than the population of 37 states. As of 3 PM today, 28,209 accounts remain without power. The latest power outage information can be viewed here and is constantly updated.
• FUEL: The fuel situation in the state has improved significantly. Port Everglades, Port Canaveral, Port of Jacksonville and Port of Tampa are all open and are actively prioritizing fuel tanker ships. Lawmakers are considering a gas reserve for future natural disasters.
• WATER SUPPLY: Due to damage to infrastructure throughout the Florida Keys, potable water is scarce. There is a water boil notice throughout the Keys, impacting both residents and businesses. The National Guard has set up comfort zones for residents throughout the Keys to receive water, food and supplies. For a full list of statewide water boil notices, click here.
• HOT MEALS FOR LOW INCOME: For those chambers with a significant grocery member base – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has waived the restriction on hot foods for SNAP recipients throughout Florida. In order for the retailer to accept, DCF says the retailer needs to update their point of sale system. This waiver will end Sept. 30.
• EMERGENCY RELIEF QUICK RELEASE GRANT: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system. This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency repairs on impacted roads, embankments, bridges or other infrastructure and help restore traffic on major roadways to ensure Florida residents and visitors can travel safely.
• PROPERTY INSURANCE: Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, per the direction of Governor Scott, issued an Emergency Order suspending and activating various insurance regulations and statues to assist policyholders in post-storm recovery. Click here to read the full order.
Resources to Help You
To learn more about the various resources that are available to aid Florida's business community, visit www.FloridaChamber.com/Hurricane.




Florida Chamber of Commerce l www.FloridaChamber.com
136 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 l (850) 521-1200


 
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Sep 22, 2017Martin Youth LEADERship's Opening Session of the Year
Stuart, FL– On Tuesday, September 21, 2017, the 40 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their first monthly session of the 2017-2018 school year (LEADERship Day) at the Kane Center in Stuart. Session Chairman Alec Connolly offered the students a full day of ice-breaking, team building, and leadership exercises that helped students find their leadership style, and introduced them to goal setting. Connolly, from Gulf Stream Council Learning for Life, worked with several adult volunteers including: Gina Kenyon from Forward Electric & Air Conditioning, Jim Atkinson (aka Mr. H-A-P-P-Y) and Patrick Murray from the Martin County School District, and Cheree Ramirez from Manpower, Inc. In conjunction with the volunteer leaders, the program would not be possible without the support of the individual high school staff that assist: Wilmer (Skip) Morgan, from Martin County High School; AJ Diaz, from South Fork High School; Marianne Vinette from Jensen Beach High School; Chris McCrory from Clark Advanced Learning Center; and Beth Lettengarver from the Pine School.

In October, Martin Youth LEADERship will travel to Tanah Keetah Scout Reservation and participate in Project COPE (Challenge Outdoor Personal Experience), for a day of learning on the ropes course.

Martin Youth LEADERship Chair Diana Bruton states, “Good leaders are made not born. We understand that if you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders are developed through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience. Furthermore, leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills. Finally; we and our mentor volunteers understand the youth of Martin County are indeed our future, and it is our responsibility to provide them with the basics of Leadership”.

The program is completely underwritten and sponsored by many local businesses and in-kind donations, including but not limited to:

• Ampersand Shirt Shack
• LEADERship Alumni
• Martin County School District
• Panera Bread
• Publix
• Realtor Association of Martin County
• South Florida Water Management District/DuPuis Park
• Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce
• Stuart Police Department / Martin County Sheriff’s Office
• The Pine School
• Treasure Coast Legal
• Treasure Coast Realty
• Tykes & Teens

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 21st year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted into the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and a maximum of 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Chairwoman, Diana Bruton, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at 1650 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994 (772) 215-3613.


 
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Sep 22, 2017Updated Link: Florida farmers were hit hard 
Florida Farmers were hit hard by Hurricane Irma, but we will recover, replant and we will grow. Growing food for American families is what we do.

Please click on the link to play the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mctn8l1zuLg

 
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Sep 22, 2017Replacing Trees Damaged by Hurricane Irma


Hurricane Irma negatively impacted our community by weakening, uprooting, and defoliating trees which means there will be less carbon sequestration and oxygen production by trees and their foliage. The storm sped up the death process by killing many weak and old trees. Individuals replacing trees damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma can obtain advice on tree replacement from their local Florida Forest Service or County extension office.

“When landowners replace hurricane damaged trees,” explains Senior Forester Calin Ionita, Florida Forest Service, “they should select a high quality tree—either a Florida Fancy or a Florida Grade No. 1--determined as such by the Florida Grades and Standards. This quality rating is based upon trunk, branch, crown, leaf and root characteristics.”

Research shows that Southern Magnolia, Live Oak, Crape Myrtle, Bald Cypress, and Sabal Palm have a good resistance to wind damage. These trees are less likely to lose limbs or blow over during hurricanes.

Some of the trees with the least wind resistance were Sand Pine, Chinese Elm, Water Oak, and Laurel Oak.

Remember that proper planting and care are just as important as tree selection. By making smart choices when you choose and plant new trees, you'll avoid costly damage later. For more information on grades and standards, go to the Florida Department of Agriculture website.

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

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


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Sep 22, 2017HURRICANE IRMA Post-Irma Chamber Federation Call Recap
HURRICANE IRMA Post-Irma Chamber Federation Call Recap

On yesterday's local chamber federation call, participants heard from special guest Sheree Anne Kelly, President & CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Sheree Anne shared ACCE's support for Florida's recovery efforts and will be working with the Florida Chamber of Commerce to market resources for chambers across the country to assist in those efforts.

Bruce Brodoff, External Affairs Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also joined the call to share what he and his colleagues are doing to help businesses across the state get back up and running. He asked that if anyone had any concerns, or needed assistance from FEMA, to contact the FEMA Region IV External Affairs team:
Phil Strouse
FEMA Region IV External Affairs
Stakeholder Relations Team Lead
404-909-2641 | philip.strouse@fema.dhs.gov
Corinne Epstein, MSW, MPA
FEMA Region IV External Affairs
Intergovernmental Affairs & Private Sector Engagement
770-220-5696 | corinne.epstein@fema.dhs.gov
The Florida Chamber continues to assist Florida businesses and local chambers throughout the state and has maintained the Local Chamber Relief Fund to lend a hand to local chambers impacted by natural disasters. Those looking to contribute can go to Floridachamber.com/relief to help chambers impacted by Hurricane Irma. More hurricane resources, including business assistance, can be found here.


Announcements

Be Our Partner During Employee Voter Registration Week
Next week, the Florida Chamber, in partnership with BIPAC, will be participating in Employee Voter Registration Week as part of a year-round movement to get our members and their employees involved in the American election process. Please join us as partners in this endeavor by visting Florida Wins and participating in Employee Voter Registration Week. Contact me at (850) 521-1215 or jgabel@flchamber.com for more information.


Are You Ready for the Future of Florida?
By 2030, nearly 26 million Floridians will call Florida home. Is Florida ready to remain globally competitive, create high-wage jobs and economic opportunity, and fuel vibrant and sustainable communities? Register for the Future of Florida Forum today!



Florida Chamber of Commerce l www.FloridaChamber.com
136 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 l (850) 521-1200


 
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Sep 22, 2017Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
FORCE



September 2017

The Rivers Coalition meeting is, Thursday, September 28th at 11:00 am at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. Coffee & Donuts will be provided.

The Rivers Coalition is very fortunate to have as our guest speaker:
Ernie Marks - Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)

Mr. Marks will update the Rivers Coalition membership on the water projects underway with a focus on those in Martin County, like IRL South, C-44, etc., that will benefit the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.
We will also get the opportunity to ask about progress with the SB 10-EAA Reservoir Project and the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

Mr. Marks is a resident of Palm City and has knowledge of our local concerns.

Here is a link to Mr. Marks' information.

Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our YouTube Channel



Agenda for Thursday, September 28, 2017
11:00 am to 12:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers:
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!

Business Matters:
• Chairman’s Comments and Call to Order: Mark D. Perry
• Current Action Items: SB 10 update and Lake Okeechobee Levels and updates.
Special Presentations:

Ernie Marks - Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)

Government & Agency Progress Reports:
• Martin County Deb Drum
• State and Federal Agencies and Issues Paul Gray and Mark Perry
Coalition Reports:
• Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update: Charles Grande
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality: Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update: Marty Baum
• River Kidz: Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Speakers Bureau: Todd Weissing
Member Comments & Announcements:

Adjourn.


Rally for the River August 5, 2017 Flagler Park

The Crew!

















Speakers Bureau

The Rivers Coalition appreciates an invitation to speak. If your group would like the Rivers Coalition to speak at an upcoming gathering, please contact Todd Weissing at ctodd_weissing@ml.com or info@riverscoalition.org

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



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10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
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How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
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2017 Meeting Schedule
The 2017 meetings will be held at
City of Stuart City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34995

Thursday, October 26 11 am
Wednesday, November 29 6 pm - new addition to schedule


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Thank you for all your support.

Editor: Barbara Osborn

PO Box 2627
Stuart, FL 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org


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Sep 22, 2017Business Development Board of Martin County Excellence in Economic Development Award
Business Development Board of Martin County Excellence in Economic Development Award
from the International Economic Development Council

The Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC) won a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its “Martin County Business Page, a project in the category of Ad Campaign from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference.
“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Business Development Board of Martin County. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark.” - Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair

“We are happy to accept this recognition and hope that other economic development organizations can mirror this concept to increase visibility for their local businesses” said Tim Dougher, Executive Director, BDBMC.

The BDB is the official economic development organization in Martin County, Florida, and is the creator of the Martin County Business Page. Working with The Stuart News, The Business Page was an opportunity to promote local companies that provide goods and services that add to the overall economy of the area. The BDBMC wanted to recognize the accomplishments of local businesses in order for residents to understand the importance of smart growth in Martin County.

“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” Langley said.

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities. www.iedcONLINE.org.

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Tim Dougher |Executive Director
Business Development Board of Martin County
772.221.1380 office | 772.214.9656 mobile | tim@bdbmc.org | www.bdbmc.org
1002 SE Monterey Commons Blvd, Suite 207 | Stuart, FL 34996



 
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Sep 22, 2017Reminder: Temporary Closure of S-135 Lock on Lake Okeechobee Scheduled for Sept. 25

The boat lock is one of four on the north shore undergoing routine maintenance


(Click the map to see a larger version.)

Okeechobee, FL - For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, a temporary closure of the S-135 navigation lock at J&S Fish Camp in Martin County has been scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25. This closure will last one day and is necessary to complete maintenance work for the lock that began in August.

The S-135 is one of four navigation locks on the north shore of the lake to undergo routine maintenance. Work has already been completed at the G-36 lock at Henry Creek in Okeechobee County and the S-127 lock at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County.

Maintenance work scheduled for Sept. 7 for the S-131 lock at Lakeport in Glades County was postponed due to preparations for Hurricane Irma. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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

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



 
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Sep 22, 2017Alternative Home Health Care now hiring.
As you may know, our mission is to help families live with dignity, respect, and peace of mind. We are continuously working to educate the community about the services we provide. For those of us at Alternative Home Health Care, helping others help themselves is the truest measure of our success. From our compassionate caregivers, who earn the trust and respect of our clients on a daily basis, to the administrators who foster relationships and alleviate concerns. It is Alternatives Home Health Care’s goal to enable individuals to maintain as normal and independent a lifestyle as possible, within their own homes.

Alternative Home Health Care would like to ask you for your help in continuing with this endeavor. We are hiring qualified Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides that are willing to work in the Jupiter/ Tequesta Palm Beach Gardens area. Our office is located at

14806 S. Military Trail
Delray Beach FL, 33445
Ph: 561-921-9031


We are accepting applications Mon thru Friday 10am-3pm.


Thank You

Stacey Kokell
Market Manager
Alternative Home Health Care
Office (561) 921-9031
Fax : (561) 921-9030
staceykokell@alternativehomehealth.com | www.alternativehomehealth.com



 
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Sep 22, 2017House of Hope recognizes exceptional individuals and partners at the 2017 Hope Awards


The annual Hope Awards featured a delightful breakfast at the Mariner Sands Country Club on the morning of Sept. 20. Community partners, businesses and private individuals gathered to be honored by House of Hope for their ongoing and meaningful contributions of time, expertise and other resources.

Following the invocation by LC Campbell, Jr., House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri emceed the ceremony and updated the room about the agency’s recent achievements and upcoming efforts. He announced the opening of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment, team building volunteer opportunities in the Nutrition Center and new production garden locations about to sprout up across the county.

The 19 awards presented this year recognized the philanthropy and community engagement demonstrated by local businesses, organizations, partner agencies and individuals. The recipients included: United Way of Martin County's Leaders United, Bill and Gillian Boice, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Temple Beit HaYam, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Barrett Jones, Junior League of Martin County, Ground Floor Farms, Wawa, Palm City Auction, Emigdio Ramirez Perez; Anthony, Heather and Caiden Olivieri; AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #14, Pat Bonis, Buttonwood Tennis Club, Sue Whittington, Claire Raley ~ Bank United, Jason and Mirka Stocks and R.V. Johnson Insurance.

House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri beams, "It is our privilege and pleasure to honor our collaborative partners. We are grateful for all that they do every day to help us empower martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship." Ranieri acknowledged each recipient’s relationship to House of Hope and the resulting impact of their involvement before inviting them onto the stage to accept their award. These important partnerships range from assisting with client services such as organizing food, school and holiday drives, to supplying much-needed equipment and resources in the thrift stores, Client Choice pantries, nutrition gardens, clean room and Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.

The awards featured local photographer, Sunny Walker’s “Hope and the Changing Tides,” which has become the iconic Image of Hope for the annual Hope Awards.

House of Hope would like to extend their appreciation to the generous sponsors of the event: Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast, HBKS Wealth Advisors, The Pedersen Family Foundation, The Firefly Group and Harbor Community Bank.

ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of about 6,000 people 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 www.hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673



 
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Sep 21, 2017SFWMD Reopening Nearly All Public Lands to Recreational Use on Sept. 21


STAs 2, 3/4 and 5/6 and new A-1 Flow Equalization Basin remain closed

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will reopen public access to nearly all SFWMD-managed lands and lands managed in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

SFWMD lands have been closed since Sept. 8 under an emergency order issued in advance of Hurricane Irma. After the hurricane passed through the District's 16-county region, land managers have been working to remove debris and repair storm-related damage to ensure public safety.

These lands currently remain closed to public access:
• Palm Beach County: A-1 Flow Equalization Basin
• Palm Beach County: Stormwater Treatment Area 2
• Palm Beach County: Stormwater Treatment Area 3/4
• Hendry County: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6
Visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation for the latest updates on post-Irma reopenings and to explore SFWMD-managed public lands.

For updates on the District's recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma, follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter or visit www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate.

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



 
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Sep 21, 2017SFWMD Navigation Lock on Lake Tohopekaliga to Resume Operations Following Hurricane Irma

Kissimmee, FL - With commercial power restored following Hurricane Irma, the South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) S-61 navigation lock on Lake Tohopekaliga will resume normal operations on Thursday, Sept. 21. The S-61 enables navigation between Lake Toho and Cypress Lake via the C-35 Canal in Osceola County.

For boaters' safety, all SFWMD navigation locks on the Kissimmee River remain closed. The District is using the S-65A lock downstream of Lake Kissimmee to increase flows in the river and provide relief for residents and businesses from high water levels in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

Earlier this week, SFWMD navigation locks on the north and south shores of Lake Okeechobee resumed normal operations. Boaters navigating into the lake through the S-127 lock at Buckhead Ridge should be aware that floating vegetation may hinder their boats as they try to exit the lock chamber. The SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to address the issue as quickly as possible.

Navigation locks on the Okeechobee Waterway are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For the status of those locks, check navigation notices from the Corps.

Visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation for more information on navigation closures and a full list of SFWMD-operated locks and their operating hours.

For updates on the District's recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma, follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter or visit www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate.

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







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


 
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Sep 21, 2017MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT...THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!


Stuart, FL – Martin County School District announced today the launch of their new app, which is now available for iPhones®, iPads®, Android™, Blackberry™ and Windows™ devices by searching “Martin County Schools” from SchoolInfo App. The free app enables parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff to quickly access all of the who, what, when and where for the District and every school.
“We are excited to launch our latest communication tool for our parents and community,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent of Schools. “We encourage parents to download the app to stay up-to-date on all things related to the District and their child’s school. We want our families to be involved in their child’s education and want to provide every opportunity to deliver information for today’s parents.”
The MCSD app is free and gives parents and students quick access to:
• Keep up with all of the latest news, information and announcements at multiple schools
• Find out about events and activities
• Access school menus, the FOCUS student information system and more
• Get important documents, picture galleries & other media
The MCSD app also provides students with valuable tools, including:
• The My Assignments virtual assignment book that students can use to keep up with their homework, upcoming tests and projects
• A TipLine to promote campus safety that allows students to anonymously report tips related to instances of bullying, academic integrity concerns or possible on-campus criminal activity
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Martin County School District • 500 East Ocean Boulevard • Stuart, FL 34994
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Sep 21, 2017Rehmann announces promotion of Susan Majette to Regional Administrative Manager



STUART, FL., September 19, 2017—Rehmann, a fully-integrated financial services firm of CPAs and Business Consultants, Wealth Advisors and Corporate Investigators, has promoted Susan Majette to Regional Administrative Manager for the Florida Region. Stationed in Stuart, she is responsible for the coordination of administration for all of the Florida offices.
Majette joined Roegiers, Goldin, Chappel, Nall, CPA’s in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Office Manager in 2016, shortly after the firm combined with Rehmann. This latest promotion mirrors the growth of that which Rehmann continues to experience in Florida.
“Susan applies a high level of client service and OneRehmann attitude to everything she does,” said Gene Goldin, Rehmann Owner, Principal and Florida Regional Managing Partner. “We are fortunate to have her willingness and strengths to take on this important role.”
As part of her new role, Majette will oversee the Professional Support Group for the region, as well as support the Regional Managing Partner, the Florida Regional Department Directors, and the Florida offices in carrying out the management and administrative responsibilities required for the Region to meet their client service, operational and financial performance goals.



 
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Sep 21, 2017TRIBUTE TO SEPTEMBER 23RD HONOR FLIGHT VETERANS
PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTY FIRE RESCUE & LEO TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SEPTEMBER 23RD HONOR FLIGHT VETERANS

Stuart, FL (September 20, 2017) Local firefighters and police officers are volunteering for a very different call to duty in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 23rd. Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement personnel from both Palm Beach and Martin Counties will simultaneously escort and display honorary salutes to the WWII and Korean War veterans on board buses headed to Palm Beach International Airport . Few will see this tribute so early in the morning, but for the veterans on board, it will have a poignant effect. It begins a day of honor for these local veterans flying to Washington, DC on their Honor Flight.

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

This tribute takes many volunteers, time and coordination, yet it seems these fire rescue and law enforcement personnel have created a powerful tradition for the Honor Flight veterans, bringing humble excitement in the morning and a final exclamation point on a day of honor.

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

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

These Greatest Generation and Korean War veterans will receive the same Fire Rescue and Police tribute escort and route-lined salute for the veterans’ ride home to conclude their journey around 9:30 p.m. the evening of September 23rd.

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

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

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ABOUT SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT

Honor Flight is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight or call 1-855-359-2838.

For more information on this release, contact:

Kathy Sreenan
Southeast Florida Honor Flight
561.758.0722
media@honorflightsefl.org
Kathy Sreenan
Public Affairs
Southeast Florida Honor Flight
561.758.0722


 
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Sep 21, 2017The Shock Absorbers in Your Spine
A Sigh of Relief for Sciatica

sciatic-pain
Dealing with sciatic nerve pain? Give our practice a call to find natural relief.
How do you know if you have sciatica? Many patients experience:

Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens when sitting
Burning or tingling down one or both legs
Weakness, numbness or difficulty using your leg or foot
A shooting pain that makes standing difficult
If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re likely to be in your 40’s or 50’s and have pain when coughing, sneezing or any kind of movement. Simply put, you probably have sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?

Like a large river created by smaller streams, four or five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft pulpy disc between each spinal bone is often involved. While a disc can’t “slip,” it can bulge, herniate or rupture. This can put direct pressure on the nearby nerves.

The result? Swelling and inflammation. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate down to the foot or toes.

What You Can Do

While sciatica can be distracting, it rarely produces permanent nerve damage—especially with prompt chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic care is so successful in providing sciatica pain relief, it’s almost considered routine.

The only challenge seems to be impatient patients who expect instant results. Unlike artificial solutions such as drugs or more drastic surgery, chiropractic care helps restore the proper relationships between bones, discs and nerves. This natural approach, relying on the healing ability of your body, moves at its own pace.

If you’re dealing with sciatic nerve pain, consider giving our practice a call.

The Shock Absorbers in Your Spine


Light walking and keeping hydrated can sometimes provide relief from common disc issues.
They bulge, herniate, degenerate and tear, but they don’t “slip.” Discs, along with the curves of the spine, serve as the “shock absorbers” of your body. Lower back pain may be the result of herniated discs and other disc problems. Separating each vertebra, they create the necessary spacing for nerves to exit the spinal cord to service the organs and tissues of your body. Rings of fibrous tissue called the annulus contain a soft jelly center.

Here’s a look at two common disc problems.

Bulging Disc

A weakened area of the annulus can allow the softer center of the disc to bulge out like a balloon. This can put pressure on nearby nerves. Bulging discs respond well to chiropractic care. With improved spinal function we’ve seen many cases in which surgery was threatened, resolve nicely.

Herniated Disc

A herniated or ruptured disc tends to be more serious. It can occur anywhere in the spine, but seems most common in the lower back. This is when part of the soft center pushes out through a weakened area due to trauma or degeneration, putting pressure on the spinal cord.

Chiropractic care, along with simple exercises, such as walking, increased water intake and improved nutrition offer a natural, non-surgical resolution for many disc problems.

Dr. Lisa Grassam
Grassam Family Chiropractic
Appointments: (772) 286-5433


 
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Sep 21, 2017It's World Alzheimer's Day!



More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, this number could rise high as 16 million.*

Today, Alzheimer's Community Care recognizes World Alzheimer's Day and we'd like you to be a part of that. With an alarming number of those in South Florida suffering with Alzheimer's disease and related neurocognitive disorders, we know our work is needed.

Today, we ask you to join with us to spread the message and raise awareness!

So, what can you do?
- If someone you know has a loved one dealing with Alzheimer's, tell them about our services, or direct them to our website: alzcare.org.

- Share the badge on the right on your social media pages (right-click and 'Save as Picture') including the hashtags #AlzCare and #WorldAlzDay.

- Share, Like or Retweet our World Alzheimer's Day social media posts today:
Facebook: Alzheimer's Community Care
Twitter: AlzCareOrg

- Encourage your family and friends to click here to subscribe to our monthly
e-newsletter.

- Join us at our 2017 "Beauty of Winter" South County Luncheon, purchase tickets here.

Alzheimer's Community Care is here to help you through your journey.

*Source: Alzheimer's Association, 2017





Donate Today


Alzheimer's Community Care | (561) 683-2700 | www.alzcare.org

2017 World Alzheimer's Day


 
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Sep 21, 2017Constitution Revision Commission Update


I hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well after Hurricane Irma. Following a similar move by the Florida Legislature, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Chair Carlos Beruff canceled the first committee week of the CRC due to the impacts from Hurricane Irma.
With Irma now in the rearview mirror, the CRC will now convene next week, Sept. 25-29. Chair Beruff has indicated that the CRC would revisit the proposed public filing deadline for constitutional amendments and will continue to allow the public to submit proposals.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce stands ready to help you and your business recover from the Hurricane Irma. As our state returns to normal, we will continue to solicit thoughts and ideas for suggested changes to Florida’s constitution.

For more information on the CRC, its impact on Florida’s future and how to voice your ideas click here.


Hear from the CRC at the Future of Florida Forum
Members of the CRC, including Chair Beruff, will participate in a panel discussion as part of the Florida Chamber's Future of Florida Forum. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from those leading the once every 20 year process of reviewing Florida's constitution. Register today!



 
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Sep 20, 2017Martin County Meetings ~ October 2017
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for October 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
October 10, 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
October 24, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will include EAR-based Comprehensive Plan public hearings (transmittal).
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
October 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 26, 2017 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OVERSIGHT BOARD
October 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

JOINT MEETING WITH THE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THE TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
October 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
October 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
October 18, 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
October 23, 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.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
October 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
October 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

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

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
October 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
October 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
October 5 & 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
October 30, 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.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
October 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

RURAL INDIANTOWN REVITALIZATION ADVISORY BOARD
October 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

This notice dated: September 20, 2017.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Sep 20, 2017RECOVERY AFTER HURRICANE IRMA


“With vehicles being destroyed, documents being lost, and the extraordinary amount of damage throughout the state caused by the hurricane, we know that many of our neighbors are working with insurance adjusters,” commented Ruth Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector. “Sometimes these documents are needed to file insurance claims or to receive emergency relief aid. Our goal is to ensure Floridians have whatever they need to begin the recovery process. Our four Martin County Tax Collector offices are all up and running waiting to serve you and provide you with the help you need!”
Our Martin County Tax Collector’s Emergency Management team did a phenomenal job during Hurricane Irma. All staff had a part in our hurricane preparedness plan to help our Emergency Management team close down offices. The systems were shut down properly, making recovery immediate and functionality proper, getting our systems back up and running quickly with no issues. I am blessed and thankful for the “winning” team players in my offices who never fail to amaze me. Thank you to my Martin County Tax Collector’s Emergency Management TEAM!
Most of all, we thank the Lord for sparing us from this storm. God Bless You ALL! We are here to help you!


 
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Sep 20, 2017MIAF The Log Sep 19
ACTIVITIES IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRMA
The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will initiate alternative permitting procedures in response to conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma. These alternate procedures
will be utilized for a period of 6 months from the date of this Notice, or 7 March
2018:
1. In accordance with 33 CFR 325.2(e)(4), an "emergency" is a situation which would result in an unacceptable hazard to life, a significant loss of property, or an immediate,
unforeseen, and significant economic hardship if corrective action requiring a permit is not undertaken within a time period less than the normal time needed to process the permit application under standard procedures.
2. Most permitting will likely be accomplished through the nationwide permit (NWP) program. For example, containment/clean up/restoration operations may be authorized under NWP #38. Additionally, bank stabilization activities may be authorized under NWP #13. These activities would be accomplished under the authorities of Section 1 O
of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344).
3. For those actions which do not qualify for authorization under the terms and conditions of the NWP program, the following procedures will be used:
a. Requests for expedited permits associated with Hurricane Irma will be reviewed to determine if there is truly an emergency situation associated with the request.
b. If the action is determined to be an emergency, descriptions of the proposed action will be transmitted to representatives from each of the commenting agencies,
including the State/Commonwealth agencies responsible for Section 401 Water Quality Certification and Coastal Zone Management Consistency if required.
c. The District will make a permit decision after considering/addressing any comments submitted by the agencies. It is anticipated that this process can be finalized
within 24-48 hours for most actions.
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4. If additional information is needed, please contact Mr. Dale E. Beier of the Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Beier may be reached at 904.232.1361, or by email at: dale.e.beter@usace.army.mil.
Donnie W. Kinard
Chief, Regulatory DivALTERNATIVE PERMIT APPL/CATION PROCESSING PROCEDURES FOR

 
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Sep 20, 2017Hurricane Irma & Florida's Insurance Industry: Register Today


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Sep 20, 2017HURRICANE IRMA / Post-Irma Chamber Federation Call


Local chambers are vital partners in helping communities get back on their feet after a storm.
As part of the Florida Chamber’s efforts to ensure local chambers have the resources they needed, we will hold a Chamber Federation Conference call TOMORROW, September 21 at 11 AM.
Special guest Sheree Anne Kelly, President & CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, will join the call to share their support and resources while Florida continues to recover from Irma.

Many of you are busy with post-Irma efforts, and our goal is to keep the call brief. Each local chamber is encouraged to share a situational update and provide unmet needs they may have. UPDATED CALL-IN INFORMATION BELOW:
Florida Chamber Federation - Hurricane Irma Conference Call
Thursday, September 21, 2017
11-11:30 a.m. EST
800-617-4268
PIN: 8412395#.


 
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Sep 19, 2017Focus on Hurricane Recovery at September Mornings on Main Street
Stuart Main Street to Focus on Hurricane Recovery at
September Mornings on Main Street
Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors to Sponsor Networking Breakfast
at the Lyric Theatre September 28

Who: Anyone who loves Downtown Stuart and wants to shape its future!
What: Bi-monthly networking breakfast Mornings on Main Street presented by
Stuart Main Street.
This month’s focus: Recovering from a Hurricane
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Where: The Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Federal Avenue, Stuart
How: Call 772-286-2848 for more information

STUART, FL – September 18, 2017 – As businesses all over Stuart recover from Hurricane Irma, Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce the next bi-monthly networking breakfast, Mornings on Main Street, will focus on hurricane recovery resources. Topics will include small business assistance programs, help for restaurants and hotels, and marketing downtown for tourists and others after a hurricane.
The popular FREE networking breakfast will be held at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Lyric Theatre at 59 SW Flagler Avenue in Historic Downtown Stuart. The event is sponsored by Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors 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.

*Under Florida Law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic email to this entity.


 
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Sep 19, 2017Hurricane Irma update
FPL has restored 97 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma; laser-focused on restoring power to remaining 130,000 customers

- Crews working on neighborhoods in hardest-hit areas and individual homes
- Power restoration is essentially complete in 18 counties
- Majority of counties along Florida's eastern coast are essentially restored; Miami-Dade County anticipated to be essentially restored tomorrow
- 2,300 personnel and four staging sites added to the restoration effort along Florida's western coast
- Restoration estimates by county available at FPL.com/powertracker
- Customers should continue to heed safety precautions
Sep 18, 2017

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As of this evening, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has restored service to more than 4.3 million customers, or more than 97 percent of the 4.4 million customers impacted by Hurricane Irma. Roughly 130,000 customers remain without power.

www.FPL.com.
"Our expanded workforce of thousands of employees, contractors and partners from across the country and Canada continue to work around the clock to restore service to every customer who remains without power tonight," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "While our restoration crews continue to make progress, we are keenly aware that customer patience for those without their lights and air conditioning tonight is beyond worn thin. We sincerely appreciate the support and understanding our crews are receiving from so many, including those who have been without power since Irma struck. We remain firm in our commitment that we will not let up until everyone's lights are back on."

Bradford, Union, Clay, Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, Seminole, Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Columbia, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Hardee counties are all essentially restored – meaning more than 99 percent of customers who were affected by Irma are restored. Customers who do not have power in these counties should report their outages online at FPL.com/outage. The remaining outages in these areas may require specialized work to repair significant damage from Irma's fierce winds, tornadoes and strong storm surge. In addition, some of the outages may be the result of normal, day-to-day activity and not related to Irma.

Miami-Dade County is 97 percent restored, Broward County is 99 percent restored and restoration efforts in Northeast Florida from Putnam County north through Nassau County are on track or ahead of schedule. In Southwest Florida, power restoration is 85 percent complete or higher in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Glades counties. Hendry County is 75 percent restored and more than 78 percent of customers are restored in Collier County, where Irma made landfall and inflicted the worst damage.

Restoration continues on track for all counties. Estimated times of restoration by county can be viewed at FPL.com/powertracker. Exceptions could occur in areas throughout Florida that were impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding, and heavy tree and debris damage. There may also be instances in which a customer's home or business is structurally damaged and unable to safely accept power.

Customers may experience limited outages over the coming weeks and months due to weakened trees and branches that could impact power lines and electric equipment. FPL crews will continue to make needed repairs as they are identified.

FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities. These sites provide charging stations, water, Wi-Fi, ice, community service and restoration information, and customer service assistance. Please visit FPL.com/powertracker to see locations and times.

Converging crews into the hardest-hit areas
With major power lines and critical infrastructure now restored, crews are converging into the hardest-hit areas and working 24/7 to restore smaller groups of outages in thousands of neighborhoods across the state. As areas along the East Coast are completed, more and more crews are supplementing existing crews in areas with remaining outages, including Miami-Dade County and Southwest Florida.

Restoration personnel continue to find widespread damage in the hardest-hit communities, including whole trees pulling down power lines and isolated flooding preventing crews and equipment from getting in to make the necessary repairs. In many cases, crews are spending hours clearing trees and debris before it is safe to reach power lines and begin work.

FPL will continue to communicate restoration information through the media and online via FPL.com, Facebook and Twitter. Customers should call FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) only to report conditions such as downed power lines or sparking electrical equipment. Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.

Be certain your home or business is ready to receive power
If the power is on next door but yours is not, make certain that your home or business is ready to receive it by checking the connection to FPL.

Look at the meter, the box that holds it, and connected pipes and wires on the wall of the building.
If the meter box, pipes or wires are bent or broken, repairs may be needed before FPL can restore power. If it looks damaged, contact a licensed electrician. Do not touch damaged equipment.
If the meter itself is damaged, restoration workers will replace it.
Please stay safe and help us keep crews safe
We urge you to continue taking the following safety precautions:

Please heed Florida's Move Over Law that requires drivers to move over and slow down whenever there is a utility worker, law enforcement officer or a first responder on the side of the road.
Stay far away from downed power lines, flooding and debris; lines could be energized and dangerous.
Use extreme caution while driving. Power interruptions may cause traffic signals to stop working without warning. If you come to an intersection with a non-working traffic signal, Florida law requires that you treat it as a four-way stop.
How to stay informed
FPL communicates restoration information to customers frequently through the news media and the following resources:

Power Tracker: FPL.com/powertracker
FPL website: FPL.com
Twitter: twitter.com/insideFPL
Facebook: facebook.com/FPLconnect
FPL blog: FPLblog.com
FPL Mobile App: Download from the App Store or Google Play
Visit FPL.com/storm for the latest restoration information.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2017 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

For further information: Florida Power & Light Company, Media Line: 561-694-4442, @FPL_Newsroom

 
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Sep 19, 2017Help after the storm

Dear Floridians,

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.

This massive storm affected every part of our state. And as we now begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding, I encourage every Floridian affected by this storm to apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as possible. You may be eligible for financial help or even direct assistance for things such as: clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses and more.

If you’re eligible, it’s important that you get your FEMA claim in as soon as possible, without delay.

To apply for FEMA assistance visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585.

Please take a few minutes to review the information provided below. You may be eligible for other temporary assistance and benefits.

As I travel around our state, I am heartened by the stories I am hearing over and over again of Floridians helping Floridians. And I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors as we work together to rebuild our state.

If you need any additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact our office by e-mail at: IrmaAssistance@billnelson.senate.gov, by phone toll free in Florida at 1-888-671-4091, or by stopping by one of our regional offices listed below.
Sincerely,



EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
If you need emergency help call 9-1-1.

HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

BASIC SUPPLIES
If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management at: http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up–to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies.

FEMA ASSISTANCE
Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.

To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#.

HELP FOR VETERANS
Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance.

DIALYSIS
To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/. Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center.

MENTAL HEALTH
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: http://bit.ly/2vH2Huc for more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events.

TAX RELIEF
Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma.

DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.

MORTGAGE RELIEF
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).

HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4

ADDITION ASSISTANCE
For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm

BILL NELSON OFFICES IN FLORIDA

Broward
3416 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: 954-693-4851

Ft. Myers
2000 Main Street
Suite 801
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-334-7760

Jacksonville
1301 Riverplace Blvd.
Suite 2010
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-346-4500

Miami-Dade
2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Suite 610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-536-5999

Orlando
225 East Robinson Street
Suite 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-872-7161

Tallahassee
111 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-942-8415

Tampa
801 N. Florida Ave.
4th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040

West Palm Beach
413 Clematis Street
Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-514-0189






 
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Sep 19, 2017Dancing with the Martin Stars
I know we all have a lot on our minds. I hope and pray everyone is safe and sound after our encounter with Irma.
The babies of Martin County still need our help and that is why I am Dancing with the Martin Stars. We are raising money for pre-natal and post-natal care for the babies of our wonderful hometown. Please consider making a donation to my efforts. No amount is too small or too large (especially too large).
You can donate through this link. Click on the donate button under my name to make a PayPal donation.
JUST TO MAKE IT FUN - I will have a random drawing for two tickets to Saturday's show from the list of donors to this cause.

Thank you,

John Gonzalez
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Sep 19, 2017RECOVERY RESOURCES
I have been moved by the selflessness and generosity displayed by Floridians this week, whether they were helping each other board up their houses, giving each other food and water, or just comforting each other throughout these difficult times. I truly believe we are at our best when we come together, working hand in hand to help each other in times of crisis.
If you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. You can also find additional resources here. Throughout the week we were able to secure individual FEMA assistance for all 3 of our counties (click here for more on how to apply). As a result, small businesses in our community are eligible for support from the Small Business Administration and families are eligible for relief from the IRS.
I have also been closely tracking power outages and advocating for getting the power turned back on as quickly as possible. For the most up to date information, click here if your power is through Florida Power & Light and click here if your power is through Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.
If there is anything else I can do to help, please do not hesitate to ask!

For additional updates, 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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Sep 19, 2017Hurricane Irma: How to recover lost wages after the storm


If you were are unable to work or were prevented from working because of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, you may be able to recover your lost wages.

In some cases, employers will pay for lost time. In other cases, you may be able to recover wages under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) - a program that provides "financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the president of the United States and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits."

Once a disaster is declared, you can file an unemployment claim with your state agency. If your claim is accepted, you're guaranteed at least 50 percent of the average benefit in your state. DUA can last up to six months.

Here's a look at some of the programs the U.S. government offers to help with wages.

This information comes from The Department of Labor website.

National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs): DWGs are discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor, under Section 170 of WIOA. DWGs provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to large, unexpected layoff events causing significant job losses. Learn how to apply for a DWG.

Retirement and healthcare plan guidance for employers and employees: The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is temporarily waiving certain requirements and deadlines related to retirement and health insurance plans for employers, employees and others who may have trouble meeting them due to Hurricane Harvey. EBSA is working with the Internal Revenue Service to make it easier for workers to get loans and distributions from 401(k) and other retirement plans and is temporarily waiving certain employer requirements and deadlines related to employee benefit plans. Read the FAQs. Contact EBSA or call toll free 1-866-444-3272 with any questions.


 
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Sep 19, 2017Local Employers Benefit from Adoption of Tobacco Free Workplace Policies

August 18, 2017

STUART, Fla. – Several local workplaces are making big strides in supporting the health and well-being of their employees by adopting tobacco free workplaces.

In the spring of 2014, the City of Stuart adopted a comprehensive tobacco free workplace policy, supporting their employees’ efforts to quit smoking and enhancing their current wellness policies.

The tobacco-free policy includes all City of Stuart properties, City vehicles, and includes a comprehensive no-hire policy for tobacco users. Current employees receive a discount on their health insurance plan if they are nicotine free. They are also able to take free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program offered by Tobacco Free Florida to qualify for the health insurance discount and enjoy the benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle.


Pat Szczesny and Jolynn Whitten proudly display their new tobacco free signs
at Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, which adopted a 100% tobacco free
grounds policy this year.

Sandhill Cove Retirement Living went tobacco free at the start of 2017 after providing free cessation resources to their employees and residents. They’ve provided on-site classes for their employees, many of whom have successfully quit smoking.

House of Hope has opened their new Golden Gate Enrichment Center on Dixie Highway in Stuart as a tobacco free campus. In addition to their commitment to a tobacco free workplace for employees and visitors, they are offering free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program at the enrichment center, helping empower local residents with the tools to quit. To sign up for classes, visit goldengatecentermc.org.

Orange Theory Fitness, with locations in Stuart and Jensen Beach, recently adopted a tobacco free workplace, reinforcing their commitment to health and wellness and retaining tobacco free gym environments, both inside and outside.

The free Quit Your Way program allows employees to call, go online, or even attend face-to-face cessation classes, many of which have been hosted at their places of employment in order to support tobacco cessation efforts.

One of the primary reasons an employer chooses to adopt a tobacco free workplace is the high cost associated with tobacco use at work. Pack-a-day smokers are estimated to have 75% more lost productive time during the work day than their non-smoking co-workers, and healthcare costs are an average of 34% higher than those who do not use tobacco. In Florida, the average loss in productivity annually for a tobacco user at the workplace is $4,056. The average extra medical expense for tobacco users is $2,056.*

Tobacco Free Grounds policies also support employees in their attempts to quit, helping them to change their habits and avoid temptations to smoke.

For more information about adopting a tobacco free workplace, visit www-tfp-martin.org or contact knash@quitdoc.com. To learn more about the Quit Your Way program, visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com/QuitYourWay.
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* Berman M., Crane R., Seiber E., & Munur M. (2013). Estimating the cost of a smoking employee. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050888



 
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Sep 19, 2017SFWMD Navigation Locks on North Shore of Lake

SFWMD Navigation Locks on North Shore of Lake Okeechobee Resume Operations Following Hurricane Irma
Navigation locks on the Kissimmee River remain closed



(Click the map to see a larger version.)

Okeechobee, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) resumed normal operations today at five navigation locks on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee after commercial power to those structures was restored following Hurricane Irma:
• 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.
Boaters navigating into the lake through the S-127 lock at Buckhead Ridge should be aware that floating vegetation may hinder their boats as they try to exit the lock chamber. The SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to address the issue as quickly as possible.

On the south shore of the lake, the S-310 lock at Clewiston in Hendry County also returned to normal operations on Monday, Sept. 18.

All SFWMD navigation locks on the Kissimmee River and in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes remain closed as the District continues to evaluate their status to determine when they can safely be reopened. The District anticipates resuming normal operations at the S-61 lock on Lake Tohopekaliga in Osceola County as soon as commercial power is restored.

Navigation locks on the Okeechobee Waterway are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For the status of those locks, check navigation notices from the Corps.

Visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation for more information on navigation closures and a full list of SFWMD-operated locks and their operating hours.

For updates on the District's recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma, follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter or visit www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate.

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





 
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Sep 19, 2017STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE MEALS IN WAKE OF HURRICANE IRMA

Stuart, FL – Every student in the Martin County School District, regardless of previous lunch eligibility status, now has the option to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day they attend school from September 18 through October 20, 2017.
In effort to accommodate displaced Floridians in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness is working with USDA child nutrition programs such as the one in Martin County with information and support during recovery efforts. Martin County was one of 37 counties named to receive benefits of free meals.
“As families and communities rebuild, we want every student to have the opportunity to receive nutritional meals,” says Laura Holmedal, Director of Food and Nutrition Services.
Each school’s menu is subject to change based on product availability. After October 20, food service operations will return to normal.
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Martin County School District • 500 East Ocean Boulevard • Stuart, FL 34994
Educate All Students for Success



 
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Sep 19, 2017Rehmann announces promotion of Susan Majette to Regional Administrative Manager



STUART, FL., September 19, 2017—Rehmann, a fully-integrated financial services firm of CPAs and Business Consultants, Wealth Advisors and Corporate Investigators, has promoted Susan Majette to Regional Administrative Manager for the Florida Region. Stationed in Stuart, she is responsible for the coordination of administration for all of the Florida offices.
Majette joined Roegiers, Goldin, Chappel, Nall, CPA’s in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Office Manager in 2016, shortly after the firm combined with Rehmann. This latest promotion mirrors the growth of that which Rehmann continues to experience in Florida.
“Susan applies a high level of client service and OneRehmann attitude to everything she does,” said Gene Goldin, Rehmann Owner, Principal and Florida Regional Managing Partner. “We are fortunate to have her willingness and strengths to take on this important role.”
As part of her new role, Majette will oversee the Professional Support Group for the region, as well as support the Regional Managing Partner, the Florida Regional Department Directors, and the Florida offices in carrying out the management and administrative responsibilities required for the Region to meet their client service, operational and financial performance goals.

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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




Carla


 
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Sep 19, 2017FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - KEEPING YOU INFORMED

Special Daily Irma Briefing:
Governor Scott Headlines Board of Governors Webinar

Thank you to those who were able join us this week for the Florida Chamber's Board of Governors monthly webinar. We appreciated the opportunity to share key information about Florida's post Hurricane Irma recovery efforts with business leaders like you.

Yesterday, Governor Rick Scott urged business leaders to continue to work together to help the state recover from Hurricane Irma on the Florida Chamber’s special edition webinar. Below are some of the highlights from yesterday’s “special edition” webinar:

• Governor Rick Scott, traveling from the Florida Keys to Naples, said he was proud of the business community’s positive impact with recovery efforts. Gov Scott shared that the Florida Keys were “acutely affected” by Hurricane Irma.
• Eric Silagy, President and CEO of Florida Power & Light, shared that thousands of out of state electrical workers are in Florida helping restore power.
• Vivian Myrtetus, CEO of Volunteer Florida shared how companies can help communities throughout Florida recover from Hurricane Irma via volunteerism efforts organized by employers. To learn more about this, or Florida’s Disaster Fund, please contact Vivian directly at 305-905-1437.
• Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation, showed research of how much damage (in dollars) past hurricanes have created. Dr. Parrish expects the final damage amount from Hurricane Irma to be between $25 billion and $45 billion.
• Mark Wilson, President and CEO at the Florida Chamber invited business leaders and their colleagues to continue to discussion at next week’s Future of Florida Forum. Click here for more information.
Statewide Update
The latest post-Irma recovery information, straight from the state Emergency Operations Center:

• PORTS: All ports are now open including Key West, albeit with restrictions.
• POWER: Since the height of power outages, 6.7 million on last Monday, power has been restored to more than 6.5 million accounts. In one week, more than 96 percent of all outages have been restored by more than 30,000 restoration personnel across Florida – the largest power restoration undertaking in history for a single state. As of noon today, 194,824 accounts remain without power. The latest power outage information can be viewed here and is constantly updated.
• FUEL: The fuel situation in the state has improved significantly. Port Everglades, Port Canaveral, Port of Jacksonville and Port of Tampa are all open and are actively prioritizing fuel tanker ships.
• WATER SUPPLY: Due to damage to infrastructure throughout the Florida Keys, potable water is scarce. There is a water boil notice throughout the Keys, impacting both residents and businesses. The National Guard has set up comfort zones for residents throughout the Keys to receive water, food and supplies. For a full list of statewide water boil notices, click here.
• HOT MEALS FOR LOW INCOME: For those chambers with a significant grocery member base – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has waived the restriction on hot foods for SNAP recipients throughout Florida. In order for the retailer to accept, DCF says the retailer needs to update their point of sale system. This waiver will end Sept. 30.
• EMERGENCY RELIEF QUICK RELEASE GRANT: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system. This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency repairs on impacted roads, embankments, bridges or other infrastructure and help restore traffic on major roadways to ensure Florida residents and visitors can travel safely.
• PROPERTY INSURANCE: Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, per the direction of Governor Scott, issued an Emergency Order suspending and activating various insurance regulations and statues to assist policyholders in post-storm recovery. Click here to read the full order.
Resources to Help You
To learn more about the various resources that are available to aid Florida's business community, visit www.FloridaChamber.com/Hurricane.


Save the Date:
Mark your calendars for our next Board of Governors webinar on Monday, October 23 , at 2:00 p.m. EST, where we will focus on Infrastructure.



Florida Chamber of Commerce l www.FloridaChamber.com
136 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 l (850) 521-1200


 
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Sep 19, 2017Checking in After Hurricane Irma
As the Southeast and all of Florida moves toward a sense of normalcy, the Alzheimer’s Association® is here to offer assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma. We know this was a catastrophic event, and we sincerely hope that you and your families here and in the Caribbean are all safe.
We understand how stressful going through this experience can be for everyone and even more so for those caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease. If you need someone to speak with to help relieve stress, you can always call our 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) and speak with a master’s level clinician for free. We are here for you every day, all day.
As the storm approached, our 24/7 Helpline received an increased number of calls, and our expert staff were able to offer support and guidance, which included: local resources and tips, what to include in the emergency kit, and information about local special needs facilities. Though we are recovering from the effects of Irma, we are still in the peak of hurricane season and must remain prepared for possible future storms.
In the spirit that is South Florida, we know that we will persevere, it is in our nature. The Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter will continue to be here for our community, offering our Helpline, support groups, awareness and information sessions, opportunities to become involved, and raising funds for a cure so that one day, we will see a world without Alzheimer’s.
Thank you for all you have done to help those living with Alzheimer’s not only get through Hurricane Irma, but also for all you do to help us end Alzheimer’s all together.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, our 24/7 Helpline is always available in over 200 languages at 800.272.3900, online resources at alz.org/seflorida, and Hurricane Preparedness tips are also available.



 
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Sep 19, 2017Please take part in Operation: Keys to Recover!


Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is happy to join several Martin County organizations in collecting supplies for people in the Florida Keys working to rebuild their homes, businesses, and lives. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated!

This Sunday, Martin County Commissioner Harold Jenkins and Stuart Mayor Troy McDonald are driving a truck of essential items to the region. From Wednesday through Saturday (9/20-9/23) please help fill the truck by dropping off any of the items listed below at:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
2090 S.E. Federal Highway, Stuart

or any of the other participating businesses conveniently located around the county:
REALTOR Association of Martin County
43 SW Monterey Road, Stuart
or
Fair Wind Air Charter
2525 Witham Field Dr., Stuart
or
Hobe Sound Chamber
11954 S.E. Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound.

South Martin Regional Utility has contributed 1,200 bottles of water and Waterblasting Technologies is providing water, tarps, plywood and other building supplies. But we still need:

Nonperishable food Tarps
Flashlights Insect repellent
Diapers Feminine products
Toiletries Wet wipes
Paper towels Soaps
Cleaning products Brooms
Mops Buckets
Bleach Hand sanitizers
Work gloves Generators
Chainsaws Fans
Extension cords Plywood
Wood screws Smaller AC units
Solar phone chargers

Thank you for all you do for our community and for your continued support.
Warm regards,
Margot
Margot Kohl Graff, Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Inc.
2090 NW Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
772-223-9940 ex 2223
772-223-9970 fax



www.HabitatMartin.org

Mission Statement:
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County,
brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.





 
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Sep 19, 2017Florida’s Future, Hurricane Irma and More Discussed Next Week


The past week and a half has been tough for our state. The Florida Chamber and Chamber Foundation are working hand-in-hand with Volunteer Florida and Governor Rick Scott's office on the Hurricane Irma recovery effort. The progress made thus far has not been easy and we commend federal, state and local officials, the business community and Floridians from across the state for their commitment to getting Florida back open for business. And it was in that spirit of continuity that we made the decision to move forward with the 2017 Future of Florida Forum as planned.

Florida’s reality is not if a hurricane strikes, but when. It is now, more important than ever, to discuss Florida’s future- from what hurricane recovery means to what Florida needs to get right by 2030.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we will use the 2017 Future of Florida Forum on Sept. 27-29 in Orlando to get an update from business leaders on how recovery efforts across the state are going. Attendees of the Future of Florida Forum will also hear from Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and CFO Jimmy Patronis, who will give an update on Florida’s current status and future opportunities.

We encourage those who can to join us in Orlando next week as we discuss these issues and more.

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Key conversations next week include:

Wednesday, September 27
Future of Florida Forum Opening Luncheon
• Florida State of the State
• How Today's Actions Impact the Future, with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis
• Focusing on the Future, with Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Florida 2030 Updates
• Join any of our 6 breakout sessions on the issues that matter most to you and hear directly from the research teams on what Florida’s future looks like.
Future of Florida Forum Leadership Dinner
• Florida Women’s Hall of Fame presentation
Thursday, September 28
Future of Florida Forum Breakfast and General Session
• Florida’s K-12: Moving in the Right Direction
o Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart
• Launch My Career: Closing the Talent Gap
o Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research
• The Business Case for Early Learning
o Brittany Birken, President and CEO, Florida Children’s Council
o Katherine Stevens, Resident Scholar, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Launch My Career: A New Digital Workforce Tool From the Florida Chamber Foundation and the U.S. Chamber Foundation
Positioning Florida for the New Era of Trade
Is Florida Ready for the Future of Business Climate and Competitiveness?
Future of Florida Forum General Session Lunch and Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Annual Meeting Mediterranean
• Economic Development in Florida
o Pete Antonacci, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida
o Chancellor Marshal Criser, State University System of Florida
o Ken Lawson, CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
o Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
• Hurricane Irma: On the Road to Recovery
Future of Florida Forum Leadership Dinner
• Florida’s Political Future with Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President, Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce
• A Conversation with Florida's Constitutional Revision Commission Members







 
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Sep 19, 2017Sailfish Splash Waterpark hosts FSPA invitational meet for fifth year


On Saturday, September 23, the competition venue and lap swimming side of Sailfish Splash Waterpark will serve as the host venue for the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) 40th Annual High School Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet.

More than 1,000 students from 60 Florida high schools will compete against each other, regardless of school size, in this meet sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) and observed by USA Swimming.

"The Florida Swimming Pool Association's selection of Sailfish Splash Waterpark as host venue for fifth year emphasizes that we have a winning combination: a championship caliber facility set in the convenient, affordable, relaxed and family-friendly environment of Martin County," noted Martin County Parks and Recreation Department Director, Kevin Abbate.

Martin County will play host to numerous family members accompanying the athletes to the event. "Having visitors from all over Florida come to Martin County and realize all the good things the county has to offer is, without a doubt, a generator of positive economic impact," said Rick Hatcher, Executive Director, Treasure Coast Sports Commission.

Organization of an event of this magnitude requires an extraordinary amount of labor in order to accommodate the meet ground rules, all while directing and coordinating spectators, families, media, officials, coaches and athletes within a compressed time frame. "Volunteers will help us conduct these events in a professional and cost effective manner, while they get to watch exceptional aquatic competitions," explained Todd Foust, Special Facilities Administrator, Martin County Parks and Recreation.

Volunteer opportunities are still available. Volunteers will be provided with a meal during the shift they work and will receive an event volunteer t-shirt. Students needing community service hours are urged to sign up. Those interested in volunteering may sign up online at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49a5ae29a4f94-2017and select the shift of their preference; or contact Deanna Deakins, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, at ddeakins@martin.fl.us or at 772-221-1430.

For details about what's happening in your Martin County parks, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks. Interested in volunteering for other events, activities or programs managed by the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department? Contact Deanna Deakins at ddeakins@martin.fl.us or at 772-221-1430.




 
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Sep 18, 2017SEPTEMBER 23RD HONOR FLIGHT READY TO CELEBRATE
82 LOCAL
WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS

Stuart, FL (September 17, 2017) Alarm clocks will be set very early the morning of September 23rd for 22 WWII veterans and 60 Korean War veterans who will be flown from Palm Beach International Airport to Washington, DC for a day of honor. This September flight is the third of four scheduled trips for 2017 organized by Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Every Honor Flight is designed to bring local veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

After a 4:30am check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight staff, all will board the chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 and head for Washington, DC. The group will visit, via four police-escorted motor coaches, the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The September 23rd trip is made up of 82 veterans who served during WWII and the Korean War from these military branches: Army (41), Air Force/Army Air Corps (13), Marines (6), Navy (21), and Merchant Marines (1). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are: B-24 aviator, instructor pilot, shipboard radio operator, clerk typist, radio repairman, B-24 navigator, aviation ordinance, air crew, gunner’s mate, cannoneer, rifleman, communications sergeant, B-17 aircraft mechanic, infantryman, diesel machinist, fireman, tactical instructor, Sherman tank driver and carpenter.

Through an Honor Flight, veterans are remembered, thanked and honored for their service and sacrifices, no matter what part of the mission they served. They were called when their nation needed them most and, as most every veteran states, they did what they had to do. Most of them remember, uncannily, almost every detail and date of their service. Here are just a few memories from some of the September 23rd veterans:
• Robert Dimmitt of Hobe Sound, US Navy, will also celebrate his 97th birthday the day of the September 23rd flight. He served in WWII as a B-24 pilot and was shot down in the South Pacific. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
• Jerome Winsten of Boca Raton, US Merchant Marines, a radio operator on freighters that carried ammunition, tanks, aircraft and food to Europe remembers being attacked by German submarines.
• Joseph Kistler of Vero Beach, US Army, served in the Battle of the Bulge and still feels the bitter cold and wet conditions in fox holes.
• Bernard Dunetz of West Palm Beach, Army Air Corps, recollects bombing runs as a B-24 navigator during the invasion of Leyte Gulf.
• Edward Fitzgerald of Port St. Lucie, US Navy, remembers attacks from enemy planes and submarines as he served as an armed guard on cargo ships carrying supplies throughout the European and Pacific theaters.
• Alvin Lesser of Boca Raton, US Army, fought his way through France and Germany, and remembers being strafed by enemy aircraft.
• Rolland Gaudreau of Port St. Lucie, US Army, fought six straight months as a rifleman on the Korean War’s main line of resistance, helping back up the Marine forces on Mount Baldy and is thankful to have come home alive.
• William Davis of Stuart, Army Air Corps, remembers his air base being bombed by enemy planes on D-Day.
• Boris Kushnir of Boynton Beach, US Army, part of the 3rd Division that invaded North Korea, was wounded by a missile to his thigh.
• Allan Clements of Riviera Beach, US Navy, fought throughout the Phillipines, was hit by a kamikaze and his ship took down two torpedo planes.
• John Battaglia of Boynton Beach, US Army, served as a medic on the DMZ in Korea, where they had to boil needles and triage soldiers to send to M.A.S.H. units.

These brave men served in the United States, and all over the globe, and many participated in major battles such as the D-Day Invasion, Guadalcanal, the Battle of Okinawa, the Battle of Leyte, Porkchop Hill, Punchbowl, Old Baldy and the Choisin Resevoir.

In Honor Flight tradition, the public can show how they remember these veterans by attending the “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport, the evening of September 23rd to welcome home the veterans from their day of honor.

Operation Homecoming is an emotional event for both the veterans and the crowd. Hundreds of people from the local community, including members of the military, community and civic groups, family and friends, gather in the airport, awaiting the veterans’ arrival to give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received years ago. The veterans receive hundreds of grateful handshakes, topping off a day that most veterans say is one of the best days of their lives.

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

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

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

Honor Flight also always needs guardians—trip escorts for the veterans- for the four flights per year. For those interested, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org and complete the online guardian application. It is an extremely meaningful day for both guardian and veteran.

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

The next scheduled Honor Flight for Southeast Florida Honor Flight is October 28th.


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ABOUT SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT

Honor Flight is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight or call 1-855-359-2838.



 
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Sep 18, 2017SFWMD Moving a Maximum Amount of Water to Protect Communities
SFWMD Moving a Maximum Amount of Water to Protect Communities in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
The region received more than two inches of rain in 24 hours



West Palm Beach, FL - To protect homes and businesses in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes area, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is moving as much water as possible out of the region.

Water managers are taking additional actions as lakes continue to rise from a combination of direct rainfall over the area during the last 24 hours and immense stormwater runoff from Hurricane Irma.

Operations include:
• All structures upstream of Lake Kissimmee discharging at maximum rates
• Increased flows through the S-65 structure that moves water from Lake Kissimmee into the Kissimmee River
• Opening the S-65A boat lock on the Kissimmee River to increase flow; all SFWMD boat locks on the river remain closed to public recreation to facilitate these operations.
• Monitoring 24-hours a day
For more updates on SFWMD's Hurricane Irma response:
• Bookmark www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate
• Follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter
• Like SFWMD on Facebook

Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Cell: (561)-682-6197 | Cell: 561-389-3386


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









 
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Sep 18, 2017Hurricane Irma Update
o all our friends and supporters, we would like to share that Project Lift has sustained only minimal damage to our building resulting in some minor flooding. We feel very fortunate and as of yesterday are back up and running with the boys and girls program. These can be stressful times for anyone but especially teenagers in recovery. We could not have done this without the selfless work from the Project LIFT staff, many who were without power and still in cleanup process themselves.

We wish you and your family a quick recovery if you were impacted by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were directly in the storm's path.





Project LIFT, Inc. | (772) 221-2244 | projectliftmc@gmail.com | www.projectliftmc.com




 
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Sep 18, 2017Hurricane Irma Recovery Relief Treasure Coast


Nearly a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall, thousands of individuals and families remain displaced because of flooding, and nearly half of Okeechobee County still has no electricity.

This impact has cost thousands of families loss of homes, food, and places of work, which will take many weeks, if not months to overcome. Long-term recovery will be especially tough on lower-income individuals who already had a hard time covering expenses.

If you haven't yet made a gift, remember that every penny you give today will be spent on disaster relief efforts in our community.

Distribution of ice, water, ready-to-eat meals, fresh produce, and other essentials will be ongoing over the next several weeks in St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Martin and Indian River Counties. We are also coordinating with our partner agencies to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families along the Treasure Coast.

If you are in need of assistance, contact Treasure Coast Food Bank at 772.489.3034 or visit stophunger.org.


WAYS TO HELP

Donate cash - Making a cash donation enables Treasure Coast Food Bank to make bulk purchases of items that are of most critical need.

Volunteer - We are in need of volunteers at our distribution center located at 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.

Donate most wanted items:
• Non-perishable food
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
• Cleaning supplies
• Personal hygiene items
• Adult and baby diapers



* Items may be dropped off at our distribution center located at 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce.

We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. Our work would not be possible if not for compassionate individuals like you. On behalf of our Board and the entire team at Treasure Coast Food Bank, thank you for being a part of this enormous effort. We will continue to keep you updated.



Judith Cruz
President & CEO

With your support, we can help individuals and families in our community impacted by Hurricane Irma.



 
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Sep 18, 2017Help Needed!

The need is everywhere. Looking around at all the damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma, it can be hard to know where to start—especially for local families of limited means. Fortunately, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County has the personnel, ability, and—best of all—the experience to help local families repair and rebuild.

But as you can imagine, the storm stressed resources, so your greatly appreciated financial contributions will go a long way toward helping members of our community most in need get back on their feet.

Immediately after Hurricane Irma subsided, our dedicated team gathered at our administrative offices (located at our ReStore at 2090 S.E. Federal Highway in Stuart) and outlined an action plan. We followed up—both personally and by phone—with every one of our Habitat homeowners.

We’re pleased to report that, generally speaking, our Habitat homes—built with love by our staff, volunteers and the homeowners themselves—largely weathered the storm well. Even still, there was some damage reported. And already, requests for assistance from many Martin County homeowners, for home repairs through our Neighborhood Revitalization Program, are pouring in.

Your contributions will go a long way toward helping us respond swiftly and address such overwhelming need, enabling local families—who will take part personally in any rebuilding efforts—to recover from this storm.

Please visit our website at HabitatMartin.org for more information or click here for donations.
Thank You.





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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.
Directions to the Bonita Street location here.

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.
Directions to the Federal Hwy location here.




 
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Sep 18, 2017Hurricane Irma Update from the Coastal Center
Dear Friends and Community Supporters,

I hope that this email finds you safe following Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by this destructive storm. I want to personally thank everyone for their concern and kind words of support during this time - we were very lucky that our area was spared from a direct hit. Although we experienced a lot of debris, we did not suffer any major damage. Our animals fared well and all sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and fish are accounted for.

I am grateful to our dedicated staff and volunteers for working tirelessly to prepare for Hurricane Irma and for the cleanup, recovery and repair efforts necessary to reopen for visitors tomorrow. We are forever thankful to our community for their continued support of Florida Oceanographic Society.

Sincerely,


Mark D. Perry




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





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Sep 18, 2017September News from The Sade Group

Greetings from The Sade Group!

It has certainly been a trying month for the Treasure Coast. We hope you fared Hurricane Irma well, but please know that we are here to help however we can.

As we hope for the best, we always urge you to prepare for the worst. If you have questions about further securing your financial portfolio for stormy weather, now is the time to meet with us and discuss your options. Your security is our number one priority, and we're here before, during and after the storm to answer any questions you may have.

Below you'll find information on strategies for managing bond risks, diversification and asset allocation, as well as a video on the basics of social security retirement benefits. If you would like to learn more about these or any other topics of interest, please give me a call at 772-210-1455 today.

Sincerely,
Scott B. Sade




Learn more now: Watch "The Basics of Social Security Retirement Benefits" by clicking above.




RISING RATES: STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING BOND RISKS
Federal Reserve monetary policies can affect the entire fixed-income market, and the prospect of rising interest rates is a major concern for bond investors. Regardless of the rate environment, however, bonds are a mainstay of investors who want to generate income or dampen the effects of stock market volatility on their portfolios.

Now that the Fed is raising rates toward more typical historical levels, you may have questions about how higher rates might affect your fixed-income investments and what you can do help mitigate the effect on your portfolio.

Rate sensitivity

When interest rates rise, the value of existing bonds typically falls, because investors would prefer to buy new bonds with higher yields. Bonds with longer maturity dates are generally more sensitive to rate changes than shorter-dated bonds. In a rising rate environment, investors may be hesitant to tie up funds for a long period. Thus, one way to address interest rate sensitivity in your portfolio is to focus on short- and medium term bonds. However, keep in mind that, although these bonds may be less sensitive to rate changes, they will generally offer a lower yield than longer-term bonds.

A more specific measure of interest rate sensitivity is called duration. A bond's duration is derived from a complex calculation that includes the maturity date, the present value of principal and interest to be received in the future, and other factors. If there are two bonds with a particular maturity, the bond with the higher yield will typically have a shorter duration.

For this reason, U.S. Treasuries tend to be more rate sensitive than corporate bonds of similar maturities. Treasury securities, which are backed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest, are considered lower risk and thus can pay lower rates of interest than corporate bonds. A corporation could default on payments (though this is relatively rare), so corporate bonds typically offer higher yields in compensation for the higher risk. A five year Treasury bond has a duration of less than five years, reflecting income payments that are received prior to maturity. However, a five-year corporate bond with a higher yield has an even shorter duration.

When a bond is held to maturity, the bond owner would receive the face value and interest, unless the issuer defaults. However, bonds redeemed prior to maturity may be worth more or less than their original value. Thus, rising interest rates should not affect the return on a bond you hold to maturity, but may affect the price of a bond you want to sell on the secondary market before it reaches maturity.

Bond ladders

Owning a diversified mix of bond types and maturities can help reduce the level of risk in the fixed-income portion of your portfolio. Another way to manage interest rate risk is to construct a bond ladder, a portfolio of bonds with maturities that are spaced at regular intervals over a certain number of years. For example, a five-year ladder might have 20% of the bonds mature each year.

Bond ladders may vary in size and structure, and could include different types of bonds depending on an investor's time horizon, risk tolerance, and goals. When short-term bonds from the lowest rung of the ladder mature, the funds are often reinvested at the long end of the ladder. By doing so, investors may be able to increase their cash flow by capturing higher yields on new issues. A ladder might also be part of a withdrawal strategy in which the returned principal from maturing bonds provides retirement income.

Building a ladder with individual bonds provides certainty as long as the bonds are held to maturity, but it can be expensive. Individual bonds typically require a minimum purchase of at least $5,000 in face value, so creating a bond ladder with a sufficient level of diversification might require a sizable investment. Diversification is a method used to help manage investment risk; it does not guarantee a profit or protect against investment loss.

A similar option involves laddering with bond exchange traded bond funds (ETFs) that have defined maturity dates. Such ETFs typically hold many bonds that mature in the same year the ETF will liquidate and return proceeds to shareholders. Bond ETFs may enhance diversification and provide liquidity, but unlike individual bonds, the income payments and final distribution rate are not fully predictable.

Another option is to purchase unit investment trusts (UITs) with staggered termination dates. Bond-based UITs typically hold a varied portfolio of bonds with maturity dates that coincide with the trust termination date, at which point you could reinvest the proceeds as you wish. The UIT sponsor may offer investors the opportunity to roll over the proceeds to a new UIT, which typically incurs an additional sales charge.

Bond funds

Bond funds — mutual funds and ETFs composed mostly of bonds and other debt instruments — are subject to the same inflation, interest rate, and credit risks associated with their underlying bonds. Thus, falling bond prices due to rising rates can adversely affect a bond fund's performance. Because longer-term bonds are generally more sensitive to rising rates, funds that hold short- or medium-term bonds may be more stable as rates increase.

Bond funds do not have set maturity dates (with the exception of the ETFs discussed above), because they typically hold bonds with varying maturities, and they can buy and sell bonds before they mature. So you might consider the fund's duration, which takes into account the durations of the underlying bonds. The longer the duration, the more sensitive a fund is to changes in interest rates. You can usually find duration with other information about a bond fund.

Although helpful as a general guideline, duration is best used when comparing funds with similar types of underlying bonds.

A fund's sensitivity to interest rates is only one aspect of its value — fund performance can be driven by a variety of dynamics in the market and the broader economy. Moreover, as underlying bonds mature and are replaced by higher yielding bonds within a rising interest rate environment, the fund's yield and/or share value could potentially increase over the long term. Even in the short term, interest paid by the fund could help moderate any losses in share value.

It's also important to remember that fund managers, who typically have some latitude, might respond differently if falling bond prices adversely affect a fund's performance. Some might try to preserve the fund's asset value at the expense of its yield by reducing interest payments. Others might emphasize preserving a fund's yield at the expense of its asset value by investing in bonds of longer duration or lower credit quality that pay higher interest but carry greater risk. Information on a fund's management, objectives, and flexibility in meeting those objectives is spelled out in the prospectus and also may be available with other fund information online.

Floating rates

Adding a floating-rate component to a bond portfolio may also provide some protection against interest rate risk. These investments (long offered by U.S. corporations) have interest payments that typically adjust based on prevailing short-term rates.

The U.S. Treasury started issuing floating-rate notes with two year maturities in January 2014. Investors receive interest payments on a quarterly basis. Rates are tied to the most recent 13-week Treasury bill auction and reset weekly, so investors are paid more as interest rates rise and less as rates fall.

Keep in mind that the path and pace of interest rate changes may be difficult if not impossible to predict. So you should focus more broadly on the degree of risk you are willing to accept in your bond portfolio and the important role that fixed-income investments play in your overall financial strategy.

The return and principal value of individual bonds, UIT units, and mutual fund and ETF shares fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Fund shares and UIT units, when sold, and bonds redeemed prior to maturity may be worth more or less than their original cost. Supply and demand for ETF shares may cause them to trade at a premium or a discount relative to the value of the underlying shares. UITs may carry additional risks, including the potential for a downturn in the financial condition of the issuers of the underlying securities.




BACK TO BASICS: DIVERSIFICATION AND ASSET ALLOCATION
When investing, particularly for long-term goals, there are two concepts you will likely hear about over and over again — diversification and asset allocation. Diversification helps limit exposure to loss in any one investment or one type of investment, while asset allocation provides a blueprint to help guide your investment decisions. Understanding how the two work can help you put together a portfolio that targets your specific needs.

Diversification: Spreading out risk

Diversification refers to the process of investing in a number of different securities to help manage risk. The theory is that if some investments in your portfolio decline in value, others may rise or hold steady.

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.

Asset allocation: Investing strategically

Asset allocation is a strategic approach to diversifying your portfolio among different asset classes that seeks to pursue the highest potential return within a certain level of risk. 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 goals. A careful analysis of these three personal factors can help you make strategic choices that are suitable for your needs.

Generally speaking, a large accumulation goal, a high tolerance for risk, and a long time horizon would typically translate into a more aggressive strategy and therefore a higher allocation to stock/growth investments. One example of an aggressive strategy is 70% stocks, 20% bonds, and 10% cash.

The opposite is also true: A small accumulation goal (or one geared more toward generating income), a low tolerance for risk, and a shorter time horizon might require a more conservative approach. An example of a more conservative, income oriented strategy is 50% bonds, 30% stocks, and 20% cash.

Rebalance to stay on target

Over time, an asset allocation can shift simply due to changing market performance. For example, in years when the stock market performs particularly well, a portfolio may become overweighted in stocks. Or in years when bonds outperform, they may end up comprising a larger-than-desired percentage of the portfolio. In these situations, a little rebalancing may be in order.

There are two ways to rebalance. The first is by simply selling securities in the overweighted asset class and directing the proceeds into the underweighted ones. The second method is by directing new investments into the underweighted asset class until the desired allocation is achieved.

Keep in mind that selling securities can result in a taxable event, unless they are held in a tax-advantaged account, such as an employer-sponsored retirement plan or an IRA.

"Winning" asset classes over time

The following table shows how many times during the past 30 years each asset class has come out on top in terms of performance. It helps illustrate why diversifying among asset classes can be important. Bear in mind, however, that this table does not reveal the ups and downs experienced along the way. Although stocks in general, and foreign stocks in particular, have come out on top in terms of winning years, the amount of volatility they experience is typically greater, and sometimes far greater, than that of cash and bonds.

Asset class Number of winning years, 1987-2016
Cash 3
Bonds 5
Stocks 10
Foreign stocks 12
Source: Thomson Reuters, 2017.
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 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. 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 return and principal value of stocks may fluctuate with market conditions. Shares, when sold, 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.

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. You can also select a combination of mutual funds to achieve your portfolio's targeted asset allocation.

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.






 
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Sep 18, 2017Equifax Breach is a Warning to Businesses
Steven Franckhauser
Senior Director


Cyber threats create havoc on many levels. Unfortunately, data breaches are a grim reality in life and business today.

Equifax recently revealed a data breach of more than 143,000,000 of its U.S. customers. Unlike other public data breaches in the recent past, the information stolen from Equifax likely includes extremely personal identification information such as social security numbers, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and similar “static” data. Such data cannot be changed by the victim without an extraordinary investment of time, effort and expense because it has been used to identify the victim over the course of his or her lifetime.

In addressing the breach, Equifax will waive all of its fees until November 21 for customers who want to freeze their credit files as well as to offer a refund of fees to those who have paid for services since September 7, 2017. For a full list of options and other details, visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com PLEASE NOTE: We recommend that you revisit the site often because Equifax has already made numerous changes to these options.

There are many potential points of entry for cyber threats. It behooves you and your business to remain attentive to your company policies and practices regarding e-mail, transmission and storage of data. Just as critical to your data security efforts are those of your business partners and sub-service organizations. Attestation to your cybersecurity and information assurance program is of critical importance as these attacks grow increasingly more sophisticated and use a myriad of methods to exploit vulnerabilities in technology, staff, business processes and combinations thereof.

Consequently, it is essential to ensure your cybersecurity transcends traditional network security and becomes organizational security. Compliance with industry leading frameworks facilitates simply that.

Data security is crucial to your business structure. We urge you to take measures now to protect your business. Please contact us for more information on cyber security methods and options or for a related business consultation.



HBK CPAs & Consultants
6603 Summit Drive | Canfield, OH 44406
(330) 758-8613 | hbkcpa.com




 
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Sep 18, 2017Exciting "Beauty of Winter" Luncheon Update: The Voice's Michaela Paige We're excited to announce that Michaela Paige will be singing at 2017 South County Luncheon, "The Beauty of Winter" Luncheon on November 9. You may remember Michaela from Season 3 of "The Voice," where she made it to the Top 10 on Blake Shelton's team. We're so excited that Michaela will be joining us at St. Andrews on November 9. Don't miss out on this special event! Save your seat today while the Early Bird Discount still applies. Click here to purchase your ticket today. "Introduction to Bookkeeping Class" J. Zollo & Associates, Inc. offers an "Introduction to Bookkeeping Class" each month, sponsoring a local charity, and Alzheimer's Community Care has been chosen as their September organization! The class is being offered for $100, which is a 50% discount. All proceeds benefit Alzheimer's Community Care directly, with your donation being 100% tax deductible. Please click here to register and make payment. Once registered, please email your receipt to info@jzolloinc.com - this will be your ticket to the class. Make sure to RSVP by Sept. 25th, as food will be served. All class materials will be supplied as well.
The Voice's Michaela Paige

We're excited to announce that Michaela Paige will be singing at 2017 South County Luncheon, "The Beauty of Winter" Luncheon on November 9.

You may remember Michaela from Season 3 of "The Voice," where she made it to the Top 10 on Blake Shelton's team. We're so excited that Michaela will be joining us at St. Andrews on November 9.

Don't miss out on this special event! Save your seat today while the Early Bird Discount still applies. Click here to purchase your ticket today.


"Introduction to Bookkeeping Class"

J. Zollo & Associates, Inc. offers an "Introduction to Bookkeeping Class" each month, sponsoring a local charity, and Alzheimer's Community Care has been chosen as their September organization!

The class is being offered for $100, which is a 50% discount. All proceeds benefit Alzheimer's Community Care directly, with your donation being 100% tax deductible. Please click here to register and make payment.

Once registered, please email your receipt to info@jzolloinc.com - this will be your ticket to
the class.

Make sure to RSVP by Sept. 25th, as food will be served. All class materials will be supplied as well.



 
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Sep 15, 2017Tykes & Teens to Launch Innovative Prevention Program in Martin County
Stuart, FL September 14, 2017- Keeping today’s youth healthy and drug and alcohol free is a challenge. Many traditional drug prevention programs for pre- teens and teens are missing the mark by ignoring the ways that teens communicate today, and by being out of touch with trending topics and issues. How then, does a nonprofit succeed in creating a successful prevention program? Tykes & Teens is doing it by having the kids create and deliver the programming themselves.

Lead and Seed is a nationally acclaimed, evidence based program that helps empower a group of youth and their adult supervisors to make a difference in their community. Under the guidance of volunteer adult mentors that include local law enforcement, fire rescue, and nonprofit and community leaders, 15 Martin County middle and high school students will lead the program. Tykes and Teens will host a 2-day training for selected youth and the adult leaders. This training will prepare the youth leaders for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s “Best Practice” environmental strategies, including organizational and planning skills, group decision making skills, problem solving, leadership skills, use of print, broadcast and electronic media, strategic planning, and evaluation as they work in their schools and in the community to prevent harmful behaviors by youth.

Once trained, the Lead and Seed Team will work together to create events and activities to prevent and reduce unhealthy behaviors among Martin County youth, including alcohol, drug and tobacco use. To be considered for participation, youth must:

• Attend middle or high school in Martin County
• Obtain parent permission to be trained and participate as part of the Lead and Seed Team
• Have an academic average of at least a “C”
• Be passionate about improving the health and well- being of our community
• Have availability in their schedule to commit to a one time, two-day training, and monthly meetings
• Submit a brief essay (2-3 paragraphs) about why they are a good candidate to be a part of Tykes & Teens Prevention Services Lead and Seed Program

The Lead and Seed program in Martin County is made possible through funding from the Andrew and Robin Hunt Philanthropic Fund at the Martin County Community Foundation, and The Roy A. Hunt Foundation. For more information, or to nominate a student for a leadership role with Lead and Seed, please contact Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, Director of Tykes & Teens Prevention Services at 772-220-3439, or email agnieszka@tykesandteens.org.




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Photo: Tykes & Teens Lead and Seed Adult Mentors include: Back Row, L to R: Dawn Cabrera, Coordinator of the Tykes & Teens Alternative to Out of School Suspension Program, Officer Jeff Kittridge with the Stuart Police Department, George Hodge with Martin County Fire Rescue, and Officer Joe Hogan with the Stuart Police Department. Front Row, L to R: Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services, Monique Coleman, SafeSpace Youth Services Prevention Specialist. Not pictured are Steve Chubbuck and Paul Lechner.


Lauren Espitia
Director of Marketing & Communications
Tykes & Teens
772-631-7653
www.tykesandteens.org

Mental Health Matters, Every Day!


 
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Sep 15, 2017HURRICANE IRMA RECOVERY Hurricane Irma Recovery Briefing


With Hurricane Irma in the rearview mirror and Florida now in recovery mode, it is important that business and community leaders have the most up to date information regarding recovery efforts throughout Florida.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to be your partner in helping ensure Florida’s business community gets back to business. Please feel free to share the information and resources in this briefing.
STATEWIDE UPDATE:

The latest post-Irma recovery information, straight from the state Emergency Operations Center:
• PORTS: All ports are now open aside from Key West, which is still being surveyed for damage.
• POWER: As of noon today, total accounts without power throughout the state sits at 2,525,397, or about 24.05 percent of total accounts. The latest power outage information can be viewed here and is constantly updated.
• FUEL: The fuel situation in the state continues to improve, though slowly. Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and Port of Tampa are all open and are actively prioritizing fuel tanker ships.
• HOT MEALS FOR LOW INCOME: For those chambers with a significant grocery member base – The Florida Department of Children and Families announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has waived the restriction on hot foods for SNAP recipients throughout Florida. In order for the retailer to accept, DCF says the retailer needs to update their point of sale system. This waiver will end Sept. 30th.
• EMERGENCY RELIEF QUICK RELEASE GRANT: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system. This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency repairs on impacted roads, embankments, bridges or other infrastructure and help restore traffic on major roadways to ensure Florida residents and visitors can travel safely.
• PROPERTY INSURANCE: Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, per the direction of Governor Scott, issued an Emergency Order suspending and activating various insurance regulations and statues to assist policyholders in post-storm recovery. Read the full order here.
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU:
To aid Florida’s business community, the following resources are available at www.FloridaChamber.com/hurricane:
• Florida Disaster Fund: Donate today to Volunteer Florida’s Florida Disaster Fund, and help ensure your donations go directly to Hurricane Irma needs in communities throughout Florida.
• Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center: A clearinghouse of business assistance information following Hurricane Irma.
• Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by Hurricane Irma.
• U.S. Small Business Disaster Loans: Businesses in the impacted counties can apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
• Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
• Consumer Alert – Beware of Insurance Scams: The Florida Chamber and its Consumer Protection Coalition urge you to be on the lookout for unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys that try to profit off the disaster by asking you to sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB). Remember consumer do not need to sign an AOB to get storm related home repairs or auto glass repairs made.
Please reach out to Joshua Gabel at (850) 521-1215 (o) or at (813) 763-7064 (c) if you need any assistance or wish to share additional information. Thank you for your partnership and for your commitment to getting Florida back to business.




Florida Chamber of Commerce l www.FloridaChamber.com
136 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 l (850) 521-1200


 
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Sep 15, 2017Post-storm updates; FEMA assistance, FPL, relief from the heat


FEMA Assistance
Martin County homeowners, renters and businesses may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. To apply:
• Online: www.disasterassistance.gov
• Smartphone: Downloading FEMA app through www.fema.gov
• FEMA Toll-Free Helpline: 800-621-3362
• FEMA Toll-Free Helpline for deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disability: 800-462-7585
• U.S. SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: www.disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
Martin County Emergency Management has requested FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers from the State. Once the locations have been identified and FEMA staff is ready to open the centers, we will share the information.

FPL
FPL crews are restoring power safely and as quickly as possible. As of 5 pm today, in Martin County, they have restored 73,720 customers and 15% remain without power. They estimate power restoration to essentially all customers along the east coast service territory by end of day, Sept. 17.

Relief from the heat
• Hobe Sound Public Library, Elisabeth Lahti Library (Indiantown) and Robert Morgade Library (Stuart) have extended their hours until 8 pm on Friday.
• Treasure Coast Mall is open 10 am - 9 pm Friday and Saturday and 12 -6 pm Sunday.
• Sailfish Splash Water Park will open its doors to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, September 15. For $5.95 per day, patrons will have access to the interactive splash playground, learn to swim pool and even a hot shower. The gift shop and concessions will also be open. To buy tickets online for this "Family Fun Friday" special opening, go to www.SailfishSplash.com/buy. Season pass holders will enter for free at 10:30 a.m.
Shelters
Residents who may need to use a shelter should call 772-287-1652 for assistance.

Parks and Beaches
The following parks remain CLOSED:
• Charlie Leighton Park boat ramps
• Greenfield Park
• Jensen Beach Community Center
• Phipps Park
• Martin County Golf Course
• Twin Rivers Park


 
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Sep 15, 2017Hurricane Irma Update – Sept. 14
As of this morning, we have restored service to 70 percent of our customers affected by Hurricane Irma – more than 3 million customers. Now we are laser-focused on restoring power to the remaining 1.4 million homes and businesses without power.


• More than 21,500 personnel continue working to restore customers that remain without power
• All 112 critical hospitals impacted have been restored, and more than 90 percent of all critical infrastructure facilities are back up and running
• All of our power plants, main transmission lines and substations are in service

To keep you informed, please read our current news release for the most up-to-date information. In addition, remember to check our government website for detailed information about your area, including: outages by county, critical infrastructure facilities affected, transformer outage maps, and other resources. Please bookmark the Government Portal to retrieve the most current information about your area.




For help, visit FPL.com


Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd. Juno Beach, FL 33408



 
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Sep 15, 2017SFWMD Working to Lower Water Levels in Areas Most Impacted by Hurricane Irma

SFWMD Working to Lower Water Levels in Areas Most Impacted by Hurricane Irma
Temporary pump installations and pumping into impoundments among steps being taken by District to ease flooding


SFWMD crews install a 42-inch temporary pump at the Cocohatchee Weir #1 to help lower water levels in the Big Cypress Basin canals in Collier County as part of the District's Hurricane Irma response. Click on the image to view a larger version.

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today continued working to lower water levels and ease flooding in communities throughout all 16 counties of South Florida impacted by Hurricane Irma.

SFWMD crews today began installing three 42-inch temporary pumps previously at the Cocohatchee Weir #1 in Collier County, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. The pumps will assist in lowering canal levels in the Big Cypress Basin (BCB) where canals are flowing at maximum capacity to move water away from communities and out to tide. In addition to these three pumps being installed, the District has secured two more 42-inch temporary pumps that will be installed near the G-103 structure in Polk County to help lower water levels in Lake Rosalie.

Water levels in the BCB system remain high but are receding due to the District's efforts.

In southern Miami-Dade County, another area heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, the District has been pumping flood waters into the C-4 Detention Basin for several days. The C-4 Emergency Detention Basin in southern Miami-Dade County, built following Hurricane Irene in 1999 and an unnamed storm in 2000, is a 900-acre impoundment area that is used by the District to provide flood protection for local residents and businesses in the Sweetwater and West Miami areas. Pumping into this impoundment has concluded as canal levels in this area have now receded.

On the Treasure Coast, the District has begun pumping water into the recently-completed Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area in northern St. Lucie County. This will help lower water levels in the creek and help mitigate flooding in the area around Ten Mile Creek near the intersection of State Road 70 and Florida's Turnpike west of Fort Pierce.

Across the east coast, most canal levels have receded and water managers expect to be able to resume normal operations by the end of the week.

Other actions being taken by the District in response to Hurricane Irma include:
• Continuing SFWMD's Emergency Operations Center at Level 1 Full Activation.
• Assisting Orlando International Airport with operations to lower its water levels.
• Pumping water through the S-2 and S-3 structures along the southern rim of Lake Okeechobee into the lake to address flooding, which has affected families and businesses in Glades communities.
• Deploying debris removal contractors in Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties to begin removing debris in canals that could slow the flow of water.
• Coordinating with local drainage districts to address localized flooding.
• Completing aerial and ground inspections of District structures and facilities in the impacted areas including pump stations and stormwater treatment areas to assess damage.
• Working with the Florida Power and Light Co. to restore commercial power to all structures in the regional flood control system.
• Keeping all District-managed boat locks on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee and along the Kissimmee River closed to ensure boaters' safety. Operations at individual locks on the lake's north shore will resume as power is restored to each one. The District will continue to evaluate the status of all locks on the Kissimmee River to determine when they can be safely reopened. For the latest information, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.
• Using diesel pumps and keeping all gated structures fully open to lower water levels in the South Dade Conveyance System in southern Miami-Dade County.
• Increasing discharges from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes into the Kissimmee River to lower water levels.
WATCH: B-Roll Video of water being moved into the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area after it was completed in June.

For more updates on SFWMD's Hurricane Irma response:
• Bookmark www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate
• Follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter
• Like SFWMD on Facebook



 
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Sep 15, 2017Save The Date: Friday, February 2, 2018


Watch for more information about the 2018 Love Your Lagoon Gala supporting the 2018 Indian River Lagoon Graduate Research Fellows Program.

HBOIF Grants Spotlight: Love Your Lagoon
As a result of the unprecedented Harmful Algal Blooms and
the damaged ecosystem of the Indian River Lagoon in 2011,
the Board of Directors of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation wanted to do something to bring the community together.

The result was a gala event to fund the inaugural and now annual Indian River Lagoon Symposium (IRLS).
Since then, net proceeds from the Foundation’s annual Love Your Lagoon event have supported a number of initiatives at FAU Harbor Branch
to raise awareness and support the health of the Indian River Lagoon, with a total awarded to date of $505,900.


Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation

Our mailing address is:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation
5600 US 1 North
Fort Pierce, FL 34946



 
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Sep 15, 2017Hurricane Irma Update
We are checking in and working on a post Irma information round up. Please let us know of your status and below please find some general information we have collected.


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Hotel Status
We have attempted to contact all hotels via email and/or phone calls within the last few days. Most properties are open and some have very limited availability. A link to the current hotel availability is posted here https://discovermartin.com/looking-hotel-rooms/.











Health Concerns
Due to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County sampled water at public beaches on September 12 to ensure the water is safe for swimming. All beaches were marked as clear for bacteria. For results, visit the department’s website at http://martin.floridahealth.gov, select “Programs & Services,” then “Environmental Health” and select “Results” under “Beach and River Sampling.”










Debris


Martin County will begin collecting debris generated by Hurricane Irma on September 16. Multiple passes of hurricane debris collection will occur in all residential areas in unincorporated Martin County, including private and gated communities. The debris collection process will begin with vegetative debris, then transition to include construction and demolition debris (C&D) on future passes as the project progresses. Residents are asked to separate debris piles into vegetation and C&D. Mixed piles will not be collected. Likewise, please do not place vegetative debris in plastic garbage bags because then they are considered mixed debris.
https://www.martin.fl.us/martin-county-services/debris-removal











Beaches
All Martin County Parks and Recreation-operated beaches are now open and our four, full-service beaches are guarded. These guarded beaches include Hobe Sound, Bathtub, Jensen and Stuart beaches. A beach hotline, updated daily, provides current beach conditions including tide times, surf and weather forecasts, and any hazardous conditions. Call (772) 320-3112.










Attraction Update
Blowing Rocks Preserve - No update yet.

Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast- Open normal hours.

Elliott Museum - Reinstalling exhibits and anticipate being open on Saturday, September 16.

Fish House Art Gallery in Port Salerno - Artists are working to put their studios back together at the Fish House Art Gallery and some will be open this week, with the remainder opening next week.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center - Will reopen on Friday, September 15. Please note they will be closed the following week for their annual exhibit refresh.

Hobe Sound Nature Center - Will reopen on Friday, September 15.

House of Refuge - Reinstalling exhibits today and anticipate being open on Saturday, September 16.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park - Will open when power returns. Please call the park directly at (772) 546-2771 for updates.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark - In an effort to cool off in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the waterpark will open its doors to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m through Friday, September 15.

For only $5.95 you will have access to lots of fun at our interactive splash playground, learn to swim pool, and even have access to a hot shower if you lost power due to the hurricane! The gift shop and concessions will also be open with delicious options for all!!! To buy your tickets online go to www.SailfishSplash.com/buy and purchase Family Fun Friday tickets for each day of this special opening.

Treasure Coast Square - Re-opened on Tuesday, September 12 offering people a place to visit, take advantage of dining options and services, charge their phones or just take a break from the overwhelming events that have taken place because of Hurricane Irma. Many of the retailers will remain closed due to weather and will determine their own schedule as appropriate for their employees. Updates will be available via social media.








Outdoor/ Conservation Lands
Conservation Lands are opening as cleared. Beachwalk Pasley on Hutchinson Island, Maggy’s Hammock in Port Salerno and Gomez Nature Area in Hobe Sound have all been cleared. Other trails are coming back on board rapidly and we anticipate most will be open by next week with the exception of Kiplinger and Perry Beach. A comprehensive trail map may be found here .











Upcoming Events
All events are posted online at https://discovermartin.com/events/. If we have missed any events that you are aware of, please feel free to add here.









Marketing Update
A conference call with Visit Florida to make sure we are aligned with messaging took place on Thursday, September 14.

All digital campaigns were suspended during the hurricane but will resume shortly.

Social media efforts have also restarted with posts we hope will be informative yet sensitive to the misfortune of others. See examples below.

Hurricane Irma was formidable, but Martin County was fortunate to sustain little damage. While our thoughts and prayers go out to the communities impacted by Hurricane Irma we are working to tell the stories of how Martin County is bouncing back after the storm. You can see an example here

https://discovermartin.com/how-martin-county-is-faring-after-hurricane-irma/

We have also posted a video that showcases our recovery and sense of community as part of what makes Martin County so special. You can see that video here.









Special Offers
We are looking for new special offers; these can be hotel, dinning or retail. They can be added directly to the website at https://discovermartin.com/special-offers/









Communication
The September newsletter was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. We will be refocusing and will send the newsletter out later this month. The newsletter and blogs will focus on recovery efforts, things to do as we move into the fall and special offers.










Environment Update
The Lake is currently at 14.83 feet, and increasing quickly with inflows from the Kissimmee of approximately 45,000 cfs. The Caloosahatchee is saturated with basin flooding, and once the flooding subsides, the ACOE will begin releasing water to the west coast as well.

The goal of this action is to slow the rise of Lake Okeechobee, especially with 10 weeks left of the official hurricane season.

The Herbert Hoover Dike is in good shape following the storm.









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Sep 15, 2017Martin County's Business Disaster Recovery Programs
The State of Florida and the SBA have enacted two financial resources available to those businesses affected by loss from Hurricane Irma. Martin county residents can also apply for individual assistance through FEMA.

• The Florida Small Business Development Center at IRSC is the business community's primary contact for the Florida Small business Emergency Bridge Loan Program - This short-term loan of $1,000 -$25,000 can assist with immediate needs and working capital. Go to http://www.floridadisasterloan.org for more information or to apply. To speak to someone locally direct, contact Tom Kindred at 772-462-7087 or 772-462-7631.
• The US Small Business Administration (SBA) can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred and cover damage. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury/damages and your company's financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Smal Business Economic Injury and hysical Diaster Loand: 800-659-2955 or https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
• For individuals that incurred losses or damages, apply for FEMA Assistance : 800-621-3362 or www.FEMA.gov/apply-assistance
Other questions, please contact the Business Development Board at 772-221-1380



Calendar Events

Sep 16th -17th ~ ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron. For more info, contact Paul Vallier, 772.212.2970, pavallier@aim.com .

Sep 21st ~ Rivers Coalition - Save our Lagoon at the Ft. Pierce Yacht Club. For more info, go to www.fortpierceyachtclub.com.

Sep 23rd ~ Port Salerno Pirate Fest at the Twisted Tuna form Noon - 8pm in Stuart.

Sep 25th - Dec 15th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - Professional Mariner Training . For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Sep 25th - Nov 3rd~ Chapman School of Seamanship - Surveying . For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Oct 7th ~ Safe Boating Class for FL Boating Certification Card by Vero Beach Power Squadron at Ft. Pierce Yacht Club. For more info, go to www.fortpierceyachtclub.com.

Oct 13th - 14th ~ Saltwater Sisters Lady Angler Tournament, Pirates Cove Resort & Marina, Port Salerno, FL For more info call 772-286-9373 or visit www.SaltwaterSisters.com
Oct 19th ~ Martin County Legislative Delegation Meeting at 9:00am at IRSC Chastain Campus, Wolf Tech Center.

Oct 20th ~ BMBMC Annual Luncheon with keynote speaker - Senator Jack Latvala at 11:30am at the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. For more info, visit the website.






 
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Sep 14, 2017HBK CPAs & Consultants
September 13, 2017


We are reaching out to our valued clients and colleagues with an update on our operational status of our Florida office locations.

Based on considerations, including power outages, road conditions, issues related to standing water and sewage failures, complications from flood damage and other problems resulting from Hurricane Irma, we will reopen our offices for business, as follows:

Stuart Wednesday, September 13
Sarasota Thursday, September 14
Fort Myers Monday, September 18 (*tentative)
Naples TBD

The service needs of our clients and the safety of our HBK team members are our priorities. Please be assured that your calls to any Florida office will be answered regardless of its open status.

We wish all of our affected friends, colleagues and associates the best at this difficult time.


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Sep 14, 2017Residential Guidelines – Separating Garbage from Storm Debris at the Curb


As individuals and families in the areas affected by this disaster begin the cleanup process, it is important that storm debris remain separate from residential garbage and recycling. FEMA, operating in conjunction with the county, municipalities and contractors will collect storm debris, and Waste Management will collect household garbage and recycling. Separating household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely, helping to prevent spoilage and avoid safety hazards. Below are guidelines to help you separate your household waste from storm debris.
STANDARD TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION INFORMATION
Waste Management has resumed household garbage collection in most areas and will continue to collect that which is not contaminated with storm debris. Do not include storm debris, including yard waste, with your regular trash. Recycle and other services may have been delayed in your area. For the most up to date Service Alerts, visit www.wm.com/alerts.
STORM DEBRIS COLLECTION INFORMATION
Storm debris collection is managed by your city, county or area and will be performed by contractors other than Waste Management, per FEMA. Debris pick-up schedules and requirements will vary by city and unincorporated area. Check city or MUD/HUD news bulletins.

Storm debris includes any of the following, generated as a result of the storm:
• Construction and Demolition Debris – building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing
• Hazardous Household Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil-based products and stains, and pesticides (www.epa.gov/hw/household-hazardous-waste-hhw)
• Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, and other devices with a cord (www.epa.gov/smm-electronics/basic-information-about-electronics-stewardship)
• Appliances and White Goods - refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, stoves, washers, dryers, and water heaters
• Vegetation – leaves (do not put in bags), logs, plants, tree branches

SAFETY GUIDELINES
Keep storm debris separate from you regular household garbage and recycling. Be sure the debris and waste containers are not blocking mailboxes, power lines, storm drains or fire hydrants.
• Keep roadways and sidewalks as clear as possible.
• Avoid parking your car near debris piles and waste containers.
• Keep children and pets away from debris piles and waste containers, and watch them carefully when heavy equipment is in the area.
• Drive carefully when behind debris-loaded trucks. Materials can fly out causing an accident or a driving hazard. Leave a safe distance between your vehicle and the truck.
For additional storm debris information, please visit https://www.fema.gov. We value you as our Waste Management customer and appreciate your cooperation in following these guidelines as we return to normal service operations over the coming weeks.



 
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Sep 14, 2017Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Continued Hurricane Irma Response Efforts


KEY WEST, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott joined FWC officers to tour Hurricane Irma damage in Clay County and the Florida Keys. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city and county leaders, law enforcement and National Guard leaders, and utility officials as Hurricane Irma response continues.

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
• Flood warnings are in effect across the state. To see the most current advisories in your county, click HERE.

POWER AND UTILITIES
• The current power outage as of 6:00 p.m. is more than 3.2 million accounts. Since Monday afternoon, power has been restored to about 3.5 million homes and businesses. For a full breakdown, click HERE.
• Do not try to handle downed power lines. Contact your local utility company to report it.
• Tampa Electric
o In total, 425,000 of Tampa Electric’s 730,000 customers were impacted by the storm. At the peak of the storm, 335,000 customers remained without power. Power has already been restored to 250,000 customers.
o Tampa Electric expects to restore power to essentially all customers the night of Sunday, September 17th.
o About 3,200 line, tree and other workers, from other utilities from as far away as the Midwest, Northeast and Canada, continue to arrive today to assist Tampa Electric, as part of the largest restoration effort in U.S. history.
• Florida Power and Light
o In total, 4.4 million customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to 2.5 million customers.
o FPL expects power restoration to be completed for the East Coast the night of Sunday, September 17th.
o FPL expects power restoration to be completed for the West Coast by Friday, September 22nd.
o FPL has mobilized the largest restoration workforce ever assembled with more than 18,000 out-of-state restoration personnel working around the clock.
• Duke Energy
o More than 1 million customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 800,000 customers.
o Duke Energy expects power restoration to be completed for western service areas the night of Friday, September 15th.
o Duke Energy expects power restoration to be completed for central and northern service areas the night of Sunday, September 17th.
o More than 12,000 restoration workers have been mobilized to quickly restore power to all customers.
• Gulf Power
o Gulf Power has fully restored power to the 13,000 customers affected by the storm and has no storm related outages.
o Gulf Power has a restoration team in route to Tampa to assist with power restoration for Tampa Electric.
• Florida Electric Cooperatives Assoc.
o More than 760,000 customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 528,000 customers.
o Approximately 3,000 cooperative workers from Florida and nine other states are deploying to the hurricane impact zone to assist with restoration efforts.
• Municipal Utilities
o More than 800,000 customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to about 525,000 customers.
o Restoration is expected to be completed by the night of Sunday, September 17th, except hardest hit areas, such as Key West, which will take longer to restore.
o Several utilities such as Tallahassee, Kissimmee and Jacksonville Beach are close to being fully restored. In addition, several smaller utilities like Newberry are already 100% restored.

FUEL
• Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and Port of Tampa are all open and are actively prioritizing fuel tanker ships. The Florida Highway Patrol has 20 troopers dedicated to escorting fuel resupply trucks to communities in need.
• This week, the Governor took the following actions to expedite fuel delivery to gas stations:
• Directed the Florida Highway Patrol to escort fuel resupply trucks to gas stations;
• Waived the tax on fuel entering the state;
• Scott and executive office staff have held daily calls with all fuel supply stakeholders, including Florida Ports;
• Following the Governor’s request, Vice President Pence announced that the federal government has waived the Jones Act, which waives additional rules and regulations to allow more fuel to get to Florida fast. This waiver ensures that all options are available to distribute fuel to Florida. The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
• Following the Governor’s request, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency fuel waiver which allows more fuel to quickly enter the state. For more information
• Requested eleven states to join Florida in waiving weight and driver restrictions to move goods more quickly into the state, including fuel.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
• More than 200 FWC officers statewide, including partner agencies, are deployed in areas with resources such as trucks, coastal and river patrol boats, ATVs and shallow draft boats to respond to critical areas based on the storm’s path.
• FWC Special Operations Group (SOG) officers, National Guard members and an Urban Search and Rescue Team continuing rescue operations in the Keys.
• FWC has more than 500 law enforcement vessels, including trucks, coastal and river patrol boats, ATVs and shallow draft boats, deployed throughout the state. FWC has three teams of 22 officers with 10 boats in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida conducting search and rescue. FWC officers are surveying storm damage in Clay County.
• FWC has sworn in nearly 200 officers deployed from Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. The 50 officers from Louisiana will be in Lake City to help with flooding issues.
• The entire Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), approximately 1,700 troopers, is on 12-hour shifts, with the primary mission to assist emergency response.
• The Florida Highway Patrol continues to have 20 troopers actively escorting fuel resupply trucks from Port of Jacksonville, Port of Tampa, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral to communities in need.
• FHP has provided security escorts to 44 tractor trailers with relief supplies into Florida from the Georgia/Florida state line to Miami.
• FHP has provided security escorts to 600 utility trucks into Florida from the Georgia/Florida line into impacted areas of Southwest Florida, and provided a security escort to 11 Panama City utility vehicles. Today, FHP escorted 18 additional utility trucks and Florida National Guard to South Florida.
• 60 FHP troopers have been deployed to assist the Polk County Sheriff, 50 troopers have been deployed to assist the Collier County Sheriff and 20 troopers have been deployed to assist St. Johns County law enforcement.
• FHP has troopers in Hardee County for traffic control/road closure support, troopers in Orlando to assist with emergency vehicle traffic, troopers in Duval County assisting with traffic control/road closures due to flooding, troopers to provide security at the DHSMV Lauderdale Lakes office and is anticipating numerous other urgent emergency escorts to damaged areas in south Florida.
• Though state offices were closed yesterday, DHSMV’s Customer Service Call Center assisted 1,636 customers and Field Support Help Desk handled 96 calls from stakeholders. This service provided customers or tax collectors assistance as they recovered from the hurricane.
• FHP has provided a security escort to seven AT&T communication trucks to assist with communication coverage in Monroe County.
• Despite closed state offices in Volusia Co., DHSMV staff is at Orange City & Daytona Motorist Services offices to offer Driver’s License and ID services.
• FDLE is assisting with search and rescue missions and is coordinating Florida’s law enforcement response. Response teams are supplementing local law enforcement in impacted areas with missions including securing fuel and generators, looting patrols, and local EOC staffing.
• FDLE is assisting in the response regarding Santa Fe River flooding and the potential I-75 closure.
• FDLE is coordinating repairs to the state law enforcement radio system and establishing temporary radio communications in impacted areas.

MILITARY SUPPORT
• There are more than 9,000 soldiers and airmen on the ground, as a combined force of members of the Florida National Guard, partner National Guard states and active duty components, that have conducted hundreds of missions across the state.
• The Florida National Guard has established two Command Post Nodes (CPN) to provide communication capabilities in the Florida Keys, and is working closely with Monroe County to identify any additional needs.
• All Florida Army National Guard aviation assets have been moved to Opalocka, where they are conducting air bridge operations in coordination with the USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Iwo Jima to deliver life-saving supplies to the Florida Keys.
• More than 1,800 Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen are supporting more than 250 shelters across Florida.
• More than 900 Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen are operating at approximately 80 Points of Distribution sites for the distribution of food and water as needed.
• More than 150 Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen have conducted search and rescue missions in Clay, Duval and Orange Counties.
• More than 2,200 Guardsmen from 12 states (New Jersey, Ohio, Alabama, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Georgia, Nebraska, Kentucky, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota) have responded to assist with Hurricane Irma response operations. Guard units from other states including Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Maryland are standing by to assist as needed.
• The full spectrum of U.S. military has supported Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts, which includes the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and the two amphibious ships USS Iwo Jima and USS New York, which are providing humanitarian assistance.

SHELTERS
• More than 95 shelters are open throughout Florida with a total population of more than 8,000 individuals. More than 38 special needs shelters are open with a total population of 4,000 individuals. This number is being updated throughout the day. Visit floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.aspx to find information on shelters in your area.
• To find information about available shelter information by county, visit floridadisaster.org/shelters.
• FEMA is also hosting shelter information on its mobile app which can be found at fema.gov/mobile-app.
• The state is fully committed to ensuring adequate food resources are available to residents impacted by Hurricane Irma, and are prioritizing these resources based on areas where landfall occurred first and based upon urgency of need. These areas include Monroe, Charlotte, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota Counties, and shelters of last refuge. USDA Foods from the state inventory (405,000 meals) as well as inventory from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture (427,000 meals) have been deployed. The state is also working to ensure ice is available for shelters, canteens, kitchens, and military support operations.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL
• See the Governor’s statement regarding the tragedy in Broward here: http://www.flgov.com/2017/09/13/gov-rick-scott-i-am-demanding-answers-on-fatalities-in-broward/
• More than 100 assisted living facilities, 9 hospitals, and 126 other health care facilities, including 44 nursing homes, have evacuated or are closed. Of Florida’s total 309 hospitals, all operational facilities have power or are running on generator power. The 9 Florida hospitals that are currently closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening.
• Disaster Medical Assistance Teams have been deployed to provide healthcare services to communities in need.
• Up-to-date information on boil water notices is available online HERE.
• The state is holding daily calls with assisted living facilities and nursing homes to ensure they have everything they need to serve those in their care. The state is aggressively working to restore power to these facilities.
• Department of Health (DOH) Environmental Health staff are conducting assessments throughout the state and epidemiology staff are monitoring emergency department surveillance to identity carbon monoxide poisonings relating to generator use.
• DOH staff continues to provide staffing for special needs shelters and deploy other assets to aid in county recovery efforts. Ambulance strike teams have also been deployed to aid with movements.
• OneBlood is urging all those who are able to visit a local blood center and donate blood to do so. They have an urgent need for platelets and O negative blood.
• The Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ regional offices are communicating with providers, waiver support coordinators, and APD customers to ensure they are safe. APD has established an email box for specific APD questions related to Hurricane Irma. It is Irmainfo@apdcares.org
• Group Home residents are leaving emergency shelters and returning home as mandatory evacuations are rescinded. Two Group Homes run by Monroe Association for Remarkable Citizens (MARC) evacuated to Orlando and plan to stay until Friday. They are waiting to hear from local officials when it is safe to return to Monroe County.
• Residents, especially residents with special needs, should plan for conditions along their route home as well as conditions in their impacted community. For road conditions, please check 511.com. Residents should contact their local county or emergency management officials for the most up-to-date information regarding curfews, power outages, reentry policies and the availability of necessary commodities.
• The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) operates six skilled nursing facilities and one assisted living facility. All state veterans’ homes are currently operational. Two veterans’ homes are currently operating on generator power.
• The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of Florida-based medical centers, outpatient clinics and Vet Centers in the storm path. For specific information on all VA closures in Florida, please click HERE or visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/hurricane-irma/

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS
• Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system. This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency repairs on impacted roads, embankments, bridges or other infrastructure and help restore traffic on major roadways to ensure Florida residents and visitors can travel safely.
• FDOT is actively monitoring a small bridge on I-75 at mile marker 408 crossing the Santa Fe River on the northern border of Alachua County. The river is expected to crest at historic and unprecedented levels presenting a potential threat to the safety of travel on this bridge. FDOT bridge inspectors are monitoring this structure 24 hours a day and working with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to ensure driver safety. If the river rises to an unsafe level, it will require the full closure of I-75 south of I-10 and north of U.S. 441 in Alachua. Anyone planning on traveling to Central or Southern Florida should consider traveling southbound on I-95.
• This unprecedented river flooding is also causing closures and extensive rerouting of traffic nearby roadways. FDOT is monitoring S.R. 47 and U.S. 121 and will reroute traffic if needed. See the most recent closures below:
o US 27 BRIDGE CLOSURE: Northbound - US 27 traffic to Lake City detour at NW 9th Street in High Springs. Southbound - US 27 to Gainesville and Southbound US 27 traffic to Gainesville detour at SR 47 in Fort White.
o US 41 BRIDGE CLOSURE: Northbound - US 41 traffic to Lake City detour at Winn Dixie in High Springs. Southbound - US 41 traffic to Gainesville detour at CR 778.
• FDOT continues to coordinate with Google’s emergency response team to “close” damaged roads in Google Maps in real time following damage assessments. FDOT is also working closely with WAZE, the Georgia Department of Transportation and other transportation industry partners to communicate the potential reroutes to the public.
• FDOT debris removal crews have cleared U.S. 1 down to Key West. Local officials will determine when it’s safe to reenter Monroe County.
• The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has completed damage assessments on major highways. Every interstate and turnpike is open for Floridians, however, there is heavy traffic volume on I-10 eastbound and I-75 southbound. Everyone should continue to listen to local officials on when to return home.
• FDOT’s cut and toss crews will continue to work with utility crews across the state to clear road debris so power can be restored quickly.
• Bridge inspections and debris clearance are ongoing throughout the state.
• FDOT is coordinating with other states to deploy additional resources to impacted counties. A number of other states have offered assistance. Maryland, Missouri and Delaware are currently deploying crews to Florida. FDOT continues to coordinate with other states.
• Around the state, FDOT has 13 traffic management centers where hundreds of DOT workers are monitoring traffic cameras 24/7.
• Governor Scott directed the FDOT to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Tolls remain suspended and immediate recovery efforts continue.
• FDOT is coordinating with county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response needs and actions, including damage assessments and road and bridge closures.

RECOVERY BRANCH
• An aggressive recovery effort is ongoing, working with FEMA to identify and activate federal grant programs that can benefit Floridians and their communities.
• Today, President Donald Trump’s Administration expanded Major Disaster Declaration for Florida requested by Governor Scott to include individual assistance for Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia counties. Sunday, just hours after Governor Scott’s request, President Trump approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Florida authorizing federal funding to flow directly to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma and reimburse local communities and the state government to aid in response and recovery. See the amendments to the declaration HERE.
• Emergency Protective Measures (Category A and Category B) funded through the Federal Public Assistance Program is available for all 67 counties.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE
• The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging individuals and families to be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. For resources on how to protect yourself and your loves ones from disaster fraud, visit https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control.
• Residents who sustained losses in the nine declared counties can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents who suffered damages from the storm may register now, and if their county is later included in the declaration, the application will be processed automatically.
• Governor Scott will continue to work with President Trump and FEMA to approve more funding to additional communities affected by the storm.
• Residents are also encouraged to download the FEMA App to begin the registration process. Simply click on Disaster Resources.
• If you do not have access to the internet, you may register by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY); if you use 711 Relay or Video Relay Service call 1-800-621-3362.
• The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

SCHOOL AND STATE OFFICE CLOSURES
• Please visit www.fldoe.org/irma/ to view all school closures.
• State offices will continue to follow the lead of local governments. Offices closed tomorrow include Glades, Hernando, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hardee, Highlands, Jefferson and Nassau counties.

VOLUNTEER EFFORTS
• Volunteer Florida and the Department of Management Services are seeking state employee volunteers to transport food to affected areas in Southwest and Northeast Florida beginning Friday, Sept. 15. DMS is also working with rental car companies to secure cargo vans and box trucks for this effort and both agencies are coordinating with the American Red Cross to deliver supplies to shelters and staging areas. For more information, visit www.dms.myflorida.com and click “Hurricane Irma: Volunteer to Help.”
• Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Tropical Storm Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Volunteer Florida has also engaged with Facebook to activate a donation portal online.
• In response to Hurricane Irma, Lyft is donating $100,000 to a “Relief Rides” program helping those in need get to/from hospitals and shelters after the hurricane, as well as partnering with Team Rubicon to help their volunteers. If you are associated with a hospital, shelter, or local government, please email florida@lyft.com so that Lyft can get you access to a pre-funded account to help those in need. Click here for information on how partners can use Lyft’s Concierge Service to request rides for those in need and who may not have access to a smartphone. If you are an individual in need of a ride, please use the code HELPFLORIDA. For information on specific locations for Relief Rides please click here.
• Volunteer Florida is working with Uber to transport food to people in shelter. Uber is donating $400,000 of rides, food and relief to families and communities affected as well as first responders. Uber will also provide free rides to and from shelters for residents of Hillsborough and other impacted areas, including Duval County and Lee County. In partnership with Volunteer Florida, Uber will provide free rides to help move volunteers to shelters in impacted areas. Local governments, nonprofits, and organizations with an immediate need can visit IrmaRelief@uber.com.
• Volunteer Florida is working with Johnson & Johnson, which is donating baby supplies and personal hygiene items to victims, Americares, which is donating pharmaceutical supplies to special needs shelters, Poland Water, which is donating 100 box cars of bottled water, American Logistics Network to stand up a multiple agency warehouse, and multiple volunteer partners.
• A Red Cross advance team is in the Florida Keys evaluating and assessing the most expeditious manner to provide services and emergency supplies there.
• The American Red Cross has accepted 1,000 meals offered through Volunteer Florida from Boar's Head Provisions. Local arrangements are being made to deliver these meals to areas of need in Duval County.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
• 38 Florida State Parks have reopened for day-use only, 129 parks remain closed to ensure visitor safety. Park service staff have formed teams to respond to impacted parks and re-open them as quickly as possible. A full list of closures can be found at https://floridastateparks.org/content/storm-information
• DEP staff are conducting assessments of beach impacts in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Franklin and Gulf counties. DEP continues to coordinate with USACE to expedite recovery of Florida beaches.
• DEP has mobilized 12 Hazardous Assessment and Response Teams in coordination with the EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard to assess hazardous waste facilities and respond to pollution incidents and other storm impacts. The 40 members of these teams have deployed to Duval and Hillsborough counties tomorrow to begin assessments.
• DEP staff continue to respond to local governments and utilities requests for support.
• Dune and beach fortification activities in St. Johns, Volusia and Flagler counties that had begun in the week prior to Hurricane Irma have resumed.
• Technical specialists from EPA’s water division have deployed to Florida to assist DEP staff with wastewater and drinking water system recovery, and 61 assessments have been completed to date.
• DEP has established a mutual aid system to coordinate responses between utilities, the department, and other responders. This system is active and continues to coordinate and respond to the needs of drinking and waste water facilities throughout Florida. This includes ensuring generators are provided to the Town of White Springs, Alachua County, City of Delray Beach, City of Pompano Beach and Manatee County for lift stations, wastewater plant and other vital infrastructure operations.
• DEP continues to coordinate with GIS and subject matter experts to map priority sites for preliminary damage assessments, and with FDOT to assure roads are cleared to priority sites to expedite assessments.
• DEP is coordinating with US Army Corps of Engineers, FDOT, US Coast Guard, FWC, and FEMA on debris removal statewide.
• DEP is mobilizing Beach Response Teams and participating with assistance of USACE in efforts to expedite recovery of Florida beaches.
• DEP has issued an emergency order to ensure recovery efforts are not hampered or delayed. DEP has expanded that order for power plants to cover the entire state to assist any facility recovering from the storm and a new order to waive certain rules for fuel facilities impacted by the storm statewide. Both orders apply only to impacted facilities and have provisions to guard the environment while assisting in quick recovery of critical infrastructure.
• DEP is working with FWC, EPA, and the U.S. Coast Guard to mitigate pollutants from submerged vessels.

WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS
• The Suwannee River Water Management District is working with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Environmental Protection to manage conditions around the Santa Fe River at 1-75 to ensure public safety.
• The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Aerial inspections and Damage Assessment Unit teams have completed inspections of the canals, levees and structures throughout the District. No levee breaches have been found.
• Three 42-inch temporary pumps are being relocated to Collier County to assist with lowering canal levels.
• Pumps along the southern rim of Lake Okeechobee are pumping water into the lake to address flooding, which has affected families and businesses in Glades communities.
• Debris teams have been deployed in Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties to assess debris in canals that could slow the flow of water and begin removal. Most canals are receding to normal levels.
• SFWMD continues to coordinate with local drainage districts and to operating flood control structures to address localized flooding. This includes relocating temporary pumps to Collier County and assisting Orlando International Airport with operations to lower its water levels.
• Two major St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) water control structures remain closed, preventing 3,300 cubic feet per second from entering the St. Johns River. So far total discharge to the St. Johns River has been reduced by 8,300 cubic feet per second.
• Two additional SJRWMD structures are open, discharging 5,000 cubic feet per second of water to the Indian River Lagoon, to help mitigate flooding.
• SJRWMD continues to deploy pumps and staff to assist Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties in recovery efforts from flooding caused by Hurricane Irma.
• SJRWMD responded to a request from a local municipality and pumped out flood waters from an assisted living home in Putnam County.
• SWFWMD continues to operate water control structures. All structures without power are being monitored and are discharging as needed. These structures can be manually operated if needed.

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, & ECONOMIC STABILIZATION
• The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center business damage assessment surveying tool has been activated for businesses to report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma. Businesses are encouraged to visit http://flvbeoc.org/index.php. Click on Hurricane Irma.
• A private sector hotline is available at (850) 410-1403 to respond to calls from businesses and private sector support organizations.
• The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is readying the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program to provide temporary income support to eligible individuals in counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance.
• The state is working to identify the “open/close” status of businesses. This information is being posted to the SERT Tropical Storm Irma web page: http://www.floridadisaster.org/info/.
• The Florida Retail Federation is assisting in coordinating information to Florida Retailers regarding restocking of emergency supplies, readying mobile pharmacies, and the transportation of fuel.
• The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is working with federal officials to identify additional staffing and financial resources to support business response activities.
• The Florida Chamber of Commerce is coordinating with their members and local chambers to determine post-storm recovery needs and identifying resources available to be sent to the affected areas.

INSURANCE
• At the Direction of Governor Scott, Insurance Commissioner Altmaier issued an Emergency Order suspending and activating certain insurance rules and statutes for the health, safety, and welfare of Florida's policyholders. Among other provisions, the Order provides an additional 90 days to policyholders to supply information to their insurance company; prohibits insurance companies from canceling or non-renewing policies covering residential properties damaged by the hurricane for at least 90 days; and freezes any and all efforts to increase rates on policyholders for 90 days. The Order can be found HERE.
• Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. If you need help finding your Florida’s property insurance company’s website and contact information, click HERE. For a list of licensed insurance agents in Florida, click HERE.
• Consumers with questions about their policies and those who need help filing a claim should call the CFO’s free Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236.
• It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
• OIR has updated its “Hurricane Season Resources” webpage, which contains links to information provided by the Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program, and contact information for Florida’s property insurers.

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Sep 14, 201715 Tips for Staying Safe When Returning Home After Irma

American Red Cross Urges Residents to Take Caution As They Re-Enter the Flood Zone

Miami, September 12, 2017 — Catastrophic flooding and flash flood emergencies were only part of the effects left behind from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In some areas, flood waters are starting to recede and people are starting to return to their homes. The American Red Cross urges safety and encourages people in affected areas to follow the advice of local authorities. If evacuated, return only when authorities indicate it is safe to do so.

Here are a few important Red Cross safety steps to follow when returning home after the flood:

1. Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater. If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the disaster. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them even more and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.
2. If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water. Report them immediately to the power company.
3. Check the outside of your home before you enter. Look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, missing support beams or other damage. Damage on the outside can indicate a serious problem inside. Ask a building inspector or contractor to check the structure before you enter.
4. Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless you have been told that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions from your local authorities.
5. Take pictures of home damage, both of the buildings and its contents, for insurance purposes. Make temporary repairs such as covering holes, bracing walls, and removing debris. Save all receipts.
6. If power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use any open flame, including candles, to inspect for damage or serve as alternate lighting.
7. Sniff for gas. If you detect natural or propane gas, or hear a hissing noise, leave the property immediately and get far away from it. Call the fire department after you reach safety.
8. If you have a propane tank system, turn off all valves and contact a propane supplier to check the system out before you use it again.
9. Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
10. Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected. This includes mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.
11. Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
12. If any gas or electrical appliances were flooded, don’t use them until they have been checked for safety.


Flood safety tips (continued)

13. Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage. If the water is pumped out completely in a short period of time, pressure from water-saturated soil on the outside could cause basement walls to collapse.
14. Is your ceiling sagging? That means it got wet – which makes it heavy and dangerous. It will have to be replaced, so you can try to knock it down. Be careful: wear eye protection and a hard hat, use a long stick, and stand away from the damaged area. Poke holes in the ceiling starting from the outside of the bulge to let any water drain out slowly. Striking the center of the damaged area may cause the whole ceiling to collapse.
15. Is the floor sagging? It could collapse under your weight, so don’t walk there! Small sections that are sagging can be bridged by thick plywood panels or thick, strong boards that extend at least 8–12 inches on each side of the sagging area.

Additional information on flood safety can be found on redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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American Red Cross
South Florida Region
335 SW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33135

Contact: Public Affairs Desk
561-907-6668
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Sep 14, 2017FEMA announces federal assistance for Martin County


As a result of the amount of damage Martin County sustained due to the storm, individual federal assistance has been authorized. Homeowners, renters and businesses may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.

Before you apply, please gather the following information:
• Social Security number
• Insurance information
• Damage caused by the hurricane
• Financial information including total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster
• Your contact information
Residents who have phone and/or internet access may register:
• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or
• On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
• Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Phone lines are open 7 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.
If you do not have access to telephone or internet service, FEMA specialists will soon be helping people register for assistance in Martin County. Additional details will be provided as soon as they are available.

Those impacted should contact their insurance company to file their insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or those who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Affected businesses should contact the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA's Web site at http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

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Sep 14, 2017After the Storm: Post-Hurricane Irma Resources for Florida's Business Community
To: Florida Chamber Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Local Chambers and Partners

From: Edie Ousley, Vice President of Public Affairs

CC: Mark Wilson, President and CEO

Date: September 13, 2017

Re: After the Storm: Post-Hurricane Irma Resources for Florida's Business Community
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Florida is now in recovery mode.
With Hurricane Irma in the rearview mirror, the resiliency and strength of Floridians is shining brightly as we pick up the pieces and start moving Florida forward.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to be your partner in helping ensure Florida’s business community gets back to business. And this memo will share available resources with you.
But first, I’m pleased to report that based on key information received from the Florida Chamber’s management team communicating with more than 175 member businesses statewide, and more than 50 local chambers in the impacted regions, the situation on the ground for Florida’s business community is better than it could have been. While the road ahead will be challenging for some, many job creators will rebound.
Additionally, the Florida Chamber team continues to help quarterback hurricane relief efforts to the state’s business community through our partnership with Florida’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The Florida Chamber is receiving vital “incoming and outgoing” information and resources, and we’re committed to sharing that with our partners.
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU:
To aid Florida’s business community, the following resources are available at www.FloridaChamber.com/hurricane:
• Florida Disaster Fund: Donate today to Volunteer Florida’s Florida Disaster Fund, and help ensure your donations go directly to Hurricane Irma needs in communities throughout Florida.
• Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center: A clearinghouse of business assistance information following Hurricane Irma.
• Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by Hurricane Irma.
• U.S. Small Business Disaster Loans: Businesses in the impacted counties can apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
• Consumer Alert – Beware of Insurance Scams: The Florida Chamber and its Consumer Protection Coalition urge you to be on the lookout for unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys that try to profit off the disaster by asking you to sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB). Remember consumer do not need to sign an AOB to get storm related home repairs or auto glass repairs made.
Finally, the Florida Chamber will host a Special Edition: Board of Governors Conference Call on Monday, September 18 at 2 p.m. to discuss the latest recovery efforts and how Florida’s business community can join forces to help get businesses back up and running. Among the anticipated guests are Governor Rick Scott.

Thank you for your partnership and for your commitment to getting Florida back to business.


 
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Sep 14, 2017INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Great news: Martin County has been approved for individual disaster assistance. Since this weekend, getting this designation has been one of my top priorities.
FEMA Disaster Assistance can help support your recovery from a major disaster. FEMA can provide housing assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes or experienced significant damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance. By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.
The items that can be covered include:
• Temporary housing
• Lodging expenses reimbursement
• Home repair
• Home replacement
• Disaster-caused child care expenses.
• Disaster-caused medical and dental expenses.
• Disaster-caused damages to essential household items
• Fuel for the primary heat source
• Clean-up items
• Disaster-caused damage to an essential vehicle.
• Moving and storage expenses caused by the disaster
If you need disaster assistance from FEMA, you can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or register on the phone at 1-800-621-3362.
You will receive a call from FEMA within approximately 10 days of submitting your application to schedule an appointment for a home inspector to visit you. If you qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you a check by mail or a direct deposit into your bank account along with a letter describing how you are able to use the money. If they determine that you do not qualify, you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision.

We are also working to restore power across Martin County. I've been in contact with the team at Florida Power and Light. For additional updates on power restoration, please click here.
For additional hurricane-related resources, please visit my website.
For the latest updates, 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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Sep 14, 2017Post-Hurricane Social Messaging
We hope everyone is doing well and you are able to recover quickly. We understand that some areas have been impacted significantly more than others and our thoughts are with you.

For those of you who are ready for visitors to return, we're asking that you use #FloridaNow when sharing live videos and current images from your destination. One example is Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, who has been showcasing their area using their hashtags along with #LoveFL and #FloridaNow.



We also ask that you submit current full-rights photos and videos to be considered to be shared on VISIT FLORIDA social channels. We're looking for photos like sunrises, sunsets or other iconic photos that show that your area is open to tourists. If you will be doing a live social video from your destination, please alert us at socialmedia@visitflorida.org.

As we continue to work on Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, we want to ensure that potential visitors are aware of the areas of our state that are open for business.

Sincerely,
VISIT FLORIDA Public Relations and Social Media Team


 
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Sep 14, 2017EAR Summary Update
The evaluation and appraisal of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan (CGMP) is a required part of the Florida growth management process. At least every seven years, the County must determine whether changes in the Florida Community Planning Act since the last Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) require any changes to the County's Plan. In 2016 Martin County began the process and has briefed the County Commission via memos and agenda items since then. Many of the Elements (chapters) of the CGMP must be amended. The vast majority of the proposed changes are minor and non-substantive. Most of the changes involve the removal of obsolete text and data and replacement with more current text and data.

Locally-identified issues include the incorporation of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan into the Transportation Element; the incorporation of the Upper East Coast Water Supply Plan into the Potable Water Element and update of data for the Housing and Public Schools Facilities Elements.

The Local Planning Agency conducted a public hearing on each amendment during the months of June through September, 2017. The final Local Planning Agency hearings for EAR-based amendments will be held on September 21, 2107 for Chapter 4 Future Land Use and Chapter 16, Housing.

The County Commission must hold a transmittal public hearing on each amendment, prior to October 31, 2017. The public hearing for all EAR-based amendments is scheduled for October 24, 2017. Then the amendments will be reviewed by the various state and regional agencies that participate in the State Coordinated Review Process. After that review, the County Commission will hold its adoption public hearing.

All reports for the Local Planning Agency are on the County's website at this link:

2016 Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)

All agenda items for the County Commission October 24, 2017 public hearing will be available on the County's website, under the agenda section of the website.

www.martin.fl.us


Nicki van Vonno, AICP
Director
Growth Management Department
Martin County Board of County Commissioners
772-288-5520
nikkiv@martin.fl.us




 
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Sep 14, 2017IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION

Ben DiGirolamo, JD, CPA
Principal, Tax Advisory Group

IRS Provides Hurricane Tax Relief
The IRS has moved back the deadlines for filing tax returns and making payments for taxpayers affected by either Hurricane Harvey or Irma who have either an original or extended due date falling on or after the onset date of the disaster. Affected taxpayers will have until January 31, 2018 to file most tax returns, including individual, estate, trust, partnership, C corporation, and S corporation income tax returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns; or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments.

Affected Taxpayers

Affected taxpayers include:
• Any individual whose principal residence, and any business entity whose principal place of business, is located in the counties designated as disaster areas
• Any individual who is a relief worker assisting in a covered disaster area, regardless of whether he is affiliated with recognized government or philanthropic organizations
• Any individual whose principal residence, and any business entity whose principal place of business, is not located in a covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a filing or payment deadline are maintained in a covered disaster area
• Any estate or trust that has tax records necessary to meet a filing or payment deadline in a covered disaster area, and
• Any spouse of an affected taxpayer, solely with regard to a joint return of the husband and wife.

IRS is offering filing and payment relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for Individual Assistance. Currently the affected areas include:

• In U.S. Virgin Islands: The islands of St. John and St. Thomas.
• In Puerto Rico: The municipalities of Culebra, Vieques, Canóvanas and Loíza.
• In Florida: Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns and St. Lucie Counties.
• In Texas: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton

How to Apply for Relief

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But if you are an affected taxpayer and you receive a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the postponement period, call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS remove the penalty. Affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

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Sep 14, 2017SFWMD Moving Additional Pumps to Hardest Hit Areas
Taking Actions to Help Communities Recovery from Hurricane Irma

District providing flood protection across
South Florida after Hurricane Irma

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today continued its response to mitigate the impacts of Hurricane Irma by working to drain flood waters from communities throughout all 16 counties of South Florida.

SFWMD crews are removing three 42-inch temporary pumps previously installed next to the S-39 structure in Palm Beach County to Collier County, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. The pumps will assist in lowering canal levels in the Big Cypress Basin (BCB) where canals are flowing at maximum capacity to move water away from communities and out to tide. The pumps will increase the District's capacity to move flood water out to tide.

The District is also working with Orlando International Airport to increase the amount of water the airport can discharge from its property to nearby Boggy Creek to lower floodwaters faster. District officials have determined airport discharges can be increased without negatively impacting the Boggy Creek area.

Other actions being taken by the District in response to Hurricane Irma include:
• Keeping the SFWMD Emergency Operations Center open and at full activation level as the response efforts continue.
• Continuing to discharge water to tide through all coastal structures at the maximum allowable rates. Most canals on the east coast are receding to normal levels.
• Using the S-2 and S-3 structures to pump floodwaters into Lake Okeechobee and away from communities and businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma in the Glades region south of Lake Okeechobee.
• Completing aerial inspections of flood control structures throughout the system. No levee breaches have been identified.
• Deploying contractors to remove debris throughout the District, especially in the hardest hit areas of Collier, Miami-Dade and Broward counties, that could block canals and impede the ability to move floodwaters away from families and businesses.
• Working with Florida Power and Light to restore commercial power to all structures in the system.
• Aerial inspections of the Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) and other facilities necessary for maintaining the water quality of the Everglades are now complete.
• Coordinating with local drainage districts to help alleviate localized flooding throughout South Florida.
• Working to restore power and communications to the Big Cypress Basin Field Station in Naples.
• Providing modeling and analysis to Lee and Hendry counties for several tributaries, such as the Orange River in Fort Myers, which flow into the Caloosahatchee River and that are expected to crest and recede as a result of the storm.

For more updates on SFWMD's Hurricane Irma response:
• Bookmark www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate
• Follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter
• Like SFWMD on Facebook

Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Cell: (561)-682-6197 | Cell: 561-389-3386





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


 
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Sep 14, 2017Republican Club Social invitation
September 2017 Networking Luncheon at Monarch Country Club
As sponsor of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber’s September Networking Luncheon at Monarch Country Club, The Pension Source provided an overview of the retirement services they provide. Shown from left are Chamber President/CEO Joe Catrambone; Barbara LaBounty, Doreen Barnes, Jason Grant, The Pension Source and Chamber Chairman-Elect Rob Gluckman, Treasure Coast Urgent & Family Care.

 
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Sep 14, 2017Update on Hurricane Irma and ACC
On behalf of everyone at Alzheimer's Community Care, we hope that you and your family weathered Hurricane Irma safely.

ACC administrative offices have reopened. All of our Specialized Adult Day Care Centers have reopened except for West Lake Worth and Port St. Lucie. Patients from those two Day Centers are being transferred to our other locations until further notice. Thank you to all families and staff for bearing with us as we transition all operations back to normal.




This weekend, Alzheimer's Community Care assisted Palm Beach County emergency operations staff at the Palm Beach Special Needs Shelter in Wellington. ACC staff members were at the shelter from Friday at 11:00AM through Monday at 2:00PM. We managed to secure cots and privacy screens for the duration of the storm, ensuring the comfort and privacy of all patients.


Thank you to the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for helping to assemble the cots and screens.

Following the storm, two of our community partners have reached out to ACC for help. The Division of Senior Services (DOSS) sent eight case managers to ACC Headquarters on Tuesday and used our phones to make wellness calls to their clients.




This week, we are also excited to host patients and staff from New Day Adult Care Center, located at Faith Lutheran Church in North Palm Beach. Following Hurricane Irma, their building lost electricity, but they still wanted to provide their patients with a place to go. Working together, we were able to provide service to 14 New Day patients, along with their staff, at our Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Day Centers.




We understand that patients and caregivers both will need need assistance following this storm, and we are here to help! Please call us with any questions or concerns Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at 561-683-2700. If you have a non-emergency during after hours, please call the ACC Crisis Line at 800-394-1771.



 
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Sep 14, 2017Algae Task Force - Postponed


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Sep 13, 2017Martin County parks and beaches begin to open on limited basis


Martin County Parks and Recreation staff continues to assess the condition of parks and beaches and works to open facilities to the public as soon as possible.

Martin County is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma with strong rip currents and high tides. Public Safety officials do not recommend swimming in such unsafe conditions. Beaches will remain unguarded as our lifeguards continue to serve citizens at our special needs shelter with Florida Department of Health nurses.

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health Martin County will be sampling the water at public beaches today, September 12, to ensure enteric bacteria is not present and the water is safe for swimming. For results, visit the department's website at http://martin.floridahealth.gov, select "Programs & Services," then "Environmental Health" and select "Results" under "Beach and River Sampling."
The following parks are open but still have scattered debris. Please use caution.

Anderson Middle School
Bathtub Reef Beach
Beachwalk Paisley Beach
Bob Graham Beach
Booker Park
Bryn Mawr Beach
Chastain Beach
Citrus Grove
County Line Civic Center and Park
Cove Road Park
East Ridge
Fire Station #36 Park
Fletcher Beach
Glasscock Beach
Halpatiokee Regional Park
Hidden Oaks Middle School
Hobe Sound Beach (restrooms closed)
Hobe Sound Civic Center
Indian RiverSide Park
Jensen Beach (partially open)
Jensen Beach Causeway (many hazardous conditions)
Jock Leighton
Joe's River Park
JV Reed
Lamar Howard
Langford Park
LCpl Justin Wilson
Maggy's Hammock Park
Manatee Park
New Monrovia Park
Owen Murphy Boat Ramp
Palm City Civic Center
Paul Larson
Peck Lake (boardwalk closed)
Pendarvis Cove
Pettway
Port Salerno Civic Center
Post Family Park
Rio Civic Center
Ross Witham Beach
Sailfish Splash Waterpark (50-meter pool only)
Santa Lucea Beach
SSF Justin Johnson Memorial Park at Banner Lake
Stokes Beach
Stuart Beach (some hazardous conditions)
Stuart Causeway (dock damage at boat ramp)
Tiger Shores Beach
Timer Powers (big trees down)
Twin Rivers Park
Virginia Forest Beach
William G. "Doc" Myers
Wojcieszak Park (restroom has sewage backup)
Zeus Park
Zeus Pocket Parks

The following parks remain closed:
Big Mound Park
Charlie Leighton Park boat ramps
Greenfield Park
Jensen Beach Community Center
Martin County Golf Course
Phipps Park

For additional information and updates on park openings and closings, follow Martin County Parks and Recreation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MyMCParks. Information is also available on the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us.




 
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Sep 13, 2017HOBE SOUND 3RD SATURDAY GOURMET
HOBE SOUND 3RD SATURDAY GOURMET
SE MARS STREET / SE APOLLO STREET
ROAD CLOSURE

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a gourmet food truck expo. This event will result in the closure of SE Mars Street and SE Apollo Street between SE Old Post Office Alley and SE Dixie Highway Service Road between the hours of 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

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


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



 
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Sep 13, 2017Martin County Fire Rescue urges generator safety


Hurricane Irma left thousands of Martin County residents without electricity. While we are working with our partners to restore power to our community, we ask residents to have patience; FPL has mobilized the largest restoration team in history and they are working around the clock to get our lights back on as quickly as possible. Portable generators offer residents relief and at times, lifesaving benefits. However, generators can also present hazards such as carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning if not operated properly.

Portable generators emit carbon monoxide - a colorless, odorless, tasteless, poisonous gas. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, follow these guidelines:
• Never use generators indoors, including in homes, garages, crawl spaces and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using a fan will not limit CO exposure.
• Maintain a minimum five-foot distance from any openings such as windows, doors or roof soffits to prevent CO exhaust from entering the house.
• Place the generator at least three feet from combustible or flammable materials.
• Always allow the generator to cool down before refueling.
• Never refuel a generator while it is running.
• Do not overload the capacity of the generator.
• Use a carbon monoxide monitor in your home and test it regularly.
If you are using a portable generator and experience any of the following symptoms, leave the area immediately and dial 911 - dull headache, weakness or dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion or blurred vision.

"Even though Hurricane Irma has moved out of our area, we need to maintain vigilance in our post storm recovery efforts. We encourage our residents to operate generators with the safety of their families in mind," said Martin County Fire Rescue Chief William Schobel.

If you have questions about generator safety, please contact the Public Information line at 772-287-1652.


 
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Sep 13, 2017Hurricane Irma Update


We hope that this email finds you and your loved ones safe and out of harm's way.

This update is to share with you that we are prepared to help the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irma recovering from the devastating rain, winds and floods across Florida.

The roof damage to our distribution center has not prevented us from opening our facility today. Our team at Treasure Coast Food Bank is quickly assessing the urgent needs in our service area.

Truckloads of water, ice and shelf-stable food and supplies are arriving at our facility to be distributed to our neighbors in need starting today. We are working with the counties and our partner agencies to determine the highest priority items and locations. If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please use our resource locator.

We encourage anyone available to volunteer over the coming days and weeks. We will be preparing emergency food boxes and sorting food and other essentials for distribution in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

We could not do this important work without the commitment of so many supporters. Your donation today will help provide emergency assistance to families and individuals along the Treasure Coast who have been displaced or affected by Hurricane Irma.

We will continue to keep you posted on our disaster relief services. Please follow us on Facebook for more immediate updates.

Thank you for helping those in our community.



Judith Cruz
President & CEO
Treasure Coast Food Bank


 
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Sep 13, 2017After the Storm, Know the Law Before You Strike That Match

Hurricane Irma’s wind caused widespread destruction of vegetation in our area and the Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District wants to remind residents to burn their yard waste responsibly. Burning yard waste does not require a burn authorization from the Florida Forest Service as long as your burn meets the required setbacks and there are no local, city or county ordinances in place that prohibit burning. Businesses will require an authorization.

In some urbanized cities, open burning is prohibited; check with your local Florida Forest Service before you burn. The Florida Forest Service can also provide you with specific spacing requirements and burning hours for your area before you strike that match. In general, locate the fire 150 feet away from your neighbor's house and at least 25 feet away from your house, any fences on the property, garden sheds, and the garage. If your property backs up to a grassland or a woodland area, light the fire at least 25 feet inside your property line.

“Keep your yard waste fire no more than eight feet in diameter and create a fire break -- a bare dirt area the same height and circumference as the fire -- around the burn area,” explains Forest Area Supervisor Trevor Taylor with the Florida Forest Service. “Add to the fire as it burns down rather than creating one massive pile. Before you light, get a hose ready and keep a shovel and metal rake on hand. A shovel allows you to smother sparks and fire with dirt in an emergency while the rake allows you to quickly return logs or branches that roll off the fire.”

Burn only yard waste from your own property, such as leaves, small branches, grass, and other yard clippings. It is illegal to burn household garbage such as plastic, bleached paper, pharmaceuticals, tires, used oil, and any treated wood. It is also illegal to burn construction garbage such as asbestos containing materials, roofing materials, and asphalt.

Fires need your constant attention so plan to burn on a day when you can be there the whole time. Limit burning yard waste to windless days, or as near windless as possible. If the wind is blowing more than 10 miles per hour, hold off. Don't leave, even for a minute without getting someone to watch it for you. When you're finished burning, douse the fire with water and spread out the coals. Keep dousing and spreading the coals until the entire area feels cold to the touch.

If your yard waste fire escapes, you may be held liable for costs of suppression
and damages that occur. Call your local Florida Forest Service for more information.

Note: Piles greater than eight feet in diameter will require: 1) authorization from the Florida Forest Service, 2) Suppression equipment on scene, and 3) Meeting additional setback requirements.

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

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


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Sep 13, 2017UPS My Choice Provides Delivery Options
UPS My Choice Provides Delivery Options


Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, service has been suspended in areas of several southeastern states. As a UPS My Choice® member who may have a package impacted by this storm, you have options for the delivery of your package:
• Reroute your package to another address that is not impacted by the storm
• Request to pick up your package at a UPS location such as a UPS Customer Center, UPS Access Point™ location or a nearby The UPS Store® location
To take action on your packages, follow these easy steps:
• Access your UPS My Choice account through the UPS Mobile™ App or by logging on to ups.com
• Track your package or navigate to My Delivery Planner and locate your tracking number
• Select Change Delivery for options to deliver your package to another address or pick it up at a UPS location – we suggest you confirm that your selected location is open and reachable, given current flooding conditions
If you are not already a Premium UPS My Choice member, we would like to offer you a complimentary UPS My Choice Premium membership for one month to assist you during these difficult times. As a new Premium UPS My Choice member, you will not be charged a fee1 for rerouting your package to another address.

Your premium membership will automatically renew at the current annual rate after the end of your free membership period. If you do not want to renew your membership, you may cancel at any time before the end of your free membership period.

Log into your account and use promotional code C56QYSUZ2 to upgrade your membership. Select Apply after entering the promotional code. This code is valid until October 31, 2017.

Visit ups.com for the latest information on service delays, including ZIP Codes where no pickups or deliveries are being made.

Note that the UPS Service Guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted due to events of this nature. For more information, refer to the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service. Current weather and road conditions may impact our ability to accommodate requests made through UPS My Choice service.



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Sep 13, 2017Hurricane Irma Update – Sept. 12


As of this evening, we have restored more than 2 million customers (half of the 4.4 million impacted customers) within the first day of Hurricane Irma’s exit from our service territory.


• We estimate that we will restore power to essentially all customers along the East Coast service territory by the end of this coming weekend; and by end of day Sept. 22 for customers along the West Coast service territory, with the possible exception of areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding and other sections of severe damage.
• We are following our process to restore the largest number of customers in the shortest amount of time:
• First, we are working on restoring all the feeders that serve all critical facilities like hospitals, police and fire.
• Then, we will continue working on feeders that serve major thoroughfares that host community services like supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and others.
• Initial assessment suggests significant investments in FPL’s energy grid will result in faster restoration time for customers than experienced during Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
• We are currently experiencing intermittent issues with FPL.com and the FPL Mobile App due to extreme high volume and are working to resolve the situation.

In an effort to keep you informed, please read our current news release for the most up-to-date information. In addition, remember to check our government website as the storm passes for detailed information about your area, including: outages by county; critical infrastructure facilities affected; transformer outage maps; and other resources. Please bookmark the Government Portal to retrieve the most current information about your area.



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Sep 13, 2017SBA Disaster Assistance for Businesses and Residents Expands to Additional Florida Counties
Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached SBA disaster assistance news release for Florida due to Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and Saint Johns in Florida which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Okeechobee, Pasco, Polk, and Volusia in Florida.

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

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

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

Please feel free to distribute this release to any of your local contacts, so we can make the widest possible distribution for those affected and those that may be interested. We will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Regards,

Jay MacKenna
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Disaster Assistance
Field Operations Center East
101 Marietta Street, NW
Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30303-2725
Telephone: (404) 331-0333

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses of All Sizes, Homeowners and Renters




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Sep 13, 2017HURRICANE IRMA RESOURCES


As I visited hurricane shelters and emergency management headquarters over the weekend, I was struck by the resilience and kindness of neighbors helping friends and complete strangers. I want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone that came together to help get our community through this storm, including our great law enforcement officers and emergency management personnel.
While the full extent of the damage is still being assessed, I want to provide you with resources that may be helpful as our community begins recovery efforts:
Information Hotlines
• Florida Emergency Management Hotline: 1-800-342-3557
• Text Alerts: Text FLPREPARES to 888777 to receive text alerts from the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
• Online Information: Visit FloridaDisaster.org for more information on recovery efforts.
• Martin County: A 24/7 information line is available at 772-287-1652. You can also visit the Martin County website for more information.
• Palm Beach County: Residents can visit the Palm Beach County website for the latest information on power restoration, school closings and more.
• St. Lucie County: Call 772-460-4357 or visit the St. Lucie County website for the latest information. Residents are urged to call the help line to report flooding and road closures, rather than 9-1-1, unless you are in immediate danger.
Disaster Assistance
Last Friday, Congress approved $15.25 billion in emergency funding to address those impacted by hurricanes. The bill includes $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, $7.4 billion for Community Development Block grants to be used in the wake of hurricanes and $450 million for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program. I am urging House leadership to take up another FEMA bill to ensure that our community has the resources we need to address this devastating storm.
Governor Rick Scott has requested, and President Donald Trump has approved, a major disaster declaration for Florida, triggering the immediate release of resources to help communities recover from Irma. All Florida counties were included in the declaration for public assistance, but only residents in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties are currently eligible for individual disaster assistance. I am doing all I can to secure individual assistance for our communities as well and will provide further updates as progress is made.

Please note that our offices in Stuart, North Palm Beach and St. Lucie are currently closed as we assess the damage and work to restore power. If you have any questions, our staff in Washington, D.C. is available to help and can be reached at 202-225-3026. To get the latest information on our offices, please visit my website.
For the latest updates, 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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Sep 13, 2017SFWMD Beginning Recovery from Hurricane Irma
Sept. 11, 2017

West Palm Beach, FL - As tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Irma subside on Monday, Sept. 11, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is conducting recovery efforts by assessing damage to water control structures and looking for debris in regional canals that could slow the flow of water. The District's rapid impact assessment teams and aerial reconnaissance are focused on parts of the flood control system most affected by the storm - the Big Cypress Basin in Collier County, Miami-Dade County and the Clewiston area south of Lake Okeechobee.

SFWMD meteorologists reported a District-wide average of almost 7 inches of rain on Saturday and Sunday combined. Local rainfall was as high as 19 inches in some locations.

Following Irma, District-wide rainfall for South Florida since the beginning of the wet season is now 40.7 inches. Average rainfall for the wet season, which generally lasts through October, is 35-36 inches.

To move stormwater runoff as quickly and safely as possible, water managers are releasing stormwater runoff to tide through coastal outlet structures, and pump stations are being staffed and operating around the clock.

For more updates on SFWMD's Hurricane Irma response:
• Bookmark www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate
• Follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter
• Like SFWMD on Facebook

Media Contact:
Jerry Eisenband | jeisenband@sfwmd.gov | Cell: 732-801-6665



 
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Sep 13, 2017Post-storm updates; boil water order lifted, libraries and parks reopening


Boil Water Notice
The boil water order for Martin County Utilities customers on Hutchinson Island has been lifted.

Shelters
Residents who may need to use a shelter should call 772-287-1652 for assistance.

Water and Tarps
Water and tarp distribution will continue at Hidden Oaks Middle School (2801 SW Martin Highway, Palm City) until 10 p.m tonight. On Thursday, September 14, distribution will be relocated to Sailfish Splash Waterpark (931 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Garbage, Recycling and Debris Collection
Regular garbage and recycling collection service resumed per normal schedules on Tuesday, September 12. In addition, containerized yard waste will be picked up beginning Wednesday, September 13.

Residents are requested to sort their storm debris. Please place vegetation such as trees and branches in one pile and construction and demolition materials such as fencing, wet carpeting and other household debris in a separate pile. Large bulk piles of yard debris that cannot be containerized will begin being collected on Saturday, September 16. We are aware that all households were impacted by the storm and are putting together a plan that will include multiple passes of all zones in unincorporated Martin County. There is no need for residents to put in a request for debris collection for specific locations.

Libraries
Five of the six Martin County Library System branch libraries are now open and have resumed regular hours of operation. The Elisabeth Lahti Library remains closed. For hours and locations, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Libraries.
Curfew
There is no curfew in place for Martin County.

Martin County Schools
The Martin County School District has announced that all MCSD schools will be closed for the remainder of the week. Schools will reopen on Monday, September 18 with normal hours of operation including Extended Day.

Parks and Beaches
Martin County Parks and Recreation staff continues to assess the condition of parks and beaches and is working to open facilities to the public as soon as possible.

Martin County is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma with strong rip currents and high tides. Public Safety officials do not recommend swimming in such unsafe conditions. Beaches will remain unguarded as our lifeguards continue to serve our citizens at the special needs shelter and work to prepare the beaches.

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health Martin County sampled the water at public beaches on September 12 to ensure enteric bacteria is not present and the water is safe for swimming. For results, visit the department's website at http://martin.floridahealth.gov, select "Programs & Services," then "Environmental Health" and select "Results" under "Beach and River Sampling."

The following parks remain CLOSED:
-Big Mound Park
-Martin County Golf Course
-Charlie Leighton Park boat ramps
-Phipps Park
-Greenfield Park
-Twin Rivers Park
-Jensen Beach Community Center

Sailfish Splash Waterpark
Wednesday, September 13, through Friday, September 15, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open its doors to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For $5.95 per day, patrons will have access to the interactive splash playground, learn to swim pool and even a hot shower. The gift shop and concessions will also be open. To buy tickets online for this "Family Fun Friday" special opening, go to www.SailfishSplash.com/buy. Season pass holders will enter for free at 10:30 a.m.




 
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Sep 5, 2017Child Poverty in Martin County
"Future Generations: Addressing Child Poverty in Martin County"
is part of Hunger Action Month, when the nation's food banks encourage
the community to join them in taking action against hunger.

Hear from community leaders who see child poverty and hunger in
their daily work, and join the discussion of how to solve the problem in
Martin County.


WHAT: A round-table discussion about on child poverty and hunger in
Martin County presented by Treasure Coast Food Bank

WHERE: Children's Services Council of Martin County
101 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart, FL 34994

WHEN: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

WHY: More than 21 percent of Martin County's children are food insecure. Although the county's poverty rate is relatively low, more than 5,500 children are in households that struggle with basic needs such as housing, nutritious food, and medical expenses.

The event is free of charge, but reservations are required by
September 5th. RSVP@tcfoodank.org


PANELISTS:
Dillie Nerios, Treasure Coast Food Bank/Whole Child Connection
David Heaton, Children's Services Council of Martin County
Bryan Garner, St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Joanne Towner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
Samantha Suffich, Healthy Start Coalition of Martin County
Krista Garofalo,Treasure Coast Food Bank (Moderator)



Mission: Our mission is to alleviate hunger by obtaining and distributing food and other essentials in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee Counties. stophunger.org









 
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Sep 5, 2017Is Florida Ready for the Future of Transportation?


Did you know, between now and 2030, Florida will welcome 4-5 million new drivers on its roads?

During the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 Transportation Summit, business leaders told us the biggest issue facing your industry was a need for a talented workforce- from those who can drive trucks to those who can build new innovations.

Help us continue these conversations at the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2017 Future of Florida Forum, where hundreds of industry experts, business leaders and elected officials will come together to discuss innovations in transportation, the future of Florida's infrastructure, changing workforce needs and more.


 
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Sep 5, 2017Tree removal at Timer Powers Park in Indiantown
Martin County Parks and Recreation Department will remove some of the large oak trees at Timer Powers Park beginning in September. A contracted Certified Arborist has determined that some of the trees at this facility have reached their life expectancy and need to be removed. In keeping with best management practices, the Parks and Recreation Department staff is moving forward with the Arborist's recommendation and is currently working with the contractor on removal and replacement of these trees.

For more information about this project, please contact Michael Spadavecchia at mspadave@martin.fl.us or at 772-220-1457.

Follow us on Facebook for details about what's happening in your Martin County parks at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.

Interested in volunteering for the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department? Contact Deanna Deakins at ddeakins@martin.fl.us or at 772-221-1430.



 
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Sep 5, 2017Storm Preparedness



Be Ready.. What You Need To Do...

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5- Keep all equipment away from windows, doors, skylights or any other dangerous locations
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Sep 1, 2017WARFIELD ELEMENTARY AWARDED THE AREA’S FIRST DR. BEN CARSON READING ROOM
Through the generosity of a private donation, Martin County School District is proud to announce the grand opening of Martin County’s first Dr. Ben Carson Reading Room at Warfield Elementary.

The grand opening celebration will occur on Friday, September 8, which includes an all-school assembly at 12:45 p.m. and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s Media Center.

The creation of this room, through a donation by Mrs. Enid Cheatham, will complement the school’s focus on literacy and benefit the entire school community. The Dr. Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The Carson Scholars Fund was founded by now retired, world-renowned, pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Lacena ‘Candy’ Carson.

The student-selected theme of Warfield’s Reading Room is, ‘The Ocean’. The room is filled with child friendly, ocean-like furniture and objects to excite and motivate children to read. Each student was asked to select his/her favorite book which was included with hundreds of other books for students to explore from a variety of authors, topics and genres. The cozy environment encourages students and their families to recognize the importance of everyday independent leisure reading.

“The Martin County School District is grateful to Mrs. Cheatham for providing the Dr. Ben Carson Reading Room for our students at Warfield Elementary,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent of Schools. “This room offers a learning environment that will encourage our children and families to fall in love with reading.”

As a child, Ben Carson had a dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream until his mother, with only a third grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Dr. Ben Carson credits reading as being a catalyst to his success.

For more information on the Dr. Ben Carson Reading Project, visit www.carsonscholars.org.


 
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Sep 1, 2017Local Squadron Hosts Weekend Boating Safety Course


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

WHEN: September 16-17, Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm

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

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

FURTHER INFORMATION: St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org
(Click on Event or Education Links)

QUESTIONS and REGISTRATION: Paul Vallier, 772.212.2970, pavallier@aim.com


 
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Sep 1, 2017Veterans Day Parade
See attached

Veterans Parade.pdf
 
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Sep 1, 2017UNITED WAY OF MARTIN COUNTY ANNOUNCES 2017-18 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Monday, August 28, 2017

United Way of Martin County benefits from the guidance, leadership and advocacy of a dynamic and dedicated 27-member board of directors. As United Way kicks off a new campaign season, the organization welcomes its 2017-18 executive officers and board members.

Chad Hastings, attorney at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC, will serve as chair of the board of directors. Hastings has been a strong supporter of United Way for several years and served as campaign chair in 2015-16.

Denise Ehrich, senior vice president marketing strategist at U.S. Trust, will serve as chair-elect. Amy Brunjes, regional manager of external affairs at Florida Power & Light Company and Bob Brunjes, president and publisher of Treasure Coast Newspapers will serve as campaign co-chairs and Lynn Blackard, Rehmann will serve as Treasurer.

United Way welcomes four new members to the board of directors, including Blake Davis with Publix Super Markets; Jean Laws-Scott with the Law Office of Jean Laws-Scott; Blake Norman with Marsh & McClennan and Elliot Paul, with Elliot Paul & Company Auctions.

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

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


2017-18 United Way Board of Directors

Officers

Chair: Chad Hastings, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC
Chair-elect: Denise Ehrich, U.S. Trust
Fund Distribution Chair: Gene Zweben, Esq., Zweben Law Group
Strategic Planning Chair: Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Board of County Commissioners
Treasurer: Lynn Blackard, CPA, Rehmann
Advocacy Chair: Ademil Castrillo, Wells Fargo
Secretary: Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, United Way of Martin County
Immediate Past Chair: Crystal Stiles, Florida Power & Light Company
Directors

Amy Albury, Florida Power & Light Company
Kherri Anderson, Martin County Supervisor of Elections
Thomas Campenni, City of Stuart
Jane Cebelak, retired
Blake Davis, Publix Super Markets
Lt. Mike Dougherty, Martin County Sheriff's Office
Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School Board
Reed Hartman, Hartman Auction Group
Geoff Lieberman, Macy’s, Jensen Beach
Elliott Paul, Elliott Paul & Company Auctions
Lisa Peterson-Sanders, MTM, Inc.
Ruth Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector's Office
Chuck Shaffer, Seacoast Bank
Dave Wishart, Ph.D., United Technologies – Pratt & Whitney


Ex-Officio

Campaign Chair: Bob Brunjes, Treasure Coast Newspapers
CHARACTER COUNTS! Chair: Blake Norman, Marsh & McClennan
United Way Foundation: Jean Laws-Scott, Law Office of Jean Laws-Scott
Martin County Interagency Coalition: Renay Rouse, Martin County Health Department
Volunteerism Chair: Frank Tidikis, Vietnam Veterans of America Council 1041


 
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Sep 1, 2017Research: Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Project for Bottlenose Dolphins with Georgia Aquarium
FAU Harbor Branch epidemiologist Adam Schaefer, MPH, is co-author on two papers that were recently published in Diseases in Aquatic Organisms. The collaborative research with Georgia Aquarium and a number of other contributing partners involved documentation and comparison of bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon and those living in the waters near Charleston, South Carolina.
The study utilized twelve years of data collected during Health and Environmental Risk Assessments in both locations. Researchers documented dangerously high levels of both PCB's (industrial coolants and lubricants) and DDT (pesticides) from agricultural and industrial run-off in both dolphin populations. These results have implications to human health because people swim in the same waters and eat some of the same fish as the dolphins studied.




 
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Sep 1, 2017Lucie the Loggerhead Released after Rehabilitation
Lucie the loggerhead was released Wednesday afternoon following successful rehabilitation! She was transported by FAU Harbor Branch to the Brevard Zoo’s Healing Center on June 30th after being found at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Read the TCPalm article here: http://bit.ly/2vN8lex

She was released with the help of Indian River County Coastal Division Programs.

Grant to Study Shelf-edge Marine Protected Areas with NOAA Fisheries Completed

FAU Harbor Branch Research Professor John Reed and research assistant Stephanie Farrington recently completed a six year grant with NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC), and are soon beginning another three year grant to study shelf-edge Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) off the southeastern U.S.
The SAFMC established eight deep-water Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the outer continental shelf from Florida to North Carolina in February 2009, and in addition, the Oculina Habitat Area of Particular Concern (OHPAC) in 1984. This NOAA CIOERT 2016 cruise report documents and characterizes the benthic habitats, benthic biota, and fish populations within and adjacent to the protected areas within the jurisdiction of the SAFMC. Of particular interest was the discovery of living Oculina coral thickets and coral mounds at the St. Lucie Hump MPA site off Jupiter, Florida, which was surveyed for the first time during this cruise. These are now the only know Oculina coral mounds in the world outside of the Oculina HAPC. These data establish baseline information to be referenced and compared to future research cruises to identify the long-term health and status of these important ecosystems. These data will be made available to the SAFMC, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA DSCRTP, NOAA CRCP, NOAA Mesophotic Reef Ecosystem Program, and NOAA Marine Sanctuaries to assist management on these habitats and key species.





 
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Sep 1, 2017Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month throughout September


Martin County, FL - In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month (officially September 15 - October 15), the Martin County Library System will host several exciting, family-oriented cultural events during the month of September. These free events are open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

Movies @ Your Library: César Chávez
September 15, 2-4pm Peter & Julie Cummings Library, Palm City
Biographical film depicting inspirational social justice leader

Hispanic Heritage Family Fun Day
September 16, 10am-4:30pm Hobe Sound Public Library
Celebrate with games, food, crafts, music, dancing, and more

Classical Melodies of Violist David Pedraza
September 21, 6:30-7:30pm Hoke Library, Jensen Beach
Performance by Mexican-born musician

Movies @ Your Library: McFarland, USA
September 22, 2-4:30pm Peter & Julie Cummings Library, Palm City
Based on true story of underdog athletes at a predominantly Latino high school

Baile Folklórico Celebration
September 23, 2-3pm Elisabeth Lahti Library, Indiantown
Demonstration of traditional Jalisco, Guerrero, Michoacán, and Veracruz dancing

Spanish Classical Guitarist Juan Peña
September 28, 6:30-7:30pm Hoke Library, Jensen Beach
Performance of romantic melodies

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


 
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Sep 1, 2017Martin County Tourism Manager appointed to VISIT FLORIDA committee


Nerissa Okiye, tourism and marketing manager for Martin County, was recently appointed to serve on VISIT FLORIDA's promotions committee. This committee provides input on strategic matters related to VISIT FLORIDA's consumer promotions programs, which include promotions with media partners on a market-specific, regional and national basis.

Committee positions consist of VISIT FLORIDA board members and partners who have an interest or possess strong knowledge in each specific committee's discipline or product segment. All appointments are volunteer positions held by industry leaders and are key to providing insight, feedback and counsel on matters relating to Florida destination marketing.
About VISIT FLORIDA
VISIT FLORIDA, the state's official tourism and marketing corporation, serves as Florida's official source for travel planning to visitors across the globe. VISIT FLORIDA is not a government organization, but rather a not-for-profit corporation created as a public/private partnership by the Florida Legislature in 1996.



 
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Sep 1, 2017City Of Stuart Celebrates Completion Of Wetlands Restoration Project
Count wildlife watchers among the many residents benefiting from the City of Stuart’s persistent vision for the East Heart of Haney Creek wetlands restoration project.

The city celebrated the completion of the project with a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony and site tour. Along with improved water quality benefits, the project added another one-third of a mile to the two miles of nature trails for area residents.

Stuart city commissioner Eula Clarke, Stuart commissioner Kelli Glass-Leighton, former Stuart manager Paul Nicoletti, Martin County commission vice chair Ed Ciampi, Stuart mayor Troy McDonald and Stuart commissioner Jeff Krauskopf
The restoration of six acres along the St. Lucie River contributes to the city’s comprehensive efforts to improve water quality and to increase natural wildlife habitat viewing.

“Our city is blessed to be right on the St. Lucie River, so we know that protecting our water quality is among our highest priorities,” says Mayor Troy McDonald. “There are a lot of factors beyond our control that negatively impact us, unfortunately, but we’ve made a firm commitment to do everything possible within our control to cleanse impurities from our water.”

The restoration project spans 157 acres of wetlands and native uplands owned by the public, including 53 acres jointly purchased in 2011 between the city and Martin County.

The East Heart of Haney Creek encompasses a native freshwater and tidal wetland that will clean storm water run-off, improving water quality in the St. Lucie estuary and helping enhance the natural ecosystem.

Work on the entire property began in 1999, when the city received grants from Florida Communities Trust to purchase the land. Additional grant money from the St. Lucie River Issues Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection augmented the work, which included removal of exotic plants and an engineered wetlands area for natural water filtration.

"It has been a city priority to restore the Haney Creek watershed to its pristine condition,” says Sam Amerson, interim city manager. “In turn, this work will help our beloved St. Lucie River."

Evergreen Engineering was the project engineer, and reports signs of success with improved water quality in nearby areas of the river.

 
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Aug 31, 2017Innovative St. Lucie Inlet maintenance project will restore navigability

In an ongoing effort to preserve our precious coastal resources, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (Martin County BOCC), in partnership with the Jacksonville District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, is pleased to announce a channel maintenance project in the St. Lucie Inlet that will move the dredged, high quality sand to an offshore storage area where it will be available for future placement on beaches south of the inlet.

Designed as a means for keeping the St. Lucie Inlet predictably and permanently navigable at authorized depths, the project is beneficial for Martin County's commercial, sport, and recreational boaters as well as the lifestyle of residents and our natural resources. The project will also help meet state requirements to address erosion impacts on beaches adjacent to the inlet. This dredging operation is the first step in a two-step process, removing nearly 400,000 cubic yards of beach quality sand from the inlet and transporting it to a permitted "borrow site." The second step, to be completed in the next few years, will move sand from the borrow site to down drift beaches as part of a future re-nourishment project, providing critical storm damage protection while restoring beach wildlife habitats. This innovative process provides maximum efficiency and an estimated savings of up to 15 percent over traditional methods.

"Coastal engineering staff worked with the community, key stakeholders, and the board to provide greater awareness about the St. Lucie Inlet and management alternatives," said Kathy FitzPatrick, coastal engineer for Martin County. "We are confident we are implementing the best method to achieve optimal project performance in the most efficient manner," continued FitzPatrick.

The project is expected to start immediately and wrap up before Thanksgiving 2017. During dredging operations, the Martin County BOCC reminds boaters to use caution while traveling the inlet. The dredge will operate 24 hours a day unless there are unforeseen delays such as weather or mechanical problems.

"The Martin County Board of County Commissioners acted responsibly in establishing a funding source for the ongoing maintenance of the St. Lucie Inlet," said Deputy County Administrator Don Donaldson. An ongoing project, maintenance is expected to repeat within a three-year cycle and provide the tools to proactively manage the inlet. The project is 100% federally funded with Hurricane Matthew Supplemental Operations and Maintenance Funds.

For more information on the St. Lucie Inlet, including dredging project details, a project map, and FAQs, please visit www.martin.fl.us/st-lucie-inlet.


 
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Aug 31, 2017SafeSpace “Rockin’ the Walk” in All Three Treasure Coast Counties in October
The red stiletto shoes that are the signature attire of SafeSpace's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event will be rocking at three walks this year, one in each Treasure Coast County, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

SafeSpace, the only certified domestic violence center serving the Treasure Coast, will hold its 2017 walks in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties this October. Proceeds will support the organizations comprehensive provision of services offered to women, children and men which include: emergency shelter; supportive living/transitional housing; 24-hour hotline; legal advocacy; health care assistance; counseling; support groups and children's programs.

"Rockin the Walk" is this year's theme, so the walks will be punctuated by spirited music and, of course, SafeSpace's very own "rock stars." The Martin County walk, chaired by Melissa Zolla and Jeff Endriss, will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Riverwalk Stage area in Downtown Stuart; the St. Lucie County walk, chaired by Juliana Taylor Walker and Mitch Kloorfain, will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tradition Square in Port St. Lucie; and the Indian River County walk, chaired by Lewana Dupree and Eric Flowers, will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach.

"Our Walk a Mile events are always great fun," said SafeSpace CEO Jill Borowicz, "but they have three very important purposes. They raise funds that help us continue to offer our services, educate the public about domestic violence, and communicate the critical information that we stand ready to assist victims at anytime, anywhere on the Treasure Coast."

Over the past several years, hundreds of SafeSpace supporters and community members have stepped up to wear the red stilettos to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence in our local area Since the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event is going back to three walks and now is SafeSpace's only signature annual event, participation is expected to be even better and more enthusiastic than ever.

Individual walkers and teams can register at www.safespacefl.org/events, with a discount for early registration by September 1. Red stilettos will be provided to all men who register on or before September 22.

SafeSpace appreciates the generous support of its sponsors, which include: 93.7 WGYL, B94.7 Hot Country, 1450 WSTU, 1590 WPSL, Arrigo Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram of Fort Pierce, The Bark Park, Bolder BARRE, Carol & Rob Dols, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, The Firefly Group, Florida Community Bank, Geico, Harbor Community Bank, Congressman Mark Foley, Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast, Jill & Fred Borowicz, Joan & Reed Smith, Jeff & Nancy Ingram/1st Port Saint Lucie Church, Paul J. Feinsinger CPA CFP, SAH Dentistry, and Taco Dive.

Sponsorships are currently available for businesses, organizations and individuals who want to support the mission of SafeSpace. For more information please contact Janet Farnan-Dyer at 772-223-2399 or jfarnan-dyer@safespacefl.org.

About SafeSpace

SafeSpace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates programs in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties where families can escape to a safe environment. SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life free from violence. Emergency shelter, supportive living, and outreach programs and services are available for victims throughout the Treasure Coast. SafeSpace offers services to all victims of domestic violence and their dependents regardless of race, gender, age, religion, political belief, national origin, immigration status, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation or language spoken. To learn more about SafeSpace, please visit www.safespacefl.org, call 772-223-2399 or connect with SafeSpace on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safespacefl.



 
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Aug 31, 2017Women at Risk for Alzheimer's Face Critical 10-Year Window
Study Says
If your genes predispose you to the illness, 65 to 75 may be high-risk years

Women with a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's disease face a 10-year window when they have far greater chances of developing the disease than men with similar genetic risks, a new analysis suggests.

That window seems to occur between ages 65 and 75 -- more than 10 years after the start of menopause, say University of Southern California researchers who reviewed 27 prior studies.

"Menopause and plummeting estrogen levels, which on average begins at 51, may account for the difference," said study co-author Judy Pa. She is an assistant professor of neurology at the USC Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute.

"However, scientists still don't know what is responsible. Researchers need to study women 10, 15 or even 20 years before their most vulnerable period to see if there are any detectable signals to suggest increased risk for Alzheimer's in 15 years," Pa said in a university news release.

According to the study, "genetically vulnerable" white men and white women aged 55 to 85 have similar odds for developing the disease except during those 10 years, when the risk appears to jump for women.

But more research is needed to prove the study's assumptions, the study authors acknowledged.

The study challenges long-held beliefs about Alzheimer's risk. It also may have significant implications for women, since nearly two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans now living with Alzheimer's disease are female.

"Our discovery is important because it highlights how clinical trials could be weighted toward women -- a susceptible part of the population -- to help scientists more rapidly identify effective drug interventions to slow or cure Alzheimer's," said Arthur Toga, director of the Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute.

The analysis focused on more than 31,000 white North Americans and Europeans in the Global Alzheimer's Association Interactive Network. All were diagnosed with Alzheimer's between the ages of 55 and 85.

The researchers honed in on a gene variant linked to Alzheimer's, known as ApoE4.

The researchers noted that it's commonly assumed that women are at higher risk for Alzheimer's because they tend to live longer than men. This is likely an oversimplification.

The researchers pointed out that higher rates of heart disease and stroke among men could mean that men who survive into older age are healthier than their female peers and at lower risk for Alzheimer's.

The study authors suggested that some day doctors attempting to prevent the memory-robbing disease might treat men and women at different ages.

Not all women in their mid-60s or mid-70s are more likely than men to develop Alzheimer's, however. The ApoE4 gene is a risk factor for the illness, but screening for it doesn't provide conclusive answers about what the future will hold, the researchers cautioned.

"There is controversy in terms of whether people should know their ApoE status because it is just a risk factor," Pa said. "It doesn't mean you're going to get Alzheimer's disease."

The researchers said larger and diverse studies that involve more women and minorities are needed to confirm their findings.

The study was published Aug. 28 in Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging provides more on Alzheimer's disease.

SOURCE: Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, news release, Aug. 28, 2017

 
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Aug 31, 2017Caregiver symposium
The 2017 Caregiver symposium is a complimentary educational gathering for those caring for a loved one with a memory loss disorder or those seeking information about memory loss disorders. Please join us for informative talks from our keynote speaker, Martin Schreiber, former Wisconsin Governor, author of "My Two Elaines" and Alzheimer's Caregiver.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by September 5th.

Respite care is available - must notify us at time of reservation.

Date: Friday, September 8th, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Kane Center
900 SE Salerno Rd.
Stuart, FL 34997


Additional Speakers:

TINO NEGRI: “FINDING JOY IN THE JOURNEY” -Owner of ComForcare Senior Services, and a National Certified Alzheimer’s Educator as recognized by the National Certification Board for Alzheimer’s Care.

PANEL EXPERTS:

Ron Radcliffe: COO, Senior Helpers, Alzheimer’s Association Board Member

Deb Thompson: Dir. of Ops, Senior Helpers, Alzheimer’s Association Board Member

Matthew Green: President, LifeCare Therapy Services,Member, Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar

Crystal Collier: Program Manager, Council on Aging of Martin County at Kane Center

Laura Zel Kremer: LCSW & Caregiver Counselor, Morselife Care Management & Counseling



Register online now or contact our 24 hour Helpline at 1-800-272-3900

 
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Aug 31, 2017Temporary Closure of S-135 Lock
Temporary Closure of S-135 Lock on Lake Okeechobee Scheduled for Sept. 25

The boat lock is one of four on the north shore to be closed for one day each for maintenance

For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, a temporary closure of the S-135 navigation lock at J&S Fish Camp in Martin County has been scheduled for Monday, September 25. This closure will last one day and is necessary to complete maintenance work for the lock.

The S-135 is one of four navigation locks on the north shore of the lake that will be closed for maintenance. The other day-long maintenance closures are:
• Today - Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek
• September 5 - Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge
• September 7 - Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport
To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.



 
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Aug 31, 2017Why Talent Matters

A Business Conversation with U.S. Education Secretary DeVos

Today, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Talent and Education Caucus hosted U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for an important discussion on the Cradle to Career Continuum and the role businesses play in securing Florida’s future. She was impressed with what you have helped us achieve.


“Your success is built around the fact that you have been so collaborative,” Secretary Betsy DeVos told business and education leaders today. “I don’t know of any other states that work as effectively as you all do…and it’s with good reason that Florida is a leader in approaches to solutions in education. Your focus on developing talent and meeting the needs of business and industry is exactly the place you need to be in looking forward.”

As part of the Florida 2030 research project, the Florida Chamber Foundation traveled to each of Florida’s 67 counties and heard from more than 10,000 Floridians like you as part of its Florida 2030 initiative. We asked them one question: what does Florida need to get right to succeed between now and 2030?

Across the board, we heard one message loud and clear: Florida businesses need the right talent.

Because of projected population growth, Florida will need to create 2 million net new jobs by 2030. According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent Florida Jobs 2030 report, one third of Florida’s current workforce will be retired or nearing retirement by the end of the next decade, and more than half of today’s occupations will face some disruption. That means the graduating class of 2030 – today’s Kindergarteners – will need to be prepared for jobs and entire industries that may not yet exist.

When it comes to raising awareness of the importance of education, Florida’s business leaders are the driving force behind ensuring every student in Florida has an opportunity to succeed.

Business leaders answered the call in 1994, when we released the “No More Excuses” report that focused on educational accountability and helped move Florida from 48th in the nation to the top quartile in outcomes. They’ve answered the call again by joining the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning – led and run entirely by business leaders who understand that supporting our learners from birth is key to future success. They contribute each year at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Learners to Earners Education Summit, where they share insights into the economic development impact a well-trained workforce has on our state. And, most recently, they are taking a lead on the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Prosperity Movement, which will focus on ways to create economic mobility for all Floridians.

Yet, while Florida has made great strides thanks in part to the leadership of businesses and the hard work of Florida’s teachers and students, there is still a long way to go.
• 58 percent of our state’s 3rd graders read at or above grade level- which means 42 percent currently do not. And research tells us that students who are not reading at or above 3rd grade level by 3rd grade, may never catch up and have a higher risk of never graduating high school.
• Florida’s 3rd grade reading and 4th grade math rankings are improving, but 4th grade reading and 8th grade math are declining.
• Florida is graduating 80 percent of high school seniors, but that means we are failing 2 out of every 10 students.
• Half of Florida’s future workforce is facing disruption, by technology, innovation and more.

She Asked For Feedback, Here is Your Chance

During today’s meeting, Secretary DeVos asked business and education leaders a few questions and now, we want to ask you:
• What should the federal government be doing less of in terms of education?
• Where does the federal government need to provide more assistance in terms of educational programs?
• How have early learning initiatives focusing on children ages 0-5 worked in your community?
Click here to answer these questions and we will share them with Secretary DeVos and her team.

For those of you who have been a part of our efforts, thank you for your continued support. For those who are looking for ways to get involved, I encourage you to click here to sign up to join a caucus group.



 
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Aug 30, 2017Martin Downs Golf Club update

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Aug 30, 2017Buckle up for the award-winning Indiantown Rodeo
Dust off those cowboy boots and polish your belt buckles, the Indiantown Rodeo, presented by ITS Fiber, will be riding back into town on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. The gates at Timer Powers Park, 14000 SW Citrus Boulevard, will open at 5 p.m. each day.
For the second year in a row, the rodeo has been named one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The rodeo’s Kids Corral won first place for new/improved agricultural education exhibit from the Florida Federation of Fairs when it was reprised at the Martin County Fair last year.
General admission tickets go on sale Friday at Treasure Coast Seacoast Bank locations, the Indiantown Chamber offices at 15545 SW Warfield Boulevard, online at www.indiantownchamber.com, and at other locations. Advance ticket prices are $18 and will be available through October 12. Ticket prices include parking and tax.
A very limited number of Exclusive Rodeo Experience tickets will also be on sale online for $75 each. The package ticket includes two beer or wine drinks, light refreshments, an exclusive arena-side seating area, air-conditioned restrooms, parking and sales tax.
Don’t wait for event day to purchase tickets; many rodeo shows sell out! Tickets will sell for $25 at the gate; children 5 and under enter free.
The Indiantown Rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Pro Rodeo Association sanctioned event featuring bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and more.
Before the official events start at 7:30 p.m., there will be plenty of opportunities to get into the cowboy spirit with food, drink, and specialty shopping starting at 5 p.m.
Brought to you by the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, the Indiantown Rodeo’s presenting sponsor is ITS Fiber. The Kids Corral sponsor is Seacoast Bank. Other major sponsors include Martin County Board of County Commissioner District 5, Martin County Tourism, King Ranch, Star Farms, Barnard Construction, and Bonner Mobile Bar.
In addition to the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, advance tickets may be purchased at the Treasure Coast Seacoast National Bank branches, Rines Market, 15500 SW Trail Drive, Indiantown; Indiantown Branch of Harbor Community Bank, 15588 SW Warfield Boulevard; West of Ole England, 650 SE Monterey Boulevard, Stuart; Ranch Feed and Pet Supply, 6213 SW Citrus Boulevard, Palm City; or at www.indiantownchamber.com.
For more information, call the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce at 772-597-2184 or visit www.indiantownrodeo.com.


 
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Aug 30, 2017Facilities at Leilani Heights and Jensen Beach Causeway to become better places to play
As of today, the Leilani Heights and Jensen Beach Causeway playgrounds are temporarily closed for renovations.

At the Jensen Beach Causeway playground, swings will be replaced. The Leilani Heights playground, also located in Jensen Beach, will undergo renovations with the replacement of rubber tiles. Work is anticipated to be complete by mid-September 2017. Both playgrounds will remain closed throughout the duration of the renovations.

Follow us on Facebook for details about what's happening in your Martin County parks at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.

For more information about playground renovations, please contact Deb Werner at dwerner@martin.fl.us. Interested in volunteering for the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department? Contact Deanna at ddeakins@martin.fl.us.


 
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Aug 30, 2017Help Us Help Texas
100% of the proceeds from our
Out Laugh Hunger event this Friday is committed to Texas recovery efforts.

Dear Friend,

I am writing to update you on the impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on residents and Feeding America network members in southeast Texas and how Treasure Coast Food Bank is supporting the response and recovery from this disaster.

As you may know, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday. The effects are devastating.

There are five member food banks located in the affected area.Treasure Coast Food Bank is working to coordinate member assistance with sister food banks in Texas. In order to support their needs, we will be sending staff support, shelf stable food, hygiene product and cleaning supplies. This is just the beginning of a long-term recovery effort.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is hoping to bring our community together to help those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Attending Out Laugh Hunger is one way to join as a community and take immediate action.

Treasure Coast Food Bank has committed 100% of the proceeds from our
Out Laugh Hunger event this Friday to the Texas recovery efforts.

Click here to purchase tickets.


Another way to help is to sign up to volunteer for one or more of eight shifts during Pack the House, our annual 24-hour pack-a-thon. This year's event will include sorting food that will be sent to Texas.

Click here to signup.


Please help us help our friends and family in Texas. Thank you for your commitment to our mission.


With gratitude,

Judith Cruz
President & CEO




 
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Aug 29, 2017Make a difference in her life...
We love working at Treasure Coast Food Bank knowing that we are part of an organization that feeds thousands of people who are hungry every day. We realize that feeding those who are hungry makes a real difference in their lives, and also in ours.

We see working parents struggling to feed their family. After paying the rent, utilities and other expenses, they often don't have enough left over to buy groceries. By providing food to these families, we are making a real difference for thousands in our community.

We love that we can help seniors. Living on one fixed income doesn't go far, often times not to the end of the month, especially when adding in the cost of medications they may need to take. Making sure seniors live with dignity and have the food they need for three meals a day is the right thing to do.

Thanks to our child feeding programs, many children who used to arrive home from school to a house with no food, now have enough to help them thrive. A child without proper nutrition will have decreased potential for success in life. Nourishing our children ensures a better future for them and our entire community.

Nearly 100,000 individuals on the Treasure Coast face hunger every day.

Your continued partnership with the Food Bank will help ensure children, families and seniors on the Treasure Coast get the food they need.

Every $10 you donate provides 80 meals to our neighbors who are hungry.


Together we are solving hunger,



Judith Cruz
President & CEO




P.S. Your support, together with our more than 300 partner agencies and programs, will provide individuals in our community with nutritious food, hope and dignity.This is such important work, and we couldn't do it without your support. Can we count on your donation today?



 
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Aug 29, 2017JOB FAIR

MUELLER (VERO) CAMPUS
Tuesday, September 19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A great opportunity for Employers to Interview IRSC Job Seekers & Graduates!

Registration Deadline for Employers
Friday, September 15

STUDENTS/GRADUATES:
Register Here for the Job Fair Register Here

Registration Deadline for STUDENTS
Friday, September 15

IRSC Mueller Campus
6155 College Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32966

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Aug 29, 2017Local scientists looking at transforming sugar beets into jet fuel
Scientists on the Treasure Coast literally taking things from the ground to see if they can power things in the skies.

“I was physically pulling beets out of the ground in Belle Glade and bringing them here," said Research Chemist Cristina Dorado Wednesday.

Dorado’s space at the USDA research lab in Fort Pierce was part of the "Farm to Fly" project. Funded by a USDA grant, Dorado and her colleagues were trying to turn the sugar beet into a key ingredient for jet fuel. At the lab, the work was done to steam explode the beets to get to the sugars.

“We conveyed them, size reduced them. Pressed them and produced a molasses," said Dorado.

To see if this could be done on a larger scale, the scientists successfully repeated their experiment at the Tropicana facility in Fort Pierce earlier this summer.

The molasses were taken to Kevin Cooper’s lab at Indian River State College. He and his students worked on the fermentation and the distillation to create ethanol.

“This gets blended with regular jet fuel to make bio jet fuel. So this is the finished product from our side," said Cooper, who is the Dean of Advanced Technology at IRSC.

The other ingredient left over from the beet fermentation process is a pulp that can be used as a livestock feed.

The promise from these experiments has struggling citrus growers taking notice that beets, which resist frost, could be an answer.

“Those acres have been fallow and in some cases we’re losing acres to development. It represents almost 500K acres in Florida. That’s a huge resource lost in our community," said Mike Adams, who heads the Treasure Coast Education, Research, and Development Authority.

While no planes have been fueled up yet from beets, sugar cane has been used as a biofuel, and airlines are joining in on the Farm to Fly partnership to see if it will truly take off.


 
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Aug 29, 2017YOUTH ARTS CELEBRATION 2017

AUDITIONS: Saturday, September 16!

1st thru 12th grade student performers of all kinds!

Auditions will be held on
Saturday, September 16, 2017, by appointment
The Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994

To schedule an audition,
contact Karin Leone at 772-220-1942, ext. 205 or Karin@LyricTheatre.com

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The Youth Arts Celebration will be held on
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7pm at The Lyric Theatre

Audition instructions and more information can be found on www.LyricTheatre.com/Youth-Arts-Celebration.

The Lyric League is holding auditions of 1st thru 12th grade student performers for the second annual Youth Arts Celebration at The Lyric Theatre. Performers of all kinds are encouraged to audition for this variety revue showcasing talented student artists such as singers, actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, magicians, poets, etc. The Youth Arts Celebration 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7pm at The Lyric Theatre.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUNG LIVES ~ BECOME A SPONSOR!
The Youth Arts Celebration benefits The Lyric's Arts & Education Programs. Your dollars will make it possible for The Lyric to expand its reach to serve even more Treasure Coast youth with enrichment programs such as The Discovery Series for Young Audiences, The Lyric’s AWESOME! Summer Camp, artist master class and residencies, as well as wholesome, quality family programming. Download Sponsorship Packet Now!



 
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Aug 29, 2017SafeSpace “Rockin’ the Walk” in All Three Treasure Coast Counties in October

Local nonprofit announces dates and seeks community support for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes®
Stuart, Fla. - The red stiletto shoes that are the signature attire of SafeSpace’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event will be rocking at three walks this year, one in each Treasure Coast County, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
SafeSpace, the only certified domestic violence center serving the Treasure Coast, will hold its 2017 walks in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties this October. Proceeds will support the organization’s comprehensive provision of services offered to women, children and men which include: emergency shelter; supportive living/transitional housing; 24-hour hotline; legal advocacy; health care assistance; counseling; support groups and children’s programs.
“Rockin’ the Walk” is this year’s theme, so the walks will be punctuated by spirited music and, of course, SafeSpace’s very own “rock stars.” The Martin County walk, chaired by Melissa Zolla and Jeff Endriss, will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Riverwalk Stage area in Downtown Stuart; the St. Lucie County walk, chaired by Juliana Taylor Walker and Mitch Kloorfain, will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tradition Square in Port St. Lucie; and the Indian River County walk, chaired by Lewana Dupree and Eric Flowers, will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach.
“Our Walk a Mile events are always great fun,” said SafeSpace CEO Jill Borowicz, “but they have three very important purposes. They raise funds that help us continue to offer our services, educate the public about domestic violence, and communicate the critical information that we stand ready to assist victims at anytime, anywhere on the Treasure Coast.”
Over the past several years, hundreds of SafeSpace supporters and community members have stepped up to wear the red stilettos to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence in our local area. Since the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event is going back to three walks and now is SafeSpace’s only signature annual event, participation is expected to be even better and more enthusiastic than ever.
Individual walkers and teams can register at www.safespacefl.org/events, with a discount for early registration by September 1. Red stilettos will be provided to all men who register on or before September 22.
SafeSpace appreciates the generous support of its sponsors, which include: 93.7 WGYL, B94.7 Hot Country, 1450 WSTU, 1590 WPSL, Arrigo Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram of Fort Pierce, The Bark Park, Bolder BARRE, Carol & Rob Dols, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, The Firefly Group, Florida Community Bank, Geico, Harbor Community Bank, Congressman Mark Foley, Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast, Jill & Fred Borowicz, Joan & Reed Smith, Jeff & Nancy Ingram/1st Port Saint Lucie Church, Paul J. Feinsinger CPA CFP, SAH Dentistry, and Taco Dive.
Sponsorships are currently available for businesses, organizations and individuals who want to support the mission of SafeSpace. For more information please contact Janet Farnan-Dyer at 772-223-2399 or jfarnan-dyer@safespacefl.org.

About SafeSpace
SafeSpace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates programs in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties where families can escape to a safe environment. SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life free from violence. Emergency shelter, supportive living, and outreach programs and services are available for victims throughout the Treasure Coast. SafeSpace offers services to all victims of domestic violence and their dependents regardless of race, gender, age, religion, political belief, national origin, immigration status, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation or language spoken. To learn more about SafeSpace, please visit www.safespacefl.org, call 772-223-2399 or connect with SafeSpace on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safespacefl.

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Suggested Photo Caption: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® Co-Chairs: Martin County, Melissa Zolla and Jeff Endriss; St. Lucie County, Juliana Taylor Walker and Mitch Kloorfain; Indian River County, Lewana Dupree and Eric Flowers.


 
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Aug 29, 2017ICYMI: Rainy Season Dumps Cold Water on Activists’ “Send it South” Bumper Slogan Science
Earlier this year in Tallahassee, anti-farming environmental activists used “send it south” as the cornerstone of their proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that they claimed would reduce coastal discharges of excess water from Lake Okeechobee. Throughout the debate, scientists, representatives from the South Florida Water Management District, residents of the Glades communities, and farming advocates made the case for why downstream conditions in the Everglades during the rainy season show a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee would be of little use when the system is full with rain.

According to a recent article from the Fort Myers News-Press, those concerns about the feasibility of "sending water south" during the rainy season appear to be validated. The article includes a quote from a South Florida Water Management District spokesman who said, "At this point you just don’t have the option to put much water in these areas... "If there was a reservoir down here, it probably would have done the same thing. It would have filled up."



Here is full article.

State, feds: Can't send water south of Lake Okeechobee
By Chad Gillis
Fort Myers News-Press
Aug. 18, 2017

Ellen Allen eases off the airboat throttle, swings the boat 90 degrees and points to a stoic snail kite perched atop a dwarf cypress tree.

Suddenly a second snail kite glides overhead. They're looking for their namesake food, apple snails.

"Some (kites) are here but most of them are likely to the east where the water is lower," Allen says while pointing to a submerged snail shell in about 2 feet of water. "A snail kite would have trouble reaching that snail because its legs aren't long enough." She's a biologist for the South Florida Water Management District.

The South Florida Water Management District is emergency pumping water out of the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Managment Area and in to the Big Cypress National Preserve to ease impacts on the flora and fauna. Heavy rains have saturated the area causing deer and other wildlife to congregate on high ground.

Early season rains here flooded massive swaths of land used to store water during the summer. And while the Everglades is a waterworld, there's too much water south of Lake Okeechobee and north of Everglades National Park.

What does that mean for Southwest Florida? There's no sending water south at this point.

Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area in the Everglades has seen significant amounts of rain over the last couple of months. The South Florida Water Management District is emergency pumping water out of the area to ease impacts to the wildlife and plants.

If a tropical storm or hurricane were to hit South Florida, as far north as the Orlando area, the only safe way to lower Lake Okeechobee — the liquid heart of the Everglades — would be to send water down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers.

"At this point you just don’t have the option to put much water in these areas," said Randy Smith, spokesman for the water district. "We’ve seen lake Okeechobee come up as much as 5 feet in one storm. It would be unfortunate if that were to happen but there’s one silver lining it’s that lake Okeechobee levels are where they are now."

Too much water flushes out the fragile coastal estuary, which must have brackish mixtures of fresh and saltwater to thrive.

Those coastal systems provide the foundation of the world-class fishing here.

The past two years have produced a weather roller coaster that started with a drought in the fall of 2015 and included record El Nino rains in the dry season of 2016. Most of 2016 was very wet, but this past dry season produced drought-like conditions. Then came record rains in June.

The high water has forced deer and other wildlife to crowd on levees and what little dry ground can be found. Wildlife agencies have closed many areas to the public to help take stress off the wildlife.

"We had extremely heavy record rainfall that started in the end of May and drove the water levels up far beyond where they should be," Smith said. "It was creating problems for the wildlife and a lot of the animals are up on the levees because it’s taken away their habitat."

The district recently installed four pumps to move water from the water conservation areas to Big Cypress National Preserve. The pumps move 200 cubic feet (about 1,500 gallons) of water per second and are in place because of an emergency order related to the flooding rains.

Lake Okeechobee levels are in relatively good shape in comparison to recent years, when the lake has sometimes been too full.

"It's certainly better than we've seen in recent years," said John Campbell, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "It's better than last year. We're a little above where we were in 2015."

Campbell quickly pointed out that storms like Isaac (2012) and Fay (2008) pushed lake levels up several feet in a matter of weeks or even days.

Corps protocols say the surface of the lake should be kept between 12.5 feet and 15.5 feet above sea level to provide flood control for residents and towns south of the lake while also supplying farm irrigation water and drinking water for millions of Floridians.

Levels Friday were 13.3 feet above sea level.

"We still have to recognize we're coming up to the peak of hurricane season and there's been plenty of cases of storms dumping enough water to cause the lake to jump three feet," Campbell said. "If we see that kind of rain maker our options are very limited to what we can do with that influx of water."

Again, that means a large storm could trigger releases from the lake, releases the river has been spared from so far this summer.

South of the lake in the historic River of Grass, wild animals, plants and trees are suffering.

Smith said even with a reservoir south of the lake — a feature planned in the Everglades restoration — lands north of Everglades National Park would still be flooded.

It’s a strange situation because if the rain water fell mainly to the south of the lake over the past few months, saturating thousands of acres, it could make for painful choices, he said. "If there was a reservoir down here, it probably would have done the same thing. It would have filled up."

To access this article online, please visit the Fort Myers News-Press.






 
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Aug 28, 2017Have a business in Martin County? We have a great advertising opportunity to reach your local customers!
Our Sports & Athletics Coordinator gave me your contact information regarding a potential sponsorship opportunity for our 28th Annual Martin County Senior Games. My name is Megan Flanagan, and I’m the marketing coordinator within Martin County Parks and Recreation. In addition to Senior Games, which is a terrific opportunity for advertisement because hundreds of seniors participated last year in the 13 sporting events, we have other great opportunities that you may be interested in with Martin County Parks and Recreation.

Our Department manages 77 facilities within Martin County Parks and Recreation, including Sailfish Splash Waterpark, Martin County Golf Course, Phipps Campground, Capt. Henry Sewall’s House, Sand Dune Café (located on Jensen Beach) and The Mansion at Tuckahoe. We have opportunities for on-site sponsorships and event sponsorships.

You may have heard of the following events we host such as:
• Music at the Mansion (monthly events)
• Mother’s Day Brunch at Sand Dune Café
• Golf Tournaments at Martin County Golf Course
• Zombie Run 5K at Phipps Campground
• Fall Fest
• Winter Fest
• Splash and Movie Night Series at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, among many other events.

If you would be interested in a sponsorship opportunity for Martin County Senior Games or another Martin County event or facility, we would be happy to meet with you and provide some relevant information on the best ways to promote your business within Martin County. For Senior Games sponsorship, feel free to reach out to Dave Gladding, Sports & Athletics Coordinator, directly at dgladdin@martin.fl.us (772-221-1419). Attached is the Senior Games Sponsorship Package.

Looking forward to hearing from you,


Megan Flanagan
Marketing Coordinator
Parks and Recreation Department
Martin County Board of County Commissioners
(772) 463-2840 (o)
mflanaga@martin.fl.us

See Attached

2017 Sponsorship Package.
 
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Aug 28, 2017Treasure Coast SCORE Names New Officers


The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce new officers as follows for our new Fiscal Year October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017
Chapter Chair – Ken Koziol
Vice Chair – Administration/Secretary - Ruth Fite
Vice Chair Technology – George Greenstein
Vice Chair Finance/Treasurer – Bob McCabe
Vice Chair Client Services – Frank Tidikis
Vice Chair Membership – Marvin Lesman
Vice Chair Marketing – Gary Mastro

Local SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, and many more.

SCORE Chapter 308 has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie West, Vero Beach, Stuart, Sebastian and Okeechobee.
SCORE provides no-cost confidential business mentoring with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related area. We are a resource partner with the SBA.

Our phone number is 772-489-0548. Please call us or visit our website at www.treasurecoast.score.org to make an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced volunteer SCORE mentor.

The website www.treasurecoast.score.org can be used to make an appointment at any of our ten (10) locations for face-face counseling or to register for any of our workshops.


Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2
3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982
Tel/Fax 772-489-0548 Email: score308@bellsouth.net Web Site: www.treasurecoast.score.org



 
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Aug 28, 2017Lighthouse Detox at Jupiter Medical Center Receives Joint Commission Accreditation


Gold Seal of Approval™ is Highest Award for Addiction Treatment Centers

Lighthouse Detox at Jupiter Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program. Upon survey, Lighthouse Detox was found to be in complete compliance with the Joint Commission’s exacting quality and safety standards.

“Everything that you have come to expect in terms of quality, safety, and patient-centered care from Jupiter Medical Center is what you can expect from Lighthouse Detox,” said Steven Seeley, MSN, RN, interim CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “In this era of high need for effective, medically managed detox programs, this accreditation affirms that superior help is available for those battling substance abuse in our community. Our physicians and health professionals are experts in their field, and they are committed to the highest standards for quality and patient satisfaction.”

Lighthouse Detox at Jupiter Medical Center is a medically managed detox center that offers an alternative to traditional detox facilities with unsurpassed safety and a refreshing approach to compassionate care. Clients receive true medical management of symptoms, 24/7 clinical supervision and the peace of mind that comes from choosing a center that is backed by the full resources of a major medical center. Detox programs are designed around the individual client, focused on treating the whole person, and include a customized schedule of enjoyable activities that helps create a comfortable and positive experience for the body and mind. Lighthouse Detox offers a resort-style experience with a host of a-la-carte, upscale amenities, including spa services, gourmet meals and nutritional juicing. As an added measure of comfort and support, the center even permits clients to have their pets stay with them in the facility.

During the accreditation review process, which involved an unannounced on-site survey, Lighthouse Detox was evaluated for compliance with The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care standards, which include care, treatment, and services, environment of care, leadership, and screening procedures. The center was found to be in perfect compliance with the standards and did not receive a single citation or finding.

“It is an honor to work with a team that has such high standards and so much combined knowledge and experience,” said Raju Mangrola, MD, medical director of Lighthouse Detox at Jupiter Medical Center. “Our quality control programs are exceptional, and earning this prestigious Gold Seal accreditation further confirms the high standard of patient-centered care and services that we provide.”

“In our community, there is an abundance of detox and treatment centers, but not all are created equal,” said Katie Roussel RN, BSN, director of Lighthouse Detox. “Individuals seeking treatment for themselves or for a loved one should be looking for an accredited facility because the designation means a center offers a safer, more stable and effective treatment environment.”


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.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.



 
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Aug 28, 2017Latest edition of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast features Hobe Sound

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of Martin County Television's (MCTV's) Destination Treasure Coast.

In this edition we are taking a trip through one of the county's most picturesque areas. From the creation of the town as an "east coast Hollywood" where major motion pictures would be filmed, to today's quaint and charming dining and shopping options, host Bob Hogensen takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the beach side community of Hobe Sound.

A perfect destination for families looking for outdoor adventure, Hobe Sound has so much to offer. Bob checks out recreational opportunities at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, watches the awesome power of ocean waves crashing at Blowing Rocks Preserve and tries his hand at paddle boarding.

Destination Treasure Coast airs daily at 8:30 A.M., Sundays at 6:00 P.M. and Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.

This edition is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/qy9_XBrimrE


 
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