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Oct 19, 2017Thrivent Action Team looking for donations of children’s cleats and tennis shoes (new or used) for children in Haiti.
Jensen Beach, FL (October, 18, 2017) –Members of Thrivent Financial and the U14 Coed Rec Team are forming a Thrivent Action Team in Jensen Beach The event will collect new and used children’s cleats and sneakers for needy children in Haiti and participants are looking for the community to help.

The event will take place on Tuesday, November 7 from 5:45pm to 8:45pm at the front field at Pineapple Park in Jensen Beach.

Coach Rob Whitlach and his team will be handing out flyers and then collecting the cleats and sneakers and will work with Habitat for Children Ministries to distribute them in Haiti, We are asking for the community to help us collect as many pairs as possible for these needy children. For more information, please contact Coach Rob at 561-665-1065.

This event is led by a member of Thrivent Financial who is served by Amy Whitlach, Mark Valinote, and Cecelia DeFilippis. Thrivent Action Teams are an easy way Thrivent members can quickly identify a need in their community, receive resources and put a plan together to take action on causes they care about. It’s a way members can fulfill Thrivent’s purpose, which is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

Thrivent Action Teams are just one of the ways Thrivent members participate in their membership. They lead projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

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

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

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

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



 
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Oct 19, 2017MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HURRICANE MAKEUP DAYS ANNOUNCED
Stuart, FL – The Martin County School District (MCSD) reached an agreement with the Martin County Education Association (MCEA) regarding Hurricane Irma make-up days. Effective immediately, the remainder of the scheduled early release and early dismissal days will be regular school days, adding valuable instructional time to both the first and second semester. In addition, for the duration of the 2017-2018 school year, Port Salerno Elementary School students will receive five additional minutes of daily instruction and high school students will continue their current schedule for the remainder of the year.

The following early release and early dismissal days will now become full student days for all Martin County schools: October 31, December 21, January 24, February 14 and May 9.

The agreement allows all scheduled days off, including holidays, winter break and spring break, to remain non-school days and does not impact the last day of school which remains May 24, 2018. This agreement was reached to maintain valuable instructional time.

According to Laurie J. Gaylord, “As Superintendent, it is important to provide students the opportunity to make up lost instructional time while having minimal impact on families and staff. I appreciate the cooperation of MCEA and their willingness to work together to implement a resolution that brings the Martin County School District in compliance with the state requirements for instructional time after closing schools during Hurricane Irma.”

The amended 2017-2018 school calendar is located on our website at martinschools.org.
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Oct 19, 2017Martin County Teacher of the Year Ellise Ryan Pinewood Elementary School
2016-2017
Martin County Teacher of the Year Ellise Ryan Pinewood Elementary School


YourClassroomConnection.org

Martin County students love to learn and their teachers are continuously looking for ways to engage, excite and raise the bar of success for all students! Realistically, teachers cannot create a powerful learning environment without additional funds and resources. Luckily, the Education Foundation of Martin County provides a direct link to help support local teachers and students.
“Your Classroom Connection” is the direct link between you and local classrooms. Using this online tool, you will be able to contribute to teachers around the district, ensuring that they have the supplies needed to make an impact in the classroom. Students, teachers, and schools will benefit immensely from the thoughtfulness and generosity of donors who support Adopt-a-Class, Fund-a-Project, and Bulletin Board Listings.
Imagine classrooms filled with diverse forms of literature, hands-on learning, real-world experiences, community involvement, and visits from career experts. Through YourClassroomConnection.org, teachers are able to create vibrant learning spaces where student interests are at the center of the classroom and children’s imaginations and confidence take flight. By better equipping teachers who address the multitude of unique needs, talents, and varied learning abilities of students, your gifts will help all Martin County students reach their full potential.
Please visit YourClassroomConnection.org to see how you can help.
On behalf of all teachers, thank you for your consideration and support.


 
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Oct 19, 2017Bathtub Beach closed to strengthen dunes, protect roads
Healthy beaches absorb the brunt force of waves allowing dunes to protect roads and structures. While nearly all beaches are naturally prone to gradual erosion, Bathtub Beach continues to experience high tides, strong winds and heavy surf conditions, causing a significant change in the shoreline.

"Nourishment projects are a normal part of conservation and coastal management," said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Coastal Engineer for Martin County. "While Bathtub Beach performed well during the recent hurricanes, crews are now working diligently to strengthen and reinforce the dunes to ensure protection for MacArthur Boulevard" she continued.

While closed, Bathtub Beach will not be guarded. Once the nourishment work is complete, the beach will reopen to the public with Martin County Ocean Rescue on duty for the safety of beach patrons and swimmers.


 
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Oct 19, 2017The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast Presents, A Land Remembered
Popular Book A Land Remembered Comes to Life to Benefit Children’s Museum
Few, if any books have captured the spirit and colorful history of Florida as has Patrick Smith’s beloved novel, A Land Remembered. It has been said many times that people should be issued a copy of A Land Remembered when they cross the Florida state line.
You can see A Land Remembered and Smith’s other books come to life through a truly unique multimedia show his son Rick (Patrick Jr.) produced to explore his father’s colorful life as a writer and how he came to write his books. Rick will present his show from 5:30pm to 8pm on Monday, November 3 at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach.
Rick Smith is a California-based media specialist who spends several months in Florida each year to keep his father’s memory alive.
Light snacks will be provided. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for adults, children are free. Books will be available for sale and signing. The event is a fundraiser for The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. To reserve your tickets in advance or RSVP, please contact 772-225-7575 ext. 208.



 
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Oct 18, 2017Why Hypnosis? And How To Do Self-Hypnosis
Michelle Golinski, CH, owner of Your Blossoming Mind was the Guest Speaker at October’s Vero Beach Premier Women’s Network. Her topic was “Why Hypnosis? And How To Do Self-Hypnosis.” Sixty-five professional business women attended the October 6th lunch which was held at Regency Park in Vero Beach.

Michelle also was presented an Award of Recognition the 5-PATH®IAHP Annual Dinner in August for her contribution to the profession of Hypnosis and as a writer for the 5-PATH® Journal.

Michelle is a Certified 5-PATH® Hypnotherapist, a Certified 7th Path Self-Hypnosis Teacher, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and a contributing Writer for the 5-PATH IAHP Journal. She is also Certified in Golf Hypnosis, a Certified Reiki Master and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner.

5-PATH® stands for Five-Phase Advanced Transformational Hypnosis®, and it's a style of hypnosis that includes the most advanced hypnosis and hypnotherapy techniques in the field, all combined to produce the most effective and efficient hypnosis.

Michelle’s goal is to help hypnosis become more widely accepted in mainstream healing. She sees herself as a Guide to Self-Improvement and Positive Change. Michelle believes that if you can see it, you can believe it, and you can achieve it. And, with hypnosis as a tool, it can be accomplished more quickly and easily.

She has an office in Regency Executive Suites, Stuart, FL, and Michelle also does Remote/on-line sessions for people throughout the U.S. and around the world.

She can be contacted at: Your Blossoming Mind, 2440 SE Federal Hwy. – Suite W, Stuart, FL 34990 Phone: 772-444-6463 Email: yourblossomingmind@gmail.com Web: www.YourBlossomigMind.com


 
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Oct 18, 2017USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for Oct. 24 in Stuart
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center in Martin County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop Oct. 24, 10 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart, Fla. 34996-4007. The event is free and open to the public.

Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will present information on the various disaster assistance programs and resources available for farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Workshop topics include emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land.

For more information, contact Jenny Hoover, FSA 772-461-4546 x 2. Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting, should contact Jenny Hoover, 772-461-4546 x 2, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by Oct. 20.



 
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Oct 18, 2017FLORIDA CHAMBER'S BOTTOM LINE

Former Speaker Will Weatherford Explains Why Electing the Right People Impacts Good Public Policy

The upcoming 2018 Legislative Session is the topic of discussion on the latest edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line. Will Weatherford, former Speaker of the House, current chair of the Florida Chamber’s Political Council and member of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors, discusses the need for the business community to get involved in both the candidates and issues that will be on the 2018 ballot.
He says Florida’s future will be greatly impacted by the outcome of the upcoming election and businesses should have a vested interest in making sure Florida is moving closer to a free market system.
“You can’t get the policy right for the state of Florida if you don’t get the politics right,” said Weatherford. “If we don’t have the right people in the right places in our elected positions of government and in authority in the state of Florida then we can’t anticipate or expect for good policy to come out in the end.”

Watch the full Bottom Line video here. http://www.flchamber.com/former-speaker-will-weatherford-explains-why-electing-the-right-people-leads-to-good-public-policy/


Know the Facts
Visit FloridaWins.org for up-to-date, non-partisan, factual information on the issues facing Florida, in addition to election information.


 
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Oct 17, 2017National Disability Employment Awareness Month

“Those with disabilities don’t have to be unemployed-
they are absolutely employable.”
Hope Allen, President & CEO, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce

According to the U.S. Business Leadership Network's newest report, 30 percent of college-educated employees working full-time in white-collar professions in the U.S. have a disability. The Florida Chamber Foundation's own recent unemployment report shows that in Florida alone, there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65. Of these 1.13 million, 700,000 people with disabilities are not currently in Florida’s workforce.

One key to closing the workforce gap? Raising awareness.

While October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the Florida Chamber Foundation works year-round to connect businesses with qualified persons with disabilities. Click below to hear Hope Allen, President & CEO of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, address her experiences in hiring an intern and having the conversations that matter.


 
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Oct 17, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves State-of-the-Art Automation
SFWMD Governing Board Approves State-of-the-Art Automation for South Dade Conveyance System
Several water management structures will have tech upgrades operated to increase efficiency and capability to respond to hurricanes


The Command and Control Communications System located at the S-331 structure will allow SFWMD to remotely control several flood control structures in South Miami-Dade County.

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week approved a contract to upgrade the capabilities of a command and control center in Miami-Dade County. The facility will receive technology upgrades allowing numerous structures to be operated remotely. This action aids in moving water in South Miami-Dade County to prevent flooding, help maintain higher stages in Everglades National Park and directs water through Taylor Slough to Florida Bay.

The S-331 Command and Control Center Communications System enhancements improve the remote operation of S-356, S-331, S-357, S-332B, S-332C, S332D, S-199 and S-200 pump stations from the S-331 Command and Control Center and the Operations Control Center at the SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach. This upgrade will create a state-of-the-art system for communication and operation reliability.

Additionally, the system modernization will enhance the S-332 B, C and D, S-199 and S-200 pump stations which are also part of the innovative SFWMD Governing Board-approved Florida Bay plan. The ambitious plan was initiated to expedite certain construction projects in the South Dade Conveyance System to move more clean freshwater into Taylor Slough and eventually Florida Bay. That additional flow of freshwater is crucial in helping reduce salinity levels in the bay and prevent sea grass die offs that have occurred after localized droughts.

"Modernizing our communications system with state-of-the-art technology is a crucial step for the future of providing flood protection and environmental restoration to South Miami-Dade County," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Sam Accursio.

The work is part of SFWMD's ongoing efforts to automate critical elements of the flood control system. To date, approximately 25 percent of the District's flood control structures are remotely operated from the control room in West Palm Beach.
Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Cell: (561)-682-6197 | Cell: 561-389-3386



 
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Oct 17, 2017Audi Stuart signs as Title Sponsor for the 2017 Stuart Air Show
Stuart Air Show board president Michael Roberts announced today that Audi Start has signed as the Title Sponsor of the 2017 Stuart Air Show.
The Audi Stuart Air Show, now in its 28th year and geared up to entertain over 40,000 spectators Nov. 3-5, 2017, is not only the Treasure Coast’s largest event and named a TOP 20 EVENT by the Southeastern Tourism Society for the past two years, it provides thousands of dollars in direct financial support to nearly a dozen charities. Furthermore, the air show’s estimated economic impact upon the community exceeds $2.5 million.
“Our aviators and performers account for well over 500 hotel room nights, 285 daily car rentals, and thousands of restaurant meals. Couple this with the impact of spectators visiting the Stuart-area for the show, and the numbers are huge,” said air show executive director Susan Cunnane. “The real winners, however, are the local charities who benefit from the community’s support of the show.”
This family-friendly high-flying event features precision performance in the air, and now with the Audi partnership, the audience can expect the same quality meticulousness and top-notch professionalism on the ground with several show additions, like Audi Glory Rides, giving aviation fans the perfect way to interact and get close and personal with their aviator heroes.
Dedicated to honoring aviation’s past and inspiring its future, the show kicks off with its hugely popular Friday night air show and Dirty Flight Suit Party on Nov. 3, featuring nighttime aerobatics, fireworks and music by The Kinected. Static displays, a kids zone, WWII battle reenactment, weapons demonstrations, aerobatic acts and attractions will entertain kids of all ages both Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 4-5).
Tickets are $15 online and $25 at the gate. Veterans and military tickets are $5. Youth 6-12 tickets are $5; children under 5 are free.
For the performer line-up, latest Audi Stuart Air Show announcements, or to purchase pre-event discounted tickets or premium parking, visit www.StuartAirShow.com.
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Oct 16, 2017Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open a Huge Success!
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, anglers and donors, this year's tournament was one of the most successful to date! The 9th Annual Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open was held September 29-30 at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach. 170 Anglers participated in this year's Open. Due to popular demand, the tournament was broken into 2 separate divisions; Guided and Unguided.

Open to both children and adults, it is the largest inshore fishing tournament along the Treasure Coast. A Captain's Party and family BBQ was also held attracting more than 400 people over the weekend.

The Open is named after longtime Martin County resident Michael Shields, who died at the age of 23 from bone cancer. It followed a catch and release format, with separate categories for snook, tarpon, trout, and redfish. The Open is held each September to raise critically-needed funds for Project LIFT and this year funds will be restricted to our new girls program The Willow Project.

The Willow Project is designed for young ladies of middle and high-school ages 12-19 who have chosen unhealthy behaviors as a result of trauma they have experienced, poor decision making and/or substance use issues. The girls will develop skills to strengthen their character and become empowered with the strategies to make healthy choices into the future.

For more information on the tournament, Project LIFT or The Willow Project please visit www.fishforthekids.org.


 
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Oct 16, 2017Martin County Teacher of the Year
2016-2017
Martin County Teacher of the Year
Ellise Ryan
Pinewood Elementary School


YourClassroomConnection.org

Martin County students love to learn and their teachers are continuously looking for ways to engage, excite and raise the bar of success for all students! Realistically, teachers cannot create a powerful learning environment without additional funds and resources. Luckily, the Education Foundation of Martin County provides a direct link to help support local teachers and students.
“Your Classroom Connection” is the direct link between you and local classrooms. Using this online tool, you will be able to contribute to teachers around the district, ensuring that they have the supplies needed to make an impact in the classroom. Students, teachers, and schools will benefit immensely from the thoughtfulness and generosity of donors who support Adopt-a-Class, Fund-a-Project, and Bulletin Board Listings.
Imagine classrooms filled with diverse forms of literature, hands-on learning, real-world experiences, community involvement, and visits from career experts. Through YourClassroomConnection.org, teachers are able to create vibrant learning spaces where student interests are at the center of the classroom and children’s imaginations and confidence take flight. By better equipping teachers who address the multitude of unique needs, talents, and varied learning abilities of students, your gifts will help all Martin County students reach their full potential.
Please visit YourClassroomConnection.org to see how you can help.
On behalf of all teachers, thank you for your consideration and support.


 
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Oct 16, 2017YMCA YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT FUNDRAISING DINNER
YMCA YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT FUNDRAISING DINNER with U.S. REP. BRIAN MAST Saturday, November 4, 2017, 6-9 pm at The Kane Center
The Florida YIG program was founded in 1957. YIG prepares students for a life of active citizenship built on the values of civil debate, statesmanship, and research-based policy solutions. Student delegates are engaged with the issues that impact their families, schools, YMCAs, and communities. YMCA OF THE TREASURE COAST 772-286-4444 www.ymcatreasurecoast.org

YIG Dinner Sponsorship Levels
$150 Individual Dinner Reservation
$500 Annual Student Sponsorship. Includes listing in dinner program.
$1,200 Table Sponsor. Includes dinner for 8, listing in dinner program, centerpiece recognition.
$2,500 Event Sponsor. Includes all Table Sponsor plus your own banner on display during event, your own swag at all tables and Y website recognition.
$5,000 Title Sponsor. Includes everything in Event Sponsor, plus yearlong listing on YIG web page, listing in all event materials and 10 minutes to speak at the event,

PLEASE RETURN THE FOLLOWING:

NAME(S):
ADDRESS:
PHONE: EMAIL:
SPONSORSHIP LEVEL:
NUMBER TO ATTEND:
I am not attending, but please accept my gift in the following amount:
PAYMENT AMOUNT:
CREDIT CARD TYPE:
CREDIT CARD#
CODE:
EXP. DATE:
SIGNATURE:
DATE:
Please make checks payable to YMCA of the Treasure Coast, FL DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Questions? Please contact Allison Earnest at 772-286-4444, Ext 224. Give to the future. Please consider the YMCA in your estate plans. Please Return to YMCA of the Treasure Coast 1700 SE Monterey Road, Stuart FL 34996 by October 30, 2017.

Your support will help us ensure every YIG student is able to attend the 2018 Youth In Government General Assembly. Thank You!

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE TREASURE COAST FL INC., CH496, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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Oct 16, 2017Mural Update



From Executive Director Lynne Barletta


Visionary School of Arts has been actively pursuing the start up date of the mural. We were set to begin the mural in October of 2017, however hurricane Irma set back the city of Stuart schedule of permitting for a period of one month and we were not able to be on the October hearing docket. The city set our hearing forward for one month. We are scheduled for November 11, 2017 and our highest hope is to begin the mural in November, although there are some aspects of the entire process that still must take place that is beyond our control. We want you to know that we are doing everything in our power to expedite the process and will keep you updated as we go. We have many organizations working with us and leaders in our community who are also working to help the process. The marriage of a national corporation who owns the property and the city of Stuart are slowly moving forward as we continue to push for dates.

I felt it was very important to share the details with our students and parents as well as our donors. We will get this done!

Looking forward to our Rising Star Show and the mural!
Lynne Barletta









Rising Star
SHOW!



We are excited to announce an upcoming art show to showcase the talent and hard work of our students! Students will be hanging one piece of their choosing. Parents will be advised if framing is necessary. All artwork must be ready to hang.

The show will be held on:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
at 5:30

@

Harbor Community Bank
3250 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, Fl 34997


Come join us and show your support for these Rising Stars!




It is never to late to sign up for the remainder of Fall, or to early for Spring 2018!

For Registration information contact:

772-283-4888
office@visionaryschoolofarts.com

RAISING UP AND LAUNCHING ARTISTS OF ALL AGES!

"You will have art with you the rest of your life!"

-Lynne Barletta
Founder and Director


 
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Oct 16, 2017UF/IFAS Extension Martin County
UF/IFAS Extension Martin County offers Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certification Training

On November 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County will offer a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) training workshop at their offices, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. The workshop provides participants with the six-hour continuing education required in order to apply for or renew LCLM certification. Following the training, participants will be offered the opportunity to take the state LCLM exam.

The Structural Pest Control Act (Chapter 482, FAC) requires commercial landscape maintenance workers to be licensed for application of any pesticides, including herbicides, in the landscape. To obtain a Chapter 482 Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance License, the operator must provide to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Bureau of Licensing & Enforcement the following:

1. A Limited Certification for Commercial Landscape Maintenance Personnel application, with attached photo;
2. Proof of business insurance;
3. Attendance records from a certified 6-hour commercial landscape maintenance training course; and
4. Check for $150, made payable to FDACS

The applicant must also successfully pass a Limited Certification Landscape Maintenance exam with a score of 75% or higher (Exam given same day as class).

This UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certification training program will provide the attendee with the 6-hour certified training records required by FDACS Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement. Attendees should also study in advance of the class. Recommended study materials, license information, and the license application are available at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/23511/484250/limited_landscape_pkt.pdf

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart
Registration: On Line at https://mclclmnov17.eventbrite.com.
Please register by Monday, November 6.
Registration Fee: $55 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snack)

Call UF/IFAS Extension Martin County at (772) 288-5654 for more information.


All programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Nick Place, Dean and Director for Extension.


Yvette Goodiel
Interim County Extension Director
Sustainability & Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent II
University of Florida IFAS Extension Martin County
2614 SE Dixie Highway
Stuart, FL 34996-4007
(772) 419-6962
goodiel@ufl.edu


 
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Oct 16, 2017SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT
SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT ANNOUNCES FIRST VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT SET FOR JANUARY 2018
Veterans Invited Who Cannot Physically Travel on Regular Flights

Stuart, FL (October 13, 2017) For those WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans who are unable to physically make the journey to Washington, DC on a regular Honor Flight, Southeast Florida Honor Flight is bringing the memorials to them, in a day of honor here at home. The day will match as closely as possible to what an Honor Flight to Washington would entail without the travel that makes it difficult for some older veterans.

The Virtual Honor Flight is the first such event for Southeast Florida Honor Flight. It will be held at Suncoast Community High School on Saturday, January 20, 2018 with the support of Suncoast students and staff and Honor Flight volunteers and staff. Suncoast High School is located at 1717 Avenue S in Riviera Beach, FL. Suncoast student videographers, who traveled to Washington, DC this spring on an Honor Flight, captured the day on video. They have created a virtual experience of visiting the memorials from a veteran’s perspective which will be shown at the event. Suncoast history teacher David Traill is coordinating the event in tandem with Southeast Florida Honor Flight.

Each Virtual Honor Flight veteran will be assigned a special Student Guardian to assist them through the day. Also, each veteran is allowed one aide/family member to accompany them for the event.

If you are a WWII, Korean or Vietnam War veteran (or know of one) who cannot physically make the trip to Washington, DC due to health reasons or may be a caregiver themselves, but can endure 5-6 hours for the local Virtual Honor Flight, please print and fill out a Virtual Honor Flight Veteran Application which can be found at www.honorflightsefl.org in both online and downloadable formats. Veterans are accepted by date of receipt of application. The cap for the Virtual Honor Flight is set at 100 veterans.

For more Virtual Honor Flight information, please go to www.honorflightsefl.org or contact Sara Mendinhall at 772-220-1404 or saramendinhall@gmail.com.

Of course in Honor Flight tradition, there will be the same red, white and blue “Operation Homecoming” for the Virtual Honor Flight veterans similar to what occurs at Palm Beach International Airport after the regular Honor Flights. It is one of the most emotional parts of the day for the veterans—being greeted by people in the community who just want to say thank you for laying their lives on the line for our Nation. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend the Virtual Honor Flight homecoming with signs of thanks, flags, cheers and handshakes. Bring your family, friends and especially children. Arrive at Suncoast Community High School about 2:00PM, Saturday, January 20th to gather in the school entrance to await the arrival of the veterans after they finish their “flight” in the auditorium about 2:30PM.

Parking for those attending the homecoming will be available at Bethune Elementary School and JFK Middle School. Please see www.honorflightsefl.org for parking maps. School District Police will be monitoring these parking lots.

It is the goal of Southeast Florida Honor Flight to accomplish in the Virtual Honor Flight what every Honor Flight strives to do. For the veterans, it is a day to reflect on those heroes that never came home, on connecting with fellow military brothers and sisters and on the fact that America has not forgotten them. For everyone else, it is day focused on thanking these courageous men and women for serving our Nation, for stepping up when the world needed them most and for helping to preserve our freedom and way of life.

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



 
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Oct 16, 2017HURRICANE RECOVERY UPDATE
I'm glad to say that Congress just passed another recovery package to provide additional resources to Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas impacted by hurricanes and wildfires. The bill includes new resources for FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program and disaster nutrition assistance for low-income residents in Puerto Rico.
This new funding will continue relief efforts and speed up the rebuilding process. The situation in Puerto Rico is still dire, and this funding is critical right now. As more resources are needed in the future, I will be working hard to ensure Puerto Rico, Florida and everywhere else have the help they need.
Here are a few other important updates from FEMA:
Less Than One Month To Register For Disaster Assistance
Homeowners and renters who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Irma have until November 9th to register with FEMA for possible federal disaster assistance.
Federal disaster assistance may help eligible applicants with temporary housing, disaster-related uninsured personal property losses, medical, dental and funeral expenses, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs.
You must register with FEMA to be considered for federal disaster assistance even if you have contacted the state, local emergency management agency, the American Red Cross or other charitable organizations.

Small Business Recovery Centers In Our Area
There are two Small Business Recovery Centers in our area open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday:
Florida SBDC
Indian River State College
500 NW California Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Carol Sims Center
225 NW 12th Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Representatives at these centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the application for assistance.

FEMA Hiring Florida Residents To Support Recovery
FEMA is hiring local residents to assist in the disaster recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Residents of Florida who wish to apply should email their resumes to FEMA-Workforce-FL@fema.dhs.gov. Please include the word “Florida” and the name of the job they wish to be considered for in the subject line. A preferred contact method is requested; applicants may be contacted via email, phone, or mail regarding the interview, hiring and selection process.
Positions needed and expanded job descriptions are listed and updated here. Paid, temporary positions include: Customer Service Specialists, Information Technology Specialists, Logistics Specialists, Translators and Interpreters in either Haitian Creole or Spanish, Historic Preservation Specialist and Environmental/Floodplain Specialist.
If there is anything else I can do to help, please do not hesitate to call or email.
It is an honor to represent you in Congress.
Sincerely,

Brian Mast
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Oct 16, 2017OCTOBER 28th HONOR FLIGHT PAYING TRIBUTE TO 82 LOCAL
OCTOBER 28th HONOR FLIGHT PAYING TRIBUTE TO 82 LOCAL
WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS WITH TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC

Stuart, FL (October 13, 2017) Eighty-two early-rising veterans will head for Palm Beach International Airport the morning of Saturday, October 28th for a day of honor, thanks to Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Twenty-one WWII veterans and 61 Korean War veterans will be flown from Palm Beach International Airport to Washington, DC for a day of honor. This October flight is the fourth of four scheduled trips for 2017 organized by Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Every Honor Flight is designed to bring local veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

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

The October 28th trip is made up of veterans who served during WWII and the Korean War from these military branches: Army (48), Air Force/Army Air Corps (11), Marines (4), Navy (18), and Coast Guard (1). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are: Anti-submarine airman, infantryman, General speechwriter, medic, supply ship seaman, combat engineer, supply truck driver, radar operator and 10mm Gunner. Some of these veterans experienced combat in battles around the globe including: Battle of Monte Cassino, Battle of Anzio, Pusan Perimeter, Battle of Leyte Gulf, Battle of Okinawa, Battle of Mindanau, Battle of Masan, Battle of Taegu, Battle of Yongdong and the Battle of the Bulge.

In Honor Flight tradition, the public can show how they remember these veterans by attending the “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport, the evening of Saturday, October 28th to welcome home the veterans from their day of honor.

Operation Homecoming is an emotional event for both the veterans and the crowd. Hundreds of people from the local community await the veterans’ arrival to give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received years ago. Between cheering well-wishers, emotional family and friends and thankful citizens, the veterans receive hundreds of grateful handshakes, topping off a day that most veterans say is one of the best days of their lives.

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

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

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

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

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

The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight will be in April and May of 2018. Stay tuned for exact dates.



 
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Oct 16, 2017Department of Environmental Protection Open House Provided by the DEP


The Office of Greenways and Trails is seeking comments from the public regarding the draft 2018-2022 Florida Greenways and Trails System Plan and updates to the Opportunity and Priority Maps for Florida's network of non-motorized land-based and water-based trails. Interested persons may drop in at any time during these open houses to learn more about the update and to provide comments. Materials will be available at each open house location and will be available online at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/FGTS_Plan/2016,7_FGTS_UPDATE.htm.

For more information on how to obtain the meeting materials contact Samantha Browne, Chief, Office of Greenways and Trails, Division of Recreation and Parks, Department of Environmental Protection, 3800 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 795, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Ms. Browne may also be reached by telephone: (850)245-2052or at Samantha.Browne@dep.state.fl.us.

• October 26, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Morgan Family Community Center Meeting Room A/B, 6207 West Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291
• November 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Miami Lakes Optimist Park Clubhouse, 6411 NW 162 Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
• November 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Conference Room A, Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
• November 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agricultural Center, Conference Room #2, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875
• November 8, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization, Coco Vista Center, 466 SW Port St Lucie Blvd. #111, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953
• November 8, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Historic Train Depot, 12061 S Williams Street, Dunnellon, FL 34432
• November 9, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District, 13051 N Telecom Parkway, Temple Terrace, FL 33637
• November 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Debary Hall Barn, 198 Sunrise Blvd, DeBary, FL 32713
• November 15, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Ravine Gardens State Park, 1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177
• November 16, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Ed Ball Building, Conference Room 851, 214 N Hogan St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
• November 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: Suwannee River Water Management District, Suwannee Room, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060
• November 27, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET) PLACE: St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center, 3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
• December 4, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (CT) PLACE Blackwater Heritage State Trail Visitor Center, 5533 Alabama Street, Milton, FL 32570
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CRC sponsors early public proposals, extends
submission deadline
Provided by PoliticoPro

The Constitution Revision Commission on Monday set a firm deadline for proposals to be submitted and sponsored for its first set of publicly submitted proposals. The CRC meets every 20 years to propose changes to the Florida Constitution. If a proposal makes the 2018 ballot, it will need the support of 60 percent of voters. As part of the process, commissioners can submit proposals along with members of the public. A public submission requires a commissioner to sponsor it. During a meeting of the full commission in the state Senate chambers, the first two public proposals picked up commissioner sponsors.
One is a proposal that was submitted by 15th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Dave Aronberg, of Palm Beach County, that would close the so-called write-in loophole. Under current law, a primary is open to voters of all party affiliations when a primary features just candidates of the same political party, but becomes "closed" - or only available to those of the candidate's party - if a write-in candidate files. Those write-in candidates are often just candidates on paper whose lone role is to close the primary to one party's registered voters. In 2016, the move blocked 1.6 million registered voters from being able to cast ballots. The proposal was sponsored by Commissioner Sherry Plymale, the former chief of staff of the Florida Department of Education.

A second proposal submitted by Fort Lauderdale attorney Alvan Balent would remove language tied to a previously repealed law related to high-speed ground transportation systems. The proposal was sponsored by Carolyn Timmann, who has served in several state government positions, including as Gov. Rick Scott's director of open government. The votes were not on the merits of the proposals but only to enter them into consideration, so there was no debate or real discussion during the brief meeting.

After the two public proposals were sponsored, former state Sen. Chris Smith addressed a proposal he has filed with former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner to restore the voting rights of felons. He said the proposal they crafted as a commissioner-submitted proposed amendment took into account 12 similar proposals submitted by members of the public. He said it's the "essence of about 12 different public proposals. We are taking them seriously, and looking at them," Smith said. Both he and Joyner are former Senate Democratic leaders. Commissioners also officially extended the proposal deadline for submissions because of Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the state on Sept. 10. The new deadline for public submissions is Oct. 6, while the deadline for commissioners' proposals is Oct. 31. For more info, visit the website at https://www.flcrc.gov/

FWC announces Lionfish Challenge recreational and commercial winners
Provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the winners of the 2017 Lionfish Challenge. A total of 26,321lionfish were removed from Florida waters as part of the four-month challenge.

Ken Ayers Jr. of Panama City took home the recreational Lionfish King award with a total of 1,250 lionfish harvested. Joshua Livingston of Destin became Florida's first Commercial Champion for his efforts in removing 4,560 pounds of lionfish (poundage equates to about 5,027 fish). On top of other prizes earned throughout the Challenge, the two winners were presented with a custom-made Fish Bone Design trophy and a "No Shoes Reefs" Engel 85 cooler.

A total of 120 recreational and commercial harvesters participated in the statewide lionfish removal incentive program, which ran from Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day May 20 (first Saturday after Mother's Day annually) through Sept. 4.

A total of 8,901 lionfish were removed by recreational participants, and another 15,800 pounds were removed commercially (poundage equates to about 17,420 lionfish).

The FWC thanks all of those who participated in this year's Lionfish Challenge. This program could not have been possible without the help of the 34 dive shops that served as checkpoints for recreational submissions and the generous support of the following sponsors: Engel Coolers, ZombieStickz Lionfish Eliminator and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. View the release.


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Oct 16, 2017Light Tackle Tournament - Dec. 7th - Dec. 10th

Dear, Participants, Members, Sponsors and Volunteers,

This year’s Tournament is shaping up to be the biggest event of all time. Although this will be our 64th LTT we are still learning and take the feedback we receive from captains, mates and anglers after each tournament to heart. We do listen and value your feedback!

This Year’s Tournament will be held at the beautiful Hutchinson Island Marriott Resort and Marina. The resort allows for full access so we encourage you to invite family and friends to enjoy the event from start to finish. We are also encouraging our club members and the community to come out and cheer you on. Participants can take advantage of all the amenities this facility has offer, including the pool, beach, golf, tennis and more. This year we will also have our supporting sponsors in attendance as well as a mini boat show.

Each evening there will be a Happy Hour with live entertainment starting with the kickoff party on Thursday. The Tournament will conclude with a magnificent banquet and awards ceremony Sunday evening.

This year the Tournament has partnered with Reel Time Apps to provide for instant reporting on the tournament standings. Also, please know that this year the optional entry will not be handled by the Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation.

For the first time, the Stuart Sailfish Club is offering an early entry discount: save 10% if you register by November 15th. Since we are a 501C3 Foundation, whatever you spend is tax deductible.

Some of you may or may not know our history or what we even stand for. Our Club will be celebrating its 77th year in January. All the people responsible for keeping the tradition and history going are volunteers (except for our office staff). Everything we do is for our community, its members and the conservation of our waters. We hold several events each year that benefit under privileged children, breast cancer patients and a scholarship program for six Martin County School seniors.

Our mission and goals for 2018 will include establishing a permanent home for our Club as well as many other exciting changes. Going forward, we are adding more rendezvous to different destinations including the Bahamas as well as inviting all boaters join our club. All of this is only possible with the continued support of our members, sponsors, volunteers and fishing and non-fishing enthusiasts.

So please spread the word - The Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation is not only for fisherman but open to all boating enthusiasts. I look forward to meeting all of you on December 7th.

Sincerely
Charles Conigliaro
Vice President/ Tournament Chair

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Oct 16, 2017Pumpkin patch to raise funds for new production garden
From: House of Hope
Sent by: Tara Jacobs, communications and marketing specialist
(772) 286-4673, ext. 1013, tara@hohmartin.org
Date: October 11, 2017


PALM CITY – The newly constructed Palm City Farms Produce & Market is hosting the Palm City Pumpkin Patch to help raise funds for its partner project with House of Hope – a large scale production garden to grow healthy food for Martin County residents experiencing hunger and hardship. The upcoming farmers market situated at the corner of Highway 714 and Citrus Boulevard is setting aside a half acre of its land to assist House of Hope in supplying their four Client Choice pantries with fresh fruits and vegetables. As the project will require garden supplies and building materials, Palm City Farms Produce and Market is inviting the public to support the project by purchasing Halloween pumpkins at their inaugural Palm City Pumpkin Patch fundraiser from Oct. 14 - 31.

To add to the festivities and overall “local grown” theme, the Palm City Pumpkin Patch has invited area growers and artisans to set up a pop-up greenmarket Saturday, Oct. 21, and Oct. 28. Food vendors will be on-site including Circle Bar C Dairy Goats, Hani Honey, Cherokee Hobby Farm, and the South Fork FFA’s barbecue booth. Children will enjoy face-painting and pony rides hosted by Amazing Dream Makers.

“We are honored to be partnering with this community-minded new business, the Palm City Farms Produce & Market, on this much-needed production garden project and grateful that they are stepping up to help raise money for our new endeavor by hosting this pumpkin patch,” said House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri. “This also helps bring awareness about our mission to the western part of our county and creates a convenient new location for Palm City residents to come choose the perfect pumpkin for their Fall festivities while supporting a local cause.”

The Palm City agricultural community has also embraced this project with several volunteers from the Martin County Young Farmers and Ranchers, and The Martin Grade Rustlers 4H signing up to assist pumpkin shoppers each weekend from Oct. 14 through Oct. 31. Volunteer opportunities are still available for this fundraiser and interested volunteers may contact House of Hope volunteer manager, Lauren Mustelier, at (772) 286 - 4673 x 1004 or email Lauren@hohmartin.org.

The Palm City Pumpkin Patch is located at 3706 SW Citrus Boulevard in Palm City and starting Oct. 14 will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until dark.

ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.
For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673

ABOUT PALM CITY FARMS PRODUCE & MARKET

Palm City Farms Produce & Market is an old-fashioned country store dedicated to providing personal service and first-class produce, with an emphasis on locally-grown foods and organics. Offerings include a full range of grocery items, such as milk, bread and cheese, refreshments, snacks, crafts and information about the history of western Martin County. Construction of the new “red barn style open air market” is in progress and is slated to open this winter. Palm City Farms Produce & Market is conveniently located at 3706 SW Citrus Boulevard in Palm City. For more information, visit palmcityfarmsproduce.com or contact Rob Dawson at (772) 283-4986.


 
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Oct 16, 2017Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Begins The Celebration
Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Begins The Celebration
Of 30 Seasons of Music With Its Fall Concerts

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony kicks off its 30th Anniversary concert season on Monday evenings beginning in November, celebrating three decades of music education and orchestral training for hundreds of young musicians in the Treasure Coast community.

MEMORABLE SOLOS, the theme for the November concert series, includes masterworks that have solos so finely crafted that they become defining signatures of these pieces. The program includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave, Saint Saen’s Danse Macabre, movements from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole, and the Comedian’s Gallop by Kabalevsky. Conducting the three concerts in November are John Enyart, Ph.D., founder of the Treasure Coast Symphony in 1987, Thomas Servinsky, founder of Academy Orchestra in 2010, and Benjamin Enyart.

The concert schedule for Fall includes performances at the Waxlax Center for Performing Arts at St. Edward’s Upper School on Monday, November 6th in Vero Beach, at The Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart on November 13th, and the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens on November 20th. All concerts begin at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for the Waxlax Center are $10 at the door with open seating. The Lyric Theatre tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through the box office with special pricing available in advance for groups of 10 or more. Tickets for the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens are $15 adults / $7 students. Special pricing is also available at the Eissey Campus Theatre for groups of 10 or more. Inquiries regarding concerts or venues may be addressed by email at tcys@treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com or by visiting the youth symphony’s website at http://www.treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com .

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is also pleased and proud to announce that Dr. John Enyart will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the Arts Council of Martin County at its annual mARTies Award program on Tuesday, October 17 at St. Mary’s Pittenger Center on East Ocean Blvd. The conductor and founder will be honored for the organization’s 30 years of music education and performance training in the community, his commitment to the arts, and the difference he has made through enriching the daily life of community members.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is composed of the most talented student musicians by audition from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization obtains funding through private contributions, performance revenues, and member tuition.


 
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Oct 16, 2017Florida Chamber President Provides Hurricane Irma Economic Outlook
HURRICANE IRMA
Florida Chamber President Provides Hurricane Irma Economic Outlook During Testimony Before Senate Commerce Committee

In testimony before the Florida Senate Commerce Committee, Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson told lawmakers that Florida will rebound from Irma.

During his remarks to the committee, which is chaired by Senator Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee), Wilson encouraged lawmakers to focus on continuous improvement and to join forces with the private sector to help secure Florida’s future.
Click here to read Wilson’s testimony.
Irma yielded the largest evacuation in U.S. history, and as Wilson explained, there’s no question we’ll learn lessons from this storm. From an economic outlook perspective, Wilson testified that:
• Tax revenue likely won’t keep up with storm expenses,
• Job growth will continue to slow,
• A gap in skilled labor – particularly for home repairs and rebuilding – will hurt in the short-term, and
• Lawsuit chasers, as highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, “are trying to milk the public’s pain for their own gain.” Wilson encouraged lawmakers to side with consumers in frivolous class action claims.
Looking forward, he applauded state leaders for making smart public policy decisions to reduce exposure and spread risk in Citizens Property Insurance and Florida’s CAT Fund. However, he warned that the tsunami of assignment of benefit-related claims that have flooded the market – unrelated to Hurricane Irma – are causing property insurance rates to skyrocket. He encouraged lawmakers to make meaningful reforms this session.
Click here to read Wilson’s testimony.
Wilson was joined on the panel by partners in Florida’s business community, including:
• Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
• Ken Lawson, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
• Michelle Dennard, President and CEO, CareerSource FL
• Cheryl Kirby, Associate State Director, Florida SBDC
• Lance Lozano, Chief Operating Officer, Florida United Business Association
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Oct 16, 2017Senator Negron's Weekly Update
See attached

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Oct 13, 2017Halloween Weekend: “The War of the Worlds” by Howard E. Koch at A.C.T. Studio Theatre
Step back in time to the 1938 Halloween radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds”
that caused nationwide panic. The CBS News broadcast of an “eyewitness report” of an invasion from Mars had many terrified listeners convinced that an alien invasion of Earth was taking place. The original radio script detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover will be brought to life onstage at A.C.T. Studio Theatre with chilling sound effects and meticulous attention to period detail.

Originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air on Oct. 30, 1938, the episode was an adaptation by Howard E. Koch of H. G. Wells’ novel. Director Barry Wood suggests you let the show “ . . . transport [you] to somewhere you’ve never been, to close your eyes and see something that you cannot touch, but is as real as if it were in front of you . . . ”

A.C.T.’s large cast (including Martians) includes Robert Pollock, Sherri Paradis, Tim Busby, Michael Adkins, Slade Walter, Ed Polley, Michael Beecher, Tony Richards, Ken Teixeira and Doug Curey Jr. They’ll show you why the unsuspecting 1938 population mistook this evocative radio entertainment for a news report.

Mr. Wood invites you to “ . . . Come aboard . . . use your imagination” at “The War of the Worlds” on Oct. 27, 28, and 29: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call (772) 932-8880.


 
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Oct 11, 2017Edward Jones Sponsors Local Revitalization Effort
Financial-services firm Edward Jones has partnered with Main Street America to help launch the Mural Project at Ground Floor Farm according to Edward Jones Financial Advisor Steven Shultz. Stuart is one of only 10 communities throughout the country to receive a $2,500 donation from Edward Jones to help boost fundraising for its public space revitalization.

The Mural Project at Ground Floor Farm has been designated by Main Street America as a "placemaking project," a community-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places in a way that engages community members. Through a strategy called Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, communities can make immediate and affordable changes to public spaces.

Main Street America, a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, this network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities commit to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 15,000-plus financial advisors work directly with more than 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 5 on Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.


 
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Oct 11, 2017Pumpkin patch to raise funds for new production garden
The newly constructed Palm City Farms Produce & Market is hosting the Palm City Pumpkin Patch to help raise funds for its partner project with House of Hope – a large scale production garden to grow healthy food for Martin County residents experiencing hunger and hardship. The upcoming farmers market situated at the corner of Highway 714 and Citrus Boulevard is setting aside a half acre of its land to assist House of Hope in supplying their four Client Choice pantries with fresh fruits and vegetables. As the project will require garden supplies and building materials, Palm City Farms Produce and Market is inviting the public to support the project by purchasing Halloween pumpkins at their inaugural Palm City Pumpkin Patch fundraiser from Oct. 14 - 31.

To add to the festivities and overall “local grown” theme, the Palm City Pumpkin Patch has invited area growers and artisans to set up a pop-up greenmarket Saturday, Oct. 21, and Oct. 28. Food vendors will be on-site including Circle Bar C Dairy Goats, Hani Honey, Cherokee Hobby Farm, and the South Fork FFA’s barbecue booth. Children will enjoy face-painting and pony rides hosted by Amazing Dream Makers.

“We are honored to be partnering with this community-minded new business, the Palm City Farms Produce & Market, on this much-needed production garden project and grateful that they are stepping up to help raise money for our new endeavor by hosting this pumpkin patch,” said House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri. “This also helps bring awareness about our mission to the western part of our county and creates a convenient new location for Palm City residents to come choose the perfect pumpkin for their Fall festivities while supporting a local cause.”

The Palm City agricultural community has also embraced this project with several volunteers from the Martin County Young Farmers and Ranchers, and The Martin Grade Rustlers 4H signing up to assist pumpkin shoppers each weekend from Oct. 14 through Oct. 31. Volunteer opportunities are still available for this fundraiser and interested volunteers may contact House of Hope volunteer manager, Lauren Mustelier, at (772) 286 - 4673 x 1004 or email Lauren@hohmartin.org.

The Palm City Pumpkin Patch is located at 3706 SW Citrus Boulevard in Palm City and starting Oct. 14 will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until dark.

ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

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

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


 
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Oct 10, 2017HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER BOARD ANNOUNCES CEO PAUL SEXTON’S RETIREMENT
The Hibiscus Children’s Center Board of Directors would like to share that Paul Sexton, CEO and President, has announced his retirement, to be effective at the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2018. Paul joined Hibiscus Children’s Center two years ago under the Board mandate to hire a seasoned leader with proven executive, clinical and entrepreneurial experience who would transform the organization and catapult Hibiscus’ performance in terms of staff development, financial strength and community relations. Paul has accomplished this through his passion for our mission and his vision to merge social innovation with competitive business strategies. This has resulted in significant achievements for the organization and has made Hibiscus Children’s Center stronger than ever.

Paul has left his mark on Hibiscus Children’s Center. Under his leadership, our objectives have been to solidify and successfully deliver the programs he initiated during the past year. This progress coupled with the continuity gained through the strength of our existing staff assures that this momentum will continue and expand when Paul hands the reins to the new CEO. To that end, the Board has engaged an executive recruiting firm and has launched a national search process. Our objective is to hire the new CEO by spring to guarantee a smooth leadership transition. We will keep the community apprised of progress made throughout this search.

Paul has been an advocate for the well-being of our children, families and staff since day one. This has resulted in increased morale throughout the agency and a strong, revitalized leadership team that works together to affect change while expanding programs and services to improve the lives of abused children. The Hibiscus senior leadership team has been enhanced through structured management development processes, giving Hibiscus the latitude to aggressively pursue broader service offerings designed to give hope to Hibiscus children.

Building a strong leadership team, directing the financial turnaround and re-establishing Hibiscus’ credibility within the donor base and community are three standout accomplishments that underpin Hibiscus’ recent achievements. This past fiscal year, operating net income increased by over $1 million and all residential and clinical programs delivered strong year over year service and profitability gains. Paul’s leadership has resulted in considerable progress expanding programs; our service footprint in Saint Lucie, Okeechobee and Broward Counties; communications to donors; and the engagement of Hibiscus staff throughout the organization. The Graphic Design Impact Center (GDIC), the first major social innovation program at the Village, has been implemented; the comprehensive Shelter makeover and renovation project was initiated; and the operations of the Saint Lucie Sanctuary4Kids home and the Broward County Safe Place facility have commenced. Each of these reflects strong third-party validation and demonstrate the community’s confidence in Hibiscus’ leadership and operational excellence.

The Board thanks Paul for his dedication and service to improve the lives of abused children and looks forward to the progress we will make under Paul's continued leadership this year.



 
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Oct 10, 2017Environmental Studies Council announces 2017 FREE Open House Funfest
The Environmental Studies Council will be hosting their Annual Open House on Sat., October 21 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Center, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, features saltwater aquariums, hands on learning and is home to a releasable juvenile loggerhead sea turtle.

Students in the Martin County School District enjoy the environmental learning opportunities provided each year at the center, and at the Annual Open House, families can take part in the fun as well! On October 21, guests will enjoy interactive activities, refreshments and sign-ups for the year’s many special events.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet Joey the alligator, tour the wet labs, visit the new educational sea turtle display, visit a special plankton display, tour the school grounds and shop the gift shop, which is fully stocked with new toys, jewelry, and kids science kits.

"The Open House offers families the chance to enjoy all the wonderful environmental learning activities that students take part in during their annual field trips to the Center," said event co-chair Mary Radabaugh. Radabaugh, a trustee of the Environmental Studies Council, is planning the event along with volunteer Farah Daye.

The Open House is presented free of charge by the Environmental Studies Council, the non-profit organization established in 1978 to support, protect, and enhance the unique environmental education programs of the Environmental Studies Center. Donations are accepted and Council memberships will be available throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.escmc.org or call 772-219-1887 x 121.


 
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Oct 10, 2017Hobgoblins on Main Street free family festival to take place October 28
The 19th Annual Hobgoblins on Main Street, presented by Stuart Main Street and The Historic Downtown Business Association of Stuart, will take place on Sat., Oct. 28 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Stuart. Parents are invited to bring their whole family downtown for an afternoon of fun!

The much-loved family festival in Historic Downtown Stuart features the annual merchant trick-or-treating and the Hobgoblin Parade, where children will assemble outside at the Riverwalk Stage and continue down Osceola Street, ending at Haney Circle.

This year’s Hobgoblin festival features family activities on the St. Lucie Avenue parking areas, including pumpkin decorating, face painting, food vendors and more. Photo opportunities will also take place to capture your family in costume!

The festivities take place from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 28 at the Riverwalk Stage and St. Lucie Avenue.

Hobgoblins on Main Street is presented by the Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street, and is sponsored by Mulligan's, Southern Eagle, Wind Chase Farms, Schooner Lily, Coast 101.3, Mark Brechbill, CPA, Seacoast Bank and the City of Stuart.

For more information call (772) 286-2848 or visit facebook.com/hobgoblins, historicdowntownstuart.com or stuartmainstreet.org.


 
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Oct 10, 2017On-site disaster assistance for Martin County businesses and farms affected by Hurricane Irma
Financial assistance is available to homeowners, business owners and farmers affected by Hurricane Irma through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Business and farm loans help owners repair or replace damaged property not covered by insurance, as well as provide working capital. In partnership with the SBA, Martin County is pleased to offer local, on-site assistance with an SBA Specialist on the dates listed below:

Thursday, October 12
9 am - 7 pm
Blake Library
2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

Friday, October 13
10 am - 5:30 pm
Elizabeth Lahti Library
15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown

Saturday, October 14
4 - 6:30 pm
Indiantown Rodeo
Timer Powers Park
14100 SW Citrus Boulevard, Indiantown

The SBA offers three types of Disaster Loans*
• Business Physical Disaster Loans - Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventory, supplies, machinery and equipment.
• Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) - Working capital loans to meet ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
• Home Disaster Loans - Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.
* Application Filing Deadlines: Physical Damage November 27, 2017, Economic Injury June 27, 2018

For more information about disaster assistance through the SBA and other agencies, visit www.martin.fl.us/DisasterAssistance.

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners and Twitter @MartinCountygov for the most up-to-date information on County happenings and services. Contact Martin County Emergency Management at 772-287-1652 with questions.


 
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Oct 10, 2017Fire prevention week is October 8-14; home escape planning is critical
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That's why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" focuses on educating the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. Martin County Fire Rescue, in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is working to reinforce those life-saving messages.

In support of Fire Prevention Week, Fire Prevention Chief Doug Killane encourages all Martin County households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that's a safe distance from the home.

"Home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety, and can truly make the difference between life and death in a fire situation," said Fire Prevention Chief, Doug Killane. NFPA and the Martin County Fire Rescue offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:
• Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

For more fire prevention tips, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/ and Twitter @MartinCountygov. To learn more about this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out" and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.


 
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Oct 10, 2017JENSEN BEACH HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE ROAD CLOSURES
On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Jensen Beach High School will be hosting their Homecoming Parade, which will result in the following road closures: NE Pineapple Avenue to NE Jensen Beach Boulevard to NE Indian River Drive to NE Church Street between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

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


 
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Oct 10, 2017JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS FIRST OF ITS KIND PROCEDURE TO TREAT ADULTS WITH SEVERE ASTHMA
Bronchial Thermoplasty delivered by the Alair™ System
proven safe, effective and lasting in reducing asthma attacks

Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to announce that it now offers Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) delivered by the Alair™ System. BT is a safe, outpatient procedure that is proven to reduce asthma attacks and emergency rooms visits for at least five years in adult patients with severe asthma, and is shown to improve asthma-related quality of life for people living with the disease.

“When Jupiter Medical Center learned about this innovative, proven technique that could improve the lives of people living in our community, we made it a priority to provide state-of-the-art technology to those who suffer from asthma,” said Steven Seeley, Interim President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “We constantly strive to bring the highest quality healthcare to the community.”

In a clinical study, at year one compared to a control group, patients who had the BT procedure showed:
● a 32 percent reduction in severe asthma attacks
● an 84 percent reduction in emergency room visits for respiratory related symptoms
● 66 percent fewer days lost from work, school, and other activities due to asthma symptoms

More than 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma, and approximately 5-10% suffer from severe asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), managing uncontrolled asthma consumes over $18 billion of health care resources each year. In the U.S. each year, asthma attacks result in approximately 10 million outpatient visits, two million emergency rooms visits, 500,000 hospitalizations, and 3,300 deaths.

Prior to the BT procedure, doctors had only pharmaceutical medications to offer their severe asthma patients, which offered temporary relief from asthma symptoms. Jupiter Medical Center now has this first-of-its-kind medical device procedure to provide severe asthma patients with a safe, long-lasting, proven treatment option to help reduce asthma attacks.

The treatment works by using controlled radiofrequency to heat up the lungs, coagulating the proteins in the smooth muscle fibers that can produce bronchial spams. The tissue then becomes weaker, lessening its ability to constrict the flow of oxygen.

“We want people suffering from asthma to know that this revolutionary treatment is available,” said Kenneth Fuquay, MD, Medical Director of the Sleep Center and Respiratory Services at Jupiter Medical Center. “Our goal is to get people back to their daily lives and this treatment makes that possible.”

The Bronchial Thermoplasty procedure is not a substitute for pharmaceutical medication as prescribed by a doctor. It works along with pharmaceuticals to provide less risk of asthma attacks and its complications for those suffering from severe asthma.

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.

About Bronchial Thermoplasty Delivered by the Alair System
The Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System is indicated for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long acting beta agonists. The Alair System is not for use in patients with an active implantable electronic device or known sensitivity to medications used in bronchoscopy. Previously treated airways of the lung should not be retreated with the Alair System. Patients should be stable and suitable to undergo bronchoscopy. The most common side effect of Bronchial Thermoplasty is an expected temporary transient increase in the frequency and worsening of respiratory-related symptoms.


 
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Oct 10, 2017A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents David Mamet’s comedy “Boston Marriage”
One of America's most provocative dramatists conquered new territory in 1999 with this comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing room. Theater-goers who relish David Mamet’s distinctive quick, clever, and edgy dialogue will enjoy this visit with two bantering, scheming ladies of fashion who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. While the Victorians were reluctant to discuss sexual matters openly, they did discuss them nonetheless! The innuendos in “Boston Marriage” aptly take us back to a period when the term referred to two single women living together, independent of men.

Director H. G. Brown points out that, “In ‘Boston Marriage’ David Mamet turns his testosterone-laden man's world upside down, and gives us the distaff view of the way things were -- circa the 1890's. Mamet's fast-paced repartee is on display, fueled by wit, bile, charm and estrogen. This is serious comedy.”

Starring Megan Pollak, Meredith Osborn and Patti Minden, “Boston Marriage” will be on stage at A.C.T. Studio Theatre on Nov. 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call (772) 932-8880. Group sales and season packages are available by calling the box office.


 
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Oct 10, 2017Cathy Shoemaker, CPA, MBA, MST, joins Rehmann’s Stuart office
Rehmann announced that effective October 1, 2017, Cathy Shoemaker, CPA, MBA, MST, will be transitioning from her role in the firm’s Traverse City office to take on client management responsibilities in its Stuart, Florida location.
Shoemaker has over fifteen years of experience in the field of taxation and estate planning. During this time, she has worked with individuals and families to help them minimize the tax implications associated with the accumulation and transfer of wealth. Prior to joining Rehmann, Cathy was a trust tax officer with Northwestern Bank in Traverse City.
“I am thrilled to have Cathy join the Stuart team,” said Gene Goldin, Florida regional managing principal. “We are excited about this opportunity for Cathy, and look forward to her continued career growth.”
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.


 
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Oct 10, 2017HOBE SOUND 3RD SATURDAY GOURMET SE MARS STREET / SE APOLLO STREET ROAD CLOSURE
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a gourmet food truck expo. This event will result in the closure of SE Mars Street and SE Apollo Street between SE Old Post Office Alley and SE Dixie Highway Service Road between the hours of 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

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


 
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Oct 6, 2017Boatlines Oct 5

AIWA will be holding their annual meeting at the Blockade Beach Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. They invite you to review the draft agenda with topics that include:
• State of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in 2017
• Hurricane Matthew Recovery
• Economic Benefit of the AIWW in Florida
• Real Estate Challenges facing Waterway Maintenance
• Process to establish no-wake zones in the AIWW
• Waterway Access
• Waterway Deepening in Broward County, Florida
• And additional presentations from our federal partners and waterway stakeholders
Online Event Registration is now available through this link. The early registration rate is $275 for members and $300 for non-members. Early registration ends on October 15th and late registration will be $325.

View the complete draft agenda
View sponsorship opportunities

Your Free Access to MRAA's New Pilot Course

the Marine Retailers Association has launched a new evolution of Dealership Certification, along with a brand new online learning management system for marine retailers. This platform houses the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program and nearly 70 virtual training courses for dealers and their employees.
1. You and your dealers can access the courses there either by visiting MRAATraining.com or by visiting MRAA.com, clicking on Education and selecting MRAATraining.com from the menu.
2. MRAA wants YOU to test it out and see it for yourself. One of the first things you'll notice is that the system requires you to have a user name and password in order to access it. If you are currently or were previously a member of MRAA, you may have set up your own password that we do not have access to. If you can't recall the password or need any other assistance accessing the content, please feel free to reach out to us at 763-315-8043 or by emailing info@mraa.com.
3. MRAA has launched a new, advanced, online education program called Continuous Certification, which will kick off in January of 2018. Featuring world-class experts, the curriculum will include four highly interactive courses per year, customized for Certified Dealers and available exclusively to Certified Dealers. Once a dealer becomes Certified, they will be able to access this curriculum as a path to maintaining their Certification while driving continuous improvement in their business. Our goal is to elevate dealers and offer them a distinct competitive advantage over non-Certified Dealers through this cutting edge curriculum. Learn more here.
4. Finally, MRAA would like to invite you to experience our free Pilot Course for Continuous Certification - available in our new Learning Management System at MRAATraining.com - to give you a taste of what your dealers can expect. This powerful curriculum will have a profound impact on the potential of our Certified Dealers, and we want to maximize the number of dealers we can reach with these courses. We'd like YOUR dealers to be able to access it. This pilot course is designed to help us gain feedback on this new initiative so that we can build greater impact into the 2018 courses. For all of these reasons, I highly encourage you to tap into this course and ask your dealers to do the same. You're going to want them to watch: "Buyer Motivation: The Key to Building Value." It's a free course and is MRAA's gift to you and your dealers.



 
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Oct 6, 2017St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant to Conduct Quarterly Siren Test October 6 in Martin County


Martin County's Emergency Management, St. Lucie County's Public Safety Department and Florida Power & Light (FPL) will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie nuclear power plant from Oct. 3 - 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There will be a pre-public address message ("This is a Test") followed by a 20 second air-horn and a post public address message ("This is a Test"). This will be done to separately to each of the 90 sirens within the 10-mile St. Lucie plant emergency planning zone in St Lucie and Martin Counties. FPL, St. Lucie and Martin counties regularly test the siren system to improve public awareness of its function and ensure its operability.

In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at St. Lucie plant, the sirens would sound for at least a five-minute period. Official instructions or information would follow on local radio and television.

Any questions contact Martin County Emergency Management at 287-1652.

For the most up-to-date news.Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners and Twitter @Martincountygov.


 
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Oct 6, 2017Come “Rendezvous at the Light” to Care For Your Favorite Lighthouse
It’s the perfect party in paradise and the “Must Attend” for your November social calendar!! Rendezvous with all your friends at this sparkling waterfront fundraiser on November 18, 2017, from 6-9:00 pm benefiting the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. You and your guests will love the live music, delectable hors d’oeuvres from Jupiter’s top restaurants, open bar with fine beer and wine, and magical silent auction at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

Special guest host for the evening will be Jupiter’s very own Steve Weagle, Chief Meteorologist with WPTV NBC 5 and Fox 29, the very humorous, self-admitted cloud observer and Jupiter Lighthouse lover. Steve will be stepping up to the mic throughout the evening to entertain the crowd.

Some of north county restaurants signing-up early to offer their scrumptious bites at the Rendezvous are Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Nick & Johnny’s Osteria, Old Florida Bar & Grill and Guanabanas.

Regular ticket price is $75 per ticket or purchase a 10-pack for $600. All tickets are non-refundable and tax deductible. Each ticket will include a Lighthouse wine glass, specially created just for the event. To purchase tickets, visit www.jupiterlighthouse.org and see our Special Event tab for Rendezvous at the Light. This magical stellar event supports the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum programs and preservation projects.

This year brings more live music and visits to the Tindall Pioneer Homestead area at night, enjoying drinks and music in multiple locations. The Museum and Homestead gardens will be sparkling and twinkling like never before providing the perfect ambience for the Rendezvous.

The 2017 lantern-lit soiree is Co-chaired by Jim St. Pierre and Ellie Marshall; Silent Auction is chaired by Lori Houchin; Food & Beverage Chair, Theresa Dzmitrowicz; Music Chair, Lynn Stockford; Wine & Beer, Susan Parker; along with committee members: Lynda Burgy, Charlene Johnson Wiita, Deborah Carrington, Sylvia Isaacs, Carola Rathke and Andrea Aitken.

Local sponsors include the Best Version Media, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, Sunny 107.9, X102.3, Beatz 96.3, 640 Sports, 850 WFTL, Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm, Minuteman Press Jupiter, and Allstate Computers. For sponsorship information contact Belle Forino at Bforino@jupiterlighthouse.org. For updates on this event visit: https://www.facebook.com/jupiterinletlighthousemuseum or our website www.jupiterlighthouse.org.


 
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Oct 6, 2017Real Estate Advisor: October

Investment Property FAQ
For many cities and areas around the country, real estate is an excellent investment as real estate markets continue to grow. Investment properties are a great way of taking advantage of competitive real estate markets, and with more renters in the U.S. than any time since 1965 (according to the Pew Research Center, as of 2016, 36.6 percent of household heads rented their home), investment properties are not only a great way to grow wealth, they're a sound investment for anyone considering the investment real estate world. With any type of real estate transaction there are a number of questions, and below are some of the most common FAQs regarding investment properties.


How do I find a profitable property?
Finding the property that's going to fit your needs and wants in an income property begins with determining what kind of income property you'd like to own. Are you going the traditional route, where the property will be rented full-time, month-to-month or via a lease? Are you more interested in a home that will be used via a house rental program, like Airbnb or VRBO? Are you interested in a multi-family property, where there are multiple units within one property? Once the type of property is determined, the next step is to look. Your agent is a great resource and will be able to find properties that fit your needs and wants in an income property. This is also the time to determine location, because you're not only investing in a property, you're also investing in a location, so finding a location that is popular and sought-after is just as important as the property itself.

How to determine if it's a worthwhile investment?
The main indicator of whether a property will be a worthwhile investment is its potential cash flow. Cash flow, in the most basic sense, is the property's rental income minus monthly expenses. Positive cash flow means the property produces income each month or rental period; negative cash flow means there is not enough income to offset the expenses. With an investment property, you'll need to consider how many items influence positive cash flow: insurance, property tax payments, vacancies, general maintenance, upkeep of the property's major systems, and if there is a mortgage payment on the property. If the property is going to require a lot of repairs and monthly maintenance, there might not be a positive cash flow for some time. If the property won't require a lot of maintenance and is in a desirable location, it could have a positive cash flow in just a couple of months.


How do I finance it?
Financing an investment property is similar to financing a regular home. The most common way to finance is through a bank loan. There are loans available specifically for investment properties, which can cover many different types of income or investment properties: multi-family properties, vacation homes and more. It's important to note that mortgage insurance won't cover investment properties, so if you're going the mortgage loan route you'll need to put at least 20 percent down to secure traditional financing. Credit score and income are also important when it comes to securing financing, and for some lenders, securing a loan will require two years of landlord experience.

Is an agent necessary?
Using an agent is an excellent idea, especially when you consider all an agent offers and can help with. An agent will often be the first to know of an available property as s/he helps with property searches; s/he will look into the different markets, work with inspectors and appraisers, aid in negotiations and much more. A real estate agent is trained to do the dirty work - and unless you are self-employed or have a decent amount of time to dedicate to searching for real estate and all the paperwork that comes along with it, using an agent will make the entire process more enjoyable and easier to navigate versus going it alone.


Are there any benefits?
There are a number of benefits of investment or income properties: if you own the property long-term, you have the possibility of seeing a significant appreciation in property value and equity growth. For rental properties, there are a number of tax deductions that landlords can take advantage of that cover things like interest, depreciation, repairs, local travel, long distance travel, employees and independent contractors, casualty and theft losses, insurance premiums and many more. It's important to note that a trained tax professional with experience in investment properties will be able to provide additional information on the tax benefits and deductions available to income property owners. There is also the potential benefit of leveraging your investment. As an example, if you purchase a property worth $300,000 with 20% ($60,000) down, when that property appreciates in value to $330,000, your $60,000 investment ju st appreciated 50 percent!
If you have any additional questions, or are interested in more information about investment properties, contact your agent today.




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

Mobile Phone: 630-291-0529
Stuart Office
309 SE Osceola Street, Suite 204
Stuart FL 34994





 
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Oct 5, 2017SFWMD to host Public Meeting Oct. 6 on Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration


Project Planning

Friday's Landowner Q&A Forum to highlight land acquisition process



West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting a public meeting on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project on Friday, Oct. 6, in Okeechobee.
Friday's meeting is a question and answer forum for landowners in the project's potential footprint. As the SFWMD and its federal partner, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, narrow down the tentative project plan components and locations, the purpose of this event is to explain how the land acquisition process works, provide a timeline of pertinent milestones and answer landowners' questions.
Landowners were previously notified by mail and invited to participate and provide input at this public forum.
Part of the overall joint federal-state Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project will restore more natural water flows into the lake and improve its health, as well as that of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and surrounding wetlands. The project planning area would facilitate reservoirs, aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) wells and wetland enhancement features.
For more information about the project and planning process, visit www.sfwmd.gov/LOWRP

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project
Public Meeting

WHAT Landowner Q&A Forum
WHO Conducted by the SFWMD
WHEN Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon
WHERE SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center, 3800 NW 16th Blvd., Suite A, Okeechobee, FL (Google Map)


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







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


 
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Oct 5, 2017SFWMD Working with Federal and State Agencies to Save Endangered Snail Kites

District to begin meetings with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to create comprehensive ecosystem-wide review of impacts to snail kite habitat from water management and Everglades restoration projects



An Everglade snail kite chick in its nest. As snail kites along Lake Okeechobee and elsewhere recover from the impacts of Hurricane Irma that occurred at the end of nesting season, the SFWMD is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create a new, more global approach to ensuring the viability of the Everglade snail kite in South Florida. Click on image for a larger version.


West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is planning meetings with officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to begin crafting a more comprehensive approach to examining current and future effects on the habitat of the Everglade snail kite. These future meetings are critical to ensuring the long-term success of this endangered bird of prey in South Florida.

The effect of proposed water management projects or actions were previously reviewed by USFWS individually, based on the specific geographic location of the project. Such an approach does not take into consideration the nomadic nature of the snail kite as it moves around South Florida in response to changing hydrologic and environmental conditions, or how a suite of different projects together will benefit both the species and ecosystem.

The SFWMD is working to initiate face-to-face discussions with the USFWS and FWC to create a new, more holistic approach to reviewing projects and management actions. This would allow agencies to assess the state of the population of snail kites across South Florida in regards to water management decision making - not just the effects to a geographically isolated group of snail kites. Decisions could be made based on what is best for this species, either presently or in the future.

"Examining the effects of water management projects and operations on the entire population of snail kites is clearly the most modern and sensible way to examine how restoration will affect this locally endangered bird," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Looking at one group of snail kites in geographic isolation from the overall population does not lend itself to good decision making, so I am encouraged that these agencies are embarking on this effort with us to create the review process. Success here is important and may set the stage for a more comprehensive and protective approach for all endangered species throughout Florida."

"The FWC works cooperatively with the SFWMD, USFWS, UF and others to conserve and recover snail kites and manage their habitat in south Florida. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we are working with these partners to assess the extent of the damage to snail kites from the storm and continuing high water levels, and determine how best to proceed to improve the status of the snail kite in Florida," said Dr. Tom Reinert, FWC's South Region Director. "The impacts from Irma are a reminder of the importance of taking a holistic approach to management of this system and protection of our wildlife resources."

The health of groups of any species can be impacted, positively or negatively, by any number of factors, including extreme rainfall or prolonged drought periods. Recently, Hurricane Irma destroyed the remaining snail kite nests on Lake Okeechobee, underscoring the need for a comprehensive assessment across the system.

"Over the next few years, as the habitats of snail kites in South Florida recover from the impacts of Hurricane Irma, we as a responsible ecosystem restoration agency are reminded how a comprehensive and global approach to wildlife and water management is needed to help these birds thrive," said SFWMD scientist Zach Welch.



 
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Oct 5, 2017S-131 Lock on Lake Okeechobee to Temporarily Close for Two Days


The boat lock on the north shore will undergo routine maintenance


(Click the map to see a larger version.)

Okeechobee, FL - For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the S-131 lock at Lakeport in Glades County is scheduled to be temporarily closed for maintenance on Monday, Oct. 16, and Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The S-131 is the last of four navigation locks on the north shore of the lake to undergo routine maintenance. The work was originally scheduled for Sept. 7 but was postponed due to preparations for Hurricane Irma.

As of this week, all SFWMD navigation locks on Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee Waterway have resumed normal operations following the hurricane.

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

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



 
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Oct 5, 2017Pack the House – rescheduled!

Join volunteers in preparing meals for thousands in need

FORT PIERCE, Fla., Oct 5, 2017 – Pack the House Presented by Wells Fargo has been rescheduled to Oct. 27-28. This year, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s premier 24-hour sorting and packing event will help many facing hardship following Hurricane Irma.
Join volunteers and community leaders at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce, for an event that will pack more than 200,000 meals for those struggling with hunger in the community.
The annual event traditionally scheduled in September as part of Hunger Action Month is more significant this year as Treasure Coast Food Bank continues to support disaster relief efforts for those most affected by Hurricane Irma on the Treasure Coast.
“Hurricane Irma caused thousands of families to lose homes, food, and work hours, and for those already struggling, it will be many months before they fully recover,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Since the hurricane hit, we’ve distributed nearly 1 million meals on the Treasure Coast and in Okeechobee County. This year, we expect to see more people looking for assistance during the holidays, and Pack the House will help prepare for it.”
Starting at noon on Friday, Oct. 27, hundreds of volunteers will work 3-hour shifts to sort and pack meals, including family boxes, senior boxes, holiday food boxes, and backpacks for school-age children.
The 24 hours are punctuated with activities that include Karaoke, Midnight Zumba, and a Halloween costume party. Local restaurants, Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Pappy’s Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Azul Mexican Restaurant, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Dixie Cream Donuts, and The Cake Lady will be providing food throughout the 24 hours to keep the volunteers energized.
Products and services for Pack the House will be provided by Audio Excitement DJ Services, Pepsico/Tropicana, Sign Store & More, LLC, Tidy Coast Event Rentals, Top Clown Karaoke, and Zumba with Darleen & Joy.
Other Pack the House and Hunger Action Month sponsors are American Public Works Association, Bank of America, Florida Power & Light, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Southern Eagle Distributors, Walmart Distribution Center #7038, Walmart Transportation #7838, and White Glove Moving & Storage.
The event will kick off with community leaders gathering for an opening ceremony at noon on Friday, Oct. 27th and wrap up with the final meal count at noon on Saturday, Oct. 28.
To volunteer for the event, visit stophunger.org/volunteer.
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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

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



 
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Oct 4, 2017Digital Web Board is Now Open for Public Comment
Digital Web Board is Now Open for Public Comment
on the 2018 South Florida Environmental Report
The District enhances transparency and accessibility by organizing public feedback through online forum


The South Florida Environmental Report details a year's worth of science, engineering and environmental restoration progress to improve the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, the Kissimmee Basin and South Florida coastal areas.

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is utilizing a dedicated web board to provide full public access for the agency's annual South Florida Environmental Report (SFER). Underscoring the agency's efforts for transparency, this enhanced process allows the public to comment and review all comments of those participating in the SFER review.

Participants can provide comments on Volume I chapters and appendices of the 2018 SFER through the SFER Web Board beginning today. The tentative date for posting the entire report is Oct. 23, 2017. The review period will continue until all chapters of the report have been posted for a minimum of three weeks (end date to be determined based on date of last posting).

"This SFER is a critical report highlighting the important work of scientists and engineers," said SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks. "By modernizing the public review and feedback process we are encouraging all interested parties, including environmental stakeholders, private industry and members of the public to participate and let their voice be heard."

Marking its 20th year of publication, the SFER presents dozens of reports in a three-volume publication that compiles scientific, fiscal, program reports and permit compliance documentation. In past years, feedback has been collected through various channels and forums including the digital web board, public meetings and events as well as phone calls and emails with the SFWMD and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

The process of utilizing the web board as the sole repository for comments will centralize the SFER review and provide an easily-tracked location for the sender and receiver regarding public comment.

Utilizing the web board will require commenters to register by providing a name and e-mail address. To register visit the following link: http://sfwmd.websitetoolbox.com/register/register

For more information regarding registering or accessing the web board, please contact Kim Chuirazzi at kchuiraz@sfwmd.gov or (561) 682-2425.

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



 
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Oct 4, 2017Hurricane Irma may have postponed our Paddle Party
Hurricane Irma may have postponed our Paddle Party
but she won't ruin our fun!

JOIN US Sat. Oct. 14!

USE PROMO CODE "IRMA" for $ 5 off

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Use PROMO CODE - IRMA
to help with the financial hangover.
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We had to reschedule our big
Endless Summer River Paddle
& Jupiter Sandbar Party FUNDRAISER!

We need your help to share
our event is back on for Saturday, Oct.14.
If you are not a paddler, please share because
I bet your friends are, or maybe you want to volunteer.


Club Scrub's
Endless Summer River Paddle & Rocking Jupiter Sandbar Party
.
Saturday, Oct. 14

Join us ...
On a Guided Paddle Adventure from Jonathan Dickinson State Park down the NW Fork of the Loxahatchee River to our Jupiter Sandbar Party (approx. 5-miles).
We paddle both ways with current.
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Call your Friends & Register TODAY!
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Launch at JD Park's River Area Swim Beach.
Paddle down the Loxahatchee River
to our Floating Refreshment Stops,
relax then paddle the rest of the way to the
Rocking Jupiter Sandbar Party!
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Don't Miss this Epic Event!
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After a couple of hours of great food,
drinks, live music and fun,
paddle back to JD with the current and
the oversight of support boats & guides !

See manatees, turtles and other wildlife as we paddle by mangrove islands and estuaries.
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Leave No Trace Behind, we ask that you pick up any trash you see along the river.
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Grab your Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes!!

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Oct 4, 2017Storm surges, high tides creating flood risks in Martin County

Increased storm surges and high tides, combined with a high wind event are creating flooding threats for some areas of Martin County. County officials are monitoring coastal conditions and areas in western Martin County.

Coastal Conditions
Coastal flood impacts are increased due to the extremely high tides, large breaking waves and continued effects from recent hurricanes. Kathy Fitzpatrick, Coastal Engineer for Martin County said, "The beaches are doing their jobs. Healthy beaches protect roads and structures and that's what we've seen so far this season. At this time, there is no immediate threat to upland structures or coastal roads."

Gusty winds, high chances of rip currents and ten foot plus waves are also creating hazardous conditions at local beaches. Martin County Ocean Rescue Chief Brad Beckett said he and his staff "are closely monitoring the weather's impact on guarded beaches. We're flying red flags and encouraging people to utilize extreme caution." He added that residents can call 772-320-3112 for updated beach conditions.

Western Martin County
Martin County Field Operations crews are working to clear swales and drainage inlets and remove several recently collapsed pipes to allow water to flow freely through the channels. Some areas in Hobe Sound, Pinetree and Mocking Bird lanes and Dyer Point in Palm City and the St. Lucie Settlement in Stuart are experiencing some flood conditions consistent with high tides, storm surge and heavy rain. Don Donaldson, Deputy County Administrator said, "Crews on the roadways are doing everything they can. As the week progresses and we move into higher tides, it's important that residents monitor local news, heed warnings from the National Weather Service and Martin County Officials. We are carefully observing the impact and will advise residents with areas of concern."

With regard to Lake Okeechobee and the S-80 Structure, "Martin County continues to work in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to manage the flow of water through the S-80 structure and other associated Lake Okeechobee operations and notify residents of conditions and potential threats," said Deb Drum, Martin County Ecosystem Manger.

The USACE is closely monitoring tidal activity in the St. Lucie Estuary. During high tides, they are closing the spillway gates at the St. Lucie Lock & Dam to reduce the likelihood of flooding on property downstream of the structure. As conditions allow, they will open the gate to allow runoff that collects in the St. Lucie Canal to pass through the structure. To the extent they can add lake water; they will open the gates at Port Mayaca. "Our goal is to release what lake water we can, but only when tidal conditions allow us to do so in a manner that doesn't cause flooding downstream of the St. Lucie structure," said John H Campbell, Acting Chief, Corporate Communications Office Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville, FL.

Important reminders during flooding
• Never walk or drive in the flood waters. Many people are killed by driving or walking on roads that are covered by water.
• Find an alternate route around the flooded area. If you approach a flooded roadway, turn around and take an alternate route, even though vehicles in front of you may have passed through the high water.
• Don't assume your vehicle is safe. High water in streets and intersections will quickly stall motor vehicles. Most trucks, four-wheel drives and sport utility vehicles also are susceptible to being swept away by high water.
• Never let children play near canals or storm drains when the water is rising or high.
To report serious road flooding issues, please contact Martin County Field Operations at 772-692-5284. As with any emergency, residents should call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

For the most up-to-date news.Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners and Twitter @Martincountygov.
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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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Oct 4, 2017Channel your inner pilot
Channel your inner pilot with an Audi Stuart Air Show flight experience AND celebrate those "flight wings" with VIP upgrades

The 2017 Audi Stuart Air Show is just four weeks away from takeoff. And, for those of you who have secretly dreamed of being a Top Gun pilot, cross that adventure off your bucket list by flying high above the air show action in a vintage aircraft or military helicopter.
Over the three-day air show (Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017) several exclusive and limited opportunities will literally put you in the pilot's seat, when you reserve a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime ride in one of the following aircraft:
• Cobra Attack Helicopter. Both standard (6-7 minutes) and extended (13-14 minute) flights available Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and throughout the day.
• UH-1 Huey Helicopter. One of the most recognizable and iconic helicopters in history! Flights are 8-10 minutes; available Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and throughout the day.
• T-6 Texan. Fly like the 'aces of yester-year' in this classic fighter-trainer of World War II. Flights are available between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. Two 'instructional' flight options are also available: a pattern-only-flight, lasting for 15 minutes, and an aerobatic flight, lasting for 20-30 minutes.
Don't let the fun stop there-celebrate your "flight wings" with a VIP ticket upgrade ranging from special Spectator Seating on the show line ($8/day per person upgrade), to shaded seating in the Heineken Beer Garden, which includes two complimentary beers ($25/ day per person upgrade) or entry into the Florida Craft Beer Experience, featuring show-line seating and unique and delicious craft beers-two complimentary-hosted by brewery representatives from Walking Tree and Tequesta Brewing Company ($25/day per person upgrade), or access to the Bombers Squadron sponsored by CenterState Bank, providing great views of the action from show line seating, lunch, adult beverages and soda ($60/day per person upgrade).

The air show's traditional Friday Night air show, complete with a crowd-pleasing firework spectacular, sponsored by Ron Rowars, Trial Attorney, and twilight aerobatics is always a sell-out. Grab those tickets before they are gone to the show or treat your friends and family to show line Spectator Seating ($8 per person) or the highly popular TDBank sponsored Dirty Flight Suit Party, complete with a buffet dinner, complimentary beer and wine, live entertainment, and a premier viewing for the night time flight action. Besides offering the best seats in the house, at this "Top Gun" party, you'll mix and mingle with the performers and pilots of the show, as well as the air show sponsors, supporters and other aviation aficionados. Dirty Flight Suit Party tickets are $115 per person and include general admission to Friday Night's air show.

Standard pre-purchase ticket options are $5 for veterans/military (military ID required) and children 6-12 (5 and under free), $15 for children 13+ and adults. Tickets at the gate will be $25 (age 13+) and $5 for veterans/military (military ID required). Premium parking is $20.

All Stuart Air Show tickets for entry, Dirty Flight Suit Party, premium parking and upgraded options are available for purchase at www.StuartAirShow.com. For all ride options, please visit www.StuartAirShow.com, then select Buy Tickets and then Aircraft Rides to purchase tickets and to view passenger qualifications.

The 2017 Audi-Stuart Air Show thanks Platinum Sponsors Pratt & Whitney-A United Technologies Company, Sikorsky Aircraft-A Lockheed Martin Company, and Martin County Airport, Witham Field, and Silver Sponsors: City of Stuart, Stuart Jet Center, CenterState Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Atlantic Aviation, Southern Pig and Cattle, Sunshine Golf Car , and Visiting Nurse Association.



 
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Oct 4, 2017Community Foundation Grants Record $9.98 Million to Charities in Fiscal Year
PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FL (Oct. 4, 2017) – The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties celebrated another year of monumental charitable giving.
Collectively, community impact funds of the Community Foundation granted nearly $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations in 2017.

In addition, the Community Foundation facilitated gifts of nearly $7 million to dozens of nonprofit organizations and $1.3 million in scholarships to 125 students. The Foundation currently has $160 million in assets under administration.

“We’re here to serve as a resource and partner,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Our funding priorities for this year’s competitive grants included endowment building for our local nonprofit organizations and protecting and preserving the local environment. We also supported Achieve Palm Beach County, a collective impact initiative focused on enhancing the education system in Palm Beach County with other community partners.”

Community Impact grants were awarded through several charitable funds at the Foundation, including the Community Impact Fund; the Marie Graber Martens Fund and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund.

The competitive grant cycle opened last fall and the process included full proposals; site visits; committee evaluations and scoring; and final recommendations to the Community Foundation board in May.

Community impact grants are only one part of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking. Most grants are directed by donors to the causes they care about through their charitable giving funds at the Foundation.

The Foundation also has more than 100 scholarship funds, making it one of the largest providers of scholarships in the two counties. This year, the organization awarded a record $1.3 million to 125 local high school students.

For more information on the grants program, or about establishing a charitable fund at the Community Foundation, please call 561-659-6800 or visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
Here are the 2016-2017 grantees by category:

2016-2017 Community Impact Grants
(directed by the Community Foundation)
($1,599,368 total)


ALLEVIATE HUNGER
$25,000.00
(Funded by the Community Impact Fund)

Palm Beach County Food Bank $25,000


FOREVER NONPROFIT ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
$441,100.00
(Funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund and the Martens Fund)


Armory Art Center $25,000
Boca Raton Museum of Art $25,000
CROS Ministries $25,000
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County $25,000
Delray Beach Public Library $25,000
Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation $10,000
Education Foundation of Martin County $25,000
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County $25,000
Families First of the Palm Beaches $10,000
Gale Academy Leadership Endowment Fund $1,100
Habitat for Humanity, Palm Beach County $25,000
HomeSafe $25,000
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County $25,000
Palm Beach State College $25,000
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League $10,000
Place of Hope $10,000
Quantum House $25,000
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County $25,000
United Way of Palm Beach County $25,000
Urban League of Palm Beach County $25,000
YWCA of Palm Beach County $25,000


2016-2017 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT AWARDS ($1,010,068)

City of West Palm Beach $115,000
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Grant Highlight: This project was a joint funding effort with the Knight Foundation, Quantum Foundation and the City of West Palm Beach Staff. This project – Phase II of Gehl Studios West Palm Beach included a Public Life Survey to develop a comprehensive understanding of West Palm Beach – and included challenged areas like Howard Park, Historic Northwest, Pleasant City, Coleman Park and Northwood. The Foundation’s efforts often include revitalizing neighborhoods, and this project helps improve quality of life for residents, identifies opportunities to re-energize community engagement and improve economic development.

The Everglades Foundation $153,900
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Florida Fishing Academy $165,000
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Grant Highlight: Florida Fishing Academy aims to create a fun, interactive public messaging Mobile Lab that promotes advocacy across all demographics, especially at Palm Beach and Martin Counties schools. With this new hands-on educational program, our students, at their school, will explore a working model of Florida's watershed, the effects of pollution and beach erosion and how it relates to the marine-life food chain. Students will have the opportunity to hold various marine life critters in the touch tank, and they will participate in an oil spill clean-up activity. These activities will explore the importance of water quality, conservation and a healthy marine environment.

Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park $83,489
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Grant Highlight: This grant provides further curriculum for 1st – 12th grade on science education, now including sustainability. Students that come to MacArthur Beach will be taught to incorporate sustainability life practices into their everyday life, with a focus on freshwater and ocean conservation. With this new unifying idea/focus, the Park can emphasize sustaining healthy environment for all to enjoy, now and into the future.

The Institute for Regional Conservation $35,000
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden $160,000
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Nature Conservancy $50,000
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Sandoway Discovery Center $62,679
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

Grant Highlight: Sandoway's Jr. Naturalist Program provides a path to success for disadvantaged students from low socio-economic and minority backgrounds from Title 1 schools and programs including Florence Fuller, Paul's Place and the Achievement Center through activity based programing. Sandoway will expand its Junior Naturalist Program with the help of this grant to include environmental crises classes that emphasize participation, protection and preservation to more Title 1 students. Many of these students have never seen the ocean before. It also includes transportation, as part of the problem is getting disadvantaged students to the center to give them this type of hands-on education. T

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium $100,000
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)

United Way of Palm Beach County $85,000
(John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund; Community Impact Fund and Susan R. John W. Sullivan Fund for Martin County)


2016-2017 FIELD OF INTEREST GRANT AWARDS
$123,200

The Arts Council $10,000
(Mosaic Fund)

Bethesda Hospital Foundation $25,000
(Richard and Helen Grant Fund)

Children's Case Management Organization $2,700
(Abby Gelles Knott Fund)

(Lawrence A. Sanders Fund to Promote Literacy and the Early Childhood Education Fund)

Digital Vibez $4,000
(Bailey Stein Fund and Cliff Williams Youth Recreation Fund)

Florida Outreach Center for the Blind $1,000
(Perry-Belle and Phillip O’Connell Pioneer Fund)

Martin County School District $7,500

Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach $17,000
(The Walden Fund)

Speak Up For Kids of Palm Beach County $8,500
(Henry and Mildred Baldwin Memorial Endowment Fund and Jack Taylor Fund for Abuse and Neglected Children)

Student Aces $3,500
(John Giba Youth Leadership Fund)

The Scripps Research Institute $34,000
(Betty S. Price Fund )

West Palm Beach Library Foundation $10,000
(Lawrence A. Sanders Fund to Promote Literacy and the Early Childhood Education Fund)



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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has provided nearly $139 million in grants and scholarships over its 45-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education.



Corrie Keller
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

561.340.4510 direct
561.659.6800 main
561.832.6542 fax
ckeller@cfpbmc.org
www.yourcommunityfoundation.org

700 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 200
West Palm Beach, FL 33401





 
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Oct 4, 2017AIM CELEBRATES THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE SEMIPOSTAL STAMP
Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America and the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Still, this statistic comes as a shock to many who are not familiar with the disease. Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and prevalence is projected to increase to as many as 16 million by 2050. Despite the growing numbers, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are underdiagnosed, and that lack of awareness prevents those living with the disease and their caregivers from receiving the care and support they deserve and need.

Today, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and the Alzheimer’s Association applaud the U.S. Postal Service for accepting the request of Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) to issue a new stamp to promote Alzheimer’s awareness and support research on the disease. This provision has been supported by and long advocated for by AIM and the Association. The issuance of the Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal Stamp will raise critical public awareness about the disease and aid the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its efforts to increase Alzheimer’s research funding to the appropriate level if we are to cure or effectively treat the disease by 2025. Proposed NIH Alzheimer’s research funding totals reached a historic $1.4 billion in Fiscal Year 2017, and an additional $400 million is pending for FY2018. These recent increases, combined with the proceeds raised by the sale of the Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal Stamp is providing those affected by the disease with hope.

We asked Kathy Siggins (from Maryland), fierce advocate of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp Act and former caregiver for her husband, to describe what a triumphant win the stamp is for Alzheimer’s advocates:

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“No words can describe my feeling when I got the news from Mary Anne Penner, Director of Stamp Services, that Alzheimer’s had been selected to be the first semipostal to be issued under the USPS Discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program. My heartfelt thanks to all of the dedicated advocates, caregivers and families of loved ones lost who are here in spirit as we celebrate this milestone. A special thank you to my dear friend and fellow advocate Lynda Everman who joined me in this fight to help make this happen, in memory of our late husband’s Gene and Richard, we finally did it. I want to thank Reps. Maxine Waters and Chris Smith, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Rep. Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and their colleagues for making this possible to help families living with Alzheimer’s disease.”

AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association join in Kathy’s appreciation for the work of Reps. Waters and Cummings, and thank Kathy and all of our advocates for their hard work over the years to make this stamp a reality.





 
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Oct 3, 2017Marine and Wildlife Art and Craft Festival Vero Oct 14-15
Marine and Wildlife Art and Craft Festival Vero Oct 14-15
http://www.MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com
Specializing in Marine and Wildlife Art

The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show will be held at the Indian River Fairgrounds October 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Indian River Fairgrounds in Vero Beach is located at 7955 58th Ave Vero Beach, Florida. The Marine Art Festival is easily accessible from I-95 and the Florida Turnpike and there are acres of free parking.

Artists specializing in photography, acrylic and oil paintings, serigraphy, watercolor, jewelry, clothing, pottery, woodcarving, quilting, metalwork, leatherworkers and furniture will all be on the grounds.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and support the marine, wildlife and nature artists who have created the work they are exhibiting.



The festival is also held in conjunction with the Treasure Coast Boat Show, Treasure Coast Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival. Visitors can go to four marine events on the same weekend at the same location. The festival is a FLEventsandFestivals.com featured event.

Visit the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show website http://www.MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com for more information, discount tickets, artist and craftsman applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions or contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813.


 
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Oct 3, 2017Submit Your Ideas for Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission No Later Than Friday


Friday is the deadline to submit citizen proposals to Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission.
Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Chairman Carlos Beruff and CRC Commissioner Belinda Keiser, while speaking at the Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum last week in Orlando, encouraged Floridians to have their voices and concerns heard and to submit ideas and changes to Florida’s constitution. The deadline for submitting citizen proposals has been extended to this Friday, October 6.
This week in Tallahassee, members of the CRC began reviewing proposals from citizens, including measures relating to write-in candidates, infrastructure funding and restoration of voting rights for felons.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to closely follow the CRC and encourage thoughts and ideas from the public for changes to Florida’s constitution.

Share Your Ideas on How to Move Florida Forward
The CRC is a unique opportunity for Floridians to make changes to the state constitution and make Florida an even better place to live. If you have a proposal you think would make Florida better, please contact me at (850) 521-1242 or cemmanuel@flchamber.com.



 
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Oct 3, 2017SFWMD Navigation Locks on Kissimmee River Resume
Operations Today The locks have been closed since Hurricane Irma for boaters' safety

Okeechobee, FL - Normal operations resumed at all South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) navigation locks on the Kissimmee River this morning:
• S-65E at Kissimmee River, Okeechobee/Glades County
• S-65D in Okeechobee/Highlands County
• S-65A in Osceola/Polk County
• S-65 on Lake Kissimmee in Osceola/Polk County
These navigation locks on the Kissimmee River were closed on Sept. 8 in preparation for Hurricane Irma. For boaters' safety, they remained out of service following the storm as the District used the S-65A lock to increase flows in the river and provide relief for residents and businesses from high water levels in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

Boaters are reminded that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be prohibiting navigation on the C-38 Canal between S-65A and S-65D north of the U.S. Highway 98 Bridge during the final construction phase of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. Navigation south of the construction site will be available via the S-65D Boat Ramp.

Status of Other Navigation Locks
SFWMD navigation locks on the north and south shores of Lake Okeechobee and the S-61 lock on Lake Tohopekaliga resumed normal operations last month after commercial power was restored following Hurricane Irma.

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

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

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

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



 
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Oct 3, 2017Jupiter Medical Center Opens New Urgent Care Center
Jupiter Medical Center Opens New Urgent Care Center in West Palm Beach on October 5th

Jupiter Medical Center opens a new urgent care center on Thursday, October 5, at 625 North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, giving area residents and businesses access to the same high-quality urgent care and outpatient services that their neighbors to the north enjoy.

Located on the first floor of the new Jupiter Medical Center Mount Sinai New York Plaza – formerly known as the Bank of America Centre – the new urgent care center offers fast and affordable walk-in service for minor emergencies, injuries and illnesses.

“We are committed to ensuring our community has access to the highest quality of affordable and accessible care,” said Steve Seeley, interim president and chief executive officer of Jupiter Medical Center. “Unlike other urgent care centers, Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care locations are backed by the hospital that has the highest patient satisfaction in the region, and quality and safety scores that rank nationally.”

Patients will receive care for everything from the common cold, the flu and sinus infections to cuts, burns, sprains, strains and more. The center also provides on-site laboratory testing, digital X-rays and additional services to enable the rapid diagnosis and treatment of urgent medical conditions and minor trauma. Services to support healthier living are also available, such as immunizations like flu shots, travel vaccines or preoperative clearance. In addition, the center offers companies and employers in the bustling downtown West Palm business district convenient access to pre-employment screenings and medical examinations.

“Our Urgent Care Centers are the cornerstone of our convenient care offerings. They are designed to meet a myriad of health needs for our busy community,” explained Judy Magalhaes, vice president, Ambulatory Care. “Patients can also feel secure knowing X-rays are read by the same highly qualified staff serving patients in the hospital. Likewise, if patients need specialty care, we can direct them to Jupiter Medical Center and Mount Sinai New York specialists who are ranked among the region’s best.”

The urgent care center strengthens the partnership between Jupiter Medical Center and Mount Sinai New York, who joined forces in 2014 and recently took up residence in the Jupiter Medical Center Mount Sinai New York Plaza. Together, they bring a range of health care services to those who live or work downtown, as well as nearby residents of Palm Beach Island.

The Mount Sinai Doctors Palm Beach practice will be offering world-class care in several specialty areas. Internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, dermatology, endocrinology and ophthalmology services will be provided by high quality, board certified, well trained physicians who will continue the Mount Sinai New York tradition of providing personalized care to both local patients and those who travel between New York and Palm Beach County.

"Mount Sinai New York is proud to partner with Jupiter Medical Center in providing residents of Palm Beach County enhanced access to multi-specialty health care services,” said Arthur Klein, MD, President of the Mount Sinai Health Network. “We have successfully recruited physicians from some of the most prestigious national medical centers to join us in this important enterprise.”

This is Jupiter Medical Center’s fourth urgent care location and similarly, provides immediate and affordable walk-in care after hours, as well as weekends and holidays. All four centers are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Appointments also can be scheduled online at jupitermedurgentcare.com.

All four state-of-the-art centers are supervised by a physician medical director and staffed by a team of certified physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, radiology technologists and urgent care technologists who provide assistance with injuries, illnesses, X-rays and more.

For more information on Jupiter Medical Center’s urgent care services, call 561-263-7010 or visit jupitermedurgentcare.com.

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

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai’s vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in four other specialties in the 2017-2018 “Best Hospitals” issue. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in six out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and 50th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally.

For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org/, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



 
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Oct 2, 2017House of Hope's first ever Palm City pumpkin patch fundraiser!

Good Morning!

We are very excited to announce that House of Hope has partnered with the all-new Palm City Farms Produce & Market to host a pumpkin patch fundraiser at their upcoming location beginning on October 15 through October 31.

Patrons who purchase their pumpkins at the Palm City Pumpkin Patch will be eligible to enter the pumpkin grower's national online competition, The Great $10,000 Carving Contest. House of Hope will also be hosting a social
media contest offering the opportunity to win gift certificates to our 4 thrift locations.

We hope to see everyone at our inaugural pumpkin patch and will be announcing added festivities on our social media channels at @hohmartin.

Communications & Marketing Specialist, House of Hope
(772) 286-4673 x 1013 || (772) 260-5814 || Tara@hohmartin.org ||
hohmartin.org || 2484 SE Bonita St. Stuart, FL 34997


 
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Oct 2, 2017SFWMD Moving Water in Anticipation of Additional Weekend Rain from Tropical Disturbance

District working with local governments and drainage districts to assist in areas already saturated from Hurricane Irma

Orlando, FL - South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) gates and flood control structures in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes are operating at maximum practical capacity to lower water levels in anticipation of a tropical disturbance passing over South Florida. The disturbance is expected to drop heavy rains over areas still recovering from high water caused by Hurricane Irma. The SFWMD is coordinating with local water managers and drainage districts to prepare for the storm's expected impacts.

Northern areas of the District, such as Lake Hart, Lake Myrtle, Lake Ajay and East Lake Tohopekaliga, are forecast to receive an average of 3 inches of rain over the next three days with local maximums of more than 8 inches of rain possible. Areas along Shingle Creek and Boggy Creek could also receive heavy rainfall.

These northern areas of the District have already received 8 to 12 inches of rain earlier this month from Hurricane Irma. All SFWMD flood control structures have been moving water out of these lakes to lower levels since the storm. However, these lakes are still well above their regulation schedules for this time of year. Heavy rainfall from the disturbance could cause additional impacts in county-controlled and locally controlled drainage areas that are upstream of the areas drained directly by the SFWMD.

If any municipality or drainage district experiences areas of localized impacts, they are encouraged to contact SFWMD immediately. Staff will assess those situations and see if there is anything further that can be done on a case-by-case basis.


 
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Oct 2, 2017Removal of Displaced Vessels Affected by Hurricane Irma

Provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are conducting assessments of damaged and sunken vessels in the areas most affected by Hurricane Irma. These assessments assist in providing an overarching image to the unified command of the effects of the storm, allowing for the effective placement of assets, expediting the response process.

"The response to Irma is a collaborative effort," said Benjamin Franco, Environmental Protection Agency Incident Commander for the response. "Every member of this team, both local, state and federal, is bringing to bear all of their expertise, experience, and the assets necessary for an expeditious conclusion to this response. Our hearts go out to those citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma and we will make every effort to ensure their needs are being addressed."

"This command has found that all sunk and derelict vessels resulting from Hurricane Irma are a threat to the environment and our mission is to remove this threat," said Cmdr. JoAnne Hanson, Coast Guard Incident Commander for the response. "The first priority is to remove actively polluting vessels. Second to that are the vessels that aren't actively polluting, but where a potential for pollution exists." View the Complete News Release

Hurricane Recovery Support Programs Now Available
Provided by the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce

VISIT FLORIDA wants to make sure your business receives additional support in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The following programs are available immediately to core tourism businesses located in the impacted areas listed below. For more information and to view VISIT FLORIDA's Post-Hurricane Marketing Plan, as well as other resources, go to VISITFLORIDA.org/Recovery.

Complimentary Brochure Distribution at all 5 Official Florida Welcome Centers
Available through March 31, 2018, businesses may ship a maximum of 2,000 brochures per Welcome Center for distribution. Please ship your brochures directly to the center of your choice. For more information on shipping and to secure your brochure placement, please contact the Visitor Services Department at welcomecenter@VISITFLORIDA.org.

Complimentary Lobby Booth Program at 4 Highway Welcome Centers
Available through March 31, 2018, businesses may schedule a time to participate in the Lobby Booth Display program. Please contact the Welcome Center of your choice to schedule a time, For contact information, click here .

Complimentary VISIT FLORIDA Marketing Partnership
Core tourism businesses located within Florida have the opportunity to get a Small Business Marketing Partnership free of charge through March 31, 2018. With the Marketing Partnership, businesses receive an Enhanced Web Listing on VISITFLORIDA.com, the ability to submit social media posts, the ability to promote Partner-to-Partner specials and more. To submit your enrollment application, click here.

Exposure on VISIT FLORIDA's Media Website
Businesses are encouraged to submit news releases to be posted on our media website. Press releases should provide newsworthy updates for consumer travel media and offer a story idea that is unique and compelling to your local Florida area. All news releases are subject to review and approval. Please email your information and photos to pr@VISITFLORIDA.org.


Bridge Loan Program

The Bridge Loan program seeks to provide short-term (up to 180 days), interest-free loans of up to $50,000 to qualified Florida small businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma. Qualified businesses must be for-profit, privately held businesses that maintain a place of business in the state with a minimum of two and maximum of 100 employees. You can find the application, and loan eligibility, terms, documentation and other requirements at www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org.

After completing your registration with FEMA, small businesses should complete and submit their application for an SBA Disaster Physical Damage and/or SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan by submitting an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela (quickest and easiest). You can also visit a FEMA designated Disaster Recovery Center or, when established, a standalone SBA Business Recovery Center to get the assistance of an SBA Disaster Loan Specialist, or visit your local Florida SBDC office for no-cost, confidential professional business consulting from one of our certified Small Business Disaster Recovery Specialists or one of our other professional business consultants.

Here are a few important dates you should be aware. The filing deadline for the State of Florida Bridge Loan is October 31, 2017, or until program funding is exhausted. The filing deadline for SBA disaster loan assistance for physical property damage is November 9, 2017. The deadline to return SBA economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. Make sure you get your application in as quickly as possible.



 
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Oct 2, 2017IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION

On Wednesday, September 27th, the “Big Six” Republican Congressional leaders and White House officials released a framework for revising and simplifying the tax code. The framework is broad, but provides a glimpse at what future tax legislation will likely look like. Many of the provisions in the framework have been hinted at or discussed over the past few weeks, including a 25% tax rate on passthrough income, 20% corporate tax rate, and a high 35% individual tax rate.
While the framework provides some guidance on future tax reform, it still leaves many questions unanswered. We at HBK are committed to helping our clients understand the significance of these proposed changes and how they may impact tax planning for 2018. We will continue to monitor these proposals and provide updates as more information is available.
Please contact your HBK professional today to discuss what these changes may mean for you and your tax situation.




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





 
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Oct 2, 2017Tickets On Sale to Members!
Not a Member?
Become one today and get the BEST SEATS!
Memberships start at just $35
Call Heather Long, Membership Director at 772-220-1942, ext 204

Tickets are available to the public on October 27th

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Colin Quinn One In Every Crowd
Sunday, February 25th at 7pm
You may know him as the anchorman on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, or from his HBO specials, or maybe from the 1980s MTV show Remote Control, but if you haven't seen Colin Quinn live, you're missing out. Known by fellow comics as the "quintessential New York comedian," Colin Quinn is at his best alone on the stage. On the heels of his wildly successful one-man shows Long Story Short and The New York Story, Quinn appears in his latest performance: One in Every Crowd. There’s always one person in every group situation that ruins everything.

Named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand Up Comedians of All Time, Colin Quinn is at his best on the stage with just a mic and an audience. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show One In Every Crowd


Ana Popovic
Sunday, March 4th at 7pm
Returning for another fiery performance, Ana Popovic is a force to be reckoned with. Called "one helluva guitar-player" by Bruce Springsteen, the blues musician is known for her soulful blend of slide guitar and electric funk. This year, Popovic received her 6th nomination at the Blues Music Awards and toured as part of the all-star Experience Hendrix lineup, a nationwide tour celebrating the music of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Popovic's intense touring schedule takes her around the world to venues big and small. Endorsed by Fender, D'Angelico, and Jim Dunlop, Ana Popovic has shared the stage with legends like BB King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and others. This year, Popovic will return to The Lyric Theatre for another unforgettable performance.


Visit LyricTheatre.com
for complete listing of 2017-2018 Shows!

The Lyric Theatre
59 S.W. Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 286-7827
www.LyricTheatre.com






 
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Oct 2, 2017Martin County Healthy Start Coalition welcomes new Executive Director

Samantha Suffich takes the helm with passion, ambition and goals for the organization

Stuart, Fla. – Martin County Healthy Start Coalition, the non-profit organization that offers support and education to pregnant women and infants, is pleased to welcome Samantha Suffich to the role of Executive Director.

Suffich’s graduate level studies in health education, professional experience in grant management, and passion for maternal and child health make her the ideal person to lead the Healthy Start Coalition into the future.

Suffich holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida. While pursuing her degree, she interned as a health educator at a birth center designing class curriculums and materials and assisting with childbirth and nutrition education classes. Upon graduation, her passion for public health led her to work for the Florida Department of Health in Pasco and Pinellas Counties managing their tobacco prevention grants. Suffich served as an advocate with state and local decision makers for tobacco policy changes, forged strategic partnerships with local and state coalitions, and coordinated tobacco cessation efforts.

Returning to her first love, Suffich became a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator in Palm Harbor, where she provided consultations, prenatal visits, labor support and postpartum visits to pregnant women and their families for more than three years.

“Martin County’s Healthy Start Coalition provides a vital service,” Suffich says, “and has a superb track record of making a difference in the health of mothers and babies. I’m eager to lend my passion for maternal and child health and my experience in engaging and mobilizing community groups to this wonderful organization.”

Over the years, one of Healthy Start’s greatest concerns is the health of African American babies, who are twice as likely to be born at a low birth weight and are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than other babies.

“We are dedicated to improving these statistics moving forward,” said Suffich. “Since I took on the role of Executive Director in June, I have vigorously pursued grants, programs and partnerships that will help us obtain our goal.”

Under Samantha’s leadership, an additional Prenatal Outreach Center in Indiantown is now accessible and a grand opening is planned for November. The Center will help expand Healthy Start’s reach and continue to provide education to new mothers and families. Another success includes a partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County, in which the Communities Saving Our Babies Program will be implemented in the East Stuart Community this fall. An additional partnership with Bell House Doulas will increase Healthy Start’s breadth of services by offering birth doula services to moms that are likely to labor alone at the hospital when their babies are born.

“Samantha brings to our organization exactly what we need at this point in our history,” said Teena White, Martin County Health Start Coalition board president. “She has a passion for maternal health, experience with securing grants and generating community support for important causes, and youthful energy. With Samantha at the helm, we’ll continue our work to ensure that all babies in Martin County are born healthy.”

About Martin County Healthy Start Coalition

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-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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Oct 2, 2017SBA Opens Six Business Recovery Centers in Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Recovery


SBA Opens 6 BRCs in Flori
 
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Oct 2, 2017Why Realtors Want to Work With You!

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Oct 2, 2017Final week for Hurricane Irma onsite assistance in Martin County

Staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will continue to meet with Martin County residents through October 6, 2017 at the Blake Library in Stuart. FEMA field teams working in Martin County neighborhoods will also complete their work in the field on Friday.

Blake Library
October 2 - 6, 2017
8 am - 6 pm
2351 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, Florida 34994

FEMA Individual Assistance
This program allows homeowners and renters to apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Residents who are unable to attend or wish to apply after October 6, 2017, can apply via the following methods through November 10, 2017.
• Online: www.disasterassistance.gov/
• Smartphone: Downloading FEMA app through www.fema.gov
• FEMA Toll-Free Helpline: 800-621-3362
• EMA Toll-Free Helpline for deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disability: 800-462-7585
Operation Blue Roof
This program is free for homeowners who have damage to their roofs due to Hurricane Irma. The program sends licensed contractors to homes to cover the damage with fiber-reinforced plastic sheeting (tarp) until homeowners can arrange repairs. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. Interested residents must register in person. For residents interested in registering for this program after October 6, 2017, visit www.saj.usace.army.mil/blueroof/ for a list of available locations.

For more details about the programs, including FAQs and items needed to apply for assistance, go to www.martin.fl.us/DisasterAssistance. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/ and Twitter @Martincountygov for the most up-to-date news.


 
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Oct 1, 2017Geico Now Hiring!
The GEICO Local Office in Jensen Beach is currently seeking highly professional and motivated candidates interested in advancing their sales career. We specialize in auto, cycle, and other personal lines products. Applicants must hold a current 440, 2044, or 220 license.

Qualifications
-Property & Casualty Insurance experience preferred but not required
-College degree or pursuing preferred
-Effective verbal/written communication skills
-Excellent computer/multi-tasking skills
-Comfortable with fast paced environment
-Proven dependability and flexibility
-Must be able to pass background/credit check

Benefits
-Sales Commission
-Paid Holidays/Vacation
-401(k) Retirement Plan

Hours are M-F 9-5:30 with a rotating Sat. Salary starts at $16.50/hr (negotiable based on level of experience).

Serious applicants only please.

All interested parties please email updated resume to Kmoody@geico.com


 
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Sep 30, 2017Chircus - The Children's Ball


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Sep 29, 2017The 2017 Stuart Boat Show - Almost Sold Out - only a few in-water slips available


The largest boat show on Florida's Treasure Coast, featuring over 200 local, national and international exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats in-water and on land. Many boat brands are represented at the show, including the latest models of motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speedboats, sport fishing boats, and pontoons ranging in size from 12 feet to over 85 feet in length. Additional exhibits include the latest in personal watercraft, marine electronics, outboard and inboard engines, safety equipment, accessories, boat lifts, fishing gear, nautical clothing and jewelry, as well as financing and insurance companies.

Our mission is to create a win-win partnership with our Sponsors that offers value and drives brand exposure. We provide an extensive media plan including television, radio, print and online. So if you are looking to reach the marine and travel lifestyle audience, this is the perfect opportunity. Please contact us for further details on our existing sponsorship packages or feel free to suggest one of your own - we can create a package to fit most budgets and needs of our sponsors at michele@stuartboatshow.com.

We are expecting a great turn-out at this year's show. Please join us for another great event! For detailed information on the Sponsorship Opportunities, view our brochure.


 
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Sep 29, 2017SFWMD to Reopen Remaining Recreational Areas Closed by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 29

Public access will be restored at Stormwater Treatment Areas 2, 3/4 and 5/6 and the new A-1 Flow Equalization Basin

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will reopen public access at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, to the final four recreational areas closed by Hurricane Irma:
• Palm Beach County: A-1 Flow Equalization Basin
• Palm Beach County: Stormwater Treatment Area 2
• Palm Beach County: Stormwater Treatment Area 3/4
• Hendry County: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6
Most SFWMD-managed lands and lands managed in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were reopened on Sept. 21 after being closed for almost two weeks under an emergency order issued in advance of Irma. After the hurricane passed through the District's 16-county region, land managers have been working to remove debris and repair storm-related damage to ensure public safety.

Visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation to explore SFWMD-managed public lands in your area.

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

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



 
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Sep 29, 2017Martin County announces additional dates for FEMA and Blue Roof registrations


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will continue assisting residents in Martin County. FEMA and Corps staff will remain at the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown through this Saturday, and move back to Stuart at the Blake Library beginning Sunday, October 1, 2017. Hours at both locations are 8 am - 6 pm.


FEMA Individual Assistance offers a range of benefits; interested Martin County residents must register within sixty days from the declaration, which was September 10, 2017. Residents who wish to apply for the Blue Roof program must register in person.

Dates and Locations
Friday and Saturday, September 29 - 30
Elisabeth Lahti Library
8 am - 6 pm
15200 SW Adams Ave
Indiantown, Florida 34956
772-597-4200

Sunday, October 1
Blake Library
8 am - 6 pm
2351 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, Florida 34994
772-288-5702

Programs
FEMA Individual Assistance
FEMA staff will assist residents with the FEMA Individual Assistance Registration program. This program allows homeowners and renters to apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Residents who are unable to attend can also apply by calling 1-800-621-3362, apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or download the app through www.fema.gov.

Operation Blue Roof
USACE staff will offer residents an opportunity to sign up for the Blue Roof program, a free service for homeowners. The Blue Roof program permits Corps of Engineers and its agents to install the temporary roof, made of fiber-reinforced sheeting to qualified homeowners. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. Residents who are interested in this program must register in person.

Other dates and locations may be announced based on resource availability. For the most up-to-date information, residents are encouraged to check www.martin.fl.us/DisasterAssistance and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/

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Sep 29, 2017Marine Mammal Rescue Update
FAU Harbor Branch's Marine Mammal Rescue Team resighted Reel and her calf this week [pictured right] near Grand Harbor. The team disentangled Reel's calf back in January this year just south of Harbor Branch. Photo ID was able to confirm the dolphins were REEL and cREEL
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The team also spotted Fizz the same day by the St. Lucie power plant. They worked on disentangling Fizz back in November 2015. The bottom left image shows 2015's entanglement; the bottom right photo shows a notch on the dorsal fin from a previous injury.


FAU Harbor Branch Receives Grant to Study Survivin in Colon, Breast & Lung Cancers

Earlier this year, FAU Harbor Branch's Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Program (MBBR) was awarded a $622,683 grant to for the research project "Discovery of Marine Natural Product Antagonists of Survivin as Novel Cancer Therapeutics." The funding was part of $16 million in research funding awarded to 16 different projects through the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program.

The FAU Harbor Branch marine natural product chemical library represents a diverse library of genetically encoded small molecules that have actively co-evolved with cellular targets involved in both cell survival and death. The nodal protein survivin has been identified as an important target for intervention in a number of cancers including colon, lung and breast cancers. The MBBR team will use high content imaging (HCI) to rapidly screen chemically diverse materials from the library for their ability to reduce levels of survivin in cancer cell lines.


Research Cruise Report: South Atlantic MPAs and Oculina HAPC


The report for a 16 day research cruise, conducted in June 2016, is now available. The cruise was conducted by NOAA National Marine Fisheries on the NOAA Ship Pisces with the UNCW Mohawk ROV. FAU Harbor Branch was among several collaborators who worked to complete the cruise mission.

The 2016 Cruise Report provides detailed quantitative characterization of the benthic habitat, benthic macro-biota, and fish populations for each of the 23 ROV (remotely operated vehicle) dives completed. Of particular interest was the discovery of living Oculina coral thickets and coral mounds at the St. Lucie Hump MPA (Marine Protected Area) site, which was surveyed for the first time during this cruise. These are now the only know Oculina coral mounds in the world outside of the Oculina HAPC (habitat area of particular concern). The team also noted for the first time in a long time some schools of Red Snapper in the OHAPC whic is good news. Read the paper here.






 
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Sep 29, 2017Irma Storm Damage?

Federal Program Provides Help

If your area suffers damage from a natural disaster, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) relieves imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind¬storms and hurricanes. Aid may include financial and technical assistance to remove debris from streams, protect destabilized stream banks and establish cover on critically eroding lands and purchase flood plain easements.

The public and private landowners are eligible for assistance, but must be represented by a project sponsor, such as a city, county, conservation district or a Native American tribe or organization. NRCS provides technical assistance and pays up to 75 percent of the construction. Local sources contribute the remaining portion in the form of cash or in-kind services.

The process begins when the sponsor requests assistance from a local NRCS office. Staff visit the site and determine eligibility based on damage, property protected, environmental impacts and economic analysis, then request funding from the NRCS national office. If Congress appropriates funds, the sponsor enters into a cooperative agreement to complete the work.



 
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Sep 29, 2017Florida Chamber Foundation launches ‘My Career’ website tool
Drawing on state data on what jobs are out there and what they pay, and what college and career school programs cost, the Florida Chamber Foundation is launching a new website aimed at helping people understand where the money is and what it will cost.

“I have to say to you this is just a piece of gold,” Rebecca Schumacher executive director of the Florida School Counselor Association said at a news conference held Thursday morning in Orlando.

The “Launch My Career Florida” project weaves data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida Department of Education and the U.S. Census Bureau to create an interactive website that allows students, parents, counselors, businesses and adults seeking new career opportunities to explore.

By filling in interests and clicking options, the user is presented with information about what a particular job field likely will pay, how much the education will cost, how much time it will take to get the education, and what the ultimate return-on-investment will be. The options range from trades, such as a motorcycle maintenance certificate from Seminole State Community College, to degrees in finance from the University of Florida.

Costs of living are factored in too, as are degrees of job satisfaction, provided via data from Gallup Inc. polls.

It also has a “skills added” feature, that allows people to determine what additional skills they may wish to pursue in addition to a particular degree, to make themselves more valuable in the jobs market.

The project is a joint venture of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Florida Division of Economic Opportunity and Strada Education Network, which underwrote the project in Florida and other states with a $2 million grant. The Florida project, the fifth, was announced Thursday at the Florida Chamber of Commerce 2017 Future of Florida Forum at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes resort.

“Launch My Career, as a consumer information website, brings an incredibly powerful information into the hands of students,” said Jaimie Francis of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We’ve seen this site work very well for students.”

She gave an example from Colorado, where a young woman who used the Colorado version recently. She was interested in a career in drama and the performing arts. “She raised her hand after playing around on this site for a couple of minutes, and said, ‘What does it mean when my return on investment is a negative number?'” Francis recounted.

When it was explained to her that a job in that field would pay less than a high school graduate might earn, the young woman decided to make drama a minor or double major, along with a business degree, Francis said.

“We think it isn’t up to us to determine their career path,” Francis said. “But we feel students do have the right to have this incredibly important information about what are the hot jobs in the state of Florida, what are the hot skills for them to land in those jobs, and what are the programs in the state that are going to help them find that career pathway.”

 
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Sep 29, 2017Adopt-a-Class or Fund-a-Project or Donate Your Time or Goods
See attached or follow this link:
https://www.educationfoundationmc.org/p/294/your-classroom-connection/#.Wc5TaI9SyUl

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Sep 28, 2017Clearing Hurricane Irma debris a massive project


Hurricane Irma generated the equivalent of a year and a half's worth of debris, or nearly 150,000 cubic yards. Immediately after the storm, County staff began restoring safety to Martin County roadways by assessing damage, repairing traffic lights and clearing main roads and intersections. Martin County's debris contractor began collecting storm debris on Saturday, September 16, 2017; working seven days a week, weekly collections have increased from an average of 2,000 cubic yards to 20,000. County officials expect the project's collection phase to wrap up by October 31, 2017.

"We have a solid plan in place and are adhering to state and federal guidelines for collection and removal of storm debris," said Don Donaldson, Deputy County Administrator. Donaldson continues, "It's a complex project with multiple, scheduled passes through all residential areas, including private and gated communities."
Normal trash pickup by Waste Management is occurring on regularly scheduled days. To ensure timely removal of storm debris and regular trash, residents are asked to follow these guidelines:
• Separate vegetative waste, construction debris and regular trash.
• Place plastic bags away from vegetative debris piles.
• Stage debris within the road right-of-way, exercising caution not to block roadways, sidewalks, drainage facilities or create a sight distance hazard.

Access current debris removal information at www.martin.fl.us/martin-county-services/debris-removal. Residents can also call Martin County's hurricane debris hotline at 772-463-3277 weekdays 8 am - 4 pm. To stay up-to-date, follow Martin County on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/ and Twitter at @Martincountygov.



 
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Sep 28, 2017The Harbor Branch Foundation
The Harbor Branch Foundation’s Board and Staff wishes
to express its condolences
to the family and friends of Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr. on his passing.

Bud was our 2013 Love Your Lagoon Honoree
and will be remembered with great fondness and respect.
From our Board Chair, Mike O’Reilly:
“Bud Adams was a titan; his contribution to agriculture, ranching and improving human life generally will long be remembered.”

HBOIF Grants Spotlight: Medicines from the Ocean –
New Methods in Natural Products Discovery
This $320,000 project focused on using FAU Harbor Branch’s unique assets –
30,000 macro and micro-organism collections collected from the ocean -- and used a high content imaging (HCI) system
to revolutionize how to visualize and test for active materials.


HBOIF Grants Spotlight: Where are the Fish?
Using a uniquely outfitted WaveGlider SV3 autonomous surface vehicle
to discover and characterize fish spawning aggregations.
Funded at $330,795

Save The Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

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



 
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Sep 28, 2017CHAMBER INSIDER

Greetings from the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2017 Future of Florida Forum. Business leaders, elected officials, industry experts, local chambers and association partners are gathered here in Orlando this week and focused on important policy and political conversations that will help make Florida more competitive.

It's through the lens of securing Florida's future that we assess Florida's performance. Is Florida moving in the right direction? How do we measure up against other states and nations? Are Florida's students prepared for the jobs of the future?

The answers to these, and many more questions are essential to ensuring Florida is prepared for the 26 million people that will call Florida home by 2030.

One thing is for certain: Everything about Florida is changing. Florida's politics, Florida's economy and Florida's demographics are changing.

The FloridaScorecard.org keeps us focused on the data, measuring Florida's key metrics:
• 74%- The Florida voter turnout in the last election. The Florida Chamber's non-partisan FloridaWins.org news and information center is a leading resource for employer-to-employee programs, and is helping lead this week's Employee Voter Registration Week.
• 56%- Registered voters who believe Florida is moving in the right direction.
• 190,000 - The number of jobs Florida Chamber Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish predicts Florida will create this year. Dr. Parrish's January predication is right on track.
• 10% - Florida creates one of every 10 jobs in the United States. That's something to be celebrated, but...
• 3.1 million- Floridians living in poverty. The Florida Chamber is hosting a statewide Prosperity Summit this fall and will unveil steps we're taking to help Floridians move from poverty into the workforce.
• 58% - The percentage of Florida's third graders who can read at or above the third-grade level. This means that 42% of Florida's third graders are still falling behind. The Florida Chamber Foundation's Business Alliance for Early Learning asks you to help us reach 100%.
• 37 - The number of state legislators that earned an "F" grade during this year's legislative session on the Florida Chamber Annual Report Card.
• 14- The number of state legislators who earned an "A" on the Florida Chamber Annual Report Card.
• 46 out of 50 - Florida's bottom five legal climate ranking. Among the very worst in the United States, and it's why the Florida Chamber is a state leader in lawsuit abuse reform efforts at Florida's Capitol.
• 6.7 million- The number of Floridians left without power after Hurricane Irma. Thanks to the diligent efforts of Governor Rick Scott, many Floridians were able to evacuate -creating the largest evacuation in U.S. history.
But the most important number at the Florida Chamber is:
• 1 - You are our number one focus, and the Florida Chamber is committed to building on Florida's competitiveness and further strengthening our state's private-sector job growth.
To those reading this while attending the Future of Florida Forum - thank you. Thank you for your partnership. To those that were unable to join us, it's my hope that you and your management team will soon attend one of our statewide events. We want to meet you and learn more about what you need to add good jobs in Florida.
As always, thank you for dedication to free enterprise.


My best,




P.S: Pursuant to Florida Chamber bylaws, a state of proposed nominated 2016-2017 Board of Directors is offered for your review. Florida Chamber membership will be asked to vote on the proposed nominees during the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 27 at JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando during the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2017 Future of Florida Forum and Florida Board of Governors Annual Meeting.

From a Federal Perspective
On the way to securing free-enterprise there can sometimes be road blocks. Here's what we're doing to make sure Florida is headed in the right direction.
Federal Issues

The Florida Chamber of Commerce Supports Saving Local Businesses
The Health Insurance Tax Posed to Cost Floridians $1.7 Billion
Rising Property Insurance Premiums... Not On Our Watch




Working to Secure Florida's Future
There has never been a more important time to unite Florida businesses in the fight for free enterprise. If your business is serious about thriving in Florida and you are ready to join our fight, find out how we're working to secure Florida's future.
Talent Supply & Education

Why Talent Matters: A Business Conversation with U.S Education Secretary DeVos
Congratulations to UF for Ranking Top 10 in Public Universities
The Importance of Florida's Education System
Bruce Hagan President and CEO of RAI Investment on Closing the Unemployment Gap of Disabled Floridians





Innovation & Economic Development

Florida's Small Businesses Increasingly Concerned with Workforce Quality
Watch Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist discuss Florida's current growth
The Future of Military, Defense, and Veterans
More than 1 in 5 Florida Jobs Depend on Trade




Infrastructure & Growth Leadership

Duke Energy Named to Top Sustainability Index for 12th Straight Year
Carnival Corporation Announces Plans for First Fully LNG-Powered Cruise Ship
DYK: Florida's Aviation and Aerospace Industry Employs More Than 85,000 Floridians?
FPL Recognized for Its Continued Commitment to the Environment



Business Climate & Competitiveness

Time is Now to Address Assignment of Benefits Fraud
Congress Needs to Act on Tax Reform This Year
Wall Street Journal: How Florida Saved Taxpayers
Consumer Protection Coalition Warns Florida Consumers on AOB Fraud
JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon and IBM's Ginni Rometty Talk Tax Reform



Civic & Governance Systems

View the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2017 Future of Florida Forum Live-Stream here
Did your legislator vote for business? Check out their 2017 Legislative Report Card
Keiser Univerity's David "Ritch" Workman Appointed to Florida Public Service Commission
US Chamber Foundation Tracks Florida Businesses Who Join Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts




Quality of Life & Quality Places

Did You Know: Nearly 1 in 6 Floridians Live in Poverty?
Florida's art holds up against Hurricane Irma
Sarasota Named Number One Place to Retire in Florida
Here's How to Help After Hurricane Irma
Adam Putnam rolls up his sleeves in Monroe County, passes out water, thanks Walmart



Quote of the Month
"Assignment of Benefits is a Category 5 hurricane... it's an issue that effects every single policy holder in the state, it will change the dynamics of insurance and it will have a ripple effect on our state liability... "

- A Bottom Line interview with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on AOB Abuse

Internship Program Update -
Welcome Sachs Media Group
The Florida Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce our newest business partners, Sachs Media Group and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Sachs Media Group recognized their need for reception assistance and identified the Foundation's Internship Program as a great way to be matched with a qualified intern with a disability. The Florida Chamber's intern was placed within their IT department, and is working to help continually met their database needs.

If you are in need of some temporary help, consider hiring an intern. The Foundation has slots available to fund internships with Florida businesses. To see if you qualify, please contact Whitney Harris at wharris@flfoundation.org or (850) 521-1237.

Member Spotlight




Phillip C. Gildan of Greenberg Traurig appointed to Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission
Congratulations to Tropicana on their 70th Anniversary!





Steve Cernak Elected Chairman of Florida Ports Council
William Large of the Florida Justice Reform Institute reappointed to Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the North District of Florida




Tampa International Airport Ranks Second in J.D. Power 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study


It's Relevant TV
The Florida Chamber of Commerce has expanded our affinity program for 2017 to include a special discount for It's Relevant TV. This unique television platform is being used across the country by several different business types including retail, medical, dealerships, restaurants, hotels, entertainment/sports arenas and professional services.

It's Relevant TV transforms your on-premises television into a tool to market your business as people watch TV. It's a custom service made for each individual business that combines TV programs, your ads and videos, and your social media posts in real-time.

Our special Florida Chamber rate of $99/month makes it extremely affordable for your business to utilize a premium TV solution. And while the TV programming they provide is entertaining, the main purpose of the service is to make your business money. The vast majority of It's Relevant TV's clients see an immediate return on investment, with increases in average customer spend, the number of return visits and social media followers.





Florida Chamber of Commerce | (850) 521-1200 | mis@flchamber.com | http://www.floridachamber.com
136 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301



 
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Sep 28, 2017Public records case gets State Attorney’s scrutiny
Grand jury now looking at Lake Point’s public records case
The State Attorney’s office has apparently launched a criminal investigation into the Lake Point public records case in Martin County.
The county was served a search warrant Sept. 20 by the state attorney’s office to obtain a copy of the emails retrieved during a court-ordered search Sept. 15 of Commissioner Sarah Heard’s now-unlocked, private Yahoo! account, according to court records.
The investigation and grand jury probe was revealed during a court hearing Sept. 27 in the Lake Point case to consider Martin County’s request to postpone its main breach-of-contract trial set for Oct. 16 – the same day the state attorney’s office will present evidence to the Grand Jury regarding the public records case, according to statements made in open court.
The public records case was separated from the main Lake Point case in 2015.
Presiding judge William Roby said that he had been provided 600 “responsive” documents from the forensics search of Heard’s private email account, although he’d been able to “get through” only about 200 of them to determine their relevancy to Lake Point’s 2013 public records request.
A copy of all 600 emails also was provided to the state attorney’s office as a result of the search warrant issued to the county’s forensic IT consultant who conducted the search, according to court records.
Whatever emails Roby determines are relevant to the Lake Point case will be provided to Martin County, which in turn will provide copies to Lake Point and to Heard’s attorney, Robert Critton.
Lake Point attorney Ethan Loeb also disclosed to the court that he had been subpoenaed by the state attorney to testify before the grand jury, which will determine if sufficient evidence exists to issue an arrest warrant in the case.
State Sunshine law dictates that all public records must be preserved and protected, and any deliberate alteration or destruction of records could result in criminal charges.
The county has been ordered to pay Lake Point more than $501,000 thus far for their attorney fees and costs as a result of the court’s ruling that the county had exhibited a “pattern and practice” of violating public records laws.
Lake Point, a water restoration project and rock mine near Indiantown, had asked for all correspondence on private email accounts between former commissioner Maggy Hurchalla and Martin County commissioners in February 2013, which they consider relevant evidence in its tortious interference claim against Hurchalla.
Heard, however, said she was unable to comply fully because her personal computer and private email account had been “hacked” a few weeks previously, destroying eight years’ of public records.
Nearly four years later, Circuit Court Judge William Roby issued a subpoena to Yahoo! in an attempt to retrieve whatever emails were still intact on Heard’s account to fulfill Lake Point’s public records request.
Roby appeared frustrated that the Lake Point case had been ongoing for more than four years without resolution, telling the attorneys during Wednesday’s court hearing that if he granted a continuance, it would likely drag the case on another six months to a year longer due to his own crowded court calendar.
He is expected to issue a ruling on the continuance this week.
Both Loeb and Martin County’s outside counsel, Edward de la Parte of Tampa, assured the court that the case likely would require only two weeks’ time, instead of the three weeks now allotted, since the South Florida Water Management District had settled with Lake Point in August – not with cash, but with an all new, 50-year contract.
The recently announced SFWMD settlement was the basis of Martin County’s request for a continuance, claiming that the water district’s new contract with Lake Point “changes the landscape”, affecting all aspects of the case, including Lake Point’s most recent damages claim of $22 million.
Loeb, who argued that the 2017 contract had no relevance to the county’s alleged contract breaches in 2013, urged the judge to reserve his ruling at least a day or two, as Lake Point and Martin County are currently engaged in settlement talks, adding that “the pitter patter of jury feet” could spur all sides to work harder to reach an agreement.
Lake Point’s breach of contract claims will be a bench trial, decided only by Roby. Both Lake Point and Hurchalla have asked for a jury trial in her case; however, both cases will be tried simultaneously.
An additional $760,000 was allocated to the county attorney’s office to cover the cost of additional outside attorney fees through the Oct. 16 trial during Tuesday’s commission meeting.
The office also requested an additional $350,000 for outside attorney fees to defend commissioners in the public records case, although the public records lawsuit by Lake Point was settled in Lake Point’s favor in February.
The new allocation will bring the total in outside attorney fees and costs to more than $5 million.
Commissioners Ed Ciampi and Doug Smith cast dissenting votes on the allocation of funds for additional legal fees, with Smith stating, “This is a case that should not have been in the first place … and I just believe we are heading in the wrong direction on this.”


 
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Sep 28, 2017NEVER FORGET TRIBUTE to 9-11 First Responders

Area Wide Art Exhibit and Contest

HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
for Thursday 9-28 @ 6pm

at the

Chapel in Forest Hills Funeral Home
2001 SW Murphy Road
Palm City, Fl 34990

All students and parents are encouraged to participate, and vote for their favorite artwork. The event includes an appetizer reception for all guests. Press photos will be taken, Winners will be announced, and Artwork will be displayed!

WILDLIFE CONTEST!

Students have the choice to participate in the George Montgomery / NRA Wildlife Art Competition, open to students grade 1-12 (including homeschool) with the chance for some great prizes! Please take into consideration that entries will NOT be returned and all entries must be submitted and postmarked by October 31st. Entry forms will be handed out as well as mailing instructions for each entry to every participant!

We will be featuring ALL of our students at the downtown Stuart Mural! We are creating an online magazine, to showcase each student, and will make it available in 2018.

The mural is scheduled to begin
in November

Evening classes will be rescheduled for 1-2 Saturdays in order to paint in fish during daytime hours. We will add classes at no charge, if needed, to complete each fish.
The mural is subject to weather.

An event is planned in January to celebrate the mural and all who participated. The date will be announced.

Mural Design by Lynne Barletta




Each Student will paint a fish that was in our river 60 years ago into this mural. The funds raised from the sponsorships will be given this fall 100% to Catch the Wave of Hope. Students may still receive sponsorships for fish beginning at $100.00. Awards will be given for the top 5 sponsored fish at the end of the year! Sponsorship forms are available at our front desk by request.

Lynne Barletta will be raising corporate sponsorships from $1,000 up to $100,000 for her aquatic life and one entire mural sponsorship.

Packets will be available if you know of a corporate or individual sponsor who would love to be a big part of this project.

Many other non-profit organizations in our community are planning events to raise funds for Catch The Wave of Hope. Visionary School of Arts is coming alongside Soroptimist, The Women's Club, Junior League, the Rotary Club and many more to help Catch the Wave of Hope. CWH plans to build a transition home in Martin County. Our community is becoming mobilized to stop moderate day slavery, which is an atrocity against children and adults happening right here in Martin County.

Our heart cry is "NOT ON OUR WATCH!"



Note from Lynne Barletta:

We believe that teaching our Visionary artists leadership in a way that utilizes art as a vehicle of transformation in communities and nations. This brings tremendous recognition for their talent and community service as well as preparing the way for college and business in the lives of our young artists.

A number of our students have received awards, recognition and scholarships for donating their art in auctions, events and using art to help those who are less fortunate. Please let us know if you need help with preparing a bio for your child in preparation for the future. Our students have won recognition and awards for participating in giving back to their community.

Visionary School of Arts raises up and launches artists of all ages in fine art, business, marketing and leadership.

I want to thank our parents and students who are participating in the mural and who have brought sponsorships in so generously! Many of our children have sold giclees of their fish and will continue to do so. I encourage each of you to place a picture of your child's fish on facebook and ask people to sponsor and purchase on of their giclees. Your child will receive a check after costs of each giclee purchase!

Looking forward to winter!

Lynne Barletta
Founder and Executive Director Visionary School of Arts



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Special offer to parents and family of our students:

Would you like to try your hand at painting? We are offering 20% off to ART AFTER DARK painting parties at Visionary School of Arts for families of students. You may invite friends to book a party at the same discount.

Please contact our office at 772-283-4888
for more details.

Come paint with Mike Nolan for a fun filled evening of learning from a professional artist!






 
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Sep 28, 2017SFWMD Preparing for Heavy Rainfall from Tropical Disturbance
As recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma continue, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is preparing for heavy rainfall from a tropical disturbance expected to move through South Florida starting late this week.

Forecasts are calling for the heaviest rain Friday and Saturday along the east coast of the District's 16-county region. Water managers have maintained regional canals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in low operating ranges since Hurricane Irma moved through South Florida more than two weeks ago. In preparation for this weekend's rainfall, canals in Palm Beach County are also being drawn down by discharging water to tide through coastal structures.

Water managers are closely monitoring the tropical disturbance and will make adjustments to the regional flood control system as needed around the clock to maximize flood protection for South Florida residents and businesses.

The District is also coordinating with cities, counties and water control districts that operate local (secondary) canal systems. These secondary canals receive water from neighborhoods and store excess water or move it to the SFWMD-managed regional flood control system. In case of localized flooding, you can find contact information for the local government or water control district that operates the secondary system in your area using the interactive map at www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate.

Hurricane Irma Recovery Update
In the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, operations are ongoing to lower lake levels that rose dramatically in the wake of Hurricane Irma. All water control structures north of Lake Kissimmee continue moving water as quickly and safely as possible. Flows at the S-65 structure that moves water from Lake Kissimmee into the Kissimmee River remain at more than 11,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Along the southwest coast where Irma made landfall, canals in the Big Cypress Basin (BCB) system in Collier County have returned to their normal operating ranges. To help alleviate flooding in Bonita Springs, the District is coordinating with Lee County to operate temporary pumps to move water upstream of the Imperial River into the BCB system to the south. The Imperial River is the major drainage source for a 300-square-mile watershed that received some of the heaviest rainfall from Irma, as well as an average of 9.5 inches of rain from a poorly developed tropical low pressure system over a week in late August.

For updates on storm preparations and Hurricane Irma recovery efforts:
• Bookmark www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate
• Follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter
• Like SFWMD on Facebook

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



 
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Sep 28, 2017Treasure Coast SCORE Announces Record Results!


The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce that it has attained a new level of performance in our most recent Fiscal year. By surpassing the SCORE national goals for 5 consecutive years, Treasure Coast SCORE has been awarded Diamond Status. Only 8 of the 340 national chapters have achieved this recognition.

These national goals measure a chapter’s performance in terms of the number of clients served, membership growth, client feedback, diversity, response rate, and other metrics that support quality mentoring services.

The chapter’s 40 local SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, commercial leasing, human resources, specialty retailing, hospitality, acquisitions, turnarounds, divestitures, business valuations, and non-profits, these services are provided free of charge, to help start a business or to support the growth of an existing business.

SCORE also offers free & low cost workshops in such areas as: How to Start a Small Business, Cash Management, Financial Recordkeeping, Marketing, Florida Sales Tax, All About Non-Profits, Commercial Insurance, Business Law, Commercial Credit, Business Planning, Corporate & LLC Reporting & Recordkeeping, & Personal Credit/Identity Theft.

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, St. Lucie West, Vero Beach, and Sebastian.

SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration Florida Small Business Development Center and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

Please phone our office at 772-489-0548 to make an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor. Or contact us on our website www.treasurecoast.score.org for 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 772-489-0548 Fax 772-489-9548 Email: score308@bellsouth.net Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org
SCORE is a Resource Partner of the US Small Business Administration


 
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Sep 28, 2017Photography 101 – A Photography Class
Photography 101 – A Photography Class Dedicated to explaining basic camera settings and identifying different subject matter

- Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park -

October 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This class is aimed at explaining basic camera mechanics and settings, defining elements of a subject, and at identifying subject matter. The class is led by local photographer Bruce Bain. Bruce teaches and presents at various locations in the Palm Beaches. In addition to Bruce’s photos having won awards domestically and internationally for Best of Show, Best of Category and Honorable Mention work has appeared in National Geographic stories. His work is also published and sold by various home decor agencies and other online sites.

“Photography 101” covers topics explaining how cameras work and basic camera setting (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and metering modes) necessary to capture good images. Additionally, the class reviews the capture and definition of subject matter for landscapes, portraits, humor, lines and patters, sports, pets and more.

Proceeds from the event also benefit the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization. The Friends organization promotes the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and is directly responsible for funding many park programs and improvements.

The 2 ½ hour program is $45 per person ($40 per person for members of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park) and includes park entry. All levels are welcome. For registration visit https://www.friendsofjdsp.org. and click on “Event Registration” tab. Additional information is available from the Park’s Kimbell Education Center, 561-745-5551 or via email at friendsofjdsp@gmail.com.

The program will take place at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Education Center, 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.




 
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Sep 27, 2017WE NEED YOUR HELP FINDING VETERANS

FOR OUR FIRST VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT

For those veterans who cannot physically take their Honor Flight to Washington, DC to see the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices, Southeast Florida Honor Flight is bringing the memorials to them.


Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
10:00AM-3:30PM
Location: Suncoast Community High School
1717 Avenue S, Riviera Beach, FL

• Every veteran “flies” free of charge.
• Each veteran will be assigned a Student Guardian and be allowed one aide or escort/driver to attend the event.
• Interested veterans should fill out and submit a veteran application as soon as possible.
• WWII and terminal veterans take first priority.

Click here FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT http://www.honorflightsefl.org/virtual-honor-flight

Click here FOR A DOWNLOADABLE, MAIL-IN VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT VETERAN APPLICATION (print)
http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/30b251_ed02b85a1b274c22b4311abab5d126fe.pdf



Click here TO FILL OUT AN ONLINE VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT VETERAN APPLICATION
http://www.honorflightsefl.org/virtual-honor-flight-online-application



Please call Sara Mendinhall with any VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT questions at 772-220-1404.



 
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Sep 27, 2017New Class Added

Due to recent storm activity Insurance Companies need Claims Adjusters Now more than ever!

Accredited Claims Adjuster (ACA) Desgination Course


This course teaches the student required information to become a licensed Accredited Claims Adjuster with the State of Florida. By taking this course with IRSC, the students that pass the course will not be required to take the state test, saving them time and money. At the completion of this course, the student can apply for their license designation as an Accredited Claims Adjuster (ACA) from the State of Florida Insurance Department. Adjusters can cover any and all general lines (i.e.: Homes, Autos, Commercial, Marine, etc.). The ACA designation is also required to become a Public Adjuster (Apprentice License #31-20) State exam is required for 31-20 license.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 2017
Time: 8:00am - 6:30pm
Location: Main Campus, Room Y204 Cost: $379
Register Today
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=INSRN00197&seg=0








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Sep 27, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Passes 2017-2018 Budget Protecting Environment, Families and Taxpayers
SFWMD Governing Board Passes 2017-2018 Budget
Protecting Environment, Families and Taxpayers
Budget includes millions to maintain flood protection system and continue Everglades restoration projects while not raising taxes
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board tonight unanimously approved the District's $758.3 million budget for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year that begins Oct. 1.

"This budget improves South Florida's flood control system and ensures critical maintenance work is properly funded," said Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "In addition to achieving our primary function, this Board approved the 2017-2018 budget because it continues to protect the environment by advancing science-based restoration work, while providing relief to the taxpayer through a reduction."

The Governing Board passed a "rolled back" property tax rate that takes advantage of the increases in property values to generate the same amount of tax revenue as last year with the exception of revenue generated by new construction. The reduced rate for the 15 counties of the Okeechobee Basin is $31 for every $100,000 of taxable value, down from $33.07. The reduced tax rate for the Big Cypress Basin in Collier County is $25.45 for every $100,000 of taxable value, down from $26.95. The budget is also funded by $309 million in state funding.

Approximately half the expenditures under this budget are dedicated to restoration and public works. This includes $129 million to continue work on the massive C-43 West Basin Reservoir in Hendry County protecting the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, $25 million for construction of the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area project in Martin County protecting the St. Lucie River and Estuary and $33 million for construction of a reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area south of Lake Okeechobee. The budget also includes $49 million to further Gov. Rick Scott's ambitious Restoration Strategies plan to complete Everglades water quality restoration.

More than a third of the budget is dedicated to operations and maintenance. This includes $62 million to refurbish and maintain elements of the District's flood control system such as the crucial S-5A pump station in Palm Beach County. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the District's flood control system moved nearly 2 trillion gallons of water to protect families and businesses from flooding.

In the Big Cypress Basin, the $17.5 million budget includes $6.6 million to fund capital projects such as the replacement of the Golden

"These projects will enhance the flood protection of this basin in the future and preserve our bountiful environmental resources in Collier County," said SFWMD Governing Board Member and Big Cypress Basin Governing Board Chairman Rick Barber.
South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406



 
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Sep 27, 2017BEACH DYNAMICS


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Sep 26, 2017CRITICAL VETERANS PROGRAMS EXPIRING

The heroic men and women that I fought alongside in our Armed Forces have earned the very best care our country has to offer, but without immediate action from Congress, veterans could lose access to benefits, health care, support for the homeless and more. There are critical deadlines at the end of this week that must be met!
That's why I introduced legislation to extend these programs, including nursing home care, support services for caregivers, transportation, child care assistance, adaptive sports programs and housing and home loan services.
The great news is that my bill passed the House unanimously today! But the Senate hasn't yet acted, and the deadline is at the end of this week.
The Senate must do its part NOW and get this commonsense, bipartisan bill to the President’s desk!

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

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

Brian Mast
United States Congressman


 
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Sep 26, 2017Irma's gone, and now we need you to be a force of nature
At first glance, it appears that Martin County weathered Hurricane Irma with minimal impact. While it's true that the massive storm's raging winds and tidal surge that demolished homes and buildings in many parts of Florida caused relatively little damage to the county, there is a problem simmering just beneath the surface.

According to United Way of Florida's recent ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) Report, 41 percent of Martin County residents are living one paycheck away from falling into poverty. These are hardworking, yet struggling individuals who have little or no savings. And while Irma didn't pack the anticipated punch for Martin County, these individuals are bracing for a serious financial hit as a result of a week's worth of lost wages post-Irma.

"We talk year-round about this ALICE population and how they are one emergency or missed paycheck away from financial free-fall. Unfortunately, many individuals just experienced that emergency and will be in crisis mode once bills come due on Oct. 1," said Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, President and CEO of United Way of Martin County.

To support this vulnerable population, we are launching the IRMA fund (Individuals coming together to provide Relief for Martin County Alice Population). We are investing $10,000 from our emergency fund for this effort, but we need your help to provide immediate relief to struggling individuals. One hundred percent of the funds raised will be provided to local social service organizations that are already seeing an increased demand for services in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Be a hand-raiser and a game-changer for our community by donating online at http://www.unitedwaymartin.org/irma or by texting UWMC IRMA to 313131.

"Like so many of Martin County's issues, the post-Irma problems plaguing the ALICE population are well hidden," Carol said. "We want to make sure these individuals are not forgotten and that they have the resources they need to bounce back from Hurricane Irma and get on a path to financial stability."


 
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Sep 26, 2017How can we get better?
I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked around the clock to restore power to your constituents and our customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. This storm was unprecedented in many respects. Irma's fierce winds, strong storm surge, flooding and massive tree debris knocked out power to more than 4.4 million FPL customers, but we pulled together and completed the fastest restoration of the largest amount of people by any one utility in U.S. history.

Our restoration was faster than Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and we estimate that our $3 billion investment to build a stronger, smarter and more storm-resilient grid helped shave days off this restoration. Even before Irma exited our service territory, we restored power to approximately one million customers - and two million customers were restored by the end of the first full day of restoration. The vast majority of customers had their power back on within a week of Irma's passing - but as is the case in any major restoration effort of Irma's magnitude, there are some areas where restoration was more difficult and time-consuming.

To that point, we know the number one cause of outages during Irma was trees falling and debris blowing into our lines. Trimming trees is a shared responsibility with FPL, our customers and municipalities. We're committed to tackling this issue head-on together and will continue to work with local jurisdictions and our customers to help them understand the importance of tree maintenance and planting the right tree in the right place.

Our customer-facing communication channels - Customer Care, FPL.com and the FPL Mobile App - perform well during normal operations and in smaller storm events. However, during Irma we were not able to give the kind of useful and detailed restoration information that our customers have come to expect. The restoration process is more complex in a major storm and our communications systems need to adapt to that difference. We are going to get better at providing useful information and are already working on it.

We'll continue to identify more lessons learned over the next couple of weeks. Of course, we'd like to get your perspective on what went well and where we can improve. I'd also like to extend a big thank you to our industry partners, Florida National Guard, first responders, local, state and federal officials, community leaders and countless others who have been side-by-side with us through this unprecedented restoration effort. There’s no way we could have done this without you.

Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to remind you that we are still in the heart of a very active and destructive hurricane season. We must remain vigilant and ready to respond - our communities are counting on us!

Sincerely,

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


 
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Sep 26, 20172017 Veterans Day Parade (3rd Email)
Hello All,

For those who have not yet signed up for the Veterans Day Parade, please fill out the attached sign-up sheet and return to us. Once we receive your form, we will notify you via email. If you have already submitted but are unsure if you’ve heard from us, please feel free to contact us to double-check that we have received your form (we are more than happy to do so!) Also, attached is a request for donations for the Veterans Council of Martin County, who provide services to our local veterans, including funding for our Memorial and Veterans Day parades/services. Please consider making a donation, as this would allow more funding to go towards the much needed services that help our veterans in the community on a day-to-day basis.

If you wish to no longer receive our emails regarding upcoming events, please email us so we can remove you from our mailing list.

Thank you!


Melinda Scheeley
Assistant to Coordinator
Stuart Parades
www.stuartparades.com



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Sep 26, 2017Always Seek Knowledge

Better Business Bureau Serving SE Florida is excited to invite you to the next two webinars in our series. We know you've missed us, but to make up for it we are giving you the opportunity to sign up for two great webinars that will take your business to the next level.

Learn the strategic way to provide a great customer experience from John Goodman,a published author and private consultant who has assessed and implemented the customer service experience of some of the biggest companies in the US.

If you are looking to learn soft skills on how to resolve conflicts with your team or with clients, join the conflict resolution webinar with Niurvi Santos, a business administration consultant with years of proven administration systems for small to large businesses.


Presenters:
John Goodman author of "Strategic Customer Service"
Niurvi Santos from BA&M Pros LLC
When:
October 12, 2017 (How to Provide a Great Customer Experience)

October 25, 2017 (Conflict Resolution)

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.







 
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Sep 26, 2017FLORIDA CHAMBER'S BOTTOM LINE

Belinda Keiser: Contribute Your Ideas to Florida’s Constitution
On this episode of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Keiser University’s Vice Chancellor Belinda Keiser explains the importance of participating in Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Taking place once every 20 years, the CRC is an opportunity for “citizens of Florida to weigh-in” on Florida’s constitution.

Did You Know?
Established in 1968, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission is the only one of its kind allowing regular changes to the state constitution.

Join the Discussion Taking Place at the Future of Florida Forum
Members of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, including CRC Chair Carlos Beruff, will participate in a panel discussion during the Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum. Register to attend today.


CRC Public Proposal Deadline Extended
Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission has extended the deadline to submit proposal to October 6. The deadline was extended to accommodate for Hurricane Irma. To submit your proposal, click here.



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


 
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Sep 26, 2017Two Public Meetings Scheduled for Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project Development

Sept. 27 - Technical Workshop to determine draft project plan
Oct. 6 - Landowner Q&A Forum to highlight land acquisition process

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be hosting two upcoming public meetings on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project in Okeechobee:
1) Technical workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 27
2) Landowner Q&A forum on Friday, Oct. 6
The Sept. 27 meeting is a technical workshop hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to educate interested parties and solicit feedback critical to determining the draft plan for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project.

The Oct. 6 meeting is a question and answer forum for landowners in the project's footprint hosted by the South Florida Water Management District. As the SFWMD and the USACE narrow down the project land selection process, the purpose of this event is to explain how the land acquisition process works, provide a timeline of pertinent milestones and answer landowners' questions.

Landowners were previously notified by mail and invited to participate, as well as provide input at both public meetings.
Part of the overall joint federal-state Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project will restore more natural water flows into the lake and improve its health, as well as that of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and surrounding wetlands. The project planning area would facilitate reservoirs, aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) wells and wetland enhancement features.
The draft plan will be considered by the SFWMD Governing Board at the October 12 business meeting.
For more information about the project and planning process, visit www.sfwmd.gov/LOWRP

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project
Public Meetings
WHAT Technical Public Workshop
WHO Conducted by the USACE
WHEN Wednesday, Sept. 27, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center, 3800 NW 16th Blvd., Suite A, Okeechobee, FL (Google Map)


WHAT Landowner Q&A Forum
WHO Conducted by the SFWMD
WHEN Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon
WHERE SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center, 3800 NW 16th Blvd., Suite A, Okeechobee, FL (Google Map)


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







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


 
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Sep 26, 2017FORCE / Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter



September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!

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

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

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

Adjourn.

Thank you for all your support.

Editor: Barbara Osborn

PO Box 2627
Stuart, FL 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org






 
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Sep 25, 2017Treasure Coast Health Council Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Treasure Coast Health Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 13, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant position: health care provider, health care purchaser, or health care consumer.

A provider is a health care professional licensed under chapters 458, 459, 460, 461, 463, 464, 465, 466, part I, part III, part IV, part V, or part X of chapter 468, chapter 486, chapter 490, or chapter 491.

A purchaser is an employer in the state, other than a health care facility, health insurer, or other health care provider, who provides health care coverage for his/her employees.

A consumer may be any person other than a person who administers health activities, is a member of the governing body of a health care facility, provides health services, has a fiduciary interest in a health facility or other health agency or its affiliated entities, or has a material financial interest in the rendering of health services.

Board members are appointed to serve for a term of two years (unless he/she is completing a term of a previously held seat). Any Board member with unexcused absences from three consecutive Board meetings, or more than half the meetings in a year, must appeal automatic removal from the Board through written correspondence to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Membership status shall then be decided by a majority vote.

Overview
Treasure Coast Health Council, Inc. d/b/a Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) is a private, not-for-profit corporation created under Chapter 408.033, Florida Statutes, with the mission of providing coordinated health planning designed to enhance the provision of accessible, affordable and high quality health care services to all persons residing in the service district, defined in the enacting legislation as Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. HCSEF is one of eleven local health planning councils in the state.

Local health councils work with the various communities on efforts designed to improve access to health care, reduce disparities in health status, assist state and local governments in the development of sound and rational health care policies and advocate on behalf of vulnerable and underserved populations. HCSEF has a long history and a broad range of experience in health services planning, program development and implementation, and community engagement.

The Board of Directors meets every other month on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm at the Health Council of Southeast Florida, Suite 101, 600 Sandtree Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.
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This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.


 
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Sep 25, 2017Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancies


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

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

Golden Gate meetings are held every other month (first Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Cassidy Community Center at Golden Gate. Next meetings are October 2 & December 4.
Hobe Sound meetings are held every other month (third Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Civic Center. Next meeting is November 15.
Indiantown meetings are held monthly (second Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Indiantown Civic Center. Next meetings are October 11, November 8 & December13.
Jensen Beach meetings are held every other month (first Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center. Next meeting is November 1.
Old Palm City meetings are held every other month (third Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Palm City Community Center. Next meetings are October 16 & November 20.
Rio meetings are held every other month (third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center. Next meeting is November 16.

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, October 13, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.
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This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.


 
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Sep 25, 2017TRACKING DISCHARGES
Since Hurricane Irma, I've been closely tracking discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The lake levels have risen dramatically as a result of the hurricane, and our community is taking the brunt of the pain. This just isn't an acceptable result.
Since last week, we've regularly been on the phone with South Florida Water Management District and the Army Corps to make sure our community's priorities are heard loud and clear. I've also brought this issue, again, to the attention of the Governor. I won't stop fighting until there is a real solution to this problem that includes sending the water south. Here's an update on what we know:

As we continue fighting for completion of the S.B. 10 reservoir, I'm also working on the federal level to secure additional resources to combat harmful algal blooms. Last week, 9 amendments I wrote were adopted into a government funding bill allocating more than $20 million to combat harmful algal blooms and take a closer look at the public health impacts of this serious issue. Read more about those amendments here.
As I continue this fight, please contact my office with any issues created by the discharges. Already, we've had dead fish, foul odors and more. Your reports are critical so that we can keep people accountable and nobody will be able to claim ignorance or deflect responsibility.
These discharges are destroying our community - the value of our homes, our local businesses, and our ability to just get out and enjoy the water. We must put a stop to it.

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

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

Brian Mast
United States Congressman


 
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Sep 25, 2017Construction Industry Licensing Board Vacancies


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill positions on the Construction Industry Licensing Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 13, 2017. For an Application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions: General, Building, or Residential Contractor and Electrical Contractor.

Prior to appointment, each member of the Board shall be a registered voter in Martin County. No member shall hold elective public office or be an employee of Martin County or any municipality within the County. The member's term of office shall terminate earlier at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners, or automatically if the member: ceases to be a registered voter in Martin County; ceases to be qualified as outlined above; or fails to attend three successive, regularly scheduled, monthly meetings.

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

POWERS & DUTIES
1. Advise the Board of County Commissioners in matters affecting contractors or construction industry.
2. Examination of contractor's license holders and applicants therefore.
3. Licensing of contractors.
4. Review of violations by license holders.
5. Shall be the appeals and adjustment board.

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Commission Chambers of the Administrative Center. The next few meetings are scheduled for: September 27, October 25, and November 15.
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Sep 25, 2017Board of Zoning Adjustment Vacancy


The Board of County Commission is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Board of Zoning Adjustment. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 13, 2017. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITION: A Martin County registered voter who has been a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year.

The Board of Zoning Adjustment is a seven member board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Board Zoning Adjustment grant variances to dimensional requirements (setbacks), along with other requirements as defined in Section 9.5 of the Land Development Regulations. The Board of Zoning Adjustment may meet on the fourth Thursday of the month. The Board of Zoning Adjustment's secretary to the Board, records and prepares minutes that can be obtained in the Growth Management Department.

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

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm and are held at the Administrative Center.
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This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.


 
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Sep 25, 2017Post-hurricane assistance
Post-hurricane assistance for Martin County residents extended through Monday at the Blake Library

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) representatives will now be at the Blake Library in Stuart through Monday, September 25, 2017. Residents can work FEMA staff on the Individual Assistance program and ACOE staff on the Blue Roof Program from 8 am - 6 pm. Other dates and locations may be announced based on resource availability.

Location
Blake Library
2351 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, Florida 34994
772-288-5702

Programs
FEMA Individual Assistance
FEMA staff will assist residents with the FEMA Individual Assistance Registration program. This program allows homeowners and renters to apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Residents who are unable to attend can also apply by calling 1-800-621-3362, apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or download the app through www.fema.gov.

Operation Blue Roof
ACOE representatives will offer residents an opportunity to sign up for the Blue Roof program, a free service for homeowners. The Blue Roof program permits Corps of Engineers and its agents to install the temporary roof, made of fiber-reinforced sheeting to qualified homeowners. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. Residents who are interested in this program must register in person.

For the most up-to-date information, residents are encouraged to check www.martin.fl.us/DisasterAssistance and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/

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Sep 25, 2017Martin County Mosquito Control increasing efforts


Martin County Mosquito Control monitors the mosquito population and reduces the number of mosquitoes along the Treasure Coast. "We're seeing an increase in the mosquito counts over pre-hurricane levels," said Kylie Zirbel, Mosquito Control Division Manager. To assist residents with this pesky problem, Zirbel says they "employ an integrated approach that involves outreach and education, controlling mosquitoes with fish, use of larvicides, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) adulticide treatments from spray trucks and aerial spray missions."

To help control mosquitoes, Mosquito Control is increasing the frequency of the ULV spray trucks operating between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Additionally, an aerial spray is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 to cover 66,100 acres west of the Turnpike and Indiantown (zone G, zone I, zone F). Aerial spraying will occur during the evening, beginning approximately 30 minutes before sunset and concluding when the acreage is covered, weather-permitting.

Residents can do their part by removing any unnecessary containers around their homes and taking proactive measures.
• Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
• Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
• Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
• Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water (bail out the bilges, weekly).
• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorinate appropriately. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.


To sign up for notification of spraying and locate spray zone maps, visit www.martin.fl.us/MosquitoControl. Contact Mosquito Control at 772-419-6974 for questions. For the most up-to-date info on Mosquito Control efforts, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/ and Twitter @MartinCountygov.



 
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Sep 25, 2017Tourist Development Council Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Tourist Development Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 13, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Position - a citizen who is an owner or operator of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodation that is subject to the tourist development tax. All members must be registered Martin County voters. This term will expire in July 2019; terms may be renewed at the decision of the County Commission.

Members of the Council shall be automatically removed for lack of attendance - failure to attend three consecutive meetings and failure to attend more than one-half of the meetings scheduled during a calendar year. Participation for less than three-fourths of a meeting shall be the same as a failure to attend a meeting.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL:
Conduct public hearings to receive information from the public with respect to the effectiveness of the existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and the need for additional or different tourist development efforts. Recommend a method of coordination of existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and of new or additional tourist development efforts to obtain maximum economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the tourist development efforts in and for Martin County. Create, prepare, and submit to the Board of County Commission a Tourist Development Plan in the manner meeting the requirements of F.S. 125.0104 and, from time to time thereafter, make recommendations to the Board of County Commission for changes to the Tourist Development Plan.

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

Meetings are held every other month at 3:00 pm in the Commission Chambers. The next meeting is scheduled for: November 8.


 
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Sep 25, 2017Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open Tournament


Join us September 29-30 for the 9th Annual Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open fishing tournament, benefiting Project L.I.F.T.

We're proud to be a founding sponsor of the tournament, named after my friend Mike, who sadly lost his battle with bone cancer in 1996. Mike spent much of his childhood fishing on the St. Lucie River and his legacy lives on each year with the tournament that raises vital funds to support the community he grew up in and loved.

Funds raised at the tournament benefit Project L.I.F.T., a non-profit organization that combines job training, community service and behavior modification with pioneering community solutions - instilling a sense of self-management and community responsibility that will equip at-risk youth with problem solving capabilities to provide insight into why they choose certain negative behaviors and how to successfully intervene to avoid those behaviors in the future.

To learn more or to register, visit www.fishforthekids.org.





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Q: I just had a baby with my girlfriend and we aren’t married, what do I need to do?

A: Having a baby is an exciting and scary time, and sometimes what you need to know just isn’t covered in the baby books. For example, a large percent of the population is not getting married before they have children. While society has generally accepted this change, the law has not caught up. Unfortunately, unmarried mothers and fathers are not on equal footing when it comes to establishing rights with their children. Click here to read more.



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Meet our Attorneys
Katherine Mish, Esq.

Attorney Katherine Mish is an associate attorney with the firm. She recently returned to her home town of Fort Pierce after beginning her legal career in Jacksonville, Florida. Katherine received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Katherine was a legislative intern in the Florida House of Representatives.

Katherine is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar; St. Lucie County Bar Association; and Martin County Bar Association. She focuses her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, probate, and estate planning.




In the News
LEGAL INDUSTRY: Checks, balances tame Florida Statute 718
A new sheriff arrived in Florida’s Condo World on July 1 when a spate of tough laws governing their boards and management companies went into effect.

These laws, resulting from numerous amendments to Florida Statute 718, were aimed at taming avaricious, owner-unfriendly practices that escalated during the recent foreclosure crisis.

“The Florida Legislature made significant changes in condo law this year amid wide-ranging support,” said Robert Rydzewski, a trial attorney with Treasure Coast Legal who specializes in homeowners association disputes and representation. “Several of the themes had to do with codifying criminal penalties for directors, particularly pertaining to conflicts of interest, and improving transparency.”




 
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Sep 25, 2017Debris Removal

Martin County will begin collecting debris generated by Hurricane Irma on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Multiple passes of hurricane debris collection will occur in all residential areas of the unincorporated County, including private and gated communities. Note that this pertains only to waste generated by Hurricane Irma.

The debris collection process will begin with vegetative debris, then transition to include Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris on future passes as the project progresses. Please separate your debris piles into vegetation and C&D. Mixed piles will not be collected. Likewise, do not place vegetative debris in plastic garbage bags because they are then considered mixed debris and cannot be collected under this contract.

The debris should be staged within the road right of way, taking care not to place the debris on or near storm drains, meter boxes, or other infrastructure. The debris should be placed near the road, but not on the pavement surface. The debris will be loaded with large equipment, so look up when placing debris at the curbside, and refrain from placing it under low hanging powerlines or tree canopies.

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Instructions
View the "Debris Completion Map" via the button below for the current status of disaster debris collection by geographic zone. Hauling vehicles will continue to arrive to support this project, and the map will be adjusted as resource volumes stabilize.

A debris hotline (772-463-3277) has been established to support this program, and will have a Customer Service representative available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays starting on Monday, September 18, 2017. Please NOTE: There will be multiple passes in each zone, so there is no need to call the hotline to let us know that you have debris that needs to be collected.

Normal trash pickup is currently occurring on your regularly scheduled days. Yard waste generated through normal weekly maintenance should be removed by the landscaping firm or stockpiled separately pursuant to regular vegetative debris guidelines and not added to Hurricane debris piles.

 
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Sep 25, 2017Palm Beach International 2017-18 Fall/Winter Flight Schedule


Palm Beach International Airport is pleased to announce several new and increased routes to complement our 200+ daily flights to 27 domestic and international destinations. Fall/Winter Flight Schedule attached.
*Note that an updated seasonal schedule may be released in the coming months, should our airline partners release schedules containing any revision to these routes.

New on the Fall/Winter 2017-18 schedule:
• Chicago-ORD daily service via Spirit Airlines
• Chicago-ORD daily year round service via United Airlines
• Boston-BOS daily year round service via Delta Airlines
• Islip/Long Island-ISP daily service via Frontier Airlines
• St. Louis-STL Saturday service via Southwest Airlines during Cardinals Spring Training

*Schedules subject to change

Palm Beach International Airport serves over 6.5 million passengers annually and offers nearly 200 nonstop flights daily. The award-winning airport has been recognized by tripadvisor, Conde Nast Traveler, MissTravel, and Fox News for convenience, hospitality and amenities. Named in top 5 Favorite U.S. Midsized Airports in 2016 Travelers Choice Awards on tripadvisor, ranked by MSN as “Best TSA Checkpoint in the U.S.” and named the fifth best domestic airport in the 2015 Conde Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards. For more information, visit pbia.org.


 
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Sep 25, 2017Fascinating tours and interactive presentations highlights of revamped Citizens Academy!


Would you like to get an up close look at a water quality project, watch 911 dispatchers in action or tour one of our historic treasures? Interested residents are encouraged to sign up for Martin CARES, the award-winning Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The next five-week class begins in January 2018 and preregistration is required.

In a series of interactive and informative sessions, citizens will learn about services and programs provided by the Board of County Commissioners and meet the County's constitutional officers. Participants will also tour several Martin County facilities, including our beautiful parks, beaches and historic buildings, and will learn about important projects that improve water quality and infrastructure.

Coach transportation, snacks, breakfast and lunch are provided. We simply ask for your attention as we look to increase our citizens' awareness and understanding of the variety of services offered by Martin County government.

Register easily online at www.martin.fl.us/CARES and be sure to include your mailing address and email. There is no charge to participate in the program. If you have questions or would like more information, please visit www.martin.fl.us/CARES or call 772-220-7129.


 
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Sep 25, 2017Rehmann announces new leadership appointments in Florida
Rehmann announced today the appointment of two leaders in its Stuart, Florida office. Gene Goldin will serve as regional managing principal, and Scott Nall will serve as accounting, consulting and tax (ACT) regional director. The appointments were designed to strengthen and solidify the Florida region as the firm moves into the future.
Goldin joined Rehmann in 2015 in connection with the firm’s business combination with Roegiers Goldin Chappel Nall & Associates, where he was the managing partner. At Rehmann, he provides income tax planning and preparation services to individuals, corporations and partnerships and has extensive knowledge in healthcare practice management, planning, mergers and acquisitions, sales, compensation arrangements and financial statement analysis. He is also part of the healthcare practice management group, serves on the firm’s information technology committee and is a member of the firm’s board of directors.
“It’s an honor to take on this leadership role and explore new challenges.” said Goldin. “We have a great team onboard and I’m excited to work with them in developing strategies that help us remain the firm of choice.”
Nall will be shifting his role from principal within Rehmann’s ACT department to ACT regional director. He has experience in a broad range of industries including real estate, professional services, wholesale distribution, construction and travel. Nall is also a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
“Today’s appointments are a testament of Rehmann’s strength as these seasoned leaders assume new roles,” said Rehmann CEO, Randy Rupp. “Gene and Scott’s knowledge and experience have only added to the value of the company and will continue to accelerate and move our vision forward.”
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.



 
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Sep 25, 2017Women in Business Summit at IRSC


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Sep 25, 2017Treasure Coast Health Council Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Treasure Coast Health Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 13, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant position: health care provider, health care purchaser, or health care consumer.

A provider is a health care professional licensed under chapters 458, 459, 460, 461, 463, 464, 465, 466, part I, part III, part IV, part V, or part X of chapter 468, chapter 486, chapter 490, or chapter 491.

A purchaser is an employer in the state, other than a health care facility, health insurer, or other health care provider, who provides health care coverage for his/her employees.

A consumer may be any person other than a person who administers health activities, is a member of the governing body of a health care facility, provides health services, has a fiduciary interest in a health facility or other health agency or its affiliated entities, or has a material financial interest in the rendering of health services.

Board members are appointed to serve for a term of two years (unless he/she is completing a term of a previously held seat). Any Board member with unexcused absences from three consecutive Board meetings, or more than half the meetings in a year, must appeal automatic removal from the Board through written correspondence to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Membership status shall then be decided by a majority vote.

Overview
Treasure Coast Health Council, Inc. d/b/a Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) is a private, not-for-profit corporation created under Chapter 408.033, Florida Statutes, with the mission of providing coordinated health planning designed to enhance the provision of accessible, affordable and high quality health care services to all persons residing in the service district, defined in the enacting legislation as Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. HCSEF is one of eleven local health planning councils in the state.

Local health councils work with the various communities on efforts designed to improve access to health care, reduce disparities in health status, assist state and local governments in the development of sound and rational health care policies and advocate on behalf of vulnerable and underserved populations. HCSEF has a long history and a broad range of experience in health services planning, program development and implementation, and community engagement.

The Board of Directors meets every other month on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm at the Health Council of Southeast Florida, Suite 101, 600 Sandtree Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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


 
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Sep 25, 2017Rivers Coalition Force Newsletter September 28, 2017 Meeting
FORCE / Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

September 2017

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

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

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

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

Here is a link to Mr. Marks' information.

Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our YouTube Channel



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

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!

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

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

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

Adjourn.


Rally for the River August 5, 2017 Flagler Park

The Crew!

















Speakers Bureau

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

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



RIVER KIDZ








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2017 Meeting Schedule
The 2017 meetings will be held at
City of Stuart City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34995

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


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772-225-6849
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Sep 25, 2017Aerial spray planned for 66,100 acres in western Martin County


To help control mosquitoes, aerial spraying should begin tonight, Monday, September 25, 2017 to cover 66,100 acres west of the Turnpike and Indiantown (zone G, zone I, zone F). Spraying will continue until all acreage has been covered. Aerial spraying will occur during the evening, beginning approximately 30 minutes before sunset and concluding when the acreage is covered, weather-permitting.

To sign up for notification of spraying and locate spray zone maps, visit www.martin.fl.us/MosquitoControl. Contact Mosquito Control at 772-419-6974 for questions. For the most up-to-date info on Mosquito Control efforts, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/ and Twitter @MartinCountygov.


 
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Sep 25, 2017Additional dates and locations added for post-hurricane assistance


To meet the needs of residents, Martin County is pleased to announce representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have added additional dates and locations for post-hurricane assistance. "The increased availability helps more Martin County residents get the assistance they need. We will continue to work together to assist residents in affected areas of Martin County" said Bill Pecci, Deputy Director, Martin County Emergency Management.
Locations
Monday & Tuesday, September 25 - 26
Blake Library
8 am - 6 pm
2351 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, Florida 34994
772-288-5702

Wednesday & Thursday, September 27 - 28
Elisabeth Lahti Library
8 am - 6 pm
15200 SW Adams Ave
Indiantown, Florida 34956
772-597-4200

Programs
FEMA Individual Assistance
FEMA staff will assist residents with the FEMA Individual Assistance Registration program. This program allows homeowners and renters to apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Residents who are unable to attend can also apply by calling 1-800-621-3362, apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or download the app through www.fema.gov.

Operation Blue Roof
USACE staff will offer residents an opportunity to sign up for the Blue Roof program, a free service for homeowners. The Blue Roof program permits Corps of Engineers and its agents to install the temporary roof, made of fiber-reinforced sheeting to qualified homeowners. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. Residents who are interested in this program must register in person.

Other dates and locations may be announced based on resource availability. For the most up-to-date information, residents are encouraged to check www.martin.fl.us/DisasterAssistance and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/



 
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Sep 22, 2017Replacing Trees Damaged by Hurricane Irma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Sep 22, 2017HURRICANE IRMA Hurricane Irma Recovery Briefing


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

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

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

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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 
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Sep 22, 2017Replacing Trees Damaged by Hurricane Irma


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Announcements

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


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



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


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



September 2017

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

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

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

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

Here is a link to Mr. Marks' information.

Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our YouTube Channel



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

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!

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

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

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

Adjourn.


Rally for the River August 5, 2017 Flagler Park

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Speakers Bureau

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2017 Meeting Schedule
The 2017 meetings will be held at
City of Stuart City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34995

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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


Thank You

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.
For more information about House of Hope, visit www.hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673



 
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