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Apr 27, 2017Maintenance Work to Close Kissimmee River Boat Locks for Several Hours
WHAT: The S-65 navigation lock, located on the south end of Lake Kissimmee at State Road 60, and S-65A, which is on the Kissimmee River about 14 miles south of State Road 60, are slated to be closed to navigation on May 3, 2017 for routine maintenance.

WHEN: May 3, 2017

TIME: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHO: For more information and updates, contact Bill Graf at (407) 858-6100 Ext. 3837, or at wgraf@sfwmd.gov.



 
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Apr 27, 2017Maintenance Work to Close Kissimmee River Boat Locks for Several Hours
WHAT: The S-65 navigation lock, located on the south end of Lake Kissimmee at State Road 60, and S-65A, which is on the Kissimmee River about 14 miles south of State Road 60, are slated to be closed to navigation on May 3, 2017 for routine maintenance.

WHEN: May 3, 2017

TIME: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHO: For more information and updates, contact Bill Graf at (407) 858-6100 Ext. 3837, or at wgraf@sfwmd.gov.



 
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Apr 27, 2017SAFELY DISPOSE OF YOUR OLD PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

Here’s your chance to safely get rid of your unwanted prescription medications.

Saturday April 29 is the Annual Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day.

Law enforcement agencies will be set up around the Treasure Coast on Saturday from 10am until 2pm to take your prescription drugs.

Stuart Police will be at the CVS pharmacy on the corner of US1 and Monterey Road.

The St Lucie County Sheriff’s Office will be set up at their main office on Midway Road in Fort Pierce.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Walgreens on the corner of Jensen Beach Blvd and Savannah Road, the Walgreens on US1 and Cove Road the Sewalls Point Police Department offices and the Jupiter Island Police Department offices.

Here is an old article I wrote called “Don’t let your aspirin grow old.” This is a great time to clean out that Medicine cabinet and safely dispose of those old medications. Please do not flush them down the toilet!

Several years after the manufacture of aspirin, it is expected to slowly deteriorate and lose ifs efficiency. To slow down the deterioration process, follow the proper storage procedures. And if you have aspirin tablets that smell strongly of vinegar, discard them.”

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3471563
So if you open the bottle and it smells like vinegar get rid of it. It’s not good anymore.
And don’t forget to check expiration dates!

 
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Apr 27, 2017Happy Spring from Treasure Coast Legal!
On behalf of the entire team at Treasure Coast Legal, I hope your 2017 is off to a great start and wish you a very happy spring season! We've been out and about and hope we spotted you at some of the recent events we had the privilege of sponsoring, including the LEADERship Martin County Alumni Celebrity Chef Cook-off (where I showed off my culinary skills as you can see!), Humane Society Paws & Claws Gala, Molly's House Polo Classic, Shamrock Fest and many more. It's been a busy and fun season on the Treasure Coast!

This month, we bring you two articles I hope you'll find very informative. We've heard nightmare after nightmare story about bankruptcy filings gone wrong. Below, you'll find the information you need to know to avoid disaster with the help of an experienced attorney.

We also discuss the importance of Uninsured Motorists Coverage and break down what it is and why you need it. Getting into a car accident is always a jarring experience, but with the proper coverage in place, it doesn't need to leave you in a dire financial situation.

At Treasure Coast Legal, we offer a full team of experts ready to address any legal need you have. No matter what the issue, we're ready to help. "You Have Questions, We Have Answers." Contact us anytime at 772-621-2898.

Thank you and have a Happy Spring!
Shaun T. Plymale, Esq.
Managing Member, Treasure Coast Legal


I'm broke. Why should I pay a lawyer for bankruptcy?

By Katherine Mish, Esq. of Treasure Coast Legal

Over the past few years, much to the dismay of bankruptcy attorneys and judges, the Courts have attempted to make bankruptcy paperwork easier for unrepresented individuals to file their own bankruptcy. A chapter 7 bankruptcy is viewed by many people as a simple bankruptcy - the forms are available online, and they believe they should be able to do it on their own.

Well, car manuals are also available online, but I don’t advocate fixing your own vehicle unless you have either the requisite training required, the time to invest in doing the research, and are prepared that you may completely ruin your vehicle. Read on to learn more.


Uninsured Motorists Coverage? What is it and why do I need it?
By Shaun Plymale, Esq. of Treasure Coast Legal

If you don’t know what Uninsured Motorist (UM) is or you don’t have UM coverage on your auto insurance policy, keep reading! If you do know what UM is and have it under your policy, send your insurance agent a thank you card.

Every week, without fail, I meet with at least one potential client that has been injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault and I have to tell them there is no insurance to cover their losses beyond the first $10,000 in medical bills. The next ten minutes is spent explaining what “UM” insurance is and why, in my opinion, it is the most important coverage to have. Read on to learn more.


 
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Apr 27, 2017March County May 2017 Meetings

Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for May 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
May 9 & 23, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

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

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OVERSIGHT BOARD
May 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
May 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 3, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
May 17, 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
May 22, 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
May 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
May 17, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
May 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
May 4 & 18, 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
May 22, 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.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
May 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

RURAL INDIANTOWN REVITALIZATION ADVISORY BOARD
May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
May 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

TREASURE COAST TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)
Topic: Consideration of 2040 Regional Long Range Transportation Plan (RLRTP) and other regional transportation planning issues and needs.

All Martin County Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

This notice dated: April 26, 2017.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 26, 2017Do you have what it takes to join the cast of Dancing with the Martin Stars?
Martin County Healthy Start Coalition calls for dancers to compete in signature fundraiser

Stuart, Fla. – Have you ever imagined yourself dancing on stage? Do you have what it takes to perform in front of a live audience? Are you looking for a way to positively influence the lives of women, babies and families in Martin County? This is your opportunity to fulfill that dream! Martin County Healthy Start Coalition (Healthy Start) launched the acclaimed Dancing with the Martin Stars event six years ago, and since then, nearly $630,000 has been raised to ensure all babies in Martin County are born healthy. This year, Dancing with the Martin Stars takes place on September 23 at The Lyric Theatre in historic downtown Stuart.

Healthy Start’s signature fundraiser pairs well-known members of the community with professional dance instructors who train with them on a dance routine that is performed in front of a sold-out crowd at The Lyric Theatre. The winner of the dance competition is determined through a combination of performance and fundraising ability.

“We encourage anyone, who’s up for the challenge, to apply to join the cast of Dancing with the Martin Stars,” said Dr. Teena White, Martin County Healthy Start President. “We are currently recruiting individuals who are not only inspired by our mission to ensure every baby in Martin County is born healthy, but who also have the charisma, skill to perform on stage, and ability to raise funds for the cause. Over the years, this organization has had truly incredible people from our community step up to participate in the event and we expect this year to be no different. We attribute the event’s remarkable success to the dancers who rally support and compete in the event,” White added.

An easy-to-complete questionnaire is available on the Healthy Start Website. Applicants are encouraged to be creative by submitting photos, videos, testimonials, or other means of expressing their level of enthusiasm about being a star dancer in the event. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2017. For more information call 772-463-2888, email dwms@mchealthystart.org or go to www.mchealthystart.org.

Highlights from 2016 Dancing with the Martin Stars
In 2016, a sold out crowd at the Lyric Theatre was entertained by nine talented dance duos that collectively raised over $167,000 – a new fundraising record – to benefit the women and newborns in the community served by Healthy Start. Libby Flippo, with her partner Bob Murray, were the overall winners last year for being the top fundraiser (raising more than $40,000) as well as achieving a score of 28 out of 30 from the judges. They performed an exceptional version of the Argentine tango. If that wasn’t impressive enough, two dancers broke all time individual fundraising efforts - Libby Flippo and Julia Sansevere. Three of the dance duos received perfect scores from the judges for their performances. The winners included Helen Martin and her partner Travis Stancil for their original contemporary dance, Shaun Kelly and her partner Craig Galvin for their high energy foxtrot/west coast swing, and Jeff Teach and Holly Perle for their alluring rhumba. One hundred percent of the funds raised through Dancing with the Martin Stars were used to pay for services and programs offered by Healthy Start such as prenatal care, ultrasounds, lab testing and specialized medical care for high-risk mothers.
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About Martin County Healthy Start Coalition
Martin County Healthy Start Coalition is a community-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization that offers support and education to pregnant women and infants. Prenatal and infant risk screening, prenatal care, childbirth education, counseling services, and parenting education classes are available to families to ensure that all babies are born healthy. Connect with Martin County Healthy Start on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCHealthyStart. For more information call 772-463-2888 or visit www.mchealthystart.org.


 
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Apr 26, 2017SFWMD Prepares with Annual Hurricane Exercise
WHAT: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will conduct its annual hurricane exercise this week to practice the agency's emergency operations response to and recovery from a major hurricane.

The media are welcome to film the exercise as a way of educating the public of the District protocols and procedures in the event of a real storm emergency.

2017 Test Scenario:
• The exercise, dubbed "Hurricane Freddy," will make landfall in the Homestead area as a Category 4 Hurricane, moving north northwest as it continues through the state.
• SFWMD emergency operations staff will test the coordination of resources, through modeling and situation analysis to form a strategic action plan that provides decision-making.
The District's annual exercise is designed to challenge water managers to address potential hurricane-related incidents and demands on the flood control system. "Hurricane Freddy" operations will begin with full activation of the SFWMD Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and a situation briefing. Key partner organizations will also be participating to ensure seamless interagency coordination.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
TIME: 11 a.m. - noon
WHO: SFWMD emergency managers and support staff
WHERE: SFWMD Headquarters
Emergency Operations Center
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406



 
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Apr 25, 2017SFWMD to Facebook Live Weigh-In of 50th Python Eliminated
West Palm Beach, FL - Media and persons interested in the progress of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board's Python Elimination Program will have the chance to see the official weigh-in of the 50th Burmese Python eliminated in real time.
SFWMD will broadcast the weigh-in of the 50th snake on Facebook Live through the District's new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sfwmd on Tuesday, April 25, at 11 a.m.
Media outlets are also invited to attend the live weigh-in of the 50th python on Tuesday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at the SFWMD Homestead Field Station located at 2195 NE 8th St., Homestead, FL 33033.
Python Hunter Dustin Crum of Myakka City captured a 14-foot python for the 50th snake eliminated. Hunter Patrick Campbell of St. Johns County holds the record for the largest snake caught through the Python Elimination Program at 15 feet 10 inches. Hunter Michael Valcare of Miami has captured the most snakes so far, eight, netting $1,375 in bounties. Jamison Meyer of Cutler Bay has captured seven snakes and pocketed $1,200 in bounties.
The pilot program began on March 25 and will run until June 1. SFWMD chose 25 professional python hunters from more than 1,000 hunters who applied. These independent contractors are paid $8.10 per hour up to eight hours daily. Depending on the size of the snake presented, there is an additional on-the-spot cash payment of $50 for pythons measuring up to 4 feet and an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. An additional $100 is given for each eliminated python nest with eggs


 
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Apr 25, 2017Camp Invention® Inspires Hands-On Problem Solving and Collaboration
Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Felix A. Williams Elementary School the week of June 5 - June 9, 2017.

Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® — a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship — and supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
For students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure that turns the summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes.

“Parents should send their children to Camp Invention because it encourages children to think, solve and create!” said Tracy M., mother of three campers. “Teamwork is encouraged while individual strengths are fostered. My children gained a deeper love for science and engineering, confidence to try new and innovative ideas, made new friendships, and learned new science vocabulary and concepts.”

This year’s fresh, action-packed Camp Invention curriculum features several hands-on modules:

* Duct Tape Billionaire™: Campers design duct tape products they can market and sell to mock investors;
* Have a Blast™: Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as a team in friendly air battles that use physics to boost their advantage;
* Mission Space Makers™: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation; and
* Operation Keep Out™: Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and devices, and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box.

Learn more about this year’s all-new curriculum.

All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 130,000 students every year and partners with more than 1,400 schools and districts across the nation. For additional information or to find the camp nearest you, visit campinvention.org.


About Camp Invention:

Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world's great inventors. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.



 
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Apr 25, 2017St. Lucie HOME Consortium invites Treasure Coast residents, non-profits to take part in community needs survey
The St. Lucie HOME Consortium invites residents and non-profits located on the Treasure Coast to participate in a community needs survey to gather information from the public on needed community facilities and services in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties.

The information will be used to establish recommendations in the Consolidated Plan and the First Year Action Plan to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The survey links can be found at www.slchousing.org and will be available through July 24.

In June of 2006, the unincorporated areas of St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties came together to form the St. Lucie HOME Consortium, with St. Lucie County as the lead agency. This partnership has brought federal funding from the HUD HOME Investment Partnerships Program to these three areas which would have otherwise been unavailable due to population size. Each year the Consortium is required to submit an annual action plan which identifies priorities and strategies to be undertaken utilizing HOME funding for the next fiscal year. Every five years the Consolidated Plan is required to be submitted and identifies needs and priorities to be addressed over the upcoming five-year program cycle.


 
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Apr 25, 2017Stuart Air Show gearing up for 2017
Planning of the 2017 Stuart Air Show is well underway and show organizers are thrilled to announce this year’s performers, new attractions, and ticket options, as well as celebrate the positive impact Air Show proceeds generated for its 2016 charitable partners.
This year’s premier act, is Screamin’ Sasquatch, sponsored by Jack Link’s, a 1929 Taperwing Waco bi-plane with a jet engine that allows the plane to fly vertically, flip, tumble, and hammerhead torque roll, which is flown by one of the top aerobatic performance pilots in America, Lt. Col. John Klatt. Just a teaser—Sasquatch will have special meaning at this year’s show. Details to come!
Other new performers and attractions for 2017 include:
 Jacquie B. The first female pilot to enter the aerobatic arena at the age of 50, and the first female solo pilot to perform at the 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show in the United Arab Emirates, Jacquie performs in a bright red Extra 300 two-seat, tandem, mid-wing aerobatic monoplane sprinkled with silver iridescent stars. Her show combines maneuvers as simple as a pull to vertical flight to the most difficult end-over-end gyroscopic tumbling an airplane can pull off.
 Batcopter and Bat Mobile. Loved by all ages wherever it goes, this crime fighting helicopter flew and was filmed in the original 1966 BATMAN movie and the original television series BATMAN. Capt. Eugene A. Nock, A.T.P., has fully restored this nostalgic flying machine to complete airworthy condition and it appears at air shows, state fairs, special events and comic book events around the United States. Definitely not to be missed!
 Wild Blue Rodeo. Jerry “Jive” Kerby, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, will perform a special night-time dedication to first responders on Friday evening in Wild Blue, a RV-8A that wants to be a fighter jet. The performance combines music, lights and aerobatic maneuvers.
 U.S. Army Black Daggers. The official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers are a team of highly-skilled staff noncommissioned officers who perform free fall parachute demonstrations worldwide, completing an average of 1,250 practice and performance jumps every year. Audiences can expect smoke grenades, pyrotechnics and flags during the team’s demonstrations.
 AeroShell. This five-man AT-6 Texan Advanced Trainer unit are real crowd-pleasers and has performed before at the Stuart Air Show. The North American AT-6 Texan, nicknamed “The Pilot Maker” first appeared in 1938, originally as a basic trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was also the primary training platform for all U.S. Airmen in World War II that went on to fly other fighter aircraft, such as the P-51 Mustang, F4U corsair, P-40 Warhawk and others.
Returning performers and attractions include:
 U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. The official parachute demonstration team of the United States Navy. The team is part of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command, and is made up of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) and support personnel.
 U.S. Air Force F16 Viper Team and U.S. Navy F18 – Hornet Demo Team. These air combat command demonstration teams perform precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of these multi-role fighters. They are fast and they are loud, and crowds love them!
 Chefpitts. This Stuart, FL based pilot, Clemens Kuhlig, flies a Pitts S1S, built in a garage over a three-year period while he was working as a professional chef---hence the name “Chefpitts”! The show Clemens performs is inspired by the pilots he watched as a kid. Jim Parker, The Red Devils, Leo Loudenslager, Al Hauff, Art Scholl, the French Connection. The Pitts Special is an iconic airplane that lends itself well to beautiful rolling, curving lines, snap rolls, and excellent outside capability.
 Redline Airshows. An exciting two-ship formation aerobatic flight team that thrills crowds with a display of skill, nerve and showmanship. Pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker have been flying formation together for more than 12 years. They proudly claim “Redline…the goal…not the limit.”
 Greg Shelton Airshows. Made up of the husband-wife team of Greg and Ashley Shelton, Ashley defies gravity and flies on the wing of a colorful and patriotic decorated bi-wing Boeing 450 Super Stearman piloted by Greg.
 Round Canopy Parachuting Team (RCPT-USA). A hit with the audience last year, this year the RCPT-USA team returns to perform another unique and interactive WWII Airborne demonstration on the flight line, but with twice the number of jumpers.
Tickets are now on sale online at www.StuartAirShow.com. The website presale price of $10 is good until Labor Day, $15 online through Nov. 5, and $25 at the gate. Veterans and Military pricing is $5; youth, 6-12, $5; Spectator Seating has been reduced to $8; Dirty Flight Suit Party is $115 (limited availability); Beer Garden Upgrade, $25 (limited availability); Bombers Squadron Upgrade, $60 (limited availability); and Premium parking, $20 per day, may now be purchased online, instead of at the gate. Admission for children 5 and under is free.
Each year, the Stuart Air Show provides financial support to area non-profit organizations. Funds are a combination of show profits, as well as contributions by the show’s concessionaire, National Concessions. This past year (2016), more than $25,000 was distributed to the following charitable partners: United Way of Martin County, Road to Victory Military Museum, Buffalo Soldiers, City of Stuart Police Explorers, Venture Crew, Special Olympics, Martin County Community Foundation, Civil Air Patrol, and the St. Lucie Centennial High School NJROTC.
The Stuart Air Show, presented this year by Martin County Airport-Witham Field, Pratt & Whitney – A United Technologies Company, and Sikorsky Aircraft – A Lockheed Martin Company, continues the show’s commitment to honoring the past and inspiring the future. The three-day event draws 40,000 spectators annually and is the largest air show in southern Florida.
For the latest Stuart Air Show announcements and entertainment lineup, or to purchase discounted advance tickets and premium parking, please visit www.StuartAirShow.com.


 
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Apr 24, 2017JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE VACANCIES
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Jensen Beach Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

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

Jensen Beach meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 5pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center.

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

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

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, May 12, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 24, 2017Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, May 12, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to
dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: a resident from the Indiantown Community and a resident from Booker Park. These are four year terms.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE:
The Committee shall review and rank the projects to be funded by the income generated by the Indiantown Community Trust Fund. Members shall annually compile a prioritized list of proposed projects to be funded by the income from the Trust.

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

Meetings are generally held as needed at 9:00 am at the Indiantown Library (usually once or twice a year in the summer [July/August]).


 
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Apr 24, 2017MARTY expands service hours
Martin County is pleased to announce that on Monday, May 1, MARTY will be expanding its service hours. Martin County's transit service will now be operating from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday. Schedules are located on our webpage at www.martin.fl.us/transit

 
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Apr 20, 2017Florida House Passes Pro-Worker, Pro-Business Workers’ Comp Legislation Florida Senate Committee Passes Different Version

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today applauds the Florida House of Representatives for taking a major step toward addressing much-needed reforms to Florida’s broken workers’ compensation system by passing HB 7085, sponsored by Rep. Danny Burgess (R-Zephyrhills).
"For almost a year, attorneys have received a payday on the backs of injured workers, receiving attorney fees in some instances of $400 an hour,” said Carolyn Johnson, Director of Business, Economic Development and Innovation Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber commends Chairman Burgess and House leadership for their work on reining in out-of-control attorney fees, preventing unnecessary litigation and helping injured workers get back to work quickly."
This Florida Chamber-backed bill will:
• Realign the amount of attorney fees to the amount secured for the injured workers,
• Place a cap on attorney fees of $150 per hour,
• Encourage affected employees to avoid drawn-out court proceedings, and
• Reduce rates for job creators.
Florida’s workers’ comp system suffered a major blow in 2016 after the state Supreme Court issued a series of rulings that threw out portions of the system, resulting in a workers’ comp rate increase of 14.5 percent, or $1.5 billion, beginning December 1, 2016. This rate hike was not accompanied by additional benefits for injured workers, but instead meant additional income to attorneys.

HB 7085 now travels to the Florida Senate for legislative action.

The Florida Senate today passed their own workers' comp reform bill, SB 1582, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park). The Florida Chamber does not believe this bill goes far enough to address the attorney fee issue. However, we do look forward to continuing to work with Senators to enact workers’ comp legislation that supports jobs for Florida’s families and strengthens our state’s economic competitiveness.


 
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Apr 20, 2017County to recognize May as Historic Preservation Month
During its April 25 meeting, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim May as Historic Preservation Month in Martin County. "In recognizing Historic Preservation Month, we acknowledge the important role that historic preservation plays in our lives in Martin County," said Board Chair and District 1 Commissioner Doug Smith. "The events that have been planned for this very special month are a great way for our community to celebrate the special places and people that have made Martin County so unique."

It is the Martin County Historic Preservation Board's (HPB) ninth year of coordinating Historic Preservation Month events on behalf of the Commission. According to HPB member, Joette Lorion Rice, who has been there for all of them, "It was the Board's hope when we launched the first celebration 9 years ago, that public education about our historic treasures would help a preservation ethic take root in Martin County. The 2017 Schedule of Events, that lists dozens of activities planned by a diversity of groups, is proof that a preservation ethic has, indeed, taken root."

The festivities will kick-off on May 1 at 5 pm at the Stuart Heritage Museum that is housed in the historic Stuart Feed Store (1901). Preservationists will gather to celebrate Historic Preservation Month and honor the 2017 Preservationist of the Year, Mary Walton Jones, the Museum's Executive Director. After the ceremony, the Crary House (1925) next door (now the offices of Congressman Brian Mast) will be open with local author Rick Crary on hand to share its history.

Other activities include: tours of the historic Seminole Inn (1926); tours of the Mansion at Tuckahoe (1938); a rededication of the historical marker at the House of Refuge (1876); a House of Refuge Keepers Grave Marker Placement Ceremony; an archaeological tour of prehistoric Mount Elizabeth; and Stuart Heritage Day hosted by the City of Stuart and Stuart Heritage Museum.

The Captain Henry Sewall House (circa 1889) will be open each Wednesday with historian Sandra Thurlow on hand to tell its story. Open Houses will be held at the Apollo School (1924), Martin County's only surviving two-room schoolhouse; the Salerno Colored School (circa 1930), Martin County's only surviving one-room schoolhouse; the House of Refuge (1876), Martin County's oldest structure; and All Saints Episcopal Church (1899), Martin County's oldest church with its historian Joyce Fletcher Menard. The historic Art Deco style Martin County Court House (1937) Cultural Center will also hold an Open House, as well as a Sunset Concert and the Marvin S. Cone 31st Annual Juried Art Show.

Lectures on Martin County's rich history include: Early Sailing Craft of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon by HPB Chair and author, Nathaniel Osborn; the History of Salerno and Its Commercial Fishing Village by John Hennessee; and Stuart by the St. Lucie and Surrounding Areas by local historian Alice Luckhardt.

Finally, the historic Lyric Theatre (1926) will open its doors to show the movie Gentle Giant, filmed in 1966 in Port Salerno, for Stuart Heritage's monthly meeting.

According to Nathaniel Osborn, Chair of the Martin County Historic Preservation Board, "Historic Preservation Month is a great way to celebrate the rich history that contributes to our sense of place here in Martin County. Our Board invites Martin County residents to join us as we commemorate this very special month along with the rest of the country."

For more information, or a detailed Schedule of Events, contact: 772-221-1329 or visit the County website.



 
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Apr 19, 2017Jupiter Medical Center Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Jupiter Medical Center today announced that it once again
received an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group for its continued commitment to upholding the
highest levels of safety for patients. The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to
driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, just released the new
spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Jupiter Medical Center’s world-class patient
safety outcomes for the fourth consecutive time. Jupiter Medical Center was the only hospital in
Palm Beach and Martin counties to receive an ‘A’ in the spring 2017 grades.
“In an environment where consumers are becoming increasingly aware of their health care
choices, I am particularly proud of the excellence that the team at Jupiter Medical Center has
consistently shown in the area of patient safety,” said John D. Couris, President and CEO of
Jupiter Medical Center. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards and this recognition from
The Leapfrog Group confirms that.”
Jupiter Medical Center is the only hospital in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties to
currently maintain both an ‘A’ rating and a 4-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services. This stellar record is the product of the combined efforts of the entire
Jupiter Medical Center team and the hospital’s culture of quality, transparency and innovation.
“This recognition gives our community confidence in the care they will receive here,” said
Steven Seeley, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Jupiter
Medical Center. “It takes continuous vigilance to provide excellent outcomes for patients. The
administration, medical staff, nurses and quality teams implement and monitor safety initiatives,
design quality measurement systems, and review daily practices and procedures to meet and
exceed rigorous safety benchmarks.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30
measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more
than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice each year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts and is
peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Jupiter Medical Center’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for
staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

 
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Apr 19, 2017Sailfish Splash Waterpark selected for Florida Swimming Pool Association High School Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet
On April 12, 2017, the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) notified the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission (TCSC) that Sailfish Splash Waterpark has been selected as the site for the FSPA High School Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet for 2017. Host school, Jensen Beach High School, will provide volunteers for the event and assist the waterpark in the provision of hospitality for coaches, officials, media and volunteers.

On September 23, 2017, an estimated 1,200 students from nearly 80 Florida high schools will compete in the meet sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) and observed by USA Swimming. The weekend of the event, Martin County will play host to nearly 2,000 people including swimmers, coaches and spectators accompanying the athletes to the event - one of the largest in the southeast.

"We are very excited to have FSPA return for their fifth season at Sailfish Splash Waterpark this year. It will be another fantastic event. This is the largest invitational high school meet in the state and we are looking forward to the event's return to our area," said Todd Foust, Special Facilities Administrator.

Martin County Parks and Recreation Department Director Kevin Abbate added, "Martin County and Sailfish Splash Waterpark share FSPA's interest in promoting swimming and diving for recreation and health benefits. In addition to hosting this important meet, the waterpark offers a Learn to Swim Program with classes for all skill levels and, on June 22, 2017, will participate in the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson," a free event designed to generate awareness about the importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning."

Close to $1 million will flow into the local economy as a result of the FSPA meet. TCSC executive director Rick Hatcher said, "We are excited to have FSPA return to Martin County. This is the result of a great partnership between Martin County Parks and Recreation and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission. Sailfish Splash Waterpark is an outstanding venue perfectly equipped to host high caliber swimming events like the FSPA, which is one of the largest of its kind and produces tremendous economic impact within our area."

More information about Sailfish Splash Waterpark services and programs can be found at www.sailfishsplash.com. Information about the Florida Swimming Pool Association can be found at www.floridapoolpro.com.



 
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Apr 17, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Issues Water Shortage Warning
Falling water levels and extremely dry conditions that are expected to linger led the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board to issue today a water shortage warning to all 8.1 million residents in the agency's 16 counties.

"The purpose of this warning is to urge South Florida families to voluntarily conserve more water," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This effort will help your water supply last through the remainder of the dry season."

The most beneficial conservation practice is compliance with the District's year-round landscape irrigation conservation measures and any local landscape irrigation ordinance. These rules can be found at www.sfwmd.gov/mywateringdays. If voluntary water conservation efforts prove insufficient, the Governing Board may consider further mandatory water use restrictions to equitably distribute the remaining water supplies and prevent serious harm to water resources.

On Tuesday, the Governing Board issued a temporary ban on all open fires and campfires on District lands. The ban includes lands open for recreational purposes in Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee, Osceola and Polk counties. Additionally, SFWMD's prohibitions could be expanded to other locations throughout the District if drought conditions continue.

The wet season typically begins June 1.

Current Conditions:
• March only saw 34 percent of average rainfall District-wide
• This is 1.88 inches below average
• Miami-Dade County was the only area from Orlando to the Keys that received near normal rainfall
• Since the start of the dry season on Nov. 1, SFWMD has only seen 44 percent of average rainfall
• This is 6.75 inches below average


 
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Apr 17, 2017Florida Senate Advances Bill That Doesn't Adequately Address Rising Workers' Comp Rates
The Florida Senate today advanced a workers’ compensation bill that, in its current form, does not fix runaway attorney fees or the associated 14.5 percent workers’ comp rate increase – a $1.5 billion impact to Florida’s business community. However, bill sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park) expressed interest in improving the bill during its upcoming final committee stop.

In today’s Senate Appropriations Committee meeting – which unanimously voted to advance SB 1582 - Sen. Bradley acknowledged that cost drivers remain a concern for the business community, and that reforms to the system should be designed to get injured workers healthy and back to work quickly. The Florida Chamber has long argued that trial lawyer involvement often drags out court cases and prevents injured workers from returning to work.

The Florida Chamber appreciates the words of support from Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) today, who said:

"While concerned that the business community does not support the bill in its current form, this bill is the only vehicle to address workers' comp reofrm in the Senate this session. So, my vote in favor of it today is to keep it moving. Sen. Bradley is very capable and I hope he will continue to work with the business community to address their concerns."



 
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Apr 17, 2017Four Navigation Locks to Close When Lake Okeechobee Falls Below 12 Feet
For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will soon close four navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. The imminent closures are a result of persistent drier-than-average conditions that have reduced water levels in Lake Okeechobee. Injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.

Today, the water level in Lake Okeechobee is 12.07 feet. When the lake falls below 12 feet, these locks along the north shore will be closed:
• Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp.
• Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek.
• Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge.
• Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport.
Also on the north shore, operating hours for the S-193 lock at Taylor Creek in Okeechobee County will be reduced to Saturdays and Sundays between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The S-193 lock will close if lake levels fall below 11 feet.

On the south shore, the S-310 lock at Clewiston in Hendry County will remain open even as low lake levels continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

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

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


 
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Apr 17, 2017Martin County High School Celebrates Advanced Placement Program Success
Students at Martin County High School were treated to a delicious lunch on Tuesday, April 4, to celebrate their achievements in various Advanced Placement classes held throughout the school year. According to Jamie Herd-Tesson, program director for the Advanced Placement program, nearly 1 in 3 students attending Martin County High School participate in at least one AP class each year. Ms. Herd-Tesson, who has directed the program for the past four years, coordinated a lunch for 650 students, teachers and volunteers to celebrate the achievements these students have earned in rigorous courses in Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Sciences, Foreign Languages, Computer and the Arts.
On hand was Brian Torsiello, managing proprietor of Carrabba’s Italian Grill/Stuart. Mr. Torsiello has provided a delectable lunch for students for the past half dozen years. Al Fabrizio, principal of Martin County High School, thanked Mr. Torsiello and Carrabba’s for their continued support of the program. “We at Martin County High school are delighted that Carrabba’s, under the direction of Brian Torsiello, has continued to support a program in which our students can earn credit, advanced placement or both at the colleges and universities they attend following their years at MCHS.”
Following lunch, students were treated to a variety of desserts all donated by parents supporting the program, a long standing tradition with MCHS’s AP program. For more information about the Advanced Placement program at MCHS, please contact Ms. Herd-Tesson at herdj@martin.k12.fl.us.


 
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Apr 17, 2017FDA Clears ONLY ONE Device for Non-Invasive Immediate Fat Loss
Ultra Slim is the only non-invasive medical device FDA-cleared for immediate fat loss without drugs, diet, exercise or surgery. Ultra Slim is now available in our area exclusively at the Laser Lipo Spa of the Treasure Coast.
Dr. Jeffrey Dinofer says "With this state of the art Ultra Slim device, results are absolutely amazing. Nothing but photonic (light) energy touches your body. There are no pads, paddles, wires or hand held devices touching you. After the fat cells release their contents, the fat is eliminated from the body naturally and permanently. The cells are unharmed. The process is non-invasive and there are no side affects or adverse reactions."
Dr. Jeff has been caring for patients in So. Florida for over two decades. He has now limited his practice to helping his patients achieve the body and look they desire. Ultra Slim and Dr. Jeff’s in depth knowledge of the body and nutrition, guide his patients to their fat loss solution.
Dr. Dinofer offers a complimentary consultation at The Laser Lipo Spa in downtown Stuart.

Jeffrey Dinofer, D.C.
957 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
772-419-8012
WWW.laserlipospa.net
info@laserlipospa.net


 
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Apr 17, 2017Boat Owners Warehouse
A fixture of the South Florida marine community since 1979 is excited to announce their fourth and newest location at 1830 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida. This location will join the other 3 stores located in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Riviera Beach. Slated to open April 12th 2017, this 7200 square foot store located at 1830 SE Federal Highway, in the heart of Stuart, Florida will serve all Martin County boaters and as far north as Vero Beach. With over 20,000 brand name hardware, maintenance and supply items in stock, and a special order department in every store, BOW is your one stop shop. Open 7 days a week for your convenience, and staffed with experienced and knowledgeable people, Boat Owners Warehouse truly is Everything Marine! Please see our website for exact opening information as well as store hours www.boatownerswarehouse.com.

 
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Apr 17, 2017Strike Out Hunger with the St. Lucie Mets
Join Treasure Coast Food Bank as we “Strike Out Hunger” with the St. Lucie Mets on Saturday, April 29th at First Data Field. Mets players will be wearing customized jerseys in support of Treasure Coast Food Bank. The jerseys will be autographed and auctioned to the highest bidder in a silent auction during the game.
The silent auction also includes autographed ceramic bowls signed by New York Mets players as part of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event. Players Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Reynolds, Jerry Blevins, Josh Smoker and Rene’ Rivera’s signed bowls are available in the auction.
The auctions will close at the bottom of the 7th inning, and the winners will be announced immediately following.
Tickets for the game are available now for $8 and $10. Visit the St. Lucie Mets ticket office or order online at stluciemets.com.

WHAT: Strike Out Hunger with the St. Lucie Mets
WHERE: First Data Field, 525 NW Peacock Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017
TICKETS: $8 general admission and $10 premium seats. Purchase at stluciemets.com
HIGHLIGHT: All proceeds from the silent auction benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank


 
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Apr 17, 2017Turning up the heat to overcome hunger and hardship
Five local amateur chefs have been chosen to compete in the first-ever Top Chef Martin County on April 29. The contenders are rallying friends and family to help raise funds for the competition which will benefit House of Hope, a countywide agency whose mission is to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.
Amateur chefs Kelli Allison, Jean Cerniglia, Adam Fetterman, Angela Moore-Hodge and Jim Matts toured House of Hope, met one another exchanging friendly banter, and have begun pounding the pavement for the fundraising component of the competition. Jason Stocks, owner and professional chef at District Table & Bar, has served as a consultant for the cooking competition as well as outlining the rules and offering helpful tips to the contestants.

On April 29 the heat will be turned up as competitors battle it out in the kitchen at St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Family Center. They’ll be given five surprise baskets of ingredients commonly found in House of Hope’s Client Choice pantries and nutrition gardens. 45 minutes later their decadent dishes will be critiqued by a panel of local notables and professional chefs- Eric Grutka, of Ian’s Tropical Grill; Jason Stocks, of District Table & Bar; and Susan Dennis, TCPalm’s food critic. Winners will be selected for “Best Prepared Meal,” “Top Fundraiser” and the coveted “Top Chef of Martin County.”

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri offers, “We are very excited as Top Chef Martin County will not only be a very entertaining event, it will also encompass so many themes from our new empowerment and enrichment programs at House of Hope. A huge component of our nutrition gardens and Golden Gate Center for Enrichment aims to educate local residents about the benefits of nutritious cooking, meal planning, family budgeting and healthy habits. This competition will showcase what can be done with typical items provided by our pantries and nutrition gardens, and how it takes less than an hour to create something exciting and tasty!”

Tickets to watch the sizzling competition are available at TopChefMartinCounty.com and attendees will also enjoy a festive party complete with gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, music, dancing and more.

Opportunities are still available to join the list of sponsors: Elaine Matts, FPL, The Firefly Group, Solar Energy Systems, The Fetterman Firm, Whiticar Boats, Group One Safety & Security, Riders Edge Equestrian Center, Geico Local Office, Deborah Lovequist, Michael and Marie Elms, Joseph Matson and Linda Mundt, as well as John and Lynn Sargent.


 
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Apr 17, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Gives Thumbs Up to Facebook
There's a new way to "like" the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

The District today joined more than 1.8 billion social media users around the world on Facebook. The SFWMD Facebook page will provide a new online hub for project and program updates, water conservation and flood control tips, event listings, emergency management information, close-up looks at staff at work and much more.

"By connecting to the world's most popular social media network, the District has fully entered the 21st century in communications," said SFWMD Governing Board member Melanie Peterson. "Facebook opens a whole new avenue for the millions of people we serve to get information on how we are managing and protecting South Florida's water resources."

Facebook is part of a growing portfolio of social media and multimedia channels that the District uses for reaching South Florida's 8.1 million residents and beyond, including:
• Twitter: Get a variety of water resources information - 140 characters at a time - at @SFWMD, or find emergency management updates at @SFWMD_EM.
• Vimeo: Watch videos of projects and initiatives. Footage from the Pilot Python Elimination Program is currently featured.
• Flickr: See images ranging from scientists and engineers in the field to progress on projects to South Florida wildlife and their habitats.
• SFWMD's SOUNDSCIENCE Podcast: Hear about the science and engineering work that enables families and businesses to call South Florida home.


 
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Apr 17, 2017Water Shortage Warning
Attached:
• Order No. 2017-026-DAO-WS – Districtwide Water Shortage Warning

Thank you.

Kathy

Kathy LaMartina
Regional Representative
South Florida Water Management District
Martin & St. Lucie Counties
421 SW Camden Ave. #1
Stuart, FL 34994
(561) 602-8407 cell



2017-026-DAO-WS - Distric
 
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Apr 13, 2017Views and visits to Martin County's new and improved tourism website jump over 155 percent
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing shared results of the redesigned www.discovermartin.com tourism website to the Martin County Tourism Development Council (TDC) during its March 29 meeting. The data shows triple-digit increases in web traffic since enhancements were made to the website, to focus on all aspects of the consumer's travel decision-making process.

The results presented recap an eight-month comparison period from before the new website was launched. Total page views have increased 155 percent; mobile visits to the website have increased 199 percent and tablet views are up 104 percent. The new website is part of the larger digital strategy to create an expression of Martin County's brand that inspires users' imaginations to explore a timeless getaway and the pure, unspoiled nature you can only experience throughout Martin County. The responsive design of the website gives it an effortless and seamless transition between computers, smartphones and tablets.

"Increasing overnight visitation continues to be a top priority for the Martin County Tourist Development Council. We are thrilled with these numbers and expect this upward trend to continue," said Commissioner Doug Smith, TDC Chairman. "The new www.discovermartin.com embodies the arts and cultural fabric of our community. It also allows our local tourism businesses to be listed at no charge, and gives them the ability to promote special offers, and add event directly. We know that our investment in this website allows us to better promote Martin County to new and existing visitors."

At the heart of the site is new, engaging content with feature stories, itineraries, a larger event calendar and expanded dining and shopping listings that were not part of the former website.

Discovermartin.com also offers visitors fresh, custom features including an integrated Instagram feed to share beautiful images of our area.
Not only will visitors find information about Martin County destinations, attractions, accommodations, and events, but the brand new, easy-to-navigate website also features:
• Slideshows and image galleries
• Interactive maps
• Special offers
• Trip ideas
• Complete list of local dining options and shopping options
• Integrated videos, beach cameras, Google map-ability functions
Additions to the site create greater exposure for our tourism partners - making it easy for potential travelers to find and access partners' profile pages where they can find directions, nearby attractions, information and amenities, and deals all in one location. Local businesses and event organizers have the option to add events and special offers directly to the www.discovermartin.com website. Locally-owned businesses can submit images and descriptions to info@discovermartin.com
to be listed at no charge.


 
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Apr 13, 2017Stuart Community Concert Band Set To Perform "Popular Music Through The Years"
Did you know? The Stuart Community Concert Band is celebrating 100 years of playing music. Would you like to hear some of this great music? If so, let the memories flow as this wonderful community band performs some of your favorite tunes from decades and eras past.
This month's performance by the Stuart Community Concert Band will feature "Popular Music Through The Years." The music begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at the Kane Center, located south of Stuart at 900 S.E. Salerno Road.
"Popular Music Through The Years" is just that. Think of an era… 1940 Big Bands, 1950 Hoagy Carmichael, 1960 Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, 1970 Earth, Wind and Fire, Journey. You get the idea. Whenever you were born, we’ve got music that was the best from that era.
Seats are still available. Admission tickets are $10 each ($8.00 for Kane Center members). For more information about concert tickets, contact the Kane Center at 772-223-7800. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.kanecenter.org. Or you can get tickets at the door.
Then get ready to clap your hands, tap your toes, sing along with your favorite songs, and dance to the music as the band performs tunes such as "Fiddler on the Roof," "Tribute to Stephen Foster," "Sinatra," "Tijuana Brass in Concert," "American Salute," "South Pacific," "Salute to Spike Jones," and many more great selections.
The Stuart Community Concert Band is under the direction of Jim LeBon, who serves as the band director for Southport Middle School. The nonprofit group consists of dedicated volunteer musicians of all ages, ranging from high school students to retired residents in their eighties.
They play for the love of music.
Everyone is welcome! Are you a music lover? Do you play a musical instrument? Did you ever? If so, this community band is always looking for new talent.
The group has musicians from all walks of life, ages, and professions who happily donate their time and talents to create quality music. Band members vary in skill level from those who have made music their life’s work to people who haven’t picked up an instrument in many years. What they all have in common is that they speak the same language... M-U-S-I-C.
Originally founded back in 1915, the Stuart Community Concert Band has been making music for more than one hundred years. How wonderful to be celebrating 100 years of music! Today the group has more than sixty dedicated volunteer musicians.
Bonded by our love for music, we gather with our instruments every week to play and rehearse. Band rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Stuart Baptist Church on U.S. 1, north of the Roosevelt Bridge. If you are interested in joining the band, or just coming out to play, we'll be happy to see you!
The Stuart Community Concert Band is a 501c(3) organization. Donations are always welcome. For more information about your community band, visit their website at www.stuartcommunityconcertband.org. Please remember to support the Stuart Community Concert Band during the Great Give event on May 17, 2017. (Visit www.greatgiveflorida.org and call 1-844-giveday on May 17, 2017.)
Every year the group plays concerts at the Kane Center and at the Blake Library, as well as other local venues. The band performs for many community celebrations, holiday events, and other special occasions.
This year the Stuart Community Concert Band will perform a special concert in honor of Independence Day. The band's "Independence Spectacular" will take place beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 2017, at the Blake Library in Stuart. This Fourth of July performance for the community is free and open to the public.


 
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Apr 12, 2017SFWMD Issues Temporary Burn Ban on Public Lands
Prohibition on open fires on District land comes after Governor declares state of emergency statewide for wildfires
West Palm Beach, FL - Due to the increased danger of wildfires caused by extraordinarily dry conditions, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today issued a temporary ban on all open fires and campfires on District lands. The ban includes lands open for recreational purposes in Henry, Glades, Okeechobee, Osceola and Polk counties. Additionally, SFWMD's prohibitions could be expanded to other locations throughout the District if drought conditions continue.

The ban follows Gov. Rick Scott's declaration of a state of emergency across Florida due to recent wildlife and the high potential for more fires. The temporary ban means no building of fires in grills, fireplaces or fire rings on SFWMD-owned public lands in these counties until further notice. The use of portable camp stoves or charcoal grills provided by users and grills provided by the District or partnering agencies on District lands is allowed for cooking purposes only.

"These wildfires, that led to the Governor's action today, pose a serious threat to the safety of all Floridians," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This ban is a necessary action to prevent additional wildfires from starting and spreading."

Please visit SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov for updates or changes related to the temporary burn ban on District lands.


 
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Apr 12, 2017MCTV's newest Health Matters features ways to live and eat healthy
Martin County Television (MCTV), in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County, is proud to release its newest episode of Health Matters. The show's mission is to provide important health and safety information to residents.

Healthy eating is sometimes hard to do. Processed foods and the drive-thru are often more convenient than cooking healthy at home. We take a trip to the urban farm and experimental kitchen, Ground Floor Farm in Stuart, which grows, harvests and serves up the freshest and locally-sourced food.

You've probably seen them and maybe even have one. Wrist-worn activity trackers have become a popular accessory. We dive into how this technology can keep you healthy and fit all while having fun.

Fish is an important part of our diet but some fish contain high levels of mercury. We share tips to enjoy fish while limiting your exposure to mercury.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is the most common chronic children's disease in the country. Host Renay Rouse sits down with a dental hygienist and shows us how the Department of Health is going to local schools to make sure your child's teeth are healthy.

Health Matters airs on MCTV. The channel is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us. It is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/uuVUi1MBpdo.


 
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Apr 12, 2017Martin County inches closer to referendum on 1 percent sales tax increase
MARTIN COUNTY — The county is closer to asking voters whether to increase the sales tax here an additional 1 percent.
If a referendum is approved, some $22 million in new revenue would be used for new or improved infrastructure. That could be roads, parks, septic-to-sewer conversion projects or other work.
The County Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 to set the stage for an Aug. 29 vote. The commission next month is to consider officially setting the referendum, said County Attorney Sarah Woods. Ballot language must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections by June 26.

The commission, with input from residents and county staff members, is to settle on a list of projects to fund, said Commission Vice Chairman Ed Ciampi.
That list should specifically outline categories, such as roads and parks, and what percent of the new revenue each should receive, Commission Chairman Doug Smith said.
"It's important for the public to see how the money would be spent," he said Tuesday.
This would be the county's second sales-tax vote in three years. Voters in 2014 shot down a 1 percent increase by fewer than 100 votes. In its wake, the county imposed a 6 percent fee on Florida Power & Light Co. bills to help pay for work on roads, bridges and drainage and the cleanup of storm water draining into the St. Lucie River.
The electric fee, charged only in unincorporated areas, generates $8 million to $9 million annually, according to the county.
By contrast, a new 1 percent sales tax would be charged countywide and bring in about $22 million annually, County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said. Over the 10-year life of the tax, Stuart would receive about $2.6 million annually; Sewall's Point, $327,000; Jupiter Island, $132,000; and Ocean Breeze, $16,000, according to Kryzda.
If a sales tax is approved, the commission voted on Tuesday, the county would decrease the electric surcharge to one-half percent.
Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding voted against holding a referendum. Fielding said a sales tax is regressive because it has the highest financial impact on the lowest-income people.
Heard said she's heard no call from the public for a higher sales tax.
"They are adamantly opposed to layering up additional taxes. The public doesn't have the trust or appetite for it," she said Tuesday.
A lot of the work now funded by the electric surcharge could be paid for by sales-tax revenue, said Don Donaldson, the newly hired assistant to the county administrator.



 
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Apr 11, 2017JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER DEDICATES CALCAGNINI CENTER FOR MINDFULNESS
JUPITER, FLA. (April 11, 2017) – Patients, physicians and residents of the greater Palm
Beaches will now be able to access integrative medicine techniques to help them heal and even
manage the stresses of everyday life at Jupiter Medical Center’s new Calcagnini Center for
Mindfulness. The new Center, made possible by a generous lead gift from Nancy and Arthur
Calcagnini, complements the hospital’s mainstream medicine and health care offerings by
integrating mindfulness classes and workshops in a beautiful, soothing 2,600-square-foot healing
space. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Center was held Thursday,
March 16, and included donors Mr. and Mrs. Calcagnini and David and Lynn Nicholson; as well
as one of the nation’s foremost leaders of the mindfulness movement, Saki F. Santorelli, EdD,
MA, Executive Director of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for
Mindfulness.
“The opening of the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness allows Jupiter Medical Center to address
yet another facet of the community’s health and wellness,” said John Couris, Jupiter Medical
Center President and CEO. “Mindfulness is scientifically proven to reduce physical and
psychological symptoms, and we are pleased to be able to bring this vital service to our
community, our patients, our physicians and our team members.”
One of the cornerstones of the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness is training in Mindfulness-
Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a form of mind-body medicine that Jupiter Medical Center is
offering in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for
Mindfulness, where MBSR was founded in 1979. Patients, physicians, Medical Center team
members and anyone in the community looking for a better way to manage stress can participate
in a comprehensive, eight-week course that explores the principles and practices of MBSR. This
training is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the mind-body connection and developing
tools to improve health and well-being. The mind is known to be a significant factor in stress and
stress-related disorders, and stress often causes physical symptoms that mindfulness can address.
Nearly four decades of scientific research by a growing cadre of highly regarded international
scientists indicates that individuals trained in mindfulness and MBSR have an enhanced ability
to tap into their inner resources and improve their own health.
Services at the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness include:
o Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes
o Mindfulness Meditation Sessions for the Community
o Health Coaching
Additionally, Jupiter Medical Center is working with the UMass Center for Mindfulness to offer
additional Mindfulness-Based Programs over the next year, including:
o Introduction to Mindfulness
o Mindfulness for Parents
o Mindful Eating
o Mindful Self-Compassion
o Deepening Practice for MBSR graduates
o Other integrative medicine practices scientifically proven to complement traditional
medicine and bring relief to suffering, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, massage and
acupuncture
“We are tremendously grateful to Arthur and Nancy Calcagnini for their generous gift and vision
to bring mindfulness training into Jupiter Medical Center,” said Liv E. Vesely, President of
Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.
The Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness will be the premiere location for mindfulness in South
Florida and the Treasure Coast, and the Center will open in late spring of 2017. For more
information and schedule of events, please visit jupitermed.com/mindfulness.
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% 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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Apr 10, 2017Choice For Veterans
Our veterans who have served our country - risked life and limb for the United States of America - deserve choice when it comes to their health care. That's why this week we passed legislation to eliminate the sunset of the Veterans Choice Program.
If veterans are happy with the health care services at their local VA clinic, they should absolutely be able to continue to see their doctors there, but if they have to travel a long distance to reach the VA or if they're facing an excessive wait time, we need to ensure they don't feel trapped in the VA system.
The Choice Program is not perfect. It needs to be improved and expanded. But getting rid of the sunset is absolutely a step in the right direction.
This week I also signed onto legislation to help innovate new strategies to care for veterans struggling with PTSD. Moving forward, I’m going to continue fighting for meaningful reforms so our veterans can get the care they earned - when, how and where they need it.
To learn more about my work on your behalf, https://mast.house.gov/




 
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Apr 10, 2017Just Gold Jewelers End of Season Sale!!


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Apr 10, 2017Martin County Ocean and Fire Rescue make valiant attempts to save drowning victim
Martin County Ocean Rescue lifeguards and Fire Rescue made valiant attempts to save a 16-year old male, who became caught in a rip current and drowned this afternoon at Jensen Beach. The victim was among a group of five individuals that had entered the water at their own risk at the time of the event. Lifeguards were flying red flags due to the hazardous surf conditions, indicating rip tides were present.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., lifeguards observed five individuals in the water. Lifeguards advised the group to exit the water. As the group made their way to the shore, the teenager lost his balance, became caught in a rip current and was pulled under the water.

Lifeguards used ATVs and jet skis to search for the victim. Fire Rescue's Dive Team and Lifestar helicopter participated in the search. In addition, the Martin County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Air Unit participated in the search. Approximately one hour later, the victim was located in the water.

Lifeguards and Fire Rescue performed CPR on the victim on the shore. The victim was transported to the hospital.


 
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Apr 10, 2017Florida Chamber Education Update
The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes a quality education system is the best way to ensure our students can get the skills and training they need to compete in a rapidly changing global economy. That’s why we are fighting hard to make sure Florida's entire education system continues to improve. Here's a recap of this week's education discussions in the Florida House and Senate:

• School Choice (HB 7101, Rep. Bob Cortes) - The Florida Chamber supports legislation that empowers all students to succeed by providing options for high-quality education programs. This bill, which passed out of the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday, and subsequently passed out of the House Education Committee on Thursday, removes barriers that inhibit high-performing charter management organizations from replicating their success and expanding. HB 7101 will now head to the House floor. Similar legislation in the form of SB 796, sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, was set to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Monday, but was not considered as the meeting ran out of time.

• Fewer, Better Tests (SB 926, Sen. Anitere Flores) - The Florida Chamber continues to support the enchancement of our statewide assessment and accountability systems, which is why we endorse SB 926. This bill cleared the Senate Education Committee on Monday after a compromise between lawmakers was struck. Following the adoption of several amendments, this bill now contains pieces of a few different testing reform proposals. The revised bill now pushes back the state assessment window to the last three weeks of school, requires easy-to-understand, parent-friendly score reports to be utilized, allows school districts to use paper-and-pencil exams instead of computerized tests, repeals the Value-Added Model (VAM) formula used to evaluate teachers, eliminates various End-of-Course (EOC) exams, allows students who pass certain exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate) to be exempt from the statewide assessment in those areas, requires the Commissioner of Education to review nationally-recognized college entrance exams to determine alignment to Florida’s standards, and requires the Department of Education to conduct a study on Florida’s statewide assessment achievement levels - including how best to define the levels in order to communicate the meaning of these levels to students, parents and teachers.

• Voluntary PreK Education (SB 468, Sen. Kelli Stargel) - Few investments in education programs are more valuable than those that help students to read. The Florida supports SB 468, which was passed out of the Senate Education Committee on Monday, as it provides additional opportunities to assist young students who are struggling readers, offers additional training to teachers, reading coaches and school principals and proposes additional accountability to the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program.

• Best & Brightest (SB 1552, Sen. David Simmons) – We support legislation that provides students with high-quality teachers and administrators. That's why we support this bill, which passed out of the Senate Education Committee on Monday. SB 1552 expands the eligibility criteria for the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program and creates the Florida Best and Brightest Principal Scholarship Program.

• Educational Options (SB 1314, Sen. Denise Grimsley) - The Florida Chamber supports SB 1314 because it helps all students succeed by providing options for high-quality education programs. This bill, which passed out of the Senate Education Committee on Monday, revises and strengthens the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. A related bill, SB 902 Gardiner Scholarship Program, sponsored by Sen. David Simmons, which expands access to the Gardiner Scholarship Program, was scheduled to be heard in the same meeting. Due to the committee running out of time, SB 902 was not considered. The House companion bill (HB 15, Rep. Jennifer Sullivan) was passed out of the House Education Committee on Thursday. HB 15 will now head to the House floor.

• Digital Learning & Virtual Education (HB 833, Rep. Jennifer Sullivan) - The Florida Chamber will continue to fight for an education system which also creates an atmosphere that allows parents to take control of their child's academic future. This bill, which was passed out of the House Education Committe on Thursday, removes the prior year in public school requirements and provides that all K-12 students, including home education and private school students, are eligible for both full-time and part-time virtual instruction options. HB 833 will now head to the House floor.


 
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Apr 10, 2017County's public records reform proceeding in wake of arbitration decision
In April 2016, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners enacted a comprehensive set of reforms aimed at improving citizen access to County public records. These improvements preceded the recent arbitration of the public records portion of the Lake Point litigation (Lake Point Phase I, LLC and Lake Point Phase II, LLC v. South Florida Water Management District, Martin County and Maggy Hurchalla (Case No. 2013-CA-1321)) by 10 months and represent a continued commitment by the County Commission to make County government as open and transparent as possible.

Specifically, over the past 10 months, Martin County has:
1. Formed a Public Records Team comprised of County staff
2. Reviewed and revised existing policies and procedures related to public records response
3. Provided a consistent method for tracking all record requests
4. Trained hundreds of County personnel and representatives
5. Established Standard Operating Procedures for handling public records
6. Utilized an online system to track public records requests

The order entered this week by Circuit Court Judge William Roby implements the arbitration decision issued on February 15, 2017. The County welcomes the opportunity to continually improve and build upon the reforms adopted 10 months ago.

"Martin County remains steadfast in its commitment to transparency. We provide continual on-line access to documents and information such as budgets, audits, emails, correspondence and more on our County website. We view Judge Roby's order as an opportunity to improve and enhance those efforts," said County Administrator Taryn Kryzda.

Martin County reminds citizens the fastest and easiest way to find this valuable information is to enter keywords "Open Government" in the search box on the County's website, or enter more specific keywords such as "Budget," "Check Registry" or "Public Records." Learn more here: https://www.martin.fl.us/open-government.


 
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Apr 10, 2017Humane Society of the Treasure Coast volunteer chosen as finalist in nationwide competition
One of The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s volunteers has been selected as one of 10 finalists in a nationwide contest presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
The #HillsShelterHeroes contest recognizes five shelter heroes who go above and beyond in their commitment to local animal shelters and helping pets find their forever homes. The top five shelters will be awarded $10,000 each. They will be determined by the public, which may cast one vote per person between now and 11:59 p.m. on April 14 by going online to https://hillsshelterheroes.us.launchpad6.com/contest/1/entry/3.
The Humane Society chose to nominate volunteer Linda Smith as their “Shelter Hero.” She, along with her father, Antonio Sanchez, volunteer every week, and are featured in the video that the Humane Society submitted for the contest. Sanchez suffered a traumatic brain injury that displays the same as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Smith says that volunteering at the Palm City shelter has been extremely beneficial and therapeutic for both her and her father.
“We are thrilled to be one of the top 10 selected by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and are asking our supporters to vote so that we may pay tribute to Linda Smith, her father, and all of the volunteers who give their time helping the shelter animals,” said HSTC Volunteer Program Manager Sarah Fisher. “If we are chosen as one of the top five shelters, the $10,000 award will go a long way in helping the shelter animals.”
For more information, call Sarah Fisher at (772) 600-3217.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.


 
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Apr 10, 2017THE BARN THEATRE CONCERT SERIES - "MAGIC MOMENTS IN MUSIC"
SAT. EVENING, MAY 6TH & SUNDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 7TH

Stuart, Fl. The Barn Theatre's much anticipated concert "Magic Moments in Music" hits the main stage with an incredibly talented Treasure Coast cast who will sing and dance their way down memory lane thru magic moments in the American songbook from the Jazz Era, the 50's, the 60's, and Disco, with a bit of Latin beat for you cha cha enthusiasts. And for you moms, the Barn will presnet a special musical treat in celebration of Mother's Day. Show dates are Saturday, May 6th at 8PM & Sunday, May 7th at 2PM. Nostalgic rememberances are just what the doctor ordered for this concert as you will hear songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, The Drifters, The Supremes, The Beatles, The Kingston Trio, Sonny & Cher, Franki Valli, Connie Francis, Donna Summer, The Bee Geez, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow, Michael Buble, and many others.
Our gifted cast includes standouts Josephine LoVaglio, Donna Roselli, Rob Lastovica, Jeanette Mazzella, Mary Murphy, Chris Mazzella, Frank Lillo, and Kristen Whalen. So get ready for an exciting experience. Complimentary pre-show refreshments will be provided. Tickets are only $20. Visit or call the box office at 287-4884 or visit the Barn's website at www.barn-theatre.com.
All ticket proceeds go towards the Barn's Theatre's capital improvements fundraiser project. Thank you.


 
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Apr 7, 2017April 8, 2017 - Boat Tour & Dinner down the Loxahatchee River to Trappers Nelson’s
Nelson’s preserved homestead at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound. Saturday April 8, 2017 at 4pm.
Hop Aboard and enjoy Local Historian & Author Jim Snyder, while he shares his knowledge of the area as you cruise down the ever curving and winding Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first National Wild and Scenic River. Arrive at Trapper Nelson’s Home, to hear all about the” Man of the Jungle”. After the boat tour, enjoy dinner catered by Burrito Bros. in the Beer Garden overlooking the Loxahatchee River. (cash bar for beer & wine)
Price includes your Park Entry, Boat Tour, Appetizers,
Dinner & Soft Drinks. Cash bar available for beer & wine.

Cost members $ 45 before 3/18 after $ 50
Non-members $ 55 before 3/18 after $ 60

Contact for More Details
The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Ellen 561-629-4514 stewart.ellen@gmail.com or Link Registration: http://conta.cc/2miXq9g



 
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Apr 7, 2017April 9th Kicks Off Wildfire Awareness Week
The Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District has already responded to a 400% increase in wildfires this year compared to last year due to dry conditions. The men and women of Florida Forest Service have answered the call of more than 166 wildfires since January 1, 2017 and stand prepared to continue their aggressive response through what is expected to be a long and dangerous dry season.

“Firefighting alone cannot protect every citizen and home, especially those living in fire prone areas,” explains Forest Area Supervisor Trevor Taylor, Florida Forest Service. “Homeowners have an important role in preventing loss of life and property from wildfire events. This week, we should all do our part to raise public awareness of wildfire, and take steps to protect lives, homes, and families in the event of a wildfire.”
In conjunction with Wildfire Awareness Week, Florida Forest Service has launched a campaign to educate homeowners on the steps they should take to prepare themselves for wildfire. The program teaches people how to take action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.
Be Ready - Just like a hurricane, have a “go bag” that has store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you must evacuate. In addition, limit the amount of flammable vegetation (fuels) surrounding your home and increase the moisture content of the remaining vegetation. Get Set – Pack your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the wildfire from your local public safety officials. GO! - When a wildfire threatens your area, the best action to protect yourself and your family is to evacuate early to avoid being trapped.
This potentially lifesaving information can be found at FloridaForestService.com
Wildfires are a natural, periodic occurrence in Florida. Many native species depend on cyclical fires for survival. Unfortunately, this natural process often conflicts with human land use, and careless or malicious human activity causes many fires that would not have occurred naturally. In order to continue to enjoy the economic and recreational benefits of our natural lands, we must strive to achieve a balance between Florida’s fire ecology and the need to protect human life and property.
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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Apr 6, 2017Two Western Treasure Coast Wildfires


County and State Firefighters responded to two wildfires in western St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Both wildfires were in undeveloped parcels of land with continuous vegetation that fueled the wildfire. Gusty winds, lower relative humidity and extremely dry vegetation created a challenge for firefighters. The wind would carry embers up to a quarter mile ahead of the main fire. County firefighters would use brush trucks and fill up with water tenders to extinguish new ignitions in the dry vegetation. Firefighting bulldozers would build control lines slowly pinching off the wildfire until forward spread stopped (encircling the fire with a mineral soil parameter).

St Lucie County 130-acre wildfire– Reported 4/5/17 3:35pm. 100% Contained at 4/5/17 9:05pm. “Wildfire received a good down pour after firefighters contained the fire,” states Forest Area Supervisor Trevor Taylor, Florida Forest Service. “It will help us mop-up the wildfire by cooling down any hotspots and smoldering trees on fire. We’ll investigate the cause in the morning.” Firefighting agencies – St. Lucie County Fire District & Florida Forest Service

Martin County 200-acre lightning caused wildfire – Reported 4/5/17 3pm. 80% contained and that percentage will remain throughout the night. “There are large amounts of unburned vegetation that will smolder,” states Forest Area Supervisor Trevor Taylor, Florida Forest Service. “The unburned vegetation is inside the control lines established by the firefighting bulldozers. This unburned vegetation will burn and create smoky conditions. The wildfire did receive ¼ of rain and it slowed down fire activity but additional rainfall is needed to extinguish the wildfire.” Firefighting agencies – Martin County Fire Rescue & Florida Forest Service

Where there is fire, there is ultimately smoke, and smoke does not mix well with safe driving. Unforeseen changes in weather may create conditions where visibility on roadways is seriously impaired. Under these conditions drivers must be cautious. The best decision is not to drive in fog or smoke. If you must drive under these conditions, there are actions that every driver should take to protect themselves and their passengers: (1) Slow down! (2) Use windshield wipers in heavy fog (3) Turn on your low-beam headlights (4) Report the hazards to 911.

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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Apr 6, 2017An informed citizenry. Respect for varying opinions. That's our goal for One Martin.
Dear Martin County Neighbors,

Truth. Facts. An informed citizenry. Respect for varying opinions. Civil discussions. Acknowledgement of the complexity of issues. Ethical, efficient and transparent government. Commitment to a thriving, sustainable community for all.

That’s One Martin.
We launched this organization because we believe in presenting all of the facts, not selective ones. Time and time again we have witnessed a decision-making process in which passionate voices carried the day---and carried it to the wrong place, because facts were deliberately skewed or ignored. We have seen coastal communities and inland communities, businesses and retirees, farmers and environmentalists pitted against each other as though we are separate communities instead of an integrated whole.

We’ve felt sidelined in important conversations, even though we had vital information to contribute.

So we’re starting a new conversation.
In this conversation, we insist on facts. We want a diversity of opinion. We expect authentic participation across the whole spectrum of our community. That includes full-time residents and snow birds. It includes environmentalists and property owners, farmers and landowners. The voices of small business owners and larger companies as well as workers and retirees. And elected officials and government employees too.

Our timing couldn’t be better.
We have just witnessed a stunning breach of the public trust that will cost every one of us in dollars and in confidence. In case you missed it, read Treasure Coast Newspaper columnist's Rich Campbell's Op-Ed here.

A recent lawsuit brought about by a landowner against Martin County will cost our community more than $370,000 just in attorneys’ fees because – after many years of doggedly pursuing the truth – it turns out that the landowner was right. Three of our County Commissioners were not acting in good faith. They were taking direction from a “shadow” government, and then they denied it. Through this lawsuit, the long pursuit of secret emails was finally discovered, and showed a pattern of failure in complying with public records requests. This is not hearsay. This statement is based on an independent arbitrator’s opinion. And we have no idea yet what the additional financial cost to our community will be when the landowner's broader lawsuit is brought to its conclusion.

Almost lost in the whole sordid mess is the fact that the landowner was trying to do what our community wanted done: clean the water. The public-private partnership allowed the landowner to establish a rockpit operation to mine and sell aggregate for construction projects and then donate the property so that water could be diverted from Lake Okeechobee or the C-44 Canal, preventing its eventual release into the St. Lucie Estuary where we know that water causes harm.

Unfortunately, this legal issue isn’t an isolated one. In Martin County, we’ve become used to lawsuits being filed against the County and even used to losing those suits. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars. This is money that could be better spent on road maintenance, septic to sewer conversion, improvements to our parks and recreational areas and many other projects of importance to residents. For more background on this lawsuit and its potential ramifications to Martin County taxpayers, click on the news stories below under Good Government.

This is our inaugural e-newsletter. We look forward to sharing information with you on issues of concern to our community. At One Martin, we don’t hold ourselves out to have all the answers---no one does. We do insist on our right and obligation to tell the truth and hold others to the same standard.


 
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Apr 6, 2017Gomez Cemetery Project a Huge Success
Hobe Sound, Fla. - With 87,500 pounds of vegetative waste cleared and 250 cubic yards of debris hauled from the site, the March 11 Gomez Cemetery cleanup project in Hobe Sound, supported by Keep Martin Beautiful, was an amazing success.
The cemetery is a unique historical heritage site, where African-American members of the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church were buried during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After the church burned down in the 1980s, the cemetery was neglected. It eventually became overgrown with brush and vegetation, and some of the grave markers were eroded.
Working with Keep Martin Beautiful, Hobe Sound resident Captain Lloyd Jones along with members of the New Allen Temple A.M.E. Church based in Tampa and local community members began to clean up the cemetery and restore it to dignity.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the day,” said Captain Jones, whose father, a Korean War Veteran, is buried in the cemetery. “We are fulfilling our duty to those who went before us and once again giving them a fitting place to rest.”
More than 200 Keep Martin Beautiful volunteers converged on the site on cleanup day, including two buses of volunteers from the A.M.E. Church in Tampa. Hobe Sound businesses Jenkins Landscape, Capps Roofing, and Tony’s Tree Service hauled away the vegetation and debris as fast as the volunteers could gather and load it in trucks. “We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Captain Jones. ”They offered their equipment, staff and personal involvement, all at no cost, to help us clean the site and prepare it for the next phase of restoration.”
In the next phases, Bowman Consulting and Creech Engineering have volunteered to do a sonar exam of the area to determine where there are graves that are not marked at the surface level. Sod and irrigation pipes will be laid, and a fence will be erected around the cemetery boundaries. The long range plans call for grave markers to be repaired and restored.
“Those buried in the Gomez Cemetery are members of some of the founding families of Hobe Sound,” Captain Jones said. “At last we are honoring them in the way they deserve and passing on their stories to the next generations.”
About Keep Martin Beautiful
Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or call 772-781-1222.


 
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Apr 6, 2017Shade structure coming soon to playground thanks to generous donation from Jensen Beach PTA
Thanks to a generous donation of $32,000 from the Jensen Beach Elementary PTA to the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Parks and Recreation Department, the playground at Jensen Beach Elementary is about to get a lot "cooler." The funds will be used to purchase a shade structure covering the Jensen Beach Elementary Playground, managed by the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department. This new addition will make the park more comfortable during the summer months, as well as provide needed sun protection year-round. "The Jensen Beach Elementary PTA has been extremely supportive of our efforts to improve this community asset for years now; this playground is a clear example of the outstanding results that can be accomplished thanks to these type of partnerships," said Kevin Abbate, Director of Martin County Parks and Recreation.

The funds were raised primarily through Jensen Beach Elementary PTA's Annual Run and its participation in the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Fundraising Affiliates Program. This program provides nonprofit organizations the opportunity to sell Waterpark tickets and receive a percentage of the proceeds from such sales.

The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Jensen Beach Elementary PTA are excited to see construction progress occur in the coming months.

Thanks again to the students, parents and supporters of Jensen Beach Elementary, for helping make Martin County's parks the best of the best! #LoveMCParks

Follow us on Facebook for more information and details about what's happening in your Martin County parks at https://www.facebook.com/MyMCParks. For more information about the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Fundraising Affiliates Program contact Nancy Johnson at njohnson@martin.fl.us. Interested in volunteering for our Parks Department? Contact Deanna at ddeakins@martin.fl.us.



 
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Apr 6, 2017Martin County School District Job Fair
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MCSD Job Fair Flyer 04042
 
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Apr 6, 2017Lincoln Day Dinner with Roger Stone
The Martin County Republican Executive Committee cordially invites you to the Lincoln Day Dinner 2017, with political strategist Roger Stone, on Saturday, April 8th in Stuart Florida
There will be a pre-party from 6-7 where our guest speakers: Jenny Beth Martin (co-founder of the Tea Party and one of Time magazine’s most 100 influential people), Roger Stone (author of The Making of the President 2016 and personal friend of President Trump), Brian Mast, and Gold Star parents Karen and Billy Vaughn will be available for a chat and photo.
Roger has advised multiple presidents dating back to Richard Nixon, and was a top advisor to President Ronald Reagan during his presidential campaigns. For nearly four decades, Stone has been a close friend and confidante to now President Donald J. Trump.
In his new book, Roger Stone explains how the 2016 presidential campaign was orchestrated and explains in great detail:
*The struggle by the Republican establishment to stop Trump; and how Republicans underestimated him

*A comparison between Trump’s sprint across eight states in the closing days of the campaign to the Truman 1948 playbook when he barnstormed across the country by train and upset Thomas Dewey

*Intel on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks’ role in the DNC email leak; why the Russians were not involved and did not hack the information

*Why the mainstream narrative about Trump being in cahoots with Vladimir Putin to win the election is phony

*Details on Clinton associates such as Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, “Carlos Danger,” Doug Band, and Jeffrey Epstein

*An examination of opposition research into Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton’s crimes

*The efforts to hide Hillary Clinton’s infirmities and health problems
Tickets are $100. Space is limited. Purchase your tickets today!
DATE AND TIME:
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Reception at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
Address:
Hutchinson Island Marriott
555 NE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 32779


 
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Apr 5, 2017Boater access to Sandbar limited this month due to Bathtub Reef Beach Renourishment Project
Boater access to the popular Sandbar west of Sailfish Point Marina will be limited from now until April 30 as a part of the 2017 Bathtub Reef Beach Renourishment Project. Boating lanes will be reduced from two lanes to just one lane during the month to accommodate the dredging lines that are pumping sand from the navigational inlet onto the beach.

"This is a necessary inconvenience," said Jessica Garland, Project Specialist with Martin County's Engineering Department. "We need to dredge built-up sand out of Sailfish Point's navigational channel, or eventually boats won't be able to get through. Fortunately, that gives us the sand we need to repair the damage to Bathtub Reef Beach from Hurricane Matthew and the storms from the fall of 2016. Boats can get through during this period; it will just take a little more time and patience."

For more information on the project, go to www.BathtubBeachMartin.com and www.facebook.com/BathtubBeachMartin or email coastal@martin.fl.us.

About Bathtub Reef Beach

Martin County's Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along our coast and include Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach, Sailfish Point, St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve, Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and the Town of Jupiter Island.

These beaches are an integral part of the quality of life in Martin County, generate considerable revenue to the economy of Martin County, and support homes, businesses and related infrastructure (roads, utilities) for many residents and visitors. Bathtub Reef is located just offshore at Bathtub Reef Beach Park and is a popular spot for snorkelers due to the large numbers of marine creatures and fish that congregate there. Its presence is also a key factor in creating the "bathtub effect" of very shallow waters during low tide that make it such a favorite swimming location for families with young children.

Bathtub Reef is a fascinating reef system, created by tiny tube-building Sabellariid sea worms. It is not only an incredibly unique system, but also an extremely fragile one. The worms cement sand grains together, creating a vast network of tube dwellings. Colonies build on top of one another over time and create a reef system that helps break waves and reduce beach erosion. This habitat is used by more than 500 marine species including endangered sea turtles that forage on and around the reef.



 
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Apr 5, 2017NE MACARTHUR BOULEVARD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
Beginning Monday, April 10, 2017, Florida Power & Light will be replacing three power poles on NE MacArthur Boulevard. This work will necessitate
intermittent lane closures on NE MacArthur Boulevard between E Ocean Boulevard and SE South Marina Way between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. This work is anticipated to be complete by April 28, 2017.

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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Apr 5, 2017Shade structure coming soon to playground thanks to generous donation from Jensen Beach PTA
Thanks to a generous donation of $32,000 from the Jensen Beach Elementary PTA to the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Parks and Recreation Department, the playground at Jensen Beach Elementary is about to get a lot "cooler." The funds will be used to purchase a shade structure covering the Jensen Beach Elementary Playground, managed by the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department. This new addition will make the park more comfortable during the summer months, as well as provide needed sun protection year-round.

The funds were raised primarily through Jensen Beach Elementary PTA's Annual Run and its participation in the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Fundraising Affiliates Program. This program provides nonprofit organizations the opportunity to sell Waterpark tickets and receive a percentage of the proceeds from such sales.

The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Jensen Beach Elementary PTA are excited to see construction progress occur in the coming months.

Thanks again to the students, parents and supporters of Jensen Beach Elementary, for helping make Martin County's parks the best of the best! #LoveMCParks

Follow us on Facebook for more information and details about what's happening in your Martin County parks at https://www.facebook.com/MyMCParks. For more information about the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Fundraising Affiliates Program contact Nancy Johnson at njohnson@martin.fl.us. Interested in volunteering for our Parks Department? Contact Deanna at ddeakins@martin.fl.us.



 
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Apr 5, 2017SFWMD Python Hunters Eliminate 10 Snakes in 10 Days
Bounty program already helping to protect Everglades by eradicating deadly predators

In the first 10 days of the South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) Python Elimination Program, hunters have removed 10 Burmese pythons with a combined length of nearly 100 feet, saving hundreds of native animals in the process. SFWMD has paid nearly $2,000 in cash to the bounty hunters.

"For these hunters to have already eliminated 10 snakes is tremendous, given the fact that simply locating the elusive python is literally like finding a moving, camouflaged needle in a haystack," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "It's great to see that this Governing Board's action to challenge this invasive and destructive predator has yielded early results."
Hunter Patrick Campbell has captured the biggest snake to date with a 15-foot-10 inch python killed on April 2. This 135-pound kill netted the hunter $350. Hunters Nicholas Baños and Leonardo Sanchez found the second largest snake to date on April 1 at 15 feet 2 inches. This python netted the hunters $325.

Barry Oppenburger has been the most successful hunter so far, killing three snakes in the first week. He caught a 13-foot python, an 8-foot-2-inch python and a 6-foot-8-inch python for a total bounty of $550.
The 25 participants began hunting after the program orientation on March 25 and will continue hunting until June. Participants are paid $8.10 per hour up to eight hours daily. Depending on the size of the snake presented, there will be an additional on-the-spot per payment of $50 for pythons measuring up to 4 feet and an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. An additional $100 will be given for each eliminated python nest with eggs.


 
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Apr 5, 2017SOLAR ENERGY JOB FAIR OFFERS CAREER AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
A new training program launched by Indian River State College, Florida Power & Light Company, Veterans Florida and other partners offers the opportunity to prepare for a job in the solar industry after five weeks of intensive training. A Job Fair focusing on solar careers and the new program will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the 35th Street side of the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.

Over the course of the next year, construction at new FPL solar facilities is expected to employ more than 1,500 people. The bulk of the hiring at each site will be conducted by Overland Contracting, Inc. and Blattner Energy, two of the nation’s premier providers of renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction services.

To prepare a pipeline of skilled solar energy workers, IRSC and FPL are collaborating to create a customized version of Manufacturing Skills Standard Training beginning May 1. The program will cover OSHA training and certification, measurement, solar and thermal energy, maintenance, process management, quality control, safety awareness, blue print and schematics, and hands-on experience in solar panel assembly. Students who pass all four exams will earn the “MSSC/CPT “Certified Production Technician” credential.

Program cost is $2,000. Applicants may quality for financial assistance through CareerSource Research Coast. Veterans are encouraged to visit VeteransFlorida.org to find out about federal educational assistance that may help cover the cost of course fees.

“FPL and IRSC have been collaborating since 2006 to implement a highly-successful Electrical Power Technology degree program preparing graduates for excellent jobs,” said Dr. Kevin Cooper, Dean of Advanced Technology at IRSC. “The solar offerings we are now creating will offer the chance to learn about an evolving, growing field, and that’s important for the future of our economy.”

To register or for more information, contact the Corporate and Community Training Institute at IRSC at 772-462-7630 or cctiinfo@irsc.edu.



 
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Apr 5, 2017LeadingAge Florida, FLiCRA, & Nursing Home Advocates Urge Caution with Proposed PPS Plan
LeadingAge Florida and Florida Life Care Residents Association (FLiCRA) were joined by advocates of nursing homes from around the state today at a press conference to voice concern over a prospective payment system (PPS) plan that is being considered by the Florida Senate.

“LeadingAge Florida is focused on the delivery of high-quality nursing home care and we oppose the proposed PPS plan, as it will have a negative impact on the nursing homes in our state that are providing the highest-quality care to Florida seniors,” said Steve Bahmer, president & CEO of LeadingAge Florida. “LeadingAge Florida supports the transition to a prospective payment system, but we simply can’t support this one. If it is approved, it will have the very real effect of four- and five-star nursing homes losing substantial amounts of money, while lower-performing facilities will see windfall gains – one to the tune of more than $15 million.”

“Additionally, it is important to point out that the vast majority of the increase contemplated in this budget recommendation goes to facility and property improvements, not toward the care of our state’s seniors,” continued Bahmer. “For these reasons, I am joined here today by representatives from some of Florida’s best nursing homes, as well as residents and FLiCRA, and, together, we respectfully call on lawmakers to send this proposed plan back to the drawing board, in order for all groups to come to an equitable, fair solution that doesn’t punish the highest-quality nursing homes in the state.”

LeadingAge Florida, FLiCRA, and nursing home advocates oppose the PPS model that was included in the budget recommendation adopted by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and will be taken up by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, as it would negatively affect high-quality nursing homes by shifting resources from high-quality nursing home communities to primarily lower-quality facilities.

“On average, our facility has a Medicaid census of close to 70 percent, which translates into 172 seniors, and under the proposed PPS system, we would lose $1.7 million – $200,000 more than we would have lost under the shelved Navigant plan; this is a cost we simply cannot afford and one that would be devastating to our core mission of caring for the sick and dying,” said Kip Corriveau, director of Mission at Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System. “I ask lawmakers prioritize quality care for our state’s most vulnerable and fragile seniors, whose families have entrusted their care to us, by deferring the proposed PPS system until a fair solution that truly cares for seniors can be reached.”

The proposed PPS plan would make funding cuts to 152 four- and five-star nursing homes, while 97 one- and two-star nursing home facilities would receive additional funding.

“Menorah Manor is a mission-driven, charitable, nonprofit, faith-based organization that strives to provide the highest standards of care, and our doors are open to everyone – regardless of ability to pay, which means our Medicaid census on average is roughly 65 percent,” said Rob Goldstein, CEO of Menorah Manor. “Yet, under the PPS plan included in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services budget recommendations, our facility, along with other high-quality providers, would lose significant funding if the legislature cannot guarantee new funding for Medicaid reimbursement for the next three years. Moreover, this proposed PPS plan lacks any requirement that providers who receive new money under the plan have to spend it on care, programs or services. I respectfully ask, on behalf of the residents we are committed to caring for, the legislature rejects this plan.”

“As a resident of Westminster Woods, a continuing care retirement community in Julington Creek, Fla., and an executive committee officer with FLiCRA, I stand in opposition to the current proposed PPS plan,” said Ramsey Geyer, Westminster Woods resident, FLiCRA executive committee member. “This plan, as currently constructed, will almost certainly result in a Medicaid funding shortfall, which puts continuing care retirement community residents at risk, including those residents who are Medicaid recipients. I ask the legislature to consider alternative solutions that would provide fair funding across the board and not shift costs burdens on the backs of high-quality nursing home providers, and thus the residents they serve.”


 
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Apr 4, 2017Florida Chamber-Backed Biz Rent Tax Bill Clears First Committee
The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Senate Community Affairs Committee for passing SB 484, sponsored by Sen. Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange) and co-sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville), a bill that would save Florida businesses more than $300 million each year.

Florida is the only state in the country that charges the business rent tax, putting Florida at a competitive disadvantage to other states, especially neighboring states, when attracting new businesses. SB 484 begins the process of reducing the business rent tax by reducing the state sales tax on these rentals by 1 percent.

The following lawmakers voted today to reduce the Florida-only business rent tax:

• Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon)
• Sen. Aaron Bean (R- Jacksonville)
• Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)
• Sen. Daphne Campbell (D-North Miami Beach)
• Sen. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville)
• Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs)


 
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Apr 3, 2017Florida Chamber Weekly Legislative Update

The fourth week of the 2017 Legislative Session is in the history books, and 20 scored bills on the Florida Chamber's 2017 Competitiveness Agenda - #MakeFLMoreCompetitive - saw legislative action.

Florida's already broken legal climate took another step backwards this week when the Republican-led Senate Rules Committee passed the trial lawyer associations' number one priority - an anti-business pre-judgment interest bill. Despite a more watered down version of the bill, this measure will worsen Florida's bottom 10 legal climate and further drive up the cost of personal injury lawsuits that force businesses to sue-and-settle. Click here to learn how pre-judgment interest will harm businesses.


Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) was the only member of the Senate Rules Committee that voted this week in support of Florida's business community and against the trial lawyer-backed SB 334. Click here to thank Sen. Jack Latvala.

The Florida House and Senate unveiled their proposed budgets, and the Florida House is recommending slashing VISIT FLORIDA's budget by $50 million - a move that would cut two-thirds of the funding for Florida's tourism marketing. Additionally, the House budget essentially defunds economic development initiatives - building on the Florida House's ongoing effort to eliminate two dozen of Florida's proven economic development programs.

In support of business, lawmakers this week took action on several measures that will help improve education opportunities and close Florida's talent gap, and a Florida House committee voted to protect Florida's family-friendly brand from the expansion of gambling. But across the hall from the House, the full Florida Senate voted 32-6 to massively expand gambling - a "no-biz" position that will harm Florida's brand and make our state less competitive.

Also this week, more than 400 Floridians attended the first public hearing of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) in Orlando on Wednesday evening - debunking "activists'" claims the CRC was "discouraging the public from participating."

"It's a little early to call it a failure before the Commission even holds its first substantive meeting," said Christopher S. Emmanuel, the Florida Chamber's point person for the CRC. "The Constitution Revision Commission is a year and a half long process that will have public meetings in each region and every corner of the state."

Thus far in the 60-day legislative process:
• 921 bills have been filed in the Senate, and 34 have passed.
• 2063 bills have been filed in the House, and 64 have passed.
• 10 bills (7 bills and 3 resolutions) have passed out of both chambers.

With Florida's economic future under attack at the Florida Capitol, one thing remains clear - people matter and jobs matter.

JOIN THE FIGHT: If you believe in business, support us. When we win, you win. When you win, Florida wins. Contact Greg Blose at gblose@flchamber.com to learn how you can get involved.

Below is a review of legislative activity from Week 4 of the 2017 Legislative Session.



 
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Apr 3, 2017Printing Concealed Weapon Permit Renewals
Printing Concealed Weapon Permit Renewals
SOON!
Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, proudly announces that the tax collector’s office will soon have the ability to print your concealed weapon renewal permit. You will be in and out in about 10 minutes with the actual permit card in your hand!
We place a high value on public service by providing our constituents with a better, more efficient, convenient, easier, and speedier service.
You may book an appointment:
By phone: 288-5600
By e-mail: CWP@mctc.martin.fl.us
Online: http://taxcol.martin.fl.us
Walk-ins are fit in between appointments
We are strongly committed to finding the best ways to serve the public!
PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FIRST TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE AVAILABLE


 
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Apr 3, 2017PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTY FIRE RESCUE & LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ESCORT AND SALUTE VETERANS OF APRIL 8th HONOR FLIGHT
At a time when most of us are normally sleeping, on Saturday, April 8th, 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 veteran recipients on board, it will have a most touching effect. It begins a day or honor for these veterans flying to Washington, DC on their Honor Flight.

From the southern rally point in Palm Beach County, the tribute begins at Linton Boulevard and Military Trail in Delray Beach at 3:45 a.m. These veterans will not only receive a 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 massive display of respect.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight is proud to have the support of Honor Flight volunteer Samuel Eaton, also a Battalion Chief for Fire Rescue, who has coordinated the tribute efforts. “Having been on eleven Honor Flights, I have seen how these men and women get very emotional at the outpouring of support and long due appreciation for their willingness to risk all 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 we willfully 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 4:00am, veterans board a bus at the Martin County Administration Building 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 medical expertise and time to care for the aging warriors.

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 first of four regularly scheduled trips to Washington, DC per year for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL.

These Greatest Generation & 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 April 8th.

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 will be May 20th, 2017.


 
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Apr 3, 2017Treasure Coast SCORE Client Engagement Results
The National SCORE Office in Herndon VA recently released the results of their FY2016 Client Engagement Survey in which they asked questions of almost 163,000 clients who had used SCORE face-to-face mentoring services in the Fiscal Year Ended 9/30/2016 with a response rate of 11%.
Analysis of responses by more than 18,000 clients resulted in the Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE placing in the Top 25 of all SCORE Chapters in the country and specifically placed 22nd out of over 300 SCORE Chapters.
With a score of 4.32 Treasure Coast SCORE exceeded the national average of 4.09 as well as leads the results of SCORE District 455 which includes five SCORE chapters from Indian River County down to the Florida Keys.
As part of this annual survey, conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers, their analysis indicates that the Treasure Coast SCORE chapter is credited by their clients with helping start 221 new businesses and create 307 jobs in FY2016. Over the two years that this analysis has been conducted, the total number of new businesses started was 454 with 603 new jobs created.
Our 36 local SCORE mentors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, promotional products, management recruiting, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, specialty retailing, acquisitions, turnarounds, divestitures, business valuations and non-profits.
SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, White City, Sebastian, and Vero Beach. In the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, Treasure Coast SCORE served 827 unique clients in face-to-face and eMail mentoring sessions, and held 117 workshops with 1,688 attendees. Total services for the year were 4,220.
SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business mentoring with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration, and the Small Business Development Center at IRSC and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.
Phone the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor.
The website www.treasurecoast.score.org can be used to make an appointment at any of our seven (7) locations for face-to-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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Apr 3, 2017A.C.T. CELEBRATES TC'S GAY PRIDE MONTH WITH CHAD BEGUELIN'S COMEDY "HARBOR"
Celebrating family diversity in the new millennium, A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin’s comedy “Harbor.” Contemplation over prospective parenthood inspired Mr. Beguelin to create this 2013 Off-Broadway play about two attractive, newly-married preppy men living in the affluent Long Island Hamptons. When extended family drops in on the couple's beautiful Sag Harbor home, the bonds between kith and kin are tested in this incisive, touching comedy about the shifting nature of family.

Mr. Beguelin writes, “ . . . While the characters and situations in the play are fictional, the issues that sparked the play are very real to me. I knew I wanted the play to be as honest and raw as possible. Oh, and funny. That, too.” Director Stuart Mohr adds, "One of the things that attracted me to this play is the shifting definition of ‘family’. The gay community has made such strides in the last decade, but what does it mean to be a family? . . . The play is timely, funny and touching, and shows that--no matter how different we may appear on the outside--we are all the same inside."

Starring Joe Pierson, Tyler Sloan, Megan Pollak and Stevie Fondacaro, “Harbor” will be presented at A.C.T. Studio Theatre on April 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880. Group sales and student pricing are available by calling the box office.

LOCATION: A.C.T. Studio Theatre

Comedy "Harbor" by Chad Beguelin

Show dates are April 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

Reserved seating $25.

Tickets and information: actstudiotheatre.com and 772-932-8880.

A.C.T. Studio Theatre
Cedar Pointe Plaza
2399 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart


 
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Mar 31, 2017Carnival at The Cabana Jensen Beach Dunes on April 22nd
Bounce House, Slide, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Carnival Foods & Games

Music, Fun & so much more!!!

Family and Fun for Everyone

Join us for a celebration here on
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10am to 2pm
1537 NE Cedar St
Jensen Beach, FL
772-332-1000
www.JensenDunes.com


 
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Mar 30, 2017Florida House Passes Bill Cracking Down on Assignment of Benefits Consumer Abuses


The Florida House of Representatives today passed a bill cracking down on Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse against consumers – a Florida Chamber of Commerce top priority.

House Bill 1421, sponsored by Rep. James “J.W.” Grant, includes consumer protections that would curb abusive AOB practices that are driving up the cost of insurance and threatening the affordability of home ownership for many Floridians.

“The House’s action is a big step toward ending costly AOB abuse and protecting Florida’s homeowners and businesses,’’ said Edie Ousley, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, we urge the Senate to recognize the impact that AOB abuse is having on consumers’ wallets and approve the House bill before another year passes without protections for Florida families.’’

WHY IT MATTERS:
Florida insurance regulators and Citizens Property Insurance Corp. have provided legislators clear evidence of the growing problem of AOB abuse, its impact in driving up costs for consumers, and the dramatically rising number of AOB lawsuits. Without reforms, homeowners – especially those in the tri-county area of South Florida – can expect to see their homeowners’ insurance premiums increase by thousands of dollars over the next five years.

HB 1421 contains commonsense provisions to protect consumers against unscrupulous repair vendors who, working in cahoots with litigious trial attorneys, pressure homeowners into signing over their insurance policies, and then inflate the cost and scope of repair work and file lawsuits against insurers that refuse to pay. While the legislation does not eliminate one-way attorney fees, which are the single biggest factor driving the explosion of AOB lawsuits, it does provide some restrictions on their use aimed at reducing incentives for third parties to sue insurers over inflated claims.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Florida Chamber and its Consumer Protection Coalition are actively advocating to stop AOB fraud and abuse. Add your name to the nearly 2,000 homeowners that have signed a petition encouraging lawmakers to pass meaningful consumer protections.



 
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Mar 30, 2017Florida Chamber of Commerce Applauds Florida House for Passing Targeted Tax Reform


Tax Reform Package Will Reduce Florida-Only Business Rent Tax

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today applauds the Florida House of Representatives for taking a major step toward addressing much-needed targeted tax reforms by passing HB 7109, sponsored by the House Ways and Means Committee and Representative Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton).

The reduction of the Florida-only business rent tax, along with a greater investment on research and development and sales tax holidays will provide meaningful relief to Florida businesses and families. The Florida Chamber commends Chairman Boyd and House leadership for their effort.

This Florida Chamber-backed bill:

• Reduces the cost to lease business space, allowing businesses to reinvest money saved in additional employees, employee benefits or in additional capital,
• Encourages research and development (R&D) in Florida, spurring innovation, growth and high-wage jobs, and
• Provides tax relief for Florida families and makes Florida more competitive.

The Florida Chamber supports a competitive and equitable tax system. Florida is the only state in the country that charges the business rent tax, putting Florida at a competitive disadvantage to other states, especially neighboring states, when attracting new businesses. HB 7109 reduces the business rent tax by 1.5 percent for two years, and permanently reduces the tax by 0.5 percent. Additionally, the bill increases the amount of tax credits available for qualified research and development by $11 million. This will support increased innovation and high wage jobs in our state. Finally, the bill provides savings for Florida families by offering sales tax holidays for school supplies and disaster preparedness.

HB 7109 now travels to the Florida Senate for legislative action. The Florida Chamber looks forward to working with the members of the Senate to enact targeted tax reform legislation that supports jobs for Florida’s families and strengthens our state’s economic competitiveness.

Take Action Now
You can help these targeted tax reforms continue to make progress by doing the following:
1. Call your Senator today and urge them to reduce the Florida-only business rent tax, and
2. Add your name to the list of supporters by signing the Business Rent Tax Coalition's petition today at www.CutMyBizRent.tax.



 
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Mar 30, 2017Thrivent Action Team announces results from L.A.H.I.A.


Stuart, FL April 2017) – A Thrivent Action Team in Stuart hosted a meal preparation and clothing delivery event.

The event took place on Tuesday, April 25 at 10am.

A Thrivent member and her team went to a local 501c3 agency whose mission is to reach the hungry, homeless and hurting through their ministry which provides the basic human needs to all those come through their doors with food that they had purchased and prepared a meal. They then served the meal and then cleaned- up. They also brought clothing and monetary donations for the organization.
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This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

“It felt so good to give back to an organization that does so much for needy people in our community”, said Jennifer Ferrari, a member of Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

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

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


 
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Mar 30, 2017Nominations being accepted for 2017 mARTies

By Jackie Holfelder

STUART - Nominations are being accepted through June 1 for the 2017 mARTies Awards, presented by the Arts Council of Martin County. Awards will be presented at St. Mary’s Pittenger Center on October 17.
Nominations are in six categories: Outstanding Literary Artist, Outstanding Visual Artist, Outstanding Performing Artist, Outstanding Student Literary Artist, Outstanding Student Visual Artist and Outstanding Student Performing Artist. Students must be due to begin their senior year of high school in August 2017. All nominees must be Martin County residents.
If you know an adult or student who deserves to be nominated, please download the nomination form at MartinArts.org or contact the Arts Council (772-287-6676). Nominating is easy and requires only basic contact information and a 150-word paragraph about your nominee. Student recipients of the mARTies Award also receive a $500 scholarship.
“Each nominee is reviewed by our judges for artistic quality as well as for their civic engagement and will be honored during the evening’s festivities. All student nominees are invited to perform or display their art making the evening of the mARTies an entertainment-filled, magical night, not to be missed!” stated Nancy Turrell, executive director.
Opportunities to help us celebrate the mARTies are available for sponsors and volunteers. Please contact the Arts Council of Martin County if you are interested in being a part of the event. Tickets will go on sale in September.
Since 2003, the mARTies have been the premier celebration of the arts – performing and visual, and the people who help make them alive in our community. It takes a mix of artists, philanthropists, volunteers and leaders to weaving together giving the community a more vibrant, rich and colorful texture. The mARTies are a signature event of the Arts Council of Martin County honoring outstanding artistic, voluntary and philanthropic achievement in Martin County which inspire a passion for and participation in the arts in our community. Funds raised at the mARTies support the on-going efforts of the Arts Council of Martin County to promote and support the vibrant arts community in Martin County.

The Arts Council of Martin County is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and inspires participation and a passion for the arts in our community. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.

The Arts Council is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment of the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.
A list of past recipients and photos of past events and recipients is available on request.


 
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Mar 30, 2017Florida Chamber's Voice of Reason: Negative Signals from Florida Legislature Contribute to Slump in Job Numbers

Negative Signals From Florida Legislature Contribute to Slump in Job Numbers

Headlines across Florida are highlighting the strong private-sector jobs created in January. It's true, January was a banner month for jobs with 51,000 new jobs added in Florida. Unfortunately, that's where the good news turns to concern. That's because brand new U.S. labor statistics show Florida created fewer jobs in 2016 than in 2015 - 60,800 private sector jobs fewer to be precise. And, if Florida leaders aren't careful, this may be just the beginning of a downward trend.

For more than a year, some in the Florida Legislature have been sending negative signals to businesses that Florida isn't as interested in growing jobs and businesses as it once was. And just a few weeks ago, 87 members of the Florida House voted to eliminate two dozen of Florida's targeted and proven economic development programs.

Florida has advantages, however, we also have a major lawsuit abuse problem, we're the only state that taxes small business rent, and our unfunded pensions cost eight times what we invest in economic development. The point is that until Florida's Republican led legislature puts jobs and families first, now is the worst possible time to send signals that our legislature doesn't care about Florida's competitiveness. Taking economic development strategies that work off the table is short sighted and, without question, damages Florida's ability to continue to lead the nation in job creation, particularly for small businesses who create most of the new jobs.
If Florida could compete on its sunshine-soaked beaches and current lack of personal income tax alone, our state would forever win. But the fact is, our competitors aren't giving up these important economic development tools anytime soon. Our legislature should be making Florida more competitive, not eliminating job creation tools.

So while some in the legislature have turned their back on job creation, and are signaling to the rest of the nation that we're not interested in their high-wage jobs, the Florida Chamber of Commerce isn't giving up. We'll keep fighting for jobs that support our families and Florida's economy.

Before any serious discussion about taking economic development tools off the table, we should first make Florida more competitive by ending lawsuit abuse, stopping the Florida-only tax on rent for small businesses, ending unfunded liabilities on our pension system and more.


 
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Mar 30, 2017Rail safety expert warns risk of deadly railroad accidents will rise dramatically on the Treasure Coast with operation of high-speed passenger trains
As part of its continued fight to protect residents from the negative impacts of rail expansion, Martin County has released a report by national rail safety expert George Gavalla that includes concerning facts about the significant safety challenges and cost burdens facing Treasure Coast counties presented by the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project that would operate on the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) tracks.

Some of the key points in Gavalla's report:
• There are unique safety risk factors related to AAF running on FEC tracks. Gavalla notes that the FEC has more at grade crossings per mile than any other major railway in the country, and because the rail line traverses densely populated areas, the FEC has a grade crossing accident rate that is more than double the national average.
• The FEC rail line is among the deadliest in the nation. Gavalla's findings show the current FEC rail line is among the deadliest in the U.S., with one of the highest crossing accident fatality rates in the country.
• The FEC grade crossing accident rate is more than double the national average, with a fatality rate that is 4.0 times the national rate. Equally disturbing, the fatality rate for pedestrians along the railroad right-of-way is seven and one-half times worse than the national average. These numbers are based on data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
• The risk of deadly accidents will increase greatly if AAF becomes operational. No other passenger rail system in the U.S. combines fast-moving passenger trains (110 mph) and freight trains (70 mph) on the same rail line, running through densely populated urban and coastal recreation areas with such a high concentration of tourists and seasonal visitors. The number of trains and the speed of the trains are major factors in railroad crossing and pedestrian accidents. Train speeds will nearly triple (from an average of 32 mph to 110 mph) and the number of trains travelling through the Treasure Coast (both passenger and freight) is projected to quintuple should AAF become operational through the Treasure Coast.
• There is an increased risk of catastrophic accidents and deadly derailments on crowded passenger and freight train rail lines due to "secondary" collisions. Because AAF proposes to run both passenger and freight on FEC tracks, a passenger train could derail at high speeds and collide with a freight train or with another passenger train standing or moving on an adjacent track in what is known as a "secondary collision."
Martin County has repeatedly asked AAF to address track and crossing safety measures, such as sealed corridor improvements, re-grading of intersections, and various pedestrian crossing improvements, as well as the inclusion of advanced technologies such as positive train control, vehicle presence detection, and remote health monitoring systems.

In most states, local governments are typically only responsible for maintaining roadway and signage outside of the railroad tracks; they are not responsible for costs related to maintenance and rehabilitation of the tracks or crossing signals themselves. But AAF's passenger rail project creates an unfunded mandate for Martin County taxpayers. This is a fundamentally unfair burden to place on taxpayers, and AAF has not indicated it is willing to pay for the costs associated with maintaining those safety improvement measures.

The proposed Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act addresses Florida's current lack of any law or regulation governing high-speed rail safety and its increasing but unfunded maintenance costs. Without the legislation, Martin County's costs alone would rise dramatically for the upgrades and improvements necessary for the proposed the AAF project, potentially reaching $13.5 million in 2030 and exceeding $31 million by 2040. Martin County supports the legislation, which will enhance public safety at railroad crossings and alleviate the financial burden put on local governments to upgrade and maintain the crossings for these projects.

Martin County will continue its work to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public as it relates to the All Aboard Florida project. For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, visit http://www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the county's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.



 
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Mar 30, 2017Spring Forward for Hunger
There's still time to purchase your tickets for Treasure Coast Food Bank's

2nd Annual
Spring Forward for Hunger
A unique farm-to-table brunch celebrating Florida's Spring Harvest

Join us on April 2nd for a delicious buffet brunch and refreshing
mimosas and sangria all while enjoying the charm and comfort of
Martin County's first urban farm.

Enjoy cran-apple crunch salad, strawberry brie stuffed French toast, an
omelet and biscuit bar, smoked salmon eggs benedict, rosemary
and thyme roasted New York Strip, blackened shrimp and asparagus penne alfredo, and more!

A wonderful selection of raffle items will also be available!

TICKETS: Sunday, April 2, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

Ground Floor Farm
100 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Stuart, FL 34994

$55 per person

100% of the proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank


SPECIAL THANKS

Anonymous

Chef Mark Muller
Ellie's Downtown Deli & Catering

Ground Floor Farm

Martin Health System

Sal & Sharon Saraniti

John & Joyce Slavsky

The Gordana Uscumlic Foundation

Committee Members
Carolyn Benninger, Cathy Cook, Melanie Edwards,
Micah Hartman, and Kim Waser-Nash

For more information, please visit stophunger.org/SFFH17 or call
Wendie Berardi at 772.446.1796


 
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Mar 30, 2017buffalo wild wings community day event!
WE WANT YOU!
To be apart of the buffalo wild wings community day event!
Buffalo wild wings is happy to once again announce its community day event on April 19th
This event supports or local boys and girls club of America and helps to raise awareness and funding to keep kids in our community active! Our mission during this event is to bring local business and kids together helping them fund their futures and give them the tools they need to succeed! The team at buffalo wild wings Jensen beach is asking for any donation! We are looking for kids prizes- door prizes - raffle prizes and silent auction items!
This items can be anything from candy and small toys as prizes for kids during our event. When they play games and participate in an action packed sports themed event we would like to hand out a prize!
Door prizes and raffle prizes can be labeled merchandise from your business, cups, shirts, hats etc. We not only want the kids to benefit but also give an opportunity for your support to be recognized. We can stream banners on our tv’s or hang your banners during our event showing your support for the boys and girls club!
Silent auction items we are looking for could be tickets to a sporting event or concert, autographed items ,sports memorabilia ,certificates for sports lessons ,specialty items , gift baskets , group activities etc.
Any help or donations are greatly appreciated and are for the kids of saint lucie county boys and girls club. ALL proceeds will be given straight to the club along with buffalo wild wings contributing 10% of our daily sales back to the club! We would also like to give the opportunity to all contributing companies and sponsors to be acknowledged at our event and hand out items or hang banners, or set up tents!
Please contact your buffalo wild wings representative Zachary Hansman for any details or questions at 523@buffalowildwings.com or call 772-692-0465


 
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Mar 30, 2017MYCLINIC AND C. L. BRUMBACK CLINICS CELEBRATE CO-LOCATION WITH A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY
MyClinic, the free medical clinic in Jupiter, announced that it has
moved to its new permanent location at 411 W. Indiantown Road in Jupiter. The 5,000 square feet
facility houses MyClinic who provides services for free primary care and behavioral health for
community members who are uninsured and have limited financial resources. The C. L. Brumback
Primary Care Clinics, operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, are co-located in the
facility as well. The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics began providing comprehensive health care
services to adults and children in June of 2013 through a grant awarded to the Health Care District of
Palm Beach County by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA.) The
District manages and operates the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics as Federally Qualified Health
Centers. Both entities will provide services to their patients at this location.
“Because there are few providers in our area that offer comprehensive outpatient primary care for
patients with limited financial resources and basic insurance or Medicaid, co-locating MyClinic and the
C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics is a great way to ensure our community gets the healthcare
services they deserve, regardless of ability to pay, in a unique setting,” said Dr. Ronald Surowitz,
Chairman of the Board of MyClinic. “This will broaden the healthcare safety net for our neighbors in
need in northern Palm Beach County and will be truly transformational. We are so pleased that these
two organizations are able to come together and create an environment of health and healing in one
convenient location.”
The ability for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County to provide high-quality, affordable
primary health care in northern Palm Beach County is a great achievement. “Our goal is that this clinic,
as well as all of our clinics, will help meet the need in underserved areas and become the medical home
for our patients,” said Christopher F. Irizarry, MPA, Vice President and Executive Director of Clinic
Services.
This is the first time a Brumback Clinic has opened in northern Palm Beach County, expanding the
Health Care District’s geographic reach and ability to serve more of the Palm Beach County community.
“We see the Brumback Clinics as the front door to the Health Care District’s safety net programs and
services,” said Darcy J. Davis, CEO of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.
To celebrate the new location, and the generous donors, funders and partners who helped make the
facility a reality, a ribbon cutting will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 10 a.m. Speakers include Town of
Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska, along with Dr. Alina Alonso, Director of the Florida Department of
Health in Palm Beach County, Darcy Davis, CEO, Health Care District of Palm Beach County, and John
Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. Jupiter Medical Center has generously provided
healthcare services to MyClinic patients, as well as administrative support since MyClinic opened in
temporary space in 2014.
About MyClinic
MyClinic is an independent, not for profit 501(c)3 free clinic that provides primary medical care,
behavioral health services and referrals for specialty care including urgent dental to people in our
community who are uninsured and have limited financial resources. MyClinic has been operating since
January 2014 and has become a Medical Home for over 1,800 Northern Palm Beach County residents in
need, providing over 6,500 visits.
About C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics
The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, owned and operated by the Health Care District of Palm
Beach County, provide medical and dental care for adult and pediatric patients with or without insurance
at sites in Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Lantana, and West Palm Beach (plus West
Boca Raton, opening in 2017). The Brumback Clinics also offer Women’s Health, Behavioral Health,
pharmacy services, laboratory services and more.
About the Health Care District:
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County provides primary medical care and dental services for
adults and children at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, health coverage programs for eligible
uninsured residents, a pharmacy operation, a nationally-recognized Trauma System, registered nurses in
nearly 170 public schools, short and long-term skilled nursing at the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation
and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach, and acute care at its hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, which is
accredited by The Joint Commission and serves the rural Glades’ communities.
The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics are supported by the Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant
number H80CS25684 for Health Center Cluster in the award amount of $6,537,613. Seventy-seven
percent of the total project is financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and
conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor
should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
The C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics were granted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming status
effective January 23, 2015.

 
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Mar 30, 2017Treasure Coast Hospice invites you to Camp Good Grief Media Day April 1

Grief can be a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, whether from a tragedy or an illness.
For children, grief can be particularly difficult. Nationally:
1 in 5 children will experience a death before they turn 18;
1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent before they turn 15.
When death is experienced by a child, they are at increased risk for negative physical, emotional, and behavioral manifestations. Eighty-five percent (85%) of children who experience a death of a parent exhibit symptoms such as sleep difficulties, anger outbursts, worry, depression, regressive behaviors, or other school-related issues.
The professional guidance provided by Treasure Coast Hospice grief counselors through its comprehensive support programs helps children and families find hope and healing after the loss of a loved one following a sudden tragedy or a long-term illness. One of our premiere programs to help children who have experienced loss is Camp Good Grief. Through a combination of outdoor fun and planned activities, certified grief counselors help children and teens identify feelings, develop coping skills and get to know other peers who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Camp Good Grief Media Day

Treasure Coast Hospice will host its annual Camp Good Grief March 31 - April 2, at Life for Youth Camp in Vero Beach. This year, 40 local children and teens ages 8 – 18 will attend the luau-themed weekend of connection, fun and friendship.

Campers will enjoy a morning full of events, including arts and crafts, music expression, and exploration with other campers and staff. Our Saturday morning begins with grief activities (3 different ones that include arts & crafts- a grief island created by each camper, a piece that will be attached to a finished product of a totem pole by each camper, and a coping scavenger hunt). These activities are completed between 9am and 12pm. Beginning at 1:30 the children then have free time to play on the waterslide, canoes, swim, go-karts, etc. It is an inspiring time for the campers as they begin to heal.

Saturday, April 1, 2016

Life for Youth Camp
1416 82nd Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32966
Vero Beach, Florida

9 a.m. – Grief Activities
1:30 p.m. – Fun Activities

We welcome you to experience this special program for children and teens in our community. To arrange photo and interview opportunities at Camp Good Grief, please contact:

Maryellen Murphy
Marketing Manager
(o) 772-403-4402
(m) 561-818-8885
mmurphy@tchospice.org

Ashley George
Marketing Coordinator
(o) 772-403-4508
ageorge@tchospice.org


 
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Mar 29, 2017Keeping You Informed: Florida Chamber's Small Business Council March Conference Call
The Florida Chamber's Small Business Council held its monthly conference call yesterday. Thank you to those of you who were able join us on the call. We appreciated the opportunity to keep small business leaders like you informed on issues impacting Florida's small business community.

During yesterday's call Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, provided an update on Florida's job growth for January and February. We also heard from Carolyn Johnson, Director of Business, Economic Development & Innovation Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Johnson discussed the latest news on prejudgement interest, workers' comp reform, as well as the Florida Chamber's fight to reduce the Florida-only business rent tax.

Small businesses are important to Florida's growing economy. Please mark your calendars for our next conference call on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. Do not miss this opportunity to join the discussion and make your voice heard. Details and registration information will be provided in the coming weeks.

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


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Mar 29, 2017Keeping You Informed: Florida Chamber's Board of Governors March Webinar
Thank you to those of you who were able join us yesterday for the Florida Chamber's Statewide Board of Governors monthly webinar. We appreciated the opportunity to keep business leaders like you informed on the challenges confronting Florida's business community.

Yesterday's webinar focused on the challenges Florida's tourism industry is currently facing and why it is important for business leaders like you to join the fight to ensure Florida's tourism industry continues to thrive. We were honored to be joined by VISIT FLORIDA's New President and CEO, Ken Lawson, who provided a passionate update on the latest changes that have taken place at VISIT FLORIDA and the path forward. During his presentation, Mr. Lawson pointed out that every $1 spent in tourism delivers a return-on-investment of $3.20.

We were also delighted to hear from William Talbert, CDME, Chair of VISIT FLORIDA's Board of Directors and President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau, who discussed the challenges the tourism industry is currently facing, the devastating impact a reduction in funding could have on the industry, as well as the reaction from other states such as California and Texas that compete with Florida for tourism market share.

We received an update on the most recent job numbers from Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation. From February 2016 to February 2017, Florida has created 248,800 jobs which are fairly balanced among five job categories with more than 35,000 created in each. For Florida to continue moving in the right direction, we must continue to diversify our economy. Dr. Parrish also shared insight into the state and local tax yield from visitors to our state, which includes $11.3 billion in state and local taxes ($6.0 billion state taxes and $5.3 billion local taxes).

During yesterday's webinar, I provided the webinar participants with insight on voters opinions about the current Legislative session, such as the fact that 73 percent of Florida voters support the State of Florida using tax dollars to promote tourists visiting Florida. I also provided an update on the Florida Chamber's recent Capitol Days event, which took place in Tallahassee last week, culminating with a reception at the Governor's Mansion hosted by Governor Rick Scott.

Florida's business community must continue to unite to ensure our state's economic future is bright. Please mark your calendars for our next Board of Governors webinar on April 24 at 2:00 p.m. Details and registration information will be provided in the coming weeks.


 
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Mar 29, 2017Birth Certificates NOW being issued at the Indiantown branch of the Tax Collector’s Office
Martin County Tax Collector, Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, is proud to announce the Tax Collector Office’s recent partnership with the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics that will allow Florida-born citizens to acquire a certified copy of their birth certificate at the Tax Collector’s office.
“This partnership adds another level of convenience for our taxpayers and since a birth certificate is one of the items needed to obtain a driver license or identification card, the partnership makes our DL/ID issuance process easier and faster. If a Florida-born citizen does not have a birth certificate, we will have the ability to issue them one on the spot and not have to send them away to get one,” commented Ruth Pietruszewski. “A win-win for everyone. Implementation of this partnership will substantially improve our service to the public.”
We have just begun this new service at the Indiantown Branch office, 16550 Warfield Blvd., Indiantown, FL 34956

(Also available at our Palm City Branch, 3001 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City, FL 34990)


 
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Mar 29, 2017Library celebrates National Library Week April 9-15
STUART, FL - Martin County Library System (MCLS) will participate in National Library Week from April 9 through April 15 by joining libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.

MCLS is promoting community engagement by inviting users to visit the Library and "share their love" via social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, as well as encouraging patrons to visit www.ilovelibraries.org and follow #ilovelibraries (an initiative of the American Library Association), to reinforce the significance of library advocacy. In addition, the launch of our Annual Satisfaction Survey will coincide with National Library Week.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, call 772-221-1403 or visit
www.library.martin.fl.us


 
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Mar 29, 2017Few tickets remain for Second Annual Spring Forward for Hunger
A handful of tickets are still available for the second annual Spring Forward for Hunger brunch taking place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Ground Floor Farm. The farm-to-table brunch that celebrates Florida’s harvest truly is a community effort with donations of food and other support from numerous local individuals and companies.
“We’re excited to present a menu created this year by Chef Mark Muller of Ellie’s Downtown Deli and Catering, who is donating his time and talent, and we’re extremely grateful to our sponsors who have donated the food and other products to make the event a success,” Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judith Cruz said.
Cheney Brothers, Robert Erneston Produce, New England Wholesale, W. Atlee Burpee & Company, Fresh Shrimp USA, Costco, Tropicana, and Stuart Coffee all have provided food that Chef Muller will use to create the delicious buffet brunch.
Guests can enjoy complementary refreshing mimosas and sangria while sampling from the menu selections. Menu highlights include Muller’s renowned cran-apple crunch salad, strawberry brie stuffed French toast, eggs benedict, rosemary and thyme roasted New York strip, blackened shrimp and asparagus penne alfredo, and an omelet and biscuit bar.
Other event supporters include Treasure Coast Legal, which provided advertising, and sponsors Sal and Sharon Saraniti, John and Joyce Slavsky, Ground Floor Farm, Martin Health Systems, and the Gordana Uscumlic Foundation.
The brunch includes self-guided tours of the farm, raffle prizes, and the opportunity to purchase handmade ceramic bowls from the 2017 Empty Bowls project. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at stophunger.org/events. All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank.


 
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Mar 28, 2017Spring Fling River Paddle III 2017


Club Scrub PO Box 2263 Jupiter FL 33458


I work with Club Scrub, a non-profit organization that is promoting paddling events in Hobe Sound/ Jupiter, FL.

Club Scrub is a Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park - a 501(c)(3) Organization. Club Scrub builds and maintains 10 miles of Mountain Biking Trails in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Our club’s main mission is to promote outdoor activities. We have over 2500 outdoor enthusiastic members.

We hosted our first 2 river paddle events last summer, both were a huge success.
Our last one in August had over 300 paddlers and 50 support staff paddling from Jupiter to Hobe Sound. There was a lot of community buzz about this event as it was the largest paddle event ever hosted in our area.

We will be hosting Club Scrub Spring Fling River Paddle III on Saturday, April 22. We will launch from JD Park and paddle to a refreshment stop along the way on to the Jupiter Sandbar where will have a party with lunch & drinks for a few hours, then paddle back to JD Park.

This event will draw over 450 paddlers and will be a one of a kind and potential historic paddle event celebrating the splendors of The Loxahatchee River and Jupiter.

See details below for publication.

Club Scrub Spring Fling River Paddle III &
Jupiter Sandbar Party !
Saturday, April 22 9 am
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Swim Beach River Area 16450 SE Federal Hwy Hobe Sound
Register at Clubscrub.org
Limited Entries Register Today!

Join us for the Spring Fling River Paddle & Jupiter Sandbar Party, Saturday April 22, 2017
This is the biggest paddle event ever held on the Treasure Coast. Our last paddle in August had over 300 paddlers paddling along the Loxahatchee River from Hobe Sound to Jupiter & back.

Grab your Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes!! (Discounted Rentals available - local outfitters listed on registration page.) Reserve Today! Outfitters sold out quickly!
Start at Jonathan Dickinson State Park River Area and Paddle with the current down the NW Fork of the Loxahatchee River to the Jupiter Sandbar (approx. 5-miles) & back.

Visit our floating Refreshment Stops with drinks and snacks to refuel along the way.
We will stop at the Jupiter sandbar for our “Paddle Party” with lunch & beer!
Paddle back “with the current” to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

See manatees, fish, birds & other wildlife as we explore mangrove islands & estuaries along the way.

Paddles up at 9-9:15 am!

Registration Fee Club Scrub Members $35 thru 4/8; $40 after
Non-Members $40 thru 4/8; $45 after

It includes your park entry, a “Rocking Sandbar Party" with Lunch & a Beer at the Jupiter sandbar, along with floating refreshment stops, and paddle support (boats and guides). Non-Paddling Kids under 8 $12

Don't Paddle? But want to join us. We have added a Pontoon Ride,
that will tour with us & take you out to the sandbar party & back to JD. Cost for pontoon ride is $ 50 per person. We need a min. of 20, if not we will refund you fee.

Buy an unlimited beer wristband in Advance for $10; or Day of Event $15

For videos and photos of our last year’s events go to clubscrub.org. River Paddle II Video

If you have any questions. Please feel free to contact me
Event coordinator Juliana Catalfumo julianac@clubscrub.org 561-313-7250

Club Scrub is A Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
a 501(c)(3) Organization






 
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Mar 28, 2017WEICHERT(r) Affiliated Offices in the Stuart Area Welcome New Team Members
WEICHERT(r) affiliated offices in the Stuart area have recently added the following individuals to their team.

* Betty Brill joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in Stuart.
Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-212-2660 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Jacqueline K. Bruno joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in Stuart. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-212-2660 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

Each Weichert(r) franchised office is an independently owned and operated affiliate of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert, Realtors, launched the company's franchise division in 2001. The affiliate division was created to offer a business model for franchisee ownership candidates described as "a clearly defined operating system for marketing and managing a real estate business."
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. announced its first affiliate in 2002, was ranked as one the top traditional residential real estate franchises in Entrepreneur's 2017 Franchise 500 and is identified in 2017 by Franchise Business Review as one the top U.S. franchises. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has offices serving over 300 markets in 39 states.
For more information about Weichert, visit Weichert.com or for information on franchise opportunities visit WeichertFranchise.com.

Each WEICHERT(r) franchised office is independently owned and operated.



 
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Mar 28, 2017Public invited to attend April meetings on Savannas Regional Restoration Project
The public is invited to attend meeting to learn about the Savannas Regional Restoration Project and to assist Martin County in identifying and prioritizing areas of localized flooding, water quality issues and habitat restoration issues in and around the larger 22,000 acre watershed of the Savannas Preserve State Park in St. Lucie and Martin counties. Martin County is developing a hydrological model of the watershed in order for municipal, county and other stakeholders to adequately understand how the system currently operates and where opportunities are available for optimized water operations, restoration needs, water quality improvements and flood level of service projects. A presentation of the project goals and objectives will be provided. Discussion will follow along with maps of the watershed for the public to assist the County in identifying areas of opportunities, problems and improvements.

Meeting details are as follows:

Martin County Public Meeting:
Savannas Regional Restoration Project - Maps on the Table Meeting
April 12, 2017
5:00-7:00 pm
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

St. Lucie County Public Meeting:
Savannas Regional Restoration Project - Maps on the Table Meeting
April 17, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm
Port St. Lucie Community Center
2195 S.E. Airoso Boulevard, Port St. Lucie

The Savannas Regional Restoration Project is a phased project focused on alleviating community flooding, optimizing water management operations, improving natural habitats and improving water quality in the Savannas and the associated Indian River Lagoon watershed. Phase I of the project is the Water Management and Natural Systems Evaluation. The Savannas Preserve State Park and associated watershed encompasses 6,800+ acres that extends from Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County to Jensen Beach in Martin County.

The system has three major outfalls: 1) The northern outfall to the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserve (an estuary of national significance and an Outstanding Florida Waterbody), the western outfall through Hog Pen Slough and terminating in the North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve (an Outstanding Florida Waterbody) and the southern outfall through Warner Creek and terminating in the St. Lucie River Estuary. The basin area is influenced by over 22,000 acres of area that will be impacted in the analysis. Local government agencies have been working together on and off since the 1990s to resolve restoration, flooding and water quality issues within the Savannas Preserve State Park watershed.

Phase I of this restoration project will build an existing condition hydrological model, in an effort to identify and define areas deficient in typical level of service standards; delineate hydrologic watershed and sub-basins; identify current operational schedules and develop alternatives for operational flexibility; define habitat restoration, hydrologic and water quality needs; will provide model simulations on proposed scenarios for improvements to the regional system; and will prepare preliminary cost estimates and evaluations for each alternative plan. Specifically, in the Phase I component, the Water Management and Natural Systems Evaluation report, will allow Martin County and the other stakeholders to adequately understand how the system currently operates and where opportunities are available for optimized water operations, restoration needs, water quality improvements and flood level of service projects.



 
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Mar 28, 2017NCIS TV SHOW TO CAST PRIMETIME SPOTLIGHT ON HONOR FLIGHT
Anyone who’s ever flown, or knows anyone who’s flown with Southeast Florida Honor Flight has undoubtedly experienced the life-altering sense of pride and gratitude shared by all for the service of our senior war heroes. On Tuesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. EST, viewers of CBS-TV’s top-rated primetime drama, NCIS, will get a glimpse into the Honor Flight world, and the remarkable men and women they seek to honor.

NCIS writer Gina Lucita Monreal found her inspiration for the episode in her grandfather-in-law’s Honor Flight experience, and the renewed sense of pride and purpose with which he returned home after his day of honor in Washington, D.C. While the episode’s storyline is fictional, the deep and meaningful connections established among travelling veterans, and the passion of Honor Flight’s volunteers, shine through true and clear.

This unprecedented nationwide exposure provides an invaluable opportunity to move closer to the Honor Flight goal of personally thanking every local area WWII and Korean war veteran with his or her long-overdue day of honor. The one-day trip to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices is, by most veterans’ accounts, one of the best days of their lives.

There are more than 20,000 World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans on Honor Flight waiting lists, nationally. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL, serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. They have honored over 2,000 of our senior-most veterans since 2008 and currently have more than 240 deserving heroes on their waiting list. The numbers are daunting, and time is not on their side, but Southeast Florida Honor Flight and Honor Flight hubs across the country are working tirelessly to meet the challenge. They are exceedingly grateful to loyal volunteers, who dedicate countless hours to plan, prepare and execute a single flight, and to donors who, from modest personal gifts to the underwriting of fundraising events, make it possible for Southeast Florida Honor Flight to be as impactful as possible in the lives of local veterans. Moving forward, they are looking to the support of individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations that share America’s gratitude for the contributions of our senior-most veterans, to continue honoring these heroes for years to come.

Those interested in supporting Southeast Florida Honor Flight can visit www.honorflightsefl.org or
call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) to:
• Donate – No veteran or veteran’s family pays a penny toward the hero’s one-of-a-kind journey to Washington, D.C. Southeast Florida Honor Flight raises funds for the flight costs which include chartering an American Airlines A320, motor coach transportation with police escort in Washington, DC, three meals and Honor Flight hats and t-shirts for the day, for four flights annually. Approximately 95 cents of every dollar donated to Southeast Florida Honor Flight goes directly toward the veterans’ day of honor.

• Volunteer – With a modest staff size, Southeast Florida Honor Flight relies heavily on the contributions of our volunteers.

• Refer a Veteran – If you know a WWII, Korean or Vietnam war veteran who has not yet received his or her well-earned day of honor, please direct him or her to our website to complete a veteran application. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is now taking Vietnam War veteran applications.


 
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Mar 28, 2017A Celebration of Horses and Horsepower
What: Celebration of Horses and Horsepower
When: April 2nd, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: ERAF Community Center, 6450 SW Martin Highway, Palm City Florida 34990
Admission: $5 donation requested

MORE: The Rolls-Royce Foundation joins the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation in a fundraiser featuring the world’s finest cars and most fortunate horses! Join us for a tour of ERAF’s facility and see the amazing results of our work with abandoned, abused, rescued and rehabilitated horses from South Florida.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles will be on display for your enjoyment and food and beverages will be available for purchase!

We will raffle a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud for a $100 donation. Only 500 tickets will be offered and they are going fast so get your ticket today!

To purchase your raffle ticket for the Rolls-Royce or to make a tax-deductible donation go to: eraf.org or call Denise LeClair Robbins at: (772) 579-1500 or go to: rollsroycefoundation.org or call Bonnie Hake at (800) 879-7762.
Credit card, Pay Pal, check and cash accepted.
See you there!


 
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Mar 28, 2017Martin Youth LEADERship: Students Get a Head Start on Career Planning!
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 36 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their eighth monthly session of the 2016-17 school year: CAREER DAY.

The Career Day Program Chair, Linda Fitzpatrick from Keiser University, kicked-off the day at the impressive Pine School’s Hobe Sound campus with an orientation overview. JoAnn Faiella, C.O.O. of Treasure Coast Urgent Care, followed up with a workshop on attending job fairs and interview tips.

Orientation was followed by the first break-out session led by Leslie Haviland, Associate Director of Student Activities at Keiser University. Ms. Haviland reviewed proper resume formatting and tips, and students took a group quiz to learn the dos and don’ts of resume writing. The advice was particularly useful, as students had an opportunity to attend a job fair immediately afterwards. Students were given the opportunity to search for summer jobs, summer internships and volunteer opportunities with the following employers:


Alpine Mechanical Services
Career Source
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Keiser University Flagship Campus
Manpower
Junior Achievement
Martin County Sheriff’s Office
Straticon Construction
The First Tee
Treasure Coast Builder’s Association
Waterblasting Technologies


Many thanks go to Cheree Ramirez from Manpower for coordinating the Career Fair.

Students rotated the rest of the morning between presentations from local experts in their fields. Emily Maas and Trish Brown from Indian River State College gave a presentation on budgeting, particularly during the college years. Kat Deusterhaus, from the Social Butterfly Agency, discussed social media and how students can brand themselves based on the way they post and use social media, such as Linked In, Facebook, etc. Both sessions were eye opening for most of the attendees.

A delicious lunch was provided courtesy of The Pine School. The Pine School, a co-educational, all-faith Independent day school for students from kindergarten to grade 12, has been a part of Martin County for nearly 50 years. Boasting a 100% college matriculation since the school opened its doors to include high school students in 2005, The Pine School offers an array of AP classes where technology is woven into the fabric of the curriculum and opportunities in the arts and athletics are available to all students. Small class sizes allow close relationships between faculty and students. The Martin Youth LEADERship program is particularly grateful to Beth Lettengarver, Director of Admissions, for her help with logistics for the day.

The afternoon session started with a fashion show of “What to Wear vs. What Not to Wear” to a job interview and was presented by Amy Moyer. Six MYL students enthusiastically modeled clothing provided by SteinMart. The fashion show, complete with runway carpet, music and commentator, included a take home brochure on the dos and don’ts, including pictures and suggested looks for a young job seeker’s first interviews.
The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 20th 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 only 40 or fewer 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 and are eligible for a scholarship provide by Martin LEADERship. 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 or obtain a student application for 2017-18, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Chair, Diana Bruton, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 215-3613.


 
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Mar 28, 20172nd Bi-Annual Healing Hearts Event: An Indian Night to Remember
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, more than 120 guests attended the 2nd bi-annual event to raise funds for Bart’s Blue Star Foundation: An Indian Night to Remember.

Co-chaired by Leila Tauil Kallop and Jennifer Soffan, the gala was held at the exclusive and tropically lush Jupiter Island Club. Guests enjoyed friendly bidding on an array of luxury items during the silent auction, however, the attention turned to several very special gifts during dinner and the live auction. None other than C. Hugh Hildesley, from Sotheby’s New York, did the honors of auctioning off a 7 day/6 night getaway to a triplex penthouse in Lima Peru, as well as one to an Italian Tuscan Villa located on the famous estate of Villa d’Arceno (setting of the Hollywood film, “Stealing Beauty”). For those less interested in travel, and more so in fine jewelry, a lovely pair of green amethyst and diamond earrings in 18K gold, donated by Tresor, were also available. Those who were not successful in bidding had opportunities to donate to the cause at every level from $100 to $5000, and did so enthusiastically, especially following the presentations given by both the Founder of Bart’s Blue Star, Ginny Luther and DJ Batiste, whose life’s story gave living testimony to the benefits of the programs funded by the Foundation.

Before hitting the dance floor for a night of Indian and American tunes, guests were treated to a show by the Bhangra Dance Team of the University of South Florida, who performed a traditional Indian dance ceremony. Henna tattoo artists and other forms of entertainment rounded out the evening.

This was the second Healing Hearts event hosted by Bart’s Blue Star. Proceeds from the first one, held at a private residence on Jupiter Island in 2015, enabled the BBS Foundation to provide scholarships for training to many teachers, families and non-profits in the Martin and Palm Beach communities. Bart’s Blue Star was founded by Ms. Luther following the violent murder of her son Bart at Fort Hood in 2008. With her background as a life-long teacher and trainer with the national movement Conscious Discipline, Ms. Luther was able to transform her personal tragedy into a foundation which continues to benefit at risk and traumatized children, teaching them the skills to overcome obstacles, solve problems and succeed in their young lives.

A detailed list of the Foundation’s current initiatives is available at www.bartsbluestar.org. For more information about the Foundation and how you too might become a sponsor, donor, advisory board member or obtain a grant application for the 2017-18 funding cycle, please see the group web site at: http://www.bartsbluestar.org or contact Jack Luther, President at 772-486-5788 or Jeanne Dunn, Secretary at (772) 486-4695.


 
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Mar 28, 2017Lake Okeechobee Levels Below 12 Feet Will Require Lock Closures
Boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, please be advised that if drier-than-average conditions persist and the levels of Lake Okeechobee are further reduced, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. Personal injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.

Today, the water level in Lake Okeechobee is 12.77 feet. However, if the lake falls below 12 feet, locks along the north shore will be closed. The locks potentially affected are:
• Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp
• Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek
• Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge
• Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport
• ***Okeechobee County: S-193 structure, Taylor Creek, will close if lake levels fall below 11 feet.***
Despite these other possible closures, the S-310 lock on the south shore at Clewiston in Hendry County will remain open even as low lake levels continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

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

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


 
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Mar 28, 2017Florida Chamber Education Update
The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes a quality education system is the best way to ensure our students can get the skills and training they need to compete in a rapidly changing global economy. That’s why we are fighting hard to make sure Florida's entire education system continues to improve. Here's a recap of this week's education discussions in the Florida House and Senate:

• Excellence in Higher Education (HB 3, Rep. Bryan Avila) - This bill, which passed out of the House Post Secondary Education Subcommittee on Monday, would establish tuition and fee incentives through a block tuition policy, promote on-time student graduation, and responsibly increase student financial aid and tuition assistance. It also establishes a world-class faculty and scholar program and a university professional graduate degree excellence program in order to promote the prominence of Florida's graduate schools. Finally, it links education to job opportunities by providing internship opportunities to students. HB 3 is the House's companion bill to SB 2, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, which previously passed off the Senate floor on March 9.
• Voluntary Prekindergarten Education (HB 757, Rep. Byron Donalds) - This bill, which passed out of the House Pre-K Innovation Subcommittee on Tuesday, promotes better identification and enhanced focus on struggling readers from Pre-K to third grade and offers additional training to teachers, reading coaches and school principals. The bill also proposes additional accountability to the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program.
• K-12 Student Assessments (SB 926, Sen. Anitere Flores) - On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee held a workshop on this bill. This legislation requires the Commissioner of Education to review nationally-recognized college entrance exams to determinte alignment to Florida's standards, provides teachers more time to teach by moving the state assessment window to the last three weeks of school and requires easy-to-understand, parent-friendly score reports to be utilized.

Take Action Now
For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other education-related issues, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.



 
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Mar 28, 2017Florida Chamber Education Update
The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes a quality education system is the best way to ensure our students can get the skills and training they need to compete in a rapidly changing global economy. That’s why we are fighting hard to make sure Florida's entire education system continues to improve. Here's a recap of this week's education discussions in the Florida House and Senate:

• Excellence in Higher Education (HB 3, Rep. Bryan Avila) - This bill, which passed out of the House Post Secondary Education Subcommittee on Monday, would establish tuition and fee incentives through a block tuition policy, promote on-time student graduation, and responsibly increase student financial aid and tuition assistance. It also establishes a world-class faculty and scholar program and a university professional graduate degree excellence program in order to promote the prominence of Florida's graduate schools. Finally, it links education to job opportunities by providing internship opportunities to students. HB 3 is the House's companion bill to SB 2, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, which previously passed off the Senate floor on March 9.
• Voluntary Prekindergarten Education (HB 757, Rep. Byron Donalds) - This bill, which passed out of the House Pre-K Innovation Subcommittee on Tuesday, promotes better identification and enhanced focus on struggling readers from Pre-K to third grade and offers additional training to teachers, reading coaches and school principals. The bill also proposes additional accountability to the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program.
• K-12 Student Assessments (SB 926, Sen. Anitere Flores) - On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee held a workshop on this bill. This legislation requires the Commissioner of Education to review nationally-recognized college entrance exams to determinte alignment to Florida's standards, provides teachers more time to teach by moving the state assessment window to the last three weeks of school and requires easy-to-understand, parent-friendly score reports to be utilized.

Take Action Now
For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other education-related issues, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.



 
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Mar 28, 2017Florida Chamber Tax Legislation Update
The Florida Chamber of Commerce supports efforts to lower the burden of taxation for Florida’s job creators and families. That’s why we are fighting hard at the Capitol to make sure Florida continues to have one of the best tax climates in the nation. Below is a quick recap on Florida Chamber tax-related bills that saw legislative action this week.

• Reversing Course on the Insurance Premium Tax Credit (SB 378, Sen. Anitere Flores) – This is a bad-for-business bill that would increase the tax burden on over 300 insurance companies, despite the fact that they remit both the corporate income tax and insurance premium tax to the state. In an unsuccessful move designed to split the business community, the Senate filed an amendment this week that would apply savings from removing the tax credit to the business rent tax. The Florida Chamber remains opposed and testified in opposition this week prior to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax voting Tuesday to pass the bill. To the Senate’s efforts to increase taxes on one industry while reducing taxes elsewhere, Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson told POLITICO Florida, “Small businesses need the Legislature to begin phasing out the business rent tax. If the Senate is looking for new revenue, we suggest taxing trial lawyers who push frivolous lawsuits.”
• Business Rent Tax/Tax on Tax (SB 704, Sen. Rene Garcia) – This Florida Chamber-backed bill passed Wednesday in the Senate Community Affairs Committee. It would eliminate the sales tax on the property tax portion of rent for Florida businesses, reduce the cost of leases for small businesses by lowering taxes and makes a first step in eliminating portions of the business rent tax.
• Limitations on Property Tax Assessments (HB 21, Rep. Colleen Burton) – This Florida Chamber-backed bill passed the Florida House 110-3 on Thursday. The Senate companion, SB 76, still has two committee hearings remaining. HB 21 proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would continue the 10 percent assessment cap that passed in 2008 and prevent the property value for tax purposes from increasing by more than 10 percent annually.


 
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Mar 28, 2017The Twisted Tuna Remains in the Top 1% of All US Restaurants for Second Year in a Row
According to CHD Expert (chd-expert.com), a firm that tracks data on more than 699,000 restaurants in the United States, less than 1% of American restaurants earn over $5 million in annual sales. As The Twisted Tuna enters its third full year in operation, it will report annual sales far in excess of $5 million for the second year in a row.

With over 10,000 square feet of indoor space on two levels, The Twisted Tuna is the largest family owned and operated restaurant in Martin County Florida. Perfectly situated on the water in the Manatee Pocket, The Twisted Tuna is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to watch the boats go by. There is live music nightly on their floating barge and a happy hour from 3:30pm till 6:30pm every day.

"We have an extensive and diverse menu that has something for everyone. Of course winning several awards and cooking competitions last year did help bring more awareness to the restaurant, but I believe it's the basics of great food, service and value that make up the key ingredients for success in this business." said Kenny Gibbs.

Mr. Gibbs and his wife Rachelle have owned and operated several restaurants and bars throughout Florida and each have more than 25 years of experience in the biz. Their son Billy is also an owner and manager at the popular eatery and he helps maintain the expansive waterfront property.

"With as many people as we have here on a daily basis, coupled with the fact that we're on the water, it can be a challenge at times to keep everything in good working order. Our goal is for every guest to feel like they are in a beautiful, clean and very well taken care of environment." said Billy.

The Twisted Tuna employs about 100 people at its Stuart location and actively donates and participates in several local charities and events throughout each year.

"We couldn't do it without our amazing staff. We affectionately refer to our employees as Team Tuna and our Tuna Family because when it really counts, we all come together to help each other. And we have an amazing group of regular customers as well. We enjoy being a part of our local community and creating lasting friendships and memories from all of those special occasions." said Rachelle.

Plans for expanding The Twisted Tuna brand and concept to new locations are already underway. For more information please contact the restaurant directly.

The Twisted Tuna 4290 SE Salerno Rd Stuart FL 34997
772-600-7239
www.thetwistedtuna.com



 
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