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Aug 18, 2017SFWMD Python Program - 500 Snakes Eliminated Milestone is latest accomplishment of SFWMD Governing Board program that eliminates Burmese pythons and eggs to protect native Everglades wildlife
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board's innovative Python Elimination Program hit a major milestone today, with hunters killing their 500th Burmese python in less than five months.

"The speed with which hunters are finding and eliminating these destructive snakes showcases not only their dedication to the effort, but also the enormity of this invasive predator problem in the Everglades," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Every one of these 500 snakes killed helps ensure the lives of hundreds of native species essential to the Everglades ecosystem."

Python Hunter Jason Leon, of Miami, killed the 500th snake, a 7-foot foot python caught around 5 a.m. today. Earlier this month Leon also caught one of the largest snakes, measuring in at 14 feet and 9 inches. Hunter Dustin "Wildman" Crum holds the record for the largest snake killed with a 16-foot-10-inch python. Hunter Michael Valcarce has the most pythons killed, with 52 snakes.

In total, the snakes eliminated through this program would stretch more than 3,300 feet in length and weigh in at more than three tons. Elected officials and celebrities ranging from U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey have taken part in the hunts as well, bringing international awareness to the issue of invasive pythons and the District's efforts to eradicate them.

About the Program
The program began on March 25, 2017 when professional python hunters were selected and given access to District-owned lands in Miami-Dade County for the pilot phase and later in Broward and Collier counties as the program expanded. These independent contractors are paid $8.10 per hour, up to eight hours daily, to hunt in the Everglades. Depending on the size of the snake presented, they can also receive additional payments of $50 for pythons measuring up to 4 feet and an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. An additional $200 is given for each eliminated python nest with eggs.
The invasive Burmese python, which breeds and multiplies quickly and has no challenger or predator in the Everglades ecosystem, has decimated native populations of wildlife. The more of these snakes that can be eliminated, especially the females and their eggs, the better chance future generations of native wildlife can have to thrive in the Everglades ecosystem which Floridians have invested billions of dollars to restore.

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Aug 18, 2017You're Invited: Townhall Near You
I'll be hosting three town hall meetings on Thursday, August 24th. The meetings will take place at varied times throughout the day and in all three of our counties in order to make it as easy as possible for you to attend. I hope you can join us! The event details are as follows:

St. Lucie County
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Port St. Lucie Community Center
2195 SE Airoso Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

Palm Beach County
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Jupiter Community Center
200 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458

Martin County
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Grace Place
1550 SE Salerno Road
Stuart, FL 34997

While we will try to accommodate as many people as possible, because space is limited, it would be helpful to know how many people to expect. Please let us know if they plan to attend:

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.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Palm City Community Center
2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990
6:30 p.m.

The Commissioner invites Martin County residents to a conversation about the
upcoming sales tax referendum.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. If you would like
additional information regarding this meeting, please call 772-221-1357 or email
Stacey at

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Aug 18, 2017Family Fun Fridays are back!

You asked, we answered! From Friday, August 18 through Friday, September 29, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open its interactive splash playground from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $5.95 each and FREE to season pass holders. As a reminder, Sailfish Splash Waterpark is now open on weekends only through September 4.

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Aug 18, 2017MIAF The Log Aug 18
Provided by Boating United

Did you know, 70% of all boating activities involve fishing? Policies that improve the recreational saltwater experience help our industry ecosystem. It's time for boaters across the country to take action on saltwater fishing-a sport that attracts over 11 million Americans a year!

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act, or Modern Fish Act, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to address the needs of the nation's 11 million saltwater recreational anglers.

Urge Your Senator to Support Saltwater Fisheries Regulation Reform
The Modern Fish Act will improve access to America's federal waters and promote conservation of our natural marine resources. Simply put, that means more and better fishing.

As an avid angler and boater, tell your Senator today to support the S. 1520 Modern Fish Act.

More than 5,000 linfish removed so far in
Lionfish Challenge 2017
Provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Interested in removing lionfish? There's still plenty of time to compete in this year's Lionfish Challenge, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) statewide removal incentive program. The program started on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, May 20, and ends Sept. 4. Over 5,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters thanks to the program, including nearly 3,700 recreational fish removals and more than 1,200 pounds commercially (equates to about 1,400 fish).

The challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes such as T-shirts, tumblers, heat packs for stings, pole spears, an extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day sport season, and much more. It only takes 25 lionfish (or 25 pounds commercially) to qualify for the program and the more lionfish you enter, the more prizes you will receive. Plus, all participants are entered into a raffle to win even more prizes such as Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium gift bags, ZombieStickz pole spears and customized ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Units.

The persons with the most lionfish at the end of the competition will be crowned the Lionfish King or Queen (recreational category) and the Commercial Champion at the Lionfish Safari tournament in St. Petersburg the weekend of Sept. 9.

Think you have what it takes to be crowned the next Lionfish King/Queen or Commercial Champion? Sign up and learn more today by visiting

What marine dealers can learn from story tellers
Provided by The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

Everyone has a story to tell. For most, it started with hard work and has remained the focus since. In hopes of making your story a little easier to write in the years ahead, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo made it a goal to provide you with the tools to create the happily-ever-after you've always imagined for your business.

These crucial story tips are designed to maximize your MDCE experience:
1. Research: Completed for you by our 23 trainers and educators, all of whom are ready to share their industry knowledge and expertise. Check out the all-new list of track sessions that are designed with actionable ideas that are applicable the day you return to your dealership.
2. Creativity: Found in all aspects of MDCE, whether it's in a track session with a high-energy expert, or down the Expo Hall aisle where you'll find all of the latest and greatest new products on the market. Who knows, creativity could even come in the form of a Giant Jenga tower crashing down on Game Night.
3. Distraction-free thoughts: Sunny Florida in the middle of winter should be enough to clear your head. But then again we're going to fill it back up with ideas and tactics to improve your business.
4. Good editors: AKA, other marine dealers experiencing the same challenges and striving for the same goals as you are. Take this opportunity to edit parts of your own story based on others' experiences.
5. Deadlines:
1. July 31: FREE BOOK! (Or until supplies run out)
2. August 31: Register before August 31 to receive our VIP Kit.
3. September 22: Pricing goes up one last time, so register before this date or pay "after-early-bird pricing."
Let's be clear: You won't ever have to actually write a story at MDCE; unless of course you want to! Your MDCE opportunity is to author your future and find the tools to make it a reality.

Orlando. December 10-13, 2017 at MDCE.

Visit for more information!

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Aug 18, 2017It's time to reserve your space at the 2018 Stuart Boat Show

This is an advanced notice so that you may secure your space from last year before they become available to others. We fully expect the show to be sold out again this year so please use our online registration system for guaranteed space reservations.

PLEASE NOTE: Signed Contracts and a 25% deposit must be received no later than August 25, 2017 to ensure your space. There will be no guarantee of availability or placement past the deadline.

We are expecting a great turn-out at this year's show. Please join us for another great event! For further sales information go to or contact Mike Allen at or 954-522-5288.

If you have any questions about the Exhibitor Portal or exhibitor forms, please contact Ashley Allen at or 954-522-5288.

We look forward to seeing you at the Stuart Boat Show!

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The Martin County School District will release the following safety advisory to parents and students regarding the solar eclipse taking place on August 21.

Safety Advisory for Parents and Students

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Martin County will experience a partial solar eclipse. A partial solar eclipse is when the moon transverses between the Earth and the sun. The partial solar eclipse will begin approximately at 1:15 p.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. with a maximum coverage being reached at 2:57 p.m.

Schools will be operating regular hours and dismissal times will not be affected.

We are asking parents to use an abundance of caution while driving during the time of the eclipse and to be especially careful in the parent pickup area at school to avoid distracted drivers, students and pedestrians.

To maximize student safety:
• ALL outdoor activities between the hours of 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. (physical education classes, recess, safety patrol, athletic practice, band practice, Extended Day, etc.) at ALL schools, will be moved indoors. Outdoor activities can resume after 5:00 p.m.
• We are offering parents of elementary students the option of attending Extended Day so their students may remain on campus indoors until picked up by parents no later than 6 p.m. Details to follow.
• Teachers are being provided curriculum with virtual viewing only. Note: Solar eclipse glasses or pinhole cameras are not allowed.
• Before Monday, August 21, 2017, we ask that ALL PARENTS communicate with their children about the eclipse and dangers of looking directly at the sun and the potential damage this can cause to their eyes.
• MCSD will excuse absences for students whose parents keep them out of school.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that ordinary sunglasses do not provide sufficient eye protection to directly view the sun during an eclipse.

• Viewing Safety:
• Instructional Resources: The NASA page contains many links with interactive maps, live streaming and other useful tools for instruction.
• Live Stream: Eclipse LIVE Stream

Thank you for your support. If you have questions, please contact the administration at your school.

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Aug 17, 2017Are Your Feet Causing Back Pain?
Many sufferers of back pain aren’t aware that your feet could be to blame!

Back pain can be a debilitating condition. When you suffer with it, there is nothing you want more than to get rid of the pain. So, what role do your feet play in the cause of your back pain? It’s all about structure.

Our technology has evolved faster than our bodies. People were not designed to walk on hard surfaces like tile, marble, wood, or concrete—instead, we were designed to walk on grass, dirt, sand, mud, and other natural terrain. These natural, softer terrains are more conforming to the shape and structure of the foot, thereby keeping the arch supported, and causing the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the foot and ankle to work in a supportive fashion.

The Connection to Low Back Pain

The three main shock absorbers of the body are the feet, knees, and lower back. It only makes sense that if the feet are flat (unsupported by the ground or shoes) they are not absorbing shock. When that happens, the knees have to work twice as hard, but that can only go on for so long. Eventually, the lower back takes the heat. It now has to make up for the extra shock, and that can wear out the parts, particularly if there is a misalignment of the lower back or pelvis. Imagine a bent axle of a car, riding off road with a tire that is underinflated, with a cracked spring for the shocks!

So what can you do? Here are a few tips:

Wear good structured shoes or sneakers that support the foot and absorb shock.
Wear a custom orthotic made by someone who understands the structural relationship of the foot and the body (if that is out of your budget, a generic may be sufficient, but understand that it will not be made specifically for you).

Have your spine, pelvis, and lower extremities specifically adjusted at our practice.

Wondering what else you can do to combat low back pain? Ask us at your next visit.

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

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Aug 17, 2017Stretching: Easy, Relaxing and Free!
Whether you’re in a park or the comfort of your own home, stretching is ideal for people of every age.
It may be the most important and the most beneficial exercise there is. It also happens to be the cheapest and the simplest, requiring exactly no equipment or floor space and zero special clothes.

It’s stretching.

You may have known that stretching increases flexibility, allows for easier movement and better balance. But did you know it relieves low-back pain, reduces muscle soreness, promotes relaxation, improves posture, agility and athletic performance? It also reduces tension, improves circulation, reduces anxiety, stress, and fatigue, improves mental alertness, decreases the risk of injury, makes your work easier, tunes your mind into your body and flat-out makes you feel better naturally!

5 Stretching Tips

Stretching conditions the muscles for exertion and exercise, making every muscle movement more efficient. Sound interesting? Ask us for a list of stretches that can help your spine at your next visit and then apply these simple rules:

Always warm up your muscles for at least five minutes prior to stretching–good warm-ups include jogging in place, slow biking and jumping jacks.
When you start, never bounce or bob. Not only is this less effective than simply “holding” the stretch, but it can also be very dangerous and lead to injuries.
Always perform each stretching exercise in a slow, controlled manner and hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.
Stretches should feel slightly uncomfortable to “feel the stretch” in the muscles, not the joints. There should be no acute pain.
Always complete each stretch for both sides of your body or limb in the same way.
Wondering what else you can do to improve your health and wellness? Be sure to subscribe to our blog to catch the latest updates.

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

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Aug 17, 201728th Annual Martin County Senior Games
The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that its 28th Annual Martin County Senior Games will take place October 28th through November 5th and sponsorship opportunities are now available.

The Martin County Senior Games offer adults ages 50 and up, from Martin and Saint Lucie Counties, a chance to compete in 14 different sporting events. Last year, hundreds of individuals competed in events such as golf, pickleball, tennis, swimming, table tennis, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, and track and field. In addition, the games serve as a sanctioned qualifier for the Florida State Senior Games State Championships that take place later on in the year. The games promote physical and social wellness and encourage the older community to get active and stay fit for life, reflecting Martin County’s Parks and Recreation Department’s goal to provide quality recreational opportunities for all ages.

The senior population in Martin County is steadily increasing and is projected to grow by 11% by 2020 according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, making the Martin County Senior Games more relevant than ever. As a 28th Annual Martin County Senior Games Sponsor, your company will have the opportunity to directly market to active seniors and their families from all over the Martin and St. Lucie County areas while showing your support for the healthy lifestyles they have embraced! In addition, your company will have an opportunity to make a difference and get involved in the community.

We have attached our sponsorship package for your consideration and look forward to speaking with you further about how your company can get involved in the 28th Annual Martin County Senior Games. For more information about this opportunity please contact David Gladding at (772-221-1419); for other sponsorship opportunities with Martin County Parks and Recreation for future programs and events please contact Deanna Deakins, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, at (772-221-1430).

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Dave Gladding,
Sports & Athletics Coordinator
Martin Co. Parks & Recreation Dept.
2401 SE Monterey Rd
Stuart, Fl 34996
772-221-1419 (O)
772-353-9234 (C)
772-419-4096 (Fax)

Senior games.pdf
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Aug 17, 2017East Meets West on SFWMD's SOUNDSCIENCE Podcast Newest Governing Board members talk about priorities
West Palm Beach, FL - The newest stewards of South Florida's water resources recently stopped by the South Florida Water Management District SOUNDSCIENCE podcast booth for a quick introduction.

As volunteer SFWMD Governing Board members, Jaime Weisinger represents southwest coast counties while Brandon Tucker represents east coast counties.

Listen Below:
• Jaime Weisinger (At-large for an area that includes Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Highlands, Glades, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties)

• Brandon Tucker (At-large member for an area that includes St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties)

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Aug 17, 2017Constitution Revision Commission:

Shape and Priorities of the CRC Come Into Focus

Right now, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is making decisions that could impact the lives of every Florida business and resident for years to come.
That’s because the CRC, which convenes once every 20 years, is reviewing proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution – many of which may go before voters on the 2018 general election ballot.
Already, the shape and priorities of the CRC are beginning to come into focus. Last week, the CRC Rules and Administration Committee met in Tallahassee and announced its Committee Meeting Schedule and a September 22 public proposal filing deadline.
Earlier this week, Governor Rick Scott announced he is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote of the legislature to raise any taxes or fees. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who supports the proposal, was at the Governor’s side for the announcement. A constitutional amendment proposal through the CRC may be an avenue Governor Scott seeks for this effort.

Want to Make a Difference?
The Florida Chamber of Commerce encourages pro-jobs, pro-business proposals for the CRC’s consideration. Contact me at to learn how you can help secure Florida’s future.

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Aug 17, 2017High School chorus group invited to England
MARTIN COUNTY – One of the “best-kept secrets” in the school district is getting ready to make the trip of a lifetime. The South Fork Carillon Singers and Showcase Ambassadors will be traveling to the United Kingdom in December for a series of shows at a special invitation from the International Choral Festival. The singers recently hosted a “Color Fun Run” to help generate funds for the trip and will be working overtime to secure the more than $60,000 it will take for the students to travel across the pond.

Chorus Director Eileen Walentin said the invitation is an admirable one, given that only a few groups from around the globe will participate in the events. The trip will take the group to performances at a variety of locations and give the chorus exposure and experience that will last them the rest of their lives.

“We auditioned from our advanced groups, which is the show choir and the Carillon Singers and there are 21 students in that group,” Ms. Walentin said. “We also will be performing on our own at a concert series at Suffolk Cathedral (in London) and we are going to be carrying a big balloon at the International London New Year’s Parade.

“It’s a performance opportunity and an honor and it’s also educational and fun; it’s just going to be an amazing trip.”

Ms. Walentin has been at the school for the past 13 years and directs five choirs – a full-time show choir called The Showcase Ambassadors, an advanced concert choir called The Carillon Singers, a small chamber choir, an intermediate women’s choir and the beginning concert chorus – which do performances throughout the community and has received numerous “superior” ratings and honors over the last few years at the district and state level.

“We’re one of those choirs, where when we go elsewhere throughout the state people say, ‘Ooh, South Fork is good,’” Ms. Walentin said. “But here in Martin County, people don’t really know who we are and that’s one of the reasons we’re trying to get our name out there because we’ve got amazing things going on.”

Ms. Walentin was sent to England on a preview trip of the tour earlier this summer and she described the locations in which they would be performing and visiting. Most of the trip will center on Westminster Abbey and the surrounding locations. The organizers of the overseas event also visited the school to offer a formal invitation recently at the SFHS auditorium.

“They are absolutely ecstatic and they’re nervous because this is huge for them; I have kids going on this trip who’ve never been outside the state of Florida,” Ms. Walentin said. “The ones who are going are the ones who are dedicated to put in the work to make this amazing thing happen. They recognize that they have the opportunity of a lifetime.”

For more information about South Fork High School, please visit or call 772-219-1840. Ms. Walentin’s extension is 230 at the school.

Anybody who is interested in helping the group get to England through donations can call Ms. Walentin at 772-201-3579 or the South Fork High School front office. Ms. Walentin’s email address is

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Aug 17, 2017Economic Council August Newsletter

Economic Council adopts statement of support for Sales Tax referendum

The Economic Council of Martin County has been a proponent of improving the infrastructure and the environment, including the river for the betterment of the residents and business community of Martin County. To sustain our community, we have to take a long-term approach in addressing these needs.

Any time a tax increase is introduced, no one likes the idea. However, failing roads and leaking septic tanks are in need of repair and replacement which the current County budgets do not support.

If the sales tax referendum is defeated, we see few funding options other than the possibility of an increase in property taxes and additional fees. These options are stifling to our economic prosperity and a burden to our residents.

No tax is popular, and no tax can ever be designed to have zero impact. However, we see the Sales Tax as a solution to enhance the quality of life in Martin County for all residents and businesses long term and we recommend voting for the 1% Sales Tax in the coming referendum.

Elections will be held on August 29, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

New Economic Council appointment to the Business Development Board of Martin County

Mr. Charlie Page has been appointed to the Business Development Board to represent the Economic Council of Martin County. Mr. Page is a commercial Banker with JPMorgan Chase and has been an active member of both the Policy Committee and Economic Development task force. Having grown up in Martin County Charles went on to earn his Bachelor Degree in Finance at Stetson University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from University of Florida. Mr. Page has returned to his home town to continue his career in banking and finance. Charles cares deeply about this community and its economic well being. We thank him for stepping up to serve on the Business Development Board of Martin County.

Mr. Page follows our past Chairman Dan Carmody who has served for many years on the Business Development Board. We thank Mr. Carmody for his service during a very tenuous time for the BDB and helping to ensure its continuation as the County’s economic development agency.

We wish Mr. Page and the BDB great success in the coming years.

Opioids and Sober Homes beginning to have a marked effect in Martin County

In 2016 the Economic Council became aware of the growing sober home industry in Martin County. There has been much in the news recently about the growing Opioids crises and some news of the fast growing sober home industry. If you haven’t yet realized how pervasive this industry is, take a moment to look for the large white or black transit vans (usually with numbers on the back door) in traffic or at a business near you. Members have been telling stories of seeing ten to fourteen, generally young men, getting out of these vans at supermarkets, movie theaters, donut shops, beaches, etc.

We recognize that there are many legitimate sober homes and treatment centers. However, there are also many that are operating illegitimately. Regardless of how they operate, they are certainly buying, renting and leasing residential and commercial properties across the county; sometimes at inflated prices. They employ hundreds of local residents. The economic impact is in many ways positive.
As illegal operations take advantage of insurance loopholes, benefits of recidivism, and addiction to Opioids grows, the demand for change is getting louder all across the country.

We at the Economic Council can foresee the day when legislation is adopted that, like pill mills, quickly eliminates these businesses. Imagine an industry with millions of dollars of real estate and hundreds of jobs shutting down and the impact that will have. We are working to identify the extent of the impact this will have on our economy so our community may be better prepared.

A Bit of History

In 1985 the newly formed Economic Council of Martin County recognized the importance of arts and culture to the county’s economic well being and formed the Arts and Culture Task Force. This task force immediately began a cooperative effort with a dormant arts foundation to form and fund the Martin County Council for the Arts. The renamed Arts Council of Martin County has become well established and known as the arts and cultural umbrella organization in Martin County.

The Arts Council has most recently initiated an effort to preserve and reuse the old Stuart High School, current home of the School Board, as a cultural facility to serve the entire arts and culture community. As proposed the facility will include partners such as the Lyric Theatre, Elliott Museum, Treasure Coast Singers, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Visionary School of Art, and Florida Arts and Dance Company.

The Arts Council “inspires participation in and a passion for the arts in our community” and serves as the local arts agency in Martin County. For more information on the Arts Council visit

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Aug 16, 2017House of Hope to honor partners with Hope Awards

The community is invited to join in recognizing outstanding individuals, groups, businesses and agencies that perform extraordinary work to benefit House of Hope. The Hope Awards will be held Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Mariner Sands Country Club located at 6500 SE Mariner Sands Drive, Stuart, FL 34997.

The awards are designed to honor the individuals, businesses and other organizations which provide essential relationships with House of Hope. These important collaborations 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 2017 Hope Award honorees include: 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 Olivieri and Heather Tannahill, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #14, Pat Bonis, Buttonwood Tennis Club, Sue Whittington, Claire Raley ~ Bank United, Jason and Mirka Stocks and R.V. Johnson Insurance.

Reservations to the breakfast are $25 and can be purchased online by visiting For more information including sponsorship opportunities, contact Terri May at (772) 286-4673, ext. 1011, or


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

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

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Aug 16, 2017WM Celebrates 100th Natural Gas Fueling Station and Fleet of 6,000 Natural Gas Trucks Across North America!

Waste Management recently announced a significant milestone in its natural gas fleet journey, opening its 100th natural gas fueling station. The company also celebrated a significant milestone of operating 6,000 natural gas trucks, which is the largest heavy-duty fleet of its kind in North America.

In Florida, Waste Management’s 11 natural gas fueling stations supports fleet of 525 trucks serving customers throughout the state.

A WM Clean ‘N Green public fueling station is also available in Pompano Beach for commercial fleet vehicles to access cleaner burning fuel.

“Natural gas trucks are good for our customers, good for the community, good for the environment, and good for our business,” said Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications for Waste Management Inc. of Florida. “We are pleased to be a community partner operating natural gas-powered collection trucks that run cleaner and quieter, while providing our customers with superior customer service with minimal impact on the environment.”

Waste Management Natural Gas Fleet Benefits
Waste Management vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and are quieter than diesel trucks.

For every diesel truck replaced with natural gas, the company reduces its use of diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons per year along with a reduction of 14 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year (the equivalent of a 15 percent emissions reduction per truck).

Waste Management Natural Gas Fueling Stations
Following a busy day of servicing customers, Waste Management’s compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks connect to fuel systems at the station and are refueled via a slow overnight fueling process. Located adjacent to the Waste Management operation in Pompano Beach is the company’s public access Clean ‘N Green fueling station where dedicated fast-fill pumps serve commercial fleet vehicles.

Waste Management, A Leader in the Adoption of Natural Gas
As a pioneer in the use of natural gas in its fleet since the early 1990’s, Waste Management established a goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve the efficiency of its on-road fleet efficiency by 15 percent by 2020 (based on 2007 levels). The goal was achieved in 2011, and with the increasing adoption of natural gas vehicles, the company continues to exceed this goal each year.

“Waste Management’s mission is to maximize resource value, while minimizing environmental impact so that our customers, our company, our economy and our environment can thrive,” said Jim Trevathan, Waste Management executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We’re proud to be the leader in the adoption of natural gas for our heavy-duty fleet and we plan to do even more!”

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Aug 16, 2017Golf at Martin Downs August & September
See attached.

MDowns golf.pdf
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Aug 16, 20172017 Veterans Day Parade - REMEMBER NOVEMBER 11, 2017 IS A SATURDAY!
Hello All:

Please find attached the 2017 Veterans Day Parade sign-up sheet. If interested in participating, please fill out, including approximately how many marchers and/or vehicles you will have, and send back to us. Once we receive your signed form (by US mail, fax or email) we will send you a confirmation email.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us or go online to for more information.

Let’s make this year’s Veterans Days Parade the best yet! AND REMEMBER THAT THIS YEAR’S PARADE IS ON A SATURDAY!!!!

Melinda Scheeley
Assistant to Coordinator
Stuart Parades
772-220-4127 Phone
772-220-4128 Fax

Sign Up Form.pdf
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Aug 16, 2017SFWMD to Hold Independent Scientific Review of Minimum Flow Criteria to Protect Caloosahatchee Estuary

WHAT: The South Florida Water Management District will hold a one-day public meeting and independent scientific peer review workshop as part of the District's reevaluation of the minimum flow level (MFL) criteria for the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary. The MFL is a threshold, established through scientific study, below which negative impacts to the estuary's ecology may occur. While flows to the estuary are typically maintained above the minimum to protect the ecology of the river and the estuary, during drought conditions water may not be available to meet the MFL. SFWMD is currently constructing the $600 million C-43 West Basin Reservoir to help consistently meet the minimum flows for the estuary in the future.

An independent panel of scientists from around the nation have reviewed SFWMD's scientific research and modeling used to re-evaluate the MFL and will be present to offer their insight at the workshop. Information gained through the workshop will be considered prior to any changes to the MFL being proposed for action by SFWMD's Governing Board at a future meeting. This meeting is another example of the Governing Board's practice of seeking public input and following sound and independent science in its decision-making process.

The Peer Review Panel members include:
Dr. Edward J. Buskey, Ph.D. (Peer Review Chairman) - University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute
Dr. Jennifer Beseres Pollack, Ph.D. - Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi
Dr. Wu-Seng Lung, Ph.D., P.E. - University of Virginia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. James L. Pinckney, Ph.D. - University of South Carolina, Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
Dr. Jian Shen, Ph.D. - College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
TIME: 9 a.m.
WHERE: South Florida Water Management District
Fort Myers Service Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
2301 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
MORE: Learn more about SFWMD's re-evaluation of the MFL for the Caloosahatchee Estuary at

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Aug 16, 2017MCTV presents an out of this world episode of Science Kids of Martin County

Martin County Television (MCTV) is proud to present its newest episode of Science Kids of Martin County, featuring local teacher Jacquelyn Brownie who invites children to learn about science in a fun and interactive atmosphere.

In this timely installment of Science Kids, Ms. Brownie and her student scientists take a look at astronomy and objects in space, such as meteors and planets, just in time for the upcoming solar eclipse.

Science Kids of Martin County airs on MCTV Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 a.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and streams live at You can also view this episode on YouTube at

This program is produced in cooperation with the Martin County School District, with support provided by the Education Foundation of Martin County.

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Aug 16, 2017Updated Sailfish Splash Waterpark Hours

Thank you for your continued patronage at Sailfish Splash Waterpark! As of August 15, 2017, our waterpark will transition to weekends only for full operations through Monday, September 4, 2017. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.

Our Family Fun Fridays are back! The interactive splash playground will be open for a splashtastic day of fun starting Friday, August 18 through Friday, September 29 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., weather permitting. Admission is $5.95 each and season passholders will get in for free. We hope to see you splashing with us soon!

2017 Pricing

Sailfish Splash Waterpark Day Passes

Adult (13-54) - $13.95
Child (1-12) - $11.95
Senior (55+) - $11.95
Infants (<1)* - FREE

*To prevent water borne illness and unplanned closures, infants, toddlers, & children not pottie trained must wear a Sailfish Splash water containment diaper, available at cost from admissions or the gift shop.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark Season Passes
• Adult (13-54): $84
• Child (1-12): $72
• Senior (55+): $72
Lap Swimming Annual Passes
(50 meter & 25 yard pool only)
• Adult (13-54): $99
• Child (1-12): $87
• Senior (55+): $87

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Aug 15, 2017YMCA has vacancy - Finance Committee
The YMCA has 1 spot open on its Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is a volunteer committee of the Board of Directors. It meets for 1 hour a month to discuss and monitor fiscal matters.

If you are good with numbers and have any interest in helping a community nonprofit, please contact Chris Coller at 286-4444 ext. 225. Thank you!

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Aug 14, 2017A.C.T. Studio Theatre Opens the Fall Season with the Comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang

A.C.T. Studio Theatre opens the fall season with the comic tale that won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Written by Pulitzer finalist Christopher Durang, this Chekhov-inspired work about three eccentric siblings is set on a farm in Pennsylvania. Two of the siblings, Vanya and Sonia, are hapless stay-at-homes who, in their own words, have "never really lived." They enjoy the simple things in life, and spend their days lamenting missed opportunities and gazing out at their pond and cherry orchard. Their sister Masha, a Hollywood star, has taken quite a different path in life. When she returns home for a visit with her 20-something boy-toy Spike, the siblings are in for an unforgettable weekend of absurdist amusement.

Both breathtakingly funny and quietly poignant, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” has a well-deserved reputation for leaving audiences laughing and wanting more. “You will love this show," promises director Richie Lester, “and will love the ensemble of talented performers who drain every last ounce of energy, humor, and nuance from their respective characters. The cast assembled for VSMS is ‘an embarrassment of riches.’” Mr. Lester calls “their comic timing brilliant--a true tour de force! This is the perfect show to open A.C.T.’s 2017-18 theatre season!”

Starring Todd Caster, Clelia Patrizio, Katherine Kanitsch, Keith Lawson, Megan Pollak, and Joyce Milligan, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” opens at A.C.T. Studio Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 2. Performances are Sept. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17. 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 or call 772-932-8880. Group sales and season packages are available by calling the box office.

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Aug 14, 2017North Shore Locks Scheduled to Close Temporarily
Lake Okeechobee North Shore Locks Scheduled to Close Temporarily for Maintenance
Each boat lock will be closed for one day of maintenance

(Click the map to see a larger version.)

Okeechobee, FL - For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, four navigation locks on the north shore will be closed for one day each in the coming weeks for maintenance. The scheduled closures are:
• August 28 - Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp
• August 30 - Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek
• September 5 - Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge
• September 7 - Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport
To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit

Media Contact:
Randy Smith | | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386

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Aug 14, 2017Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offering free cats and critters during August
Those looking to adopt a cat, kitten or critter at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast are in luck. That’s because during the month of August, qualified adopters will benefit from free adoptions of all cats, kittens and critters. In addition, dog adoptions are just $20 in August. The discounts are part of a partnership with the Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets® Network and its “Summer to Save Them All” summer adoption promotion.
The usual fee is $45 for cat adoptions, $125 for dogs, $25 for rabbits, and $10 for guinea pigs.
“Now is the ‘purr-fect’ time to adopt as we are bursting at the seams with our furry friends and the cat, kitten and critter adoptions — which include rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters — are free,” said HSTC Adoption Manager Deidre Huffman. “Dog adopters will save $105 during this promotion."
Right now the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has nearly 50 critters and more than 200 cats in its care at its Palm City shelter. There also are cats and kittens available for adoption at its two thrift stores in Stuart.
“We’re inviting the public to come on out to take a look and find the cat or critter that would be the ideal fit as the pet’s forever home,” added Huffman. “Or visit our website at to view pictures of available animals.
For more information, contact Deidre Huffman by phone, (772) 600-3204, or email,
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit or call (77

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Many seniors live on a fixed income and often have to choose between food and medical care. Often times, their funds don't last to the end of the month, especially when adding in the expense of medications. Since 2012, Treasure Coast Food Bank has been working with community partners such as senior centers, public housing, and medical clinics to provide 20 lb. boxes of shelf-stable food as a supplement to our senior population who are struggling to make ends meet. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.
Treasure Coast Food Bank helps serve over 8,300 seniors annually along the Treasure Coast. Our goal is to help them eliminate the difficult choice between purchasing food or other daily necessities. Making sure seniors live with dignity and have the food they need is something we at Treasure Coast Food Bank are committed to. Your compassion and support make this possible. Thank you.

Make a donation of $25 and help
support a Senior for a month.

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Aug 14, 2017REMINDER! Nominations for the Seventh Annual Business of Character Award Due August 23

Character Counts 2.pdf
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New Stuart, FL Restaurant Location to Be Owned and Operated by Brand’s Own President – Opens 8/26

South Florida’s original home of fresh-grilled premium steak, chicken, and other premium subs is about to blaze a new trail in the restaurant industry when the brand’s President, Scott Stuck, opens his own Jon Smith Subs franchise in Stuart later this month. Senior leadership also taking a role as franchisee is a first for the brand, which hasn’t seen its president own their own restaurant since Jon Smith himself opened the first Jon Smith Subs shop in West Palm Beach in 1988.

“When any restaurant concept is built around the kind of quality tastes and positive guest experiences, you can expect franchisees to be eager about joining the brand… even if you’re already the brand president,” Scott Stuck said about his soon-to-open franchise location. Slated for an official grand opening on Sat., Aug. 26th at 11:00 a.m., the new Jon Smith Subs at 265 S.W. Monterey Rd. in Stuart will be making its grill mark debut in the Treasure Coast of Florida with the freshly prepared, generously portioned hot subs and award-winning crispy fries that have made the Jon Smith Subs names famous for close to 30 years.

“The Jon Smith Subs signature sandwiches feature high-quality meats and fresh vegetables that are served hot off the grill,” added Stuck. “We are proud to be a part of this growing franchise and to be the first franchisee to open a location in a new market. The food truly stands apart from other sub shops with its quality and consistency, and the guest experience is second to none.”

Grand Opening Day
The Stuart Jon Smith Subs grand opening celebration will take place on Sat., Aug. 26th and will feature food, music, games and giveaways. The first 50 guests in line by 11:00 a.m. will receive free 6-inch sub of their choice for a year!* A ribbon cutting with the Stuart/Martin County Chamber Of Commerce will commemorate the opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thurs., Aug. 24th.

The grand opening celebration day will also feature a bounce house and other activities. All the fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and is open to the public.

*After purchase, the first 50 customers in line will receive a coupon good for one free 6-inch sub per month for 12 months. This offer is valid after 08/26/17; limited one coupon per visit.

Who is Jon Smith?
Jon Smith, the company’s namesake, founded the sub restaurant in 1988. He’s been described as an adventurer, seeking thrills of every sort. Through the years, he’s been an avid motorcyclist, a small airplane pilot, a horse trainer, a race car champion, and a star in his own band, while also launching several successful businesses.

The same adventurous passion he has for life has translated itself into Jon Smith Subs and his “thrill for the
grill.” The casual dining, fast, table-service concept offers high-quality sub sandwiches prepared with fresh ingredients and boasts consistently superior taste, visit after visit. Smith refined methods and systems for everything related to sandwich making, starting with selection and efficient handling of premium meats that range from marinated sirloin steaks and whole breast of chicken, to tuna, hot pastrami, or authentic Italian cold cuts, all of which are hand sliced in each restaurant. Guests are welcome to add the brand’s popular crispy fries to any order for an additional cost.

Stuart’s new Jon Smith Subs restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information about Jon Smith Subs, visit

About Scott Stuck:
Scott Stuck has been the Brand President of John Smith Subs for the last 6 months and 7 months as a franchisee. He will be the first President opening his own franchise with its location at 265 S.W. Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34494. The decision was motivated not only by a passion for the brand’s offering, but also by the opportunity to apply first-hand knowledge to the process opening successful franchises by others in the future. Franchising has been in Scott Stuck’s life since an early age when his family owned a Big Boy franchise. Since graduating from college, he has continued his work in the food industry, working with a number of different franchises. As President, and now franchisee, Stuck feels strongly about the growth of John Smith Subs, especially for its excellent, cooked-to-order, quality food.

About Jon Smith Subs
Founded in 1988, Jon Smith Subs was recently acquired by West Palm Beach based United Franchise Group. Currently there are nine locations in Palm Beach County, FL with plans to expand the sandwich chain worldwide.

For Jon Smith Subs franchise and Area Developer opportunities, please phone 888.978.3171 or visit

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Aug 11, 2017Bicycle and pedestrian friendly recommendations for Martin County to be presented at October 4th Open House

A bicycle and pedestrian friendly, walkable and livable community is the vision of the county-wide Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan.

Since November 2016, the MPO has been gathering data and soliciting public input for ways to encourage and foster a county where walking and biking are fun, safe, and efficient as a means of transportation. During a workshop in March, residents had an opportunity to rank their priorities with "Mobility Bucks," design an ideal street with bike lanes and crosswalks, and examine real-time maps of the area for opportunities to enhance walking paths and bike lanes.

On October 4, the draft recommendations developed from citizen input and professional engineering studies will be presented at an Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wolf Technology Building on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College on Salerno Road.

"We welcome Martin County residents to join us in reviewing the recommendations," says Troy McDonald, Chair of the MPO Policy Board. "There are still opportunities for people to participate and help us through public involvement to fashion a Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan that best fits the community's needs."

The Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan builds from the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) foundation. The research that has been done in preparing the recommendations for the Master Plan and the results of public input to date are all available on For more information, call 772-288-5412.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex religion, disability or family status. Persons with questions or concerns about non-discrimination, or who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or language translation services (free of charge) should contact Bolivar Gomez, Planner (Title VI/Non-discrimination Contact) at (772) 288-5412 or Hearing impaired individuals are requested to telephone the Florida Relay System at #711

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Aug 11, 20172017 In Season deadline approaches
The Hometown News is collecting events for our calendar in the "In Season" publication, which will focus on events between the end of September and April, although events through May/June will also run if we have space. (And they'll be saved for 2018's Celebrate Spring, out in March.)

Some of the events we'd like to list include concerts, holiday events, lectures, art exhibits, fundraisers, charity runs/walks, food/supply drives, festivals, theatre productions, teen & children's events, senior events, workshops, health-related events, dates to start registering for summer camps, etc. - really any event the public is welcome to attend or participate in. These calendar listings are free, and we would like to include as many upcoming events as possible to help spread the news. (If you don't have an exact date, or you have a date but not all the details worked out, we can include those listings too, as long as you have a site or contact information for people to watch for updates a little closer to the event.)

Please forward along any and all information to me as soon as possible to be included in this. We will need any events by Friday, Sept. 1. Please reply to this email or make sure 'In Season' is in the subject line if you're forwarding something.

Thank you for your help in this; I know it's close to the deadline, but all info is welcome. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Sarah Callender
office: 772-465-5656

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Why is a local sales tax being considered now?

The county has experienced escalating infrastructure issues as a result of the economic downturn, unfunded mandates handed down by the legislature and aging infrastructure. Infrastructure includes roads, bridges, drainage pipes, buildings, utilities, sewers, etc. - in other words, the basic systems that support a community’s residents and economy. These problems can be seen in the condition of some roads and pipe failures in the last several years. Reacting to emergencies like pipe failures is not a fiscally efficient method of addressing recognized problems. We are faced with a decision to be proactive or reactive in addressing these issues.

In addition to the above, the state has established maximum amounts of pollutants that can be discharged into impaired water bodies. The county must comply with these restrictions by established deadlines, or be subject to enforcement actions. Stormwater quality and septic to sewer projects are necessary to meet these requirements. In evaluating options, it was felt that the financial impact of a sales tax would be distributed across property owners, non-property owner residents, tourists, and consumers from neighboring counties who shop and/or dine in Martin County.

How serious is the problem?

The current infrastructure backlog of countywide deferred maintenance is significant. In addition to this backlog, the budgets required to maintain the county’s infrastructure continue to be underfunded each year. If unchecked, the combination of these two elements will create a situation from which it will be difficult to recover. Preservation of our infrastructure is reaching critical failure – exponentially increasing the funding required. For example, the cost to resurface a mile of roadway ranges from $100,000 to $250,000 – depending on how far the road is allowed to deteriorate before action is taken.

Why is this important to me?

Failing infrastructure costs all residents and can result in safety issues and reduced property values. Often these costs are hidden – as an example, it is estimated that driving on roads in need of repair costs Florida motorists an extra $1.79 billion a year in vehicle repairs and operating costs, or $128 per motorist. Additionally, the value of a homeowner’s property is affected by the condition of roads, bridges, drainage, and amenities like parks, docks, etc.

What is a Local Sales Tax?

Currently, the county receives one-half cent of the six cents collected for sales tax but this money is used for operating expenses.By state statute, a Local Sales Tax of one-half or one-cent may be added to the current State Sales Tax of six cents to be used for certain infrastructure projects.

Will the sales tax apply to all purchases?

No, necessities like food, health care/medicine and residential rent would be exempt. In addition, there is also a cap limiting the tax to the first $5,000 of a single purchase for large ticket items like cars and boats.

Do any other counties in Florida implement a local sales tax?

61 of Florida’s 67 counties levy an additional local sales tax, of these, 28 counties have no expiration date, 55 counties have a one-cent surtax and 6 counties have a half-cent surtax. All the counties surrounding Martin County have a sales surtax. Martin County is proposing a one-cent (one percent) local sales tax.

What is the next step?

A referendum on the issue will be on the August 29, 2017 ballot, when voters will have the opportunity to approve or reject the one-cent (one percent) sales surtax.

When would the local sales tax become effective?

If approved by voters, the local sales surtax would become effective on January 1, 2018 and expire on December 31, 2027.

How is the money spent? Will the public have any input?

A sales surtax will provide funding for water quality, infrastructure rehabilitation (roads, bridges, and drainage), and to construct and reconstruct county facilities as identified in the County’s Capital Improvement Plan, which is adopted annually at a public hearing. The funds from a sales tax could be used to implement the Capital Improvement Program, reduce the backlog, and supplement the approved budgets in these areas. This strategy would allow the County to gradually return the infrastructure to an acceptable condition.

All expenditures of sales tax proceeds must be approved by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners at an advertised public hearing. The public will have an opportunity to provide comment at these meetings.

How much revenue would a local one cent (one percent) sales tax generate a year?

The state has estimated the following annual amounts to be realized for a one cent (one percent) sales tax. Note that the County’s municipalities will also receive a portion of the local sales tax.


Annual Amount
Jupiter Island

$ 132,358

Ocean Breeze Park

$ 15,523

Sewalls Point

$ 326,810


$ 2,628,697

Martin County BOCC

$ 23,169,584

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Health Department to offer wellness, prevention education and more

Renay Rouse 772-631-6008
Martin County, FL – The Florida Department of Health is pleased to offer Public Health services at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart.
“We are delighted that we can support the community and the goals of the Golden Gate Center by offering much needed Public Health services there, including wellness and
prevention education.” said Karlette Peck, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. “The center is well positioned to serve residents right where they
live and work, which will improve health outcomes and increase community engagement.”
A schedule of available services, including school age Immunizations, Family Planning, HIV/STD testing and a healthy lifestyles program called “Families in the Community
Kitchen” is available at
The Golden Gate Center for Enrichment is located at 3225 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart and is managed by the House of Hope, a nonprofit agency that provides food, clothing furniture,
financial assistance and case management services for Martin County residents. For more information about the center:

About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote
and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit

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The Martin County School District Board approved a new start time for 11 elementary schools effective on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 15th. All elementary schools, excluding Port Salerno Elementary, will begin at 7:30am. This is a ten minute change from previous years when the school day began at 7:40am.

With the recent signing of House Bill 7069 which now requires 20 minutes of daily recess in addition to the 30 minutes of physical activity offered daily, instructional time in core content areas would be impacted. Elementary principals asked to start the school day 10 minutes early and the School Board agreed that adding 10 minutes to the beginning of the school day would best mitigate the negative impact on instruction.

“A loss of 20 minutes equates to losing 60 hours of instructional time during the school year,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent. “Our principals requested to cut that time in half and we feel this is the best decision to least impact instruction for our students.”

The change in start time will not affect bus schedules and will have the least impact on families. Car line and the gates for bike riders and walkers will be open 10 minutes earlier.

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Aug 10, 2017High-speed passenger rail service sees further startup delays and continued opposition from Treasure Coast
TREASURE COAST -- The controversial All Aboard Florida high-speed rail service known as Brightline has suffered another delay and is now projected to inaugurate service between Downtown Miami and West Palm Beach sometime this fall.

When Brightline announced the arrival of its second train in March from the Siemens Sacramento manufacturing plant, company officials predicted a soft inauguration of service in late July between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, home to two new passenger stations nearing completion. Although the company has received two additional trains in the interim, a fifth train is delayed at the plant and Brightline is now projecting startup later on this year. Meanwhile, crews are putting the finishing touches on the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations as the massive MiamiCentral station continues to rise. All Aboard Florida, along with its parent company Florida East Coast Industries, had originally planned to have the entire Miami to Orlando route open by last year but has since run into a financial speed bump due to the failure of its long sought-after private activity bonds to attract any market interest.

Indian River and Martin County officials attribute the delay to their combined investment of more than $4 million to fight the federal government’s approval of the PABs and the Federal Environmental Impact Statement. Even though all legal challenges have now been dismissed or dropped and no new ones are currently planned, Indian River County Attorney Dylan Reingold says the opposing Treasure Coast communities believe they’ve been successful and still have an action plan.

“At this time, the PABs that Indian River County and Martin County had been challenging have been withdrawn, and St. Lucie County and Martin County are challenging the South Florida Water Management District permit for the project,” he said.

“Otherwise, we are still waiting for the FRA to issue a Record Of Decision in conjunction with the now re-started RRIF [Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing] loan and the Army Corps to issue a ROD and permit for the project. Even this spring, All Aboard Florida had to acknowledge that this project has been dramatically delayed.”

Martin County Administrator Taryn Kryzda concurred with that assessment.

“FEC/AAF recently withdrew a request for federal funds to finance Phase II, connecting West Palm Beach to Orlando,” she said. “Martin County officials then dropped their lawsuit against AAF as the lawsuit was no longer necessary: Martin County achieved the desired result without further litigation by forcing FEC/AAF to seek alternate financing for phase II of the rail project.”

On July 24, Mr. Reingold -- in conjunction with Martin County and the South Florida group Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida -- fired off a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation expressing concerns about the recent request by All Aboard Florida for the entity to issue the company a RRIF loan.

“The counties and CARE FL have information and facts regarding the AAF project that indicates such a loan is unlikely to be payable and creates a very high risk of default,” he stated in the letter. “We ask that DOT and the Credit Council carefully consider these facts before making a decision on the issuance of a RRIF loan.”

As part of the basis for his argument, Mr. Reingold emphasized the company’s failure to sell any of the PABs “even at interest rates far higher than investment-grade tax-exempt debt.” He also warned DOT officials of trusting the figures projected by the Louis Berger Group, the engineering consulting firm that All Aboard Florida hired to author its ridership study.

“LBG increased its ridership projections for the AAF project by more than 50 percent between LBG’s 2013 draft and 2015 final study without explanation,” he emphasized in the correspondence. “As part of its due diligence, the DOT should examine not only the most recent version of AAF’s demand forecasts, but also the prior drafts of these forecasts, and should demand a detailed explanation for why they have increased over time, with factual backup.”

The Indian River County Attorney insisted that LBG had a poor track record that should be noted by the DOT.

“In 2006, the Asian Development Bank debarred LBG after discovering significant integrity deficiencies,” he added. “In 2010, LBG entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, paying $18 million in criminal penalties for defrauding the government and $50 million in civil penalties for violating the False Claims Act. In 2014, LBG’s former president, CEO and chairman pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the government with respect to billions of dollars in contracts over a nearly 20-year period. And on January 29, 2015, the World Bank debarred LBG for corrupt practices.”

For its part, the CARE FL group hired Brown University economics professor John Friedman -- a former White House National Economic Council Special Assistant in the Obama Administration-- to write an economic analysis of the Brightline project. In his analysis of the proposed 220-mile rail line, Mr. Friedman projected an annual ridership between l.5 and 2 million riders, significantly less than the 5.3 million in 2020 projected by the LBG study. He also predicted annual losses exceeding $100 million.

“The report also concluded that in order to compete with other modes of transportation, AAF will only be able to generate an average one-way ticket price of $34, yet the railroad would have to charge up to $273 per ticket in order to cover its costs and service its debt,” Mr. Reingold said, quoting Mr. Friedman’s report. “In essence, the railroad is caught in a whipsaw, between the price that customers will be willing to pay and the money needed to pay for both operations and servicing its debt burden.”

Ms. Kryzda said the information obtained by CARE FL’s hired consultant proves what local officials have been saying all along about the exaggerated success of the planned railroad.

“FEC/AAF is also trying to pass off this project as privately funded when it is anything but,” she added. “To help protect their profits, FEC and AAF is trying to shift the cost of rail safety upgrades and maintenance to Treasure Coast counties in perpetuity. This impacts every single taxpayer.”

In his letter, Mr. Reingold also expressed concerns about proposed ownership changes in both FECI and the Florida East Coast Railroad that operates the tracks upon which Brightline trains would operate. He believes such moves could further jeopardize the financial success of the project.

“In February 2017, Japanese company SoftBank Group announced it would buy Fortress (the firm that manages FECI) for about $3.3 billion,” he said. “Subsequently, in March 2017, Mexican mining and railroad company Grupo Mexico announced it had agreed to buy FECR for $2.1 billion. Both deals have gone forward. These two ownership changes have significant implications for the AAF project, both from a financial and environmental perspective.”

Ms. Kryzda emphasized that Martin County officials would continue to address their concerns about negative effects of the proposed railroad, particularly in the dozens of additional closings per day of the 100-year-old St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge.

“We believe the FEIS originally issued by the Federal Railway Administration in 2015 is out of date and inaccurate,” she said. “A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act is necessary because the FEIS did not take into account the noise and vibration impacts of the AAF project and failed to adequately address concerns related to the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie bridges. While preventing rail expansion is our primary goal, we continue to make every attempt to provide input to appropriate reviewing agencies to mitigate the harmful effects of this project.”

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Aug 10, 2017VISIT FLORIDA Announces New Marketing Programs
Dear Industry Member,

I am excited to formally announce VISIT FLORIDA's first round of cooperative marketing programs for our partners today. As you know, our co-op marketing programs are designed to allow any partner to buy into a larger VISIT FLORIDA marketing campaign and promote their specific destination. Simply put, these programs allow a business of any size to reach a larger audience.

Our entire marketing staff has been working tirelessly over the past months to put together these cooperative programs, which are being rolled out weeks ahead of schedule. They include some of the best programs of the past, based on the results of the recent survey of DMOs on March 31st, as well as fresh new tactics based on cutting-edge marketing trends. As such, I am proud to say that these marketing programs are the most innovative and affordable in VISIT FLORIDA's history, and are designed to be accessible to small, medium and large businesses alike.

Below is a short summary of each program. The full listing can be found HERE.

• Our international program uses a "coalition-tiered" approach, which allows partners to buy in for as little as $900 all the way up to $175,000 and select the specific countries in which they want to promote their destination.
• Targeted countries in the first roll-out include Canada, Germany and the U.K.
• Tactics include country "take-overs," exchange rate programs to decrease the cost of travel to Florida, digital platform positioning, and aggressive digital and social media initiatives.
Social Media
• Facebook promoted video allows our partners to promote their destination with engaging, eye-catching content to a targeted audience.
• Facebook carousel program allows you to put your destination in 21 designated market areas, including Canada, with a carousel Facebook ad.
Digital and Out of Home
• Reaches consumers on the go and away from home.
• Digital billboards, digital transit screens and urban panels will be in top Florida markets, including Canada.
• Digital TV will showcase a destination on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
• Multiple other opportunities will include the Attractions Finder and Florida Beach Finder tools on
Sanctioned Co-op
• This successful program includes our print program, which prominently markets a partner's destination in top-shelf magazines and travel publications at very affordable rates.
• The Promotional exchange program allows partners to be featured in contests and sweepstakes in key markets that generate thousands of dollars of exposure and impressions.
• Prize winners are able to share their experiences, increasing a destination's exposure even further.
Meetings and Trade Events
• There are multiple partner activation opportunities offering brand to brand exposure. They include Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism, Florida Encounter, Florida Tourism Day, New York Times Travel Show, World Travel Market, and Florida Huddle.
Grant Programs
• The new and improved Air Team Florida program will allow for more participation from partners, airlines and other stakeholders.
• This program will include proposals not just for new air service, but also enhancements on existing service where demand has declined.
Additional Opportunities
• More opportunities include our Florida Welcome Centers, with options for brochure rack space, lobby booths, monthly theme programs and backlit transparencies.
• We are also offering research subscriptions, including monthly newsletters, data, real time trends and VisaVue Travel Data.

To enroll in any of these opportunities, you can follow the links provided HERE. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Albrizio at 850.312.0053 or

These are just a few of the new and exciting opportunities VISIT FLORIDA has to offer. In the coming weeks, we'll continue to announce our next round of cooperative opportunities, which will include more international programs, media opportunities focused on impulse getaways and winter sun seekers, and new ventures with Air Canada, Allegiant Airlines, JetBlue, Google, Expedia and Pandora.

We are working every day with over 12,000 industry businesses to aggressively market our state and reach our goal of 120 million visitors this year. Together, we will fulfill our mission of making Florida the number one global destination.
For Florida!

Ken Lawson
President & CEO

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Aug 10, 2017Safeguard your home against water damage

Simple measures to protect your home from water damage.
Water damage is one of a homeowner's greatest worries since it can result in mold and expensive repairs. The following tips can help you prevent potential sources of seepage in your home.
Don't plant next to your house. A flower or shrub border is lovely, and some folks like thorny bushes beneath their windows as a deterrent to break-ins, but watering those plants could damage your foundation. It's wiser to keep your flower beds a few feet away from the house or make sure they slope away from it.
Use gutters and downspouts to divert rain runoff away from your foundation. If you notice water pooling after a rain, that area needs gutters. Also, make sure you have sufficient gutters for your entire roof. Extend downspouts away from the house and, if possible, discharge underground with PVC pipe to drain into the street.
Check your roof regularly for loose shingles – especially after high wind or rainstorms. Inspect metal flashing for damage and make sure skylights are properly sealed. Check your attic for wet spots or any signs of mold, condensation, damage to insulation, or a rodent or insect infestation that could lead to weak areas and subsequent leaks.

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

Click here to download my mobile app!

Lynn V. Marino ABR,RSPS
Keller Williams Realty of The Treasure Coast
Real Estate Professional

Copyright 2016 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Aug 7, 2017Library Board of Trustees Vacancies

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 25, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to

To be eligible to serve, all members must be a resident of Martin County and shall not be public office holders nor shall members be employed in the County library or be related to a library employee. These are three year terms.

The Library Board of Trustees shall have the following duties, functions, and responsibilities: To serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administration through the Director of Library Services as follows:
(a) Should the Library Director position become vacant, the County Administrator will provide the Trustees with the top three candidates being considered, their application and resumes. The County Administrator will solicit comments from the Trustees on each of the candidates and discuss possible rankings of the candidates prior to making a final determination. The final decision will be the responsibility of the County Administrator with confirmation by the Board of County Commissioners.
(b) Develop library policy with the advice and counsel of the library director, especially concerning library hours, book selection, use of meeting rooms, etc.
(c) Make continuing studies of all existing and future needs of the County in respect to public facilities and services.
(d) Review the financial position of the library system and make reports and submit recommendations regarding sound and feasible budget financing.
(e) Keep constantly aware of public library standards, trends, regulations, and legislation.
(f) Formulate or recommend actions to raise the quality of service and utilization of financial assistance from state, national, and other sources.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm at the Blake Library and various public library locations. The next meetings are scheduled for August 16, September 20, October 18, and November 15. Members shall be required to attend two-thirds of the regularly scheduled meetings in any 12-month period or they shall be dropped from membership.

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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Aug 7, 2017Historic Preservation Board 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 Historic Preservation Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 25, 2017. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to

VACANT POSITION: an at-large member. Appointments shall be in the sole discretion of the Board of County Commissioners. Each member of the Board shall be a resident of Martin County.

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

Meetings are typically held every month on the second Monday of the month at 4:00 pm at the General Services Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart. The next meeting is scheduled for August 21.

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

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

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Aug 7, 2017Health Facilities Authority 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 Health Facilities Authority. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 25, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to

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

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

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

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Aug 7, 2017Local Youth Advocate Meets with Members of Congress about Protecting Kids from Tobacco

A local high school student met with U.S. Senators Nelson and Rubio this month to discuss the need for strong Food and Drug Administration regulation of all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and cigars that are sold in a huge assortment of sweet flavors and are popular with kids.

Nicolas Suarez, 18, of Port St. Lucie, was one of 22 teens from across the country selected as the National Youth Ambassador for Florida with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Last month, Nicolas visited Washington, D.C., to participate in the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Youth Advocacy Symposium, a five-day workshop that builds skills in advocacy, communications and leadership. Tobacco-Free Kids is a non-profit organization focused on reducing tobacco use in the United States and around the world.

Suarez and other participants asked members of Congress to support the FDA’s authority to regulate e-cigarettes and cigars and to reject proposals to weaken it. Current proposals before Congress would make it harder for the FDA to protect kids from candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars or address other health risks these products pose.

Currently, 11.3 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes, compared to 8 percent who smoke traditional cigarettes. Cigars are popular among high school boys, who smoke them at a slightly higher rate than cigarettes. Sweet flavors like gummy bear, banana smash and chocolate have fueled the popularity of e-cigarettes and cigars among kids. A government study found that 81 percent of kids who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product. Youth use of nicotine in any form is unsafe, can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain, according to a 2016 Surgeon General’s report.

Tobacco is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing nearly half a million people each year and costing about $170 billion in health care bills.

In Florida, 5.2 percent of high school students smoke traditional cigarettes, 18.0 percent use e-cigarettes and 7.7 percent of high school boys smoke cigars. Tobacco use claims 32,300 lives in Florida each year.

“Youth advocates like Nicolas are helping lead the fight against tobacco,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “With their passion and leadership in protecting their peers, we can make the next generation tobacco-free.”

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Aug 7, 2017Molly's House Prêt a Danser features The Z Street Band

STUART, Fla. – Prêt a Danser, the much anticipated gala to benefit Molly's House, will feature The Z Street Band, one of Florida's most versatile, prestigious and sought after musical groups.

The Z Street Band promises to keep the dance floor packed during the elegant 1960s Vegas affair, with a five-piece band and vocalists bringing you straight back to the era of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Prêt a Danser will take place on Sept. 23 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Sailfish Point Country Club and features casino games, an open bar with signature cocktails, a seated dinner, live & silent auctions and of course - dancing, dancing and more dancing!

The extensive auction offers something for everyone, and highlights include a Kenya Safari Extravaganza, trips to North Vietnam and Cambodia, a Cape Wine Experience in South Africa and a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Proceeds from the gala will support the mission of Molly’s House - keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Tickets to this not-to-be-missed affair are on sale now and can be purchased at Molly's House, located at 430 SE Osceola Street in Stuart, or online at Tickets are $175, but hurry - prices go up to $225 on August 26!

For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, call 772-223-6659.

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Aug 7, 201728th Annual Martin County Senior Games
The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that its 28th Annual Martin County Senior Games will take place October 28th through November 5th and sponsorship opportunities are now available.

The Martin County Senior Games offer adults ages 50 and up, from Martin and Saint Lucie Counties, a chance to compete in 14 different sporting events. Last year, hundreds of individuals competed in events such as golf, pickleball, tennis, swimming, table tennis, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, and track and field. In addition, the games serve as a sanctioned qualifier for the Florida State Senior Games State Championships that take place later on in the year. The games promote physical and social wellness and encourage the older community to get active and stay fit for life, reflecting Martin County’s Parks and Recreation Department’s goal to provide quality recreational opportunities for all ages.

The senior population in Martin County is steadily increasing and is projected to grow by 11% by 2020 according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, making the Martin County Senior Games more relevant than ever. As a 28th Annual Martin County Senior Games Sponsor, your company will have the opportunity to directly market to active seniors and their families from all over the Martin and St. Lucie County areas while showing your support for the healthy lifestyles they have embraced! In addition, your company will have an opportunity to make a difference and get involved in the community.

We have attached our sponsorship package for your consideration and look forward to speaking with you further about how your company can get involved in the 28th Annual Martin County Senior Games. For more information about this opportunity please contact David Gladding at (772-221-1419); for other sponsorship opportunities with Martin County Parks and Recreation for future programs and events please contact Deanna Deakins, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, at (772-221-1430).

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Dave Gladding,
Sports & Athletics Coordinator
Martin Co. Parks & Recreation Dept.
2401 SE Monterey Rd
Stuart, Fl 34996
772-221-1419 (O)
772-353-9234 (C)
772-419-4096 (Fax)

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Aug 7, 2017Thrivent Action Team announces results from 2017 Back To School Clothes and Backpacks with School Supplies For Kids Project
Thrivent Action Team announces results from 2017 Back To School Clothes and Backpacks with School Supplies For Kids Project

STUART, FL (8/3/2017) – A Thrivent Action Team in Stuart hosted a back to school event.

The event took place on Thursday, August 3 at 4pm at Kiwanas Park in downtown Stuart.
100 children and their underserved families were invited to a back to school event at Kiwanis Park. The children and their family members were treated to a hot dog cook out. Each selected child received a back pack with school supplies and a set of new clothing for back to school.
There were be drawings for bicycles and fishing rods/reels, face painting, snow cones, music from a DJ, and lots of fun. Local dentists provided simple exams for children. Multiple hair stylists provided haircuts.

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

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

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit

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

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a 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 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

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Aug 7, 2017Jupiter Medical Center Launches Care Anywhere Service
Jupiter Medical Center Launches Care Anywhere Service
Now Patients Can Receive Convenient Treatment for Minor Health Issues Via Video Visit

Jupiter, FL August 7, 2017 - Jupiter Medical Center is making it easier than ever for patients to receive convenient medical care with the launch of Care Anywhere, its new tele-health platform.

“At Jupiter Medical Center, our top priority is caring for the health and wellness of our entire community - at all stages of life and at all points on the health continuum,” said John D. Couris, Jupiter Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer. “Care Anywhere allows us to continue to meet this objective by providing access to high-quality, affordable care when and where our community needs it.”

Care Anywhere is a private, secure and easy way for anyone to get convenient, cost-effective and immediate medical care anywhere – from home, the office or any other location – using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Through the platform, a medical provider interviews each patient and makes a diagnosis, much the same way he or she would in a traditional urgent care visit. Providers can treat many common conditions or illnesses, such as colds, fever, rash, stomach flu, sinus infections and pink eye, as well as prescribe medications.

Accessing Care Anywhere is simple. Download the Care Anywhere app (for Apple OS or Android mobile device) or visit the Care Anywhere website at Once patients have downloaded the app or logged into the website, it takes just a few minutes to begin a virtual visit with a provider. A typical visit lasts about 10 minutes. Providers are available Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“In today’s busy world, there are times when getting to the doctor’s office just isn’t possible – either it is after office hours or you’re simply unable to make the trip,” explained Judy Magalhaes, MSN, RN, Jupiter Medical Center’s Vice President of Ambulatory Services. “As our neighbors continue to seek more convenient, cost-effective and integrated health care options, Jupiter Medical Center is here to meet their needs with a menu of convenient care options.”

Care Anywhere represents the latest component to Jupiter Medical Center’s convenient care offerings, which includes three urgent care facilities. All centers offer complete urgent care health services, including on-site laboratory testing and x-rays to rapidly diagnose and treat urgent medical conditions and minor trauma. Services to support healthier living, such as flu shots, lab services, travel medicine, pre-employment testing or preoperative clearance, are also available.

In addition, Care Anywhere service is backed by the hospital with the highest patient satisfaction in the region, and quality and safety scores that rank among the best in the nation. After a video visit, if it is determined patients need additional medical treatment, Care Anywhere can refer them to a Jupiter Medical Center specialist - maintaining a continuum of convenience, care and service.

The fee for a virtual visit is $49, payable by credit card. Insurance is not accepted. For more information about Care Anywhere or to learn more about Jupiter Medical Center’s convenient care services, visit

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

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Aug 7, 2017Beachland Cleaning Service is Safety Award leader again!
Beachland Cleaning Service is Safety Award leader again!
I am happy to announce with great pride that Beachland Cleaning Service has been awarded the Building Service Contractors Association International 2016 National Safety Award for the 3rd consecutive year. The BSCAI is the industries oldest and largest association for Building Service Contractors that is made up of all the elite companies in the Country. I am proud of our staff that makes the effort to provide a safe work environment for everyone.
Our staff goes above and beyond to ensure all safety policies are followed daily. It is their efforts to separate themselves from the pack with the highest level of professionalism that I am most proud of. Accidents will occur, but there is no excuse for not working safely.
Kudos to all of the Beachland Cleaning Service Staff that is known across the country as a leader in the Building Service Contractor industry!
Tom Heveron, CBSE
“2014 2015,& 2016 BSCAI National Safety Award Winner”

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Aug 7, 2017Real Estate Advisor: August
Common Appraisal Myths
An appraisal is an important part of many real estate transactions. An appraisal is typically done if a buyer requires a mortgage loan to purchase a property. The appraisal is done by an appraiser (who is licensed), and it's based on multiple data gathered during an inspection by the appraiser. When it comes to appraisals, there are many myths or misconceptions around them. Whether you're looking to buy a home, looking to refinance a current mortgage, or you're looking for more information about all that goes into real estate transactions, here are some of the most common myths when it comes to appraisals.

An Appraisal is the same as a Home Inspection
While both an appraisal and home inspection provide important information to all parties, the two are not the same. An appraisal is done to determine the value of a property, generally for the benefit of a lender. The appraiser will inspect a property for improvements and deficiencies but only to determine the overall value of a property. A home inspection, on the other hand, is an inspection, but its main purpose is to look at the 'guts' of a property, assessing the overall condition, and inspecting the major systems, appliances and structure to determine the shape of a property. The appraisal is done to determine the value of a property; a home inspection (which isn't required) is done to determine the overall health of a property.

Assessed Value, Appraised Value and Market Value are all the Same
For many properties and in many states, the idea that the assessed value, appraised value and the market value are equal is understandable. But, in many areas and instances, this isn't the case. Assessed value is determined by an assessor (who works for a city, town or county) and is usually used to levy taxes; if the assessor doesn't actually physically inspect the property, s/he won't know if any improvements (remodeling projects, interior updates, additions, etc.) have been done. The same can also be said if nearby properties have not been reassessed for a long period of time or they don't reflect the area's current real estate market. Appraised value is determined by an appraiser, and is a result of a detailed physical inspection of a property and research done on the neighborhood and any nearby recently sold properties. Market values are consumer-driven and can be influenced by a buyer - if a buyer is willing and able to pay more for a property, then the market value is what the buyer is willing to pay. While all three values can be similar, all three also have the chance of being vastly different.

The Appraiser is Hired by the Buyer
An appraisal is required when a home is being purchased with a mortgage loan; a current homeowner is looking to refinance his/her existing mortgage; or when someone is selling a home to someone that is not an all-cash buyer. The appraisal acts as a security for the lender to understand the value of the property when making the loan decision. Due to federal changes several years ago, although the lender orders the appraisal, the lender does not hire a specific appraiser; the appraiser comes from a 'pool'. For the majority of property transactions, the buyer is responsible for the cost of the appraisal (sometimes a seller will cover the cost of the appraisal, but this is unique, and for the most part the buyer or borrower pays the costs through the lender). There are times when a seller may want to get an appraisal to get an idea of a home's value before listing the property - in this case, the seller would hire the appra iser and pay for the appraisal.

The Appraisal Varies Whether it's For the Buyer or Seller
Typically, an appraiser has no vested interest in the price of a property - s/he doesn't represent any particular person. The appraiser should complete an independent and objective appraisal, simply performing the service of determining a property's appraised value. Appraisals can be done for a number of reasons: insurance, home loans, tax losses, estates, liquidation and net worth. Because of this, depending upon the purpose of the appraisal, the market value and appraised value can vary, but the appraiser does not complete an appraisal in favor of the seller or the buyer.

Appraisers Use a Formula to Determine the Value of a Property
The way in which appraisers determine the value of a property is very detailed. An appraiser will analyze all aspects of a property: location, condition, size, proximity to amenities and other facilities, and s/he will also consider the recent sale prices of comparable properties in the area. Other items that are considered in the appraisal: number of bedrooms and bathrooms and the floor plan functionality. The appraiser does a visual and physical inspection of the interior and exterior of the property. S/he will take into consideration the type of flooring in a home; the materials used in the kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms; the siding and any other recent upgrades. An appraiser will also consider things that need to be repaired, and other miscellaneous items. Far from a specific formula, appraisers use a lot of data to determine the appraised value of a property and an appraisal can take a number of hours to compl ete depending on the size of a house and complexity of the property.

Jack Albright

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

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Aug 7, 2017SFWMD perates L-28 Pumps To Save Wildlife From Ongoing High Water Emergency
SFWMD perates L-28 Pumps To Save Wildlife From Ongoing
High Water Emergency
With Water Conservation Area 3A still holding over a foot of excess water, water managers install temporary pumps to help lower water levels

SFWMD Field Station staff install temporary pumps along the L-28 levee to pump water out of Water Conservation Area 3A into the Big Cypress National Preserve. Click on the image for a larger version.

Western Miami-Dade County, FL- The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has installed three temporary pumps that will add to ongoing efforts to alleviate the high water emergency in Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A caused by heavy summer rainfall.

"Pumping to reduce the amount of standing water in WCA 3A is crucial because the longer it remains, the more damage it will inflict upon animals and delicate tree islands," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This latest effort is another testament to our hard-working staff, who have quickly devised and implemented several measures aimed at providing critical relief during this ongoing emergency situation."

Staff from SFWMD's Miami, Okeechobee and Clewiston field stations cooperated on the project, which installed three pumps along the L-28 levee. A fourth pump will be installed by next week. All four pumps combined will be able to move 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Water Conservation Area 3A west to the Big Cypress National Preserve. The pumps will be able to run 24-hours-per day until the high water emergency in the conservation area is alleviated.

The District received nearly twice its average rainfall in June and about 150 percent its average rainfall in July Districtwide. The water levels in Water Conservation Area 3A on August 3 was measured at 11.31 feet, more than a foot above its desired level for this time of year according to the conservation area's regulation schedule.

When water levels stay high for too long in the conservation areas it can cause wildlife drowning and damage critical parts of the Everglades ecosystem.

Since the Florida Department of Environmental Protection declared a state of emergency in the water conservation areas in June, the District has been using every available method to try to lower the water levels. Efforts include operating all structures at the maximum levels allowed to move as much water as possible out to tide and Everglades National Park.
Media Contact:
Randy Smith | | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386

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Discussing national security legislation with the Coast Guard.

Between the drama in Washington and the threats of terror around the world, I know the good stuff doesn't make the news very often. With the news focused on anger and violence, it's not hard to understand why our country is so divided.
But the reality is, we've accomplished a lot to make our country safer. My goal is to be as transparent and responsive as possible, so here's an update on some of the decisive victories from last week:
• We passed a funding bill that substantially increases resources for the Department of Defense and gives our troops a much-deserved pay raise.

• We passed a great sanctions bill to target aggressors around the world - North Korea, Iran and Russia - who have all sought to undermine American interests and cause violence throughout the world.

• We passed a funding bill that takes care of veterans by giving the VA the highest level of funding they have ever received.

• And we worked together to pass an expansion of the G.I. Bill that will help veterans, including my bill to ensure that all Purple Heart recipients have access to G.I. Bill benefits.
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It is an honor to represent you in Congress.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman

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Aug 7, 2017August means entertainment along Treasure Coast
TREASURE COAST — With the month of August now in full swing, the weekend offers a variety of entertainment options along the coast. Friday Fest in Fort Pierce is a popular destination for area residents, and the band Tumbleweed will be onstage at the event this week. There also will be a host of children’s activities, including a giant slide and a bounce house to go along with face-painting and arts and crafts.

The Farmer’s Market at Craft Show is the next day at Fort Pierce Marina from 8 a.m. to noon, with more than 70 vendors offering everything from food and plants to spices and more. Also on Saturday nearby is the Jazz Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1 Avenue A in Fort Pierce.

Just up the road from there, the Inlet Grill & Beachfront Inn has scheduled Uproot Hootenany on Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. at 110 S. Ocean Drive in Fort Pierce, while Sailfish Brewing Company will be host to The Days Between with Crazy Fingers from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at 130 N. 2nd St. in Fort Pierce.

Notes Music Room & Bar will be hosting Friday Jazz from 6:30 to 10:15 p.m. at 872 Colorado Ave. and the concert carries only a $1 entertainment fee to attend. Just around the corner, Ben Mejia Live will be at the Dolphin Bar in Jensen Beach from 7 to 10 p.m. at 1401 N.E. Indian River Drive and Terra Fermata is welcoming Heart-Shaped Box: A Tribute to Nirvana at 7 p.m. on Friday at 26 S.E. 6th St. in Stuart.

The Elliott Museum is offering “Bob Hope: An American Treasure" through Nov. 26, and the exhibit, presented by the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, centers on Bob Hope’s comedic contributions and achievements in the world of entertainment, his famous friends and friendships and his passion for golf. The Museum is also hosting a "Soldier Stories" series through Nov. 26, with original military-themed watercolors by Marilyn Johansen, the past president of the Florida Watercolor Society.

On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and supporters of Hibiscus Children’s Center will be requesting $1 donations from customers for a sample of lemonade at Panera Bread locations. Guests will be served from lemonade stands built and decorated by Panera Bread Associates.

Notes also hosts a Saturday Night Live Music event from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. and Sailfish Brewing Company presents Souljam LIVE on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Terra Fermata has more live music on Saturday with Girl Jerry Does the Dead at 7 p.m.

EPIC will present an Impact concert and awards show at Sunrise Theatre on Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., featuring community partners who have played a positive role in the community at 117 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce.

For those looking for a little exercise, the Fleet Feet Furnace 5K and Kids’ Fun Run will be Saturday from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at 2440 N.W. Federal Hwy. in Stuart. Just up the road on Saturday is the TCYSF River Raft Regatta, sponsored by the Treasure Coast Youth Sailing Foundation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jaycee Park in Fort Pierce, which benefits the Fort Pierce Police Department’s Courageous Kids program.

On Saturday at Lost Lake Golf Club in Hobe Sound will be the Manatee Island Golf Tourney starting at noon at 8300 S.E. Fazio Drive.

Sunday will see another installment of Music at the Mansion in Jensen Beach at Riverside Park with The Nouveaux Honkies and food and drink vendors. In Stuart at The Lyric Theatre, the free summer movie series continues with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” from 2 to 4 p.m. Terra Fermata also is hosting Reggae Sunday, featuring Ras Kokay & The Truth along with Kulcha Shok and DJ Ricky D. from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Also on Sunday will be Family Day at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, with free admission and activities for children, from noon to 4 p.m.

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Aug 7, 2017Endless Summer Guided River Paddle 2017
Club Scrub, is a non-profit organization, in support Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. Club Scrub’s main mission is to promote outdoor activities. We have over 2500 outdoor enthusiastic members.

We are promoting The Largest Paddle Event ever held on the Treasure Coast.
Club Scrub Endless Summer River Paddle on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

We have hosted several river paddle events with enormous success with over 350 paddlers and 50 support volunteers paddling from Jupiter to Hobe Sound. There was a lot of community buzz about this event as it was the largest paddle event ever hosted in our area.

This event is open to all paddlers, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and dragon boats.
If you don’t have your own equipment, we have several outfitters who will deliver and pick up for the event. You will need make advanced reservations. Go to for a list of outfitters.

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

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

We also will be promoting “Leave No Trace”, by doing a river cleanup with donated mesh bags from the FL Dept. of Environmental Protection during our paddle. We are also asking our paddlers to bring refillable water bottles for their beverages.

We will launch from Jonathan Dickinson State Park River Area Swim Beach.
Paddle down the Loxahatchee River to our Floating Refreshment Stops, relax a bit then paddle the rest of the way to the Rocking Jupiter Sandbar Party! After a few hours of great food, drinks, live music and fun, then paddle back to JD with current.

Registration Fee Club Scrub Members $35 thru 8/31; $40 after
Non-Members $40 thru 8/31; $45 after includes your park entry, a “Rocking Sandbar Party" with Lunch & Beer at the Jupiter sandbar, along with floating refreshment stops, and paddle support (boats and guides). Non-Paddling Kids under 8 $12 after 8/31 $15
Buy an unlimited beer wristband in Advance for $10 Day of Event $15

Register at

You can check out more photos on previous events More photos & videos on our Facbook page ClubScrub JDSP
Spring Fling Video End of Summer 2016 Video

Club Scrub is a Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park - a 501(c)(3) Organization. Club Scrub builds and maintains 10 miles of Mountain Biking Trails in Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

We would be happy to talk to you regarding our event and hope you will publish our info. If you have any questions. Please feel free to contact me
Event coordinator Juliana Catalfumo 561-313-7250

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Aug 7, 2017A winning combo of custard and pet adoptions begins at Whit’s of Stuart
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s shelter dogs are getting even more spoiled, thanks to a business partnership with Whit’s Frozen Custard of Stuart. The specialty custard shop is hosting an event called “Whit’s for Wags,” featuring shelter dog adoptions and sweet treats every other Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Located at 237 SW Monterey Road in Stuart, the next event will take place on Aug 20.
To literally sweeten the deal, not only is Mass giving a free doggy sundae to the shelter pups, he also has agreed to donate a doggy sundae to all customers who bring their dog during the adoption Sundays.
“We are thrilled to have the generous support of Chris Mass, who owns Whit’s of Stuart, and his business,” said Sarah Fisher, the Humane Society’s volunteer program manager and mobile adoption coordinator. “This outreach effort helps our shelter animals and strengthens our community as a whole.”
Starting at 6 a.m., Whit’s Frozen Custard of Stuart makes its hand crafted frozen custard daily and feature three flavors — vanilla, chocolate and Whit's Special weekly flavor — and numerous varieties of toppings. Its newly constructed location boasts a welcoming décor and relaxing outside patio with seating for 30 to 50 people around the courtyard. Open year round, Whit’s is open seven days a week with only an occasional closing for holidays.
For those wishing to volunteer for the new program, contact Sarah Fisher via email at or by calling her at (772) 600-3217.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit or call (772) 223-8822.

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Aug 4, 2017Youth Sports Program at Halpatiokee teaches fundamentals in a fun environment
Ignite Sports, LLC, in partnership with the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department, is offering a Youth Sports Program at Halpatiokee Regional Park, located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart.

This developmental, non-league instructional program is open to children ages three through eight years old. Classes will be broken into age brackets of three to five and six to eight years old and will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Registration is only $80.00 per child for a six-week program which teaches fundamentals of the selected sport in a non-competitive environment.

Soccer - Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Oct. 3, 2017
T-ball - Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Oct. 4, 2017
Basketball - Tuesday, Oct. 24 to Dec. 5, 2017
Flag Football - Wednesday, Oct. 25 to Dec. 6, 2017
Kickball - Tuesday, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, 2018
Multi-sport - Wednesday, Jan. 10 to Feb. 14, 2018
Soccer - Tuesday, Mar. 6 to Apr. 10, 2018
T-ball - Wednesday, Mar.7 to Apr. 11, 2018
Flag Football - Tuesday, Apr. 24 to May 29, 2018
Basketball - Wednesday, Apr. 25 to May 30, 2018

For more information and to register, visit or call 772-221-1419 / 772-349-5522.

Find more information on Parks and Recreation's facilities and activities at or on Facebook at

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Aug 4, 2017Stuart community celebrates the opening of its new Enrichment Center
Stuart community celebrates the opening of its new Enrichment Center

The Golden Gate community celebrated the grand opening of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment July 29. Local residents gathered their families and friends to enjoy free food and beverages, face painting, snow cones, children’s games and prizes, live music and dancing, information booths and more.

Partner agencies and sponsors offered a variety of children’s activities such as rock painting,
robots, coloring activities and other games as well as introducing them to programs and services available to the community. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Grill Team barbequed a wonderful lunch for party attendees while DJ Louie G Entertainment and local Guatemalan band Marimba Maya Quetzal entertained the crowd with lively music.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri, emceed the Grand Opening ceremony by inviting key partners to address the hundreds of party attendees to explain both the building’s history and its exciting future. He encouraged, “we really want the community to come in and take advantage of this opportunity and use it for everything it’s worth, [the programs and services] are designed to help everyone reach their personal goals and to enjoy forward progress.”

Elizabeth Barbella, Executive Director of the Martin County Community Foundation beamed, “this is about the heart of our community, extraordinary things happen when people come together and this is only the beginning.”

Hundreds of people toured the newly renovated historic Golden Gate Center for Enrichment learning about the building’s new technology offerings and the extensive calendar of free classes available. Guests admired the varied collection of restored period photos and antiques showcasing the building’s extensive history in Golden Gate.

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

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

About House of Hope

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

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

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Aug 4, 2017Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Sales Tax
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Aug 4, 2017Did you know? Hezbollah
Hezbollah is a terrorist group. This may seem obvious and common sense to us. After all, Hezbollah has been responsible for some of the world's most infamous terrorist attacks.
But right now, Hezbollah in it's entirety is not considered a terrorist organization by the European Union despite being considered a terrorist organization by the United States since 1997.
Last week, the committee I'm on passed a resolution urging the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. If we're going to win the fight against terror, we need a unified front.
Next week, I'll be traveling to Israel to work hand in hand with Israeli military and government leaders on the next steps to combat the threats our countries share together. You can follow along with the trip on social media:

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman
P.S. Click here to learn more about why our relationship with Israel is so important.

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Aug 4, 2017Sailfish Splash hosts Recreational Swim League Championships for second year

On Saturday and Sunday, August 5 - 6, over 600 swimmers will compete in the South Florida Recreational Swim League Championships (SFRSL) at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. The competition will be the venue's 5th major economic impact event of the 2017 competitive aquatics year, during which 15,000 people will pass through the facility.

"We are proud to host SFRSL at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. The positive impact swimming events have in Martin County is infinite; these events play a crucial role in fostering interest in aquatic sports and a healthier lifestyle among community members and bring thousands of visitors to our county, resulting in a boost for the local economy," said Kevin Abbate, Parks and Recreation Department Director.

In addition to the South Florida Recreational Swim League Championships, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will host these additional competitions for the 5th consecutive season to round out 2017:
September Florida Swimming Pool Association High School Invitational
High School Dual Meets
October High School Dual Meets
All Martin County High School Swimming & Diving Championships
FHSAA Class 3A, Region 4, District 10 Swimming & Diving
November State of Florida Senior Games Qualifier
FHSAA Swimming & Diving State Championships
Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A
December College Swim Coaches Association Training Forum
More information about the Sailfish Splash Waterpark services and programs can be found at and

Discover more about Parks and Recreation facilities, programs and services at or on Facebook at

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Aug 3, 2017Stuart Air Show flies high with leading tourism event award

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Annual Stuart Air Show as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for the month of November 2017. Premier events from all across the southeastern United States compete to receive a Top 20 designation. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Stuart Air Show Board collaborated on the application for this prestigious designation.

"We're very fortunate at the Stuart Air Show that confirmation of a job well done comes in the form of sun-kissed smiles on the thousands of airshow fans that visit the show every year, many coming from all over Florida, Canada and even from overseas. But we are also very proud of being honored by the distinguished Southeast Tourism Society. All the smiles, along with this prestigious recognition from STS, would not be possible without our community-minded partners, including the Martin County Tourist Development Council, the City of Stuart, dozens of non-profit organizations, sponsors and most importantly, the hundreds of volunteers that participate each year," said Michael Roberts, Stuart Air Show president.

"It comes as no surprise that the Stuart Air Show was selected once again as one of the top events taking place across the Southeast. The Stuart Air Show team works incredibly hard on this outstanding event and are without a doubt worthy of this designation," said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism and Marketing Manager for Martin County.

Tickets for this year's event, scheduled for November 3-5, are already on sale and may be purchased at Adult General Admission tickets are $15, with Youth, Military and Veteran tickets priced at $5, and children under 5 are admitted free. There are a large variety of upgraded options available and you do not want to miss the Dirty Flight Suit Party! Tickets for the party are $115 and it sells out fast.

The Stuart Air Show is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes a safe, family entertainment event, highlights aviation, and provides financial support to its benefiting non-profit organizations including: the United Way of Martin County, Martin County Community Foundation, Road to Victory Military Museum, Boy Scouts of America/Venture Crew 2804, Special Olympics, Civil Air Patrol, as well as many other deserving community charities.

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Aug 3, 2017Inside - How Whiplash Happens
Whiplash Without a Car?

When you hear the word, “whiplash,” most people immediately picture a rear-end motor vehicle accident. But there are other ways that whiplash injuries can occur, including:

• Assault, such as being punched or shaken
• Roller coaster rides
• Sports, especially contact sports such as football or boxing
• Falls

Symptoms and related pain can show up immediately or up to 72 hours after the impact that caused the whiplash injury. And the pain and discomfort can last for months if not years.

Following a whiplash injury, the goal of chiropractic care is to return affected neck joints to their normal position to relieve stress on nerves and strain on affected muscles. For best results, and to avoid the formation of scar tissue and unnecessary pain, you should make an appointment to come in for an examination as soon as possible after a whiplash injury.

4 Tips for Healthy Eating Outside of Your Home

Who doesn’t like to dine out? And with so many two working parent families and single working parents, it’s often easier to pile everyone into the car and hit the nearest restaurant for dinner. Not to mention those who live alone find it difficult to cook for only one. Question is – is it really possible to eat well when you eat out?

If you rule out fast food restaurants – yes! Here are a few ways to make healthier choices on your next date night or family outing.

• Pick fruit for dessert instead of a sugar-rich and fat-filled dessert – or order only one and share with the table!

• Don’t think you have to “clear your plate” just because it’s in front of you – ask to take the leftovers home for another meal.

• Avoid selections with mayonnaise, sour cream and butter.

• Order healthy salads as entrees.

Oh Baby, My Aching Back!

Most pregnant women generally agree on one point – that back pain is definitely a health concern at some point during their pregnancy. In fact, it is estimated that 50 – 80% of all pregnant women experience it in some form.

What can you do to alleviate it during pregnancy? Here are a few completely natural solutions to get started.

1. Exercise to strengthen the muscles in your neck, back and abdomen; try yoga or Pilates.
2. Rest as often as possible; use a body pregnancy pillow to help with additional support.
3. If you sit at a desk job, practice good posture and use a footstool.
4. Watch your weight gain – 25-35 pounds (10-15 kg) is considered fairly normal for a typical pregnancy.
5. Get regular chiropractic adjustments at our practice.

Expecting a bundle of joy soon? Give us a call to schedule your next appointment.

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Aug 3, 2017A Fabulous fall is coming for Visionary School of Arts!

Sign up now! Classes begin in August
Call 772-283-4888

Our fall includes multi-media projects which will announced in next week's newsletter.

Our SAVE OUR RIVER paintings are on display at County Commissioner's office Ed Campi and The Children's Services Council. The show will rotate until October of 2017.

We will be featuring ALL of our students at the downtown Stuart Mural! We are creating an online magazine during the painting mural and will make it available for forwarding in 2018.

The mural is scheduled to begin in October and student painting is scheduled to begin in November
(Subject to mural completion and weather)

Evening classes will be rescheduled for 1-2 Saturdays in order to paint in fish during light hours. We will add classes at no charge if needed to complete each fish.

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

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!

We look forward to seeing you this fall. Please sign up now as classes are filling up fast!

Lynne Barletta
Founder and Executive Director Visionary School of Arts


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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Aug 3, 2017A call to a national prophetic act for your breakthrough!
We are calling believers and churches to join in a shout or the blowing of the trumpet exactly at 7PM !

7 PM Sunday night August 6th wherever you are!

The purpose of the shout is to stop the delays on contracts, cases pending, agreements, work orders and financial breakthrough.

We are encouraging people to come in person and join our service. Pastor Norman Benz and Lynne Barletta will be leading declarations and the shout of

This will be a time of breakthrough for individuals!

Churches and individuals are joining all over our nation in various time zones which will cause a ripple of angelic hosts to arise and bring breakthrough!

Rev 10: 2 and 5 - 7 5

The angel of NO MORE DELAY!

And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars.

Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said,

"There will be no more delay!"

Sunday Evening service begins with worship
6 PM
Visionary Centers International
1724 SE Indian St
Stuart Fl 34997


Lynne Barletta
Pastor Norman Benz



Bible study for men

7:30 AM Thursday mornings at VCI!

Come one come all for an interactive topical bible study that will impact your life!


EAGLES Intercessory Conference Call Prayer

Thursday mornings 7:30 AM

Please email for information to join this call of highly strategic intercession with an emphasis now on abolishing human trafficking and saving our children!

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Aug 2, 2017Martin and Indian River Counties, CARE FL Request U.S. DOT to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Martin and Indian River Counties, CARE FL Request U.S. DOT to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement of AAF Passenger Rail Project
County officials, local leaders call 2015 EIS stale and aged

Treasure Coast officials and concerned residents are calling a 2015 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) regarding the All Aboard Florida (AAF) passenger rail and freight project stale and aged. In a 24-page letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Martin and Indian River Counties along with Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) give more than 15 reasons why a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is necessary before the issuance of a Record of Decision (ROD). The letter reviews deficiencies in the August 2015 FEIS and sets forth significant new circumstances and information since the issuance of the FEIS that merit careful examination in a SEIS.

"The Draft Environmental Impact Statement was completed in 2014 and the FEIS was released on August 4, 2015-nearly two years ago," said Ruth Holmes, Senior Assistant Martin County Attorney. "In those two years, the document has grown stale and there have been a number of new circumstances that warrant DOT's careful reconsideration by way of a SEIS."

Those circumstances include some of the following:
• The project's constructed and newly constructed bridges that will cause flooding;
• Concerns about public safety not being addressed by the original FEIS;
• The proximity of the rail to the U.S. President's property in Palm Beach County;
• The FEIS' failure to consider the potential for an additional station in Brevard County;
• The failure by AAF to launch as projected in 2016;
• Change in ownership of Fortress and Florida East Coast Industries that creates significant environmental uncertainties based on environmental accidents by the new owners; and
• Grave concerns about the use and transportation of LNG across the state.
"Adding LNG to the list of dangerous and hazardous substances on existing FECR freight trains is an additional public safety factor that has evolved since the publication of the FEIS," said Brent Hanlon, Chairman of CARE FL. "The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires consideration of such new commodities and their impact on public safety and the environment."

Local governments have a fundamental interest in ensuring that projects within their boundaries are designed, constructed and operated to be as safe as possible. However, their ability to protect such interests through the imposition of safety requirements is limited by principles of federal preemption with respect to railroad projects, since under federal law the power to regulate railroad safety is wielded primarily by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

The FEIS dismisses valid public safety concerns stating that the AAF project '...would comply with all relevant health and safety regulations and would not adversely impact the public's health and safety.' The counties and residents of the Treasure Coast region strongly disagree with that argument.

"These unsupported generalities are no substitute for the careful analysis and public airing of potential impacts that NEPA demands, and such deficiencies may only be cured by a SEIS that is subject to the public review procedures of NEPA," said Dylan Reingold, Indian River County Attorney. "Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our residents and motorists."

For more information please visit,, and CARE FL's site at


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Aug 2, 2017Support our CHILDREN!

Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida & The Caribbean

Donna Mongillo-Dunn

Off Lease Only has generously donated a $20,000 car voucher to the
Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center to raffle off in support of their treatment programs.



$50.00 Donation to CDTC for a chance to WIN $20k CAR VOUCHER at


$50 FOR ONE TICKET - 10 FOR $450.00

Purchase your raffle ticket today to enter for a chance to win a $20,000 voucher towards a vehicle courtesy of Off Lease Only!*
100% of the proceeds benefit the children and families at CDTC.



Call anytime for details!!

Donna Mongllo-Dunn

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Aug 2, 2017Florida Chamber Congratulates Ernie Marks, New Leader of SFWMD
The Florida Chamber of Commerce congratulates Ernie Marks for being appointed as the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Executive Director. Marks’ two decades of experience handling natural resource management and Everglades restoration will serve him well in this position, as the SFWMD continues to make long-term, sustainable and science-based water policy to help protect Florida’s natural and economic resources.

Much of Florida’s economic success is attributed to our state’s unique quality of life. As the third most populous state in the country, ensuring Florida remains the best place to live, work, learn and play is a top priority for the Florida Chamber.

At the Florida Chamber, we look forward to working with Ernie Marks, and to continuing our advocacy and education efforts to help protect Florida’s unique water systems and quality of life.

Securing Florida's Water Future
There are few issue more important than water. Learn more by watching the Florida Chamber’s series of education videos focused on Indian River Lagoon, the Florida Keys, Southwest Florida and Springs.

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Aug 2, 2017Help Pack a Lunch For Kids!
$10 provides 80 meals to hungry children on the Treasure Coast

Sophia sits with her brown paper lunch bag on her lap. Her classmates open their bags and lunch boxes and dive into sandwiches, pudding, chips and drinks.

"How come you're not eating, Sophia?" a little girl asks.

"I'm not that hungry," Sophia answers.

Ten days later, the same scenario. Sophia says she isn't hungry. Her brown paper lunch bag sits on her lap unopened.

A caring teacher takes Sophia aside to coax her to eat. She opens her lunch bag. She is heartbroken to see what's inside.

A crumpled ball of newspaper. Sophia had put it in the bag to make it look like there was food inside. The little girl was too ashamed to admit she had no lunch. Her family was going through tough times, and food was scarce.

More than 28,000 children on the Treasure Coast face hunger every day.
But you can change that.

With your gift of $10, you can help us provide 80 meals to hungry kids right here on the Treasure Coast.

Treasure Coast Food Bank works year-round to make sure our little ones have enough nutritious food on the table to help their bodies and minds grow up strong and healthy. But we need support from our community to make it happen.

Help a child grow today, and you'll help ensure a better, brighter tomorrow for everyone. Thank you for making our work possible.

With gratitude,

Judith Cruz
President & CEO

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Aug 2, 2017Join us for the Cyber Security for Small Business Seminar
Cyber Security for Small Business Seminar

When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Where: IRSC Pruitt Campus - Building F- Room 144
Indian River State College
500 NW California Blvd
Port St Lucie, FL 34983

We are pleased to announce that the Florida SBDC at Indian River State College is offering Cyber Security for Small Business information sessions.

Please join us for our first Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Click on the link below to register.

If you have any questions, please email

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Aug 2, 2017This is Big for Vets
Last week was a great one for veterans. As you already know, we began on Monday by passing 8 bills that will help veterans, including an expansion of the G.I. Bill program that included my legislation to ensure Purple Heart recipients have access to benefits.
What you might not know is that we rounded out the week with another 4 veterans bills, including bipartisan agreement to continue funding the Choice Program. Here's what we got done:
S. 114 provides $2.1 billion to continue the Choice Program for six months while Congress works on other reforms to strengthen and improve care provided through this critical program. The bill also includes provisions to enhance the recruitment, retention and training of the VA workforce.
The VA Senior Executive Accountability Act will improve transparency by requiring the VA to inform Congress about where senior executives are being moved.
The Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act directs the VA to provide educational assistance to former members of the Armed Forces with medical experience for training as VA physician assistants.
The Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act requires the VA to assess the feasibility of providing child care services for veterans receiving mental health services and other intensive health care services.
To learn more about my work on behalf of veterans, please visit my website:

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It is an honor to represent you in Congress.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman
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Aug 2, 2017CFWI Focuses on Saving Water Outdoors
Ensuring that central Florida has the water it needs is at the core of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI). Three water management districts -- the St. Johns River, South Florida and Southwest Florida - are finding new sources and new ways, through the CFWI, to maintain and build the area's water supply, while protecting the area's natural resources. Practicing water conservation at home is also critical to helping ensure adequate water supply in the community with outdoor irrigation a great water-saving potential.

"Approximately half of all potable water is used for outdoor irrigation," according to Dan O'Keefe, South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chairman. "Much of this use is more than what is required to sustain a healthy residential landscape."

"Water conservation is a critical strategy to meet our water supply needs - it's the cornerstone of Florida's water sustainability," said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. "While new technologies and strategies are important to meet the water needs of our state, using water efficiently year-round, both indoors and outdoors, helps protect the health of the Floridan aquifer system and ensures that fresh, drinkable groundwater is available for years to come."

"Conservation is really about not wasting water. And it's easy to do," said Brian Armstrong, Southwest Florida Water Management District executive director. "We have a lot of simple tips about conservation on our website at I encourage everyone to do their part to conserve."

How much water is enough?

On average, established lawns and landscapes require just one inch of water each week to stay healthy. This amount varies seasonally - water needs for plants go up during the peak summer growing season and down during the winter dormant period. The goal is to irrigate only as necessary to supplement rainfall.

Watering routines should be influenced by the weather. During the summertime rainy months, watch the weather and wait to water.
Homeowners can monitor the amount of water yards receive naturally by placing a rain gauge outside.

Overwatering landscapes wastes both water and money. To see how long it takes a sprinkler system to deliver one inch of water, place empty tuna or cat food cans evenly throughout each zone. After running the sprinklers for a set amount of time, simply measure the depth of water in each can.

Landscape irrigation rules

Florida's water management districts have irrigation conservation measures in place to limit landscape watering and encourage more responsible use of water resources. Following districtwide lawn-watering rules helps ensure the efficient use of water, promotes healthier lawns and landscapes and saves thousands of gallons of water per month. Programmable "smart" irrigation controllers can make it easy to comply with local watering schedules. It is surprising to see how quickly the gallons add up and how easy it is to reduce your use.

Whether residing within South Florida, Southwest Florida or St. John's River water management districts, it's important to know the year-round landscape irrigation rules currently in place in your area.

South Florida Water Management District
Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule in place since 2010:
Limits landscape watering to two days a week throughout the 16-county district with a three-day-a-week provision for some counties.

NOTE: Local governments may adopt alternative landscape irrigation ordinances based on local water demands, system limitations or resource availability. Check the SFWMD website for watering days and times.

Southwest Florida Water Management District
Year-Round Water Conservation Measures allows lawn watering twice-per-week. Some local governments such as Pasco and Sarasota counties, and the cities of Dunedin, Longboat Key, Sarasota and Venice, have local ordinances that remain on one-day-per-week schedules. Due to lingering drought effects and water resources not recovering as quickly as other areas, some of the counties in the District's northern region will maintain once-per-week lawn watering along with other restrictions. A portion of Lake County is included in the once-per-week lawn watering schedule. The restrictions for the District's northern region will remain in effect through Oct. 1, 2017. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at

St. Johns River Water Management District
During daylight saving time (second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November) irrigation is limited to no more than two days per week on scheduled days. During Eastern Standard Time (first Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March) irrigation is limited to no more than one day per week on scheduled days. Irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional details outlining when to water and how much to water are online at

Tips on saving water outdoors

When it comes to conserving water in a landscape, the most important factors are selection and arrangement of plants and design and usage of the irrigation system. A good source for information is Florida's water management districts. See materials on sites below with tips on Florida-friendly landscaping for what and how to plant as well as tips on sensible sprinkling for watering wisely year-round.

More about CFWI

The CFWI encompasses five counties: Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole. The state's water experts project that this region will need an additional 300 million gallons of water per day by 2035. Through the CFWI, three water management districts -- South Florida, Southwest Florida and St. Johns River -- are working collaboratively with other agencies and stakeholders to implement effective water resource planning, including water resource and supply development and management strategies to protect, conserve and restore our water resources. To learn more, please visit

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

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

The Southwest Florida Water Management District manages the water resources for west-central Florida as directed by state law. The District encompasses roughly 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties and serves a population of nearly 5 million people. Established in 1961, our mission is to protect water resources, minimize flood risks, and ensure the public's water needs are met.

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Join key business leaders in Orlando on August 9 for the 2017 Florida International Trade & Investment Conference. This year’s conference will feature informative presentations on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities in Florida from Adrian Jones, General Manager, Legoland® Florida Resort, and Gary Spulak, President of Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.

Register today and join us for this and other important discussions that will help you unlock the full potential of trade and investment.

Florida International Trade & Investment Conference
August 9, 2017
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32827

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Aug 2, 2017Habitat for Humanity and Realtors Association Economic Report
We’re pleased to share with you a study conducted by the REALTOR® Association of Martin County that examines the positive economic and social impacts Habitat for Humanity of Martin County makes to our community.

Thanks to the support of our donors, the dedication of our volunteers, and the sweat equity of our families, Habitat has always found a way to do a lot with a little. In studying the results of our efforts, RAMC’s research is extremely encouraging. You'll see that in the executive summary below.
It’s our sincere hope that you will share the RAMC report and its highlights with your members in email, your newsletter and on your social media. The more people who fully understand how Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is truly changing lives for the better over the long haul, the more can be done to fight and defeat poverty in our community.
Thank you for supporting our mission, and for all you and your organization does for Martin County.
Warm regards, Margot
Executive Summary

In the last 31 years, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County has applied a highly successful approach to equip and empower individual families for successful homeownership and improve our community.

Numbers to Know

• 126: Number of Habitat homes built.
• 1: Only Habitat homeowner—in 31 years—to fall short of honoring mortgage obligations.
• $113.4 million: Habitat homes’ increase in assessed taxable value for Martin County.
• $90,000: Average assessed value of Habitat home.
• $1,635,512: Total taxes and fees paid by Habitat to Martin County over 31 years.
• 22,350: Total annual volunteer labor hours donated to Habitat.
• $502,875: Average annual value of volunteer hours benefitting Habitat.
• $25,933: Average savings per Habitat home thanks to volunteer hours.
• Out of 1,500 Habitat affiliates nationwide, Martin County is one of only 250 to have a Neighborhood Revitalization (NRI) program.
• 244: Homes helps by Habitat’s NRI critical home-improvement construction.
• 400: Applications (roughly) Habitat receives each year.
• 10: Estimated number of Habitat homes constructed annually (discounting the early years when the organization was just getting started and unable to build homes).
• 300: Hours of “sweat equity” Habitat homeowners must spend on their home build, other home builds on in one of the ReStore locations.
• 30: years of no-interest mortgage Habitat homeowners must repay to Habitat.
• $1,500: Required by Habitat homeowners in escrow as down payment.
• $455: Average Habitat homeowners save month by having Habitat mortgage over renting.
• 3.6 million pounds (1,810 tons): Usable items diverted from landfill disposal since 2008 thanks to the Stuart ReStore.
• 888,000 pounds (444 tons): Usable items diverted from landfill disposal since 2015 thanks to the Jensen ReStore.
• 87: Percentage of donations spent on home builds and Neighborhood Revitalization programs.
• 98 percent: Fewer calls made to Martin County Sheriff’s Office regarding Carter Park, a Habitat community in Indiantown, compared with the neighboring community of Booker Park.
• 76 percent: Fewer calls made to Martin County Sheriff’s Office regarding Carter Park compared with the neighboring community of New Hope.

Margot Kohl Graff, Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Inc.
2090 NW Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
772-223-9940 ex 2223
772-223-9970 fax

RAMC - Economic and Socia
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Aug 1, 2017Stuart Air Show introduces signature and exclusive series themed gear
Calling all fashionistas! Come and get your swag on in a Stuart Air Show exclusive series T-shirt featuring the 2017 air show performers and their flying machines.
"One of the new show components this year is the exclusive signature series apparel developed by UBU Brands that showcases our 2017 performers," says Michael Roberts, Stuart Air Show president. "The first signature-series shirt in the line-up features Jack Link's Screamin' Sasquatch, a 1929 Taperwing Waco bi-plan with a jet engine that is piloted by Lt. Col. John Klatt. And, kids of all ages will love the crime fighting helicopter BATCOPTER shirt, celebrating the flying machine that appeared in the original 1966 BATMAN movie."
Three designs are currently available in a variety of colors, all on lightweight, pre-shrunk materials and ranging in styles from short-sleeve v-necks for the ladies and long-sleeve fishing shirts for men and youth, to short-sleeve unisex shirts. Additional signature series releases available in limited numbers will be revealed in the coming months leading up to the November 3-5, 2017 Stuart Air Show.
Pre-sale shirt pricing ranges from $25 to $45 and shirts may be purchased online at
The 28th Stuart Air Show is made possible by Platinum Sponsors Pratt & Whitney-A United Technologies Company, Sikorsky Aircraft-A Lockheed Martin Company, and Martin County, Witham Field, and Silver Sponsors City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Stuart Jet Center, CenterState Bank, Dunkin' Donuts, Atlantic Aviation, Southern Pig & Cattle Co., Sunshine Golf Car and Visiting Nurse Association of Florida.
For the latest Stuart Air Show announcements and entertainment lineup, or to purchase discounted pre-show tickets and premium parking, please visit

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Aug 1, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Names New Executive Director
Ernie Marks brings 20 years of experience
serving Florida's environment

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today unanimously named Ernie Marks the District's new Executive Director, effective Wednesday, Aug. 2.

"Ernie Marks has amassed over 20 years of public service in natural resource management, with 13 of those years solely concentrated on the restoration of America's Everglades," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "His dedication to the environment and the science that ensures its future is well known throughout Florida and a primary reason I am confident in his abilities to strengthen our partnerships and head the multi-billion-dollar Everglades restoration effort."

Marks becomes executive director at a time when the District is making major restoration progress for Florida's Everglades, thanks in large part to the implementation of Gov. Rick Scott's $880 million Restoration Strategies Plan and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The District is also engaged in a crucial planning study that will identify opportunities to store water around Lake Okeechobee to accomplish numerous goals including reducing damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries. Additionally, the District is building several projects to fulfill its key missions of providing flood protection, restoring water quality, reconnecting natural systems and ensuring water supply from Orlando to the Florida Keys.
"Having worked with the employees of this great organization for over a decade and seeing how hard they work to get things right for South Florida, it is an immense honor to be chosen as their leader," Marks said. "These next several years are critical to the restoration of South Florida and I look forward to working with our Governing Board to ensure a successful mission."
Marks takes the helm from Pete Antonacci, who served nearly two years as Executive Director before being chosen last week to become the new president of Enterprise Florida, the public-private partnership responsible for attracting new businesses to add more jobs for Floridians.
"I have been privileged to serve our Governing Board and the 8.1 million residents," Antonacci said. "The health of Florida's water resources is crucial to the success of Florida's economy, so I look forward to continuing to work with the Governing Board and Ernie for the benefit of all Floridians."
About Ernie Marks
Marks, a resident of Martin County and a native of Massachusetts, joined the District in 2016 as Director of Everglades Policy and Coordination, a position in charge of the effort to restore Florida's Everglades.
From 2014 to 2016, he served as the South Region Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, overseeing the state agency's operations from Okeechobee County to the Florida Keys. Prior to that, Marks served for a decade at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, advancing to become the director of the agency's statewide Office of Ecosystem Projects.

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Aug 1, 2017Thrivent Action Team announces results from the Rice and Beans Ministry Project to support the indigent.
wo Thrivent Action Teams from Port St. Lucie combined their resources and hosted an event where they collected and delivered rice, beans, and various comfort items to agencies who help seasonal sugarcane workers in Indiantown and to Pahokee.

The event took place this morning.

Bob Hatter, from the San Damiano Men’s Group at St. Lucie Catholic and Cathy Valinote collected rice, beans, food items over a few week period. Those items were then bagged and delivered this morning to the Holy Cross Thrift Center in Indiantown, and to St. Mary’s Parish in Pahokee to be distributed to those in need.

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

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

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit
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 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

Carlene A Stangle
Office Professional
Thrivent Financial®

367 NE Baker Road, Stuart, FL 34994
Office: 772-408-0771
Fax: 772-408-0776

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Aug 1, 2017Stuart City Commissioner Thomas Campenni was recently appointed to the Florida League of Cities

Treasure Coast, July 31, 2017 – Stuart City Commissioner Thomas Campenni was recently appointed to the Florida League of Cities (FLC) 2017-2018 Advocacy Committee
“Advocacy is one of the primary missions of the Florida League of Cities,” said FLC Vice President Gil Ziffer. The 2017 legislative session was like no other and we can assume the upcoming session will be just as difficult. Knowing Commissioner Campenni’s passion for defending home rule, we will be counting on him to help meet the challenges we expect to face over the coming year.”
Campenni is a multi-year recipient of the League’s Home Rule HERO Award. “Tom’s outspoken protection for municipal home rule preparing for and during the 2017 legislative session is an inspiration and a model for municipal officials statewide,” said FLC President Susan Haynie.
Home rule is the authority for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. Recipients of the Home Rule Hero Award are local government officials – both elected and non-elected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the Legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.
“No one on the Treasure Coast has worked harder than Commissioner Campenni to ensure that the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives are weighed, discussed and enacted at the local level,” said Patricia Christensen, executive director of the Treasure Coast League of Cities. “Local commissioners and council members are the most accessible and accountable to the people. It’s relatively easy to attend and be heard at a council or commission meeting in your hometown; it’s very difficult to do the same in Tallahassee.”
In addition to the Advocacy Committee, Campenni represents the Treasure Coast as a Board member of the Florida League of Cities Board of Directors and is Vice President of the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities.
About the Florida League of Cities
Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy. For more information, visit

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Aug 1, 20172017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item.

For more information and a list of qualifying items, please review the Department of Revenue's Tax Information Publication (TIP) on the 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions document. For your convenience, the digital downloads and social media posts below are provided for individuals and businesses interested in sharing information about the sales tax holiday.

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Jul 31, 2017SFWMD Holds Public Workshops for Lake Okeechobee
Watershed Restoration Planning
Planning project will create viable alternatives and significant results to reduce damaging estuary discharges, improve lake ecology and enhance water supply for South Florida

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) conducted two public workshops on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) this week, Thursday afternoon in Okeechobee and Friday morning in West Palm Beach. More than 90 Floridians participated in the workshops in person. The meetings were also webcast.

"These planning processes ensure public participation which is critical to the future of Everglades restoration," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Brandon Tucker, who participated in one of the workshops in person. "I am pleased to see so much participation from interested parties. This is how good decisions get made."

The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project, which began in July 2016, seeks to identify a slate of storage options, including the use of ASR wells and above-ground reservoirs to store water north of Lake Okeechobee. The project will improve the quantity, timing and distribution of flows into the 730-square-mile Lake from the north where approximately 90 percent of the flows originate. A proposed project will also aid in reducing damaging discharges from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.

The workshop on Thursday was held at SFWMD's Okeechobee service center. Today's workshop was held at SFWMD Headquarters in West Palm Beach. Attendees provided information and asked questions about the planning alternatives developed by the District in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Landowners in potential project areas had been previously notified and several of them participated in the workshops. All the alternatives presented included an array of above ground reservoirs and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells north of Lake Okeechobee.

These public meetings solicit critical public input to develop a draft plan which will ultimately be considered by the SFWMD Governing Board at a future meeting.

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

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Fitness Class Offerings and Golf Tournament will raise money for local veterans.
Stuart, FL (July 31, 2017) Gold’s Gym South Florida will hold two major fundraising events in August as a “Salute to Service” benefitting local WWII and Korean War veterans through Southeast Florida Honor Flight.
The first event is a 3-day fundraiser, August 4-6, comprised of group fitness classes for a five dollar donation at three Gold’s Gym clubs. The specialty classes are open to the public at the Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach Gardens locations. The variety of exercise classes is designed for a wide range of fitness interests including Barre, Cardio, Cycling, Yoga, Zumba and more.
Additionally, Gold’s Gym South Florida will hold the first Gold’s Gym Salute to Service Scramble golf tournament on August 26th at Abacoa Golf Club at 105 Barbados Drive in Jupiter. The day's schedule begins with a 1:00pm Golfer Check-In and a 2:00pm Shotgun Start with a veteran tee-off reminiscent of The Masters at Augusta. A Reception begins at 5:00pm where four area Honor Flight veterans will briefly speak, and golfers and guests can enjoy live music, small bites and club access. Golf tournament with Reception tickets are $150. Tickets solely for the Reception are $60.
To register for the Salute to Service group fitness classes, the Gold’s Gym Salute to Service Scramble golf tournament and/or Reception, please go to: All proceeds from the fitness classes and golf tournament will benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight to help fly local WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices. As one of 133 other hubs in the National Honor Flight Network, Southeast Florida Honor Flight makes four trips annually from Palm Beach International Airport, taking about 350 veterans to Washington, D.C. each year. The nonprofit is a 100% volunteer organization, so all funds raised during Gold’s Salute to Service will go directly to pay for the costs of the veterans’ flights, which include: a chartered American Airlines A320, four motor coaches for the day’s transport, police escort, meals, t-shirts and hats.
Each Honor Flight agenda in Washington, DC includes visits to the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the World
War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Upcoming Southeast Florida Honor Flight dates are September 23rd and October 28th. The public is invited and encouraged to attend “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport the evening of each of these Honor Flights to help give the veterans a star-spangled welcome home.
Honor Flight is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. For more information, to get involved or donate , please visit:, or or call 1-855-359-2838.
For more information on this release, contact:
Kathy Sreenan Southeast Florida Honor Flight 561.758.0722

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Jul 31, 2017Help Us Protect Florida's Economy
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Jul 31, 2017Peter White and Euge Groove: White Hot Summer Grooves
Peter White and Euge Groove: White Hot Summer Grooves
Saturday, August 26th at 6pm & 8:30pm

Jazz lovers, we have got the hottest ticket of the summer! Two of the most successful artists in the world of contemporary jazz, guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Euge Groove join forces for a performance this August in White Summer Hot Grooves. Previously collaborating on songs such as "Rain Down on Me" and "Another Perfect Moment" among others, White and Groove each bring a distinctive style to their instrument of choice.

The jazz fusion musician and Lyric Theatre favorite, Peter White, has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience. White is best known for collaborating with Al Stewart for 20 years, where the two opened for artists like Queen, Billy Joel, and Linda Ronstadt. Al Stewart was drawn to White for his ability to adapt to a wide range of musical styles, yet maintain a distinctive voice. Peter White co-wrote some of Stewart's most timeless hits, including the 1978 top-ten composition "Time Passages." Beginning in the early 1990s, Peter White began his solo career, with songs such as "Midnight in Manhattan" and "Bright" reaching #1 on the Billboard Jazz Songs chart. Throughout his impressive career, White has earned a variety of awards, including three Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards and winning Best Guitarist for four consecutive years at the National Smooth Jazz Awards from 2000 to 2003. His latest album, Groovin', was released in October of 2016. His third album of covers, Groovin' features songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, from Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay" to Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do."

Saxophonist Steve Grove, who goes by the pseudonym Euge Groove, has been playing music since he was in second grade when he started on the piano. By age 10, the aspiring musician had embraced the sax as his instrument of choice. He became interested in jazz studying music at the University of Miami’s School of Music. Euge Groove played in bands in Miami including the group Expose, whose #1 hit "Seasons Change" featured a highly memorable sax solo by Groove. Later, the musician moved to LA and joined the group Tower of Power, where he stayed for four years. Afterward he performed in a variety of back up bands and session recordings, playing with artists such as Elton John, Aaron Neville, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt. Shortly after appearing on the Richard Marx Top 20 Pop hit "Keep Coming Back" in 1991, Steve Grove adopted his now famous pseudonym. Following his debut album in May of 2000, Euge Groove toured in Tina Turner's band while continuing to record solo work. In 2016, Groove released his tenth solo project, Still Euge. He says: "Still represents me being able to be me!” Some of Groove's top hits over the years include "Sneak A Peek," "Slam Dunk," and "Rewind."

When Euge Groove and Peter White come together, it's always a sight to see. The two have previously performed at The Lyric Theatre during the holidays in Peter White's memorable Christmas music specials. This time, the two are back this summer, giving audiences a chance to experience a White Summer Hot Grooves!
The Lyric Theatre
59 S.W. Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 286-7827

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Jul 31, 2017Character Counts
See attached flyer and application



Nominate a business today for the seventh annual Business of Character Award by downloading an application at .
Three finalists, including one winner, will be announced during the Business Development Board of Martin County’s business appreciation on Friday, October 20.
Complete nomination applications are due Wednesday, August 23.
Questions and further information – contact Holly Laiben at

Please share this outstanding recognition opportunity with your business contacts.

Holly E. Laiben
Director, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County
10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 101, Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 283-4800, ext. 234; (772) 220-7771 (FAX)
CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County is a program of United Way of Martin County

Did you know…families who eat meals together have children who are 52% more likely to say no to drugs, alcohol, tobacco? Learn more at


Character Counts.pdf
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Jul 28, 2017FAU Harbor Branch Deploys New Benthic Lander on Oculina Coral Reefs
FAU Harbor Branch researchers have successfully deployed and retrieved a new benthic lander (pictured) on Oculina coral reefs, 20 miles offshore of Ft. Pierce. This project is led by Associate Research Professor Mingshun Jiang with funding support from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF). The novel lander platform was designed and deployed by the FAU Engineering and Technology Core (Erick Busold and Gabriel Alsenas) and built at Harbor Branch.
The initiative aims to develop and deploy several small, low-cost benthic landers for monitoring deep water environments. The landers can be outfitted with oceanographic sensors for measuring parameters important to benthic habitats like mesophotic and deep coral reefs. Parameters include temperature, currents, turbulent mixing, food availability, and pH.
During its maiden deployment from mid-May to early July, the lander package included an acoustic release to remotely recover the system, an ADCP, and a SAMI pCO2 sensor. The deployment site was at the edge of the Florida continental shelf, ~240 feet deep and 100 feet north of the Jeff Reef within the NOAA-designated Oculina Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC). All sensors functioned well and a preliminary analysis of the data indicates a strong variability of currents, temperature, and pCO2 concentration at the deployment site that are driven by the powerful Gulf Stream, meso-scale eddies, and internal tides. For example, bottom temperature could decrease from 20oC (68oF) to 12oC (54oF) in three to four days, typically following a reversal of currents from going northward (typical) to southward. The team is planning a long-term (~1 year) deployment with additional sensors (e.g. pH and dissolved oxygen) at a deeper coral reef site in the Florida Straits during 2017.
Reed Co-Authors Paper on 4-Year Study of Pulley Ridge Fish Community

FAU Harbor Branch Research Professor John Reed is co-author on a paper that was recently published in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's Fishery Bulletin regarding a study on fish populations and the presence of lionfish in Pulley Ridge, a mesophotic coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology, located at FAU Harbor Branch, documented some of the first lionfish in the Gulf during surveys following the oil spill of 2010. During surveys of Pulley Ridge from 2012- 2015, thousands of lionfish were discovered living within the burrows of red grouper.
Surveys conducted with remotely operated vehicles were used to examine whether invasive species of lionfish have had an effect on the fish community.
The results indicate that grouper pits are a favorable habitat for both lionfish and native fish species but that the presence of lionfish is too recent to have caused changes to fish community structure. This is likely to change as the lionfish eat the juvenile grouper and smaller reef fish which could have catastrophic results to the fish community in the future.
Read the full paper here.

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Jul 28, 2017The Facts on Lake Okeechobee, Algae Blooms, and Local Water Quality Challenges

Since algae blooms were spotted recently in Lake Okeechobee, right on cue, paid environmental special interests are spreading misinformation to blame the algae on sugarcane and vegetable farmers south of Lake Okeechobee. But recent media reports suggest these activists are playing fast and loose with the facts in a pathetic effort to blame anyone but themselves.

Here are the facts about what’s really happening in the water around Florida:
1. Algae blooms are a common occurrence in Florida during the summertime. According to the Okeechobee News, “Blue-green algae can be found all over the world, and occur in Florida’s freshwater and brackish habitats, such as lakes, rivers and estuaries.”

2. The water that was pumped to Lake Okeechobee from the south earlier this summer was pumped to save wildlife in the Everglades, not to benefit farmers. As reported by the Okeechobee News: “Brandon Tucker, who was appointed to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board in June, said SFWMD uses satellite imagery to track algae blooms on Lake Okeechobee. In early July they tracked a bloom off the northwest shore of the lake. Although this was the same time frame during which water as being backpumped into the lake from the south to relieve flooding in the Everglades that endangered wildlife, no algae blooms were documented on the south area of the lake, he said. The water from the Everglades was clean water, and water managers did what they could to avoid mixing the Everglades rainfall with runoff from farms in the EAA as they pumped it north.

3. As environmental activists in Martin County were blaming farmers, Martin County closed the St. Lucie River to swimmers due to enteric bacteria found in the water. According to the TC Palm, “The bacteria get in the water through stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage. The high bacteria levels July 14 followed several days of heavy rain.” Farmers DO NOT use human waste as a form of fertilizer, which means the waste can only be coming from Martin County.

4. Last week, there was an algae bloom in the Indian River Lagoon that went ignored by environmental special interests. According to Florida Today, “Regulatory agencies have reported algae blooms in northern Mosquito Lagoon and in the Banana River, near Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island.” For the record, water from Lake Okeechobee DOES NOT directly drain into the Indian River Lagoon.

5. There are algae blooms in North Florida, too. As reported by the TC Palm, “A dangerous algae bloom this week halted recreational scallop season in Gulf County. Psuedo-nitzschia, which can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning, is not harmful to scallops or other marine life but could pose a health risk to humans if eaten.” Why are paid environmental activists only selectively protesting over certain algae blooms?

6. Ninety-five percent of the water and the nutrients flow into Lake Okeechobee from the north. While water has at times flowed into Lake Okeechobee from the south, it is extremely rare and only happens when the South Florida Water Management District undertakes emergency backpumping actions. Nearly ALL of the water and nutrients flowing into Lake Okeechobee originate from the north.

With these facts in mind, it’s simply laughable that environmental special interests would continue to push a false narrative that farmers in the EAA are to blame for algae blooms.

About Florida Sugarcane Farmers
Florida Sugarcane Farmers are part of a $3.2 billion-a-year sugar industry that is 12,500 employees strong. For more information, please follow Florida Sugarcane Farmers on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Jul 28, 2017DEP and DOH Remind Florida Residents and Visitors to be Mindful of Potential Summertime Algal Blooms
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health are encouraging residents and visitors to be mindful during summertime recreational activities as the season’s high temperatures, abundant sunlight and frequent rainstorms annually increase the presence of algal blooms in certain Florida waterbodies. Individuals should avoid contact with algae and can report algal blooms using DEP’s toll-free hotline (855-305-3903) and online at ( Currently there are no health advisories or any reason to believe the health of residents has been impacted.

State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip said “The health and safety of Florida families is DOH’s number one priority. It is important to avoid coming into contact with any algae and we do not recommend swimming or fishing in areas where algae is seen. We will continue to work with DEP to keep residents, visitors and local officials updated.”

DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein said “DEP encourages residents and visitors to immediately report algal blooms to help us respond as quickly and efficiently as possible. Florida is a national leader in responding to and managing algal blooms. We are committed to working with state and local agencies to ensure the health of Floridians, visitors and our natural resources."

DEP and Florida’s water management districts frequently monitor Florida’s water quality and routinely collect algal bloom samples as soon as they are observed to identify algal type and test for toxicity. In addition, staff are deployed to take additional samples in response to reported blooms – whether from a citizen, other response team agencies or other sources. To keep residents and visitors informed of the latest algal bloom monitoring results and activities, DEP has a website where it posts the dates and locations of samples collected. Test results are added as they become available. Persistent blooms are routinely monitored and retested

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Jul 28, 2017Sales tax referendum information
On August 29, voters will be asked whether or not to allow an additional one-cent sales surtax to be added to the existing sales tax collected by the state. For more information about the referendum, visit Here you will find FAQs, a list of potential infrastructure projects, ordinance language, an informational video and sample ballot.

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When the federal government created Medicare, it made a commitment to America’s seniors, and it’s a commitment that must be upheld. I will always fight to protect and strengthen Medicare.
This week Congress worked together to pass a truly great bipartisan bill that will strengthen Medicare called the Medicare Part B Improvement Act.
The bill will help ensure there aren't gaps in care for Medicare beneficiaries and help patients with chronic diseases more easily access the treatments they need. The bill also includes a provision, close to my heart, that will help protect access to prosthetics for Medicare beneficiaries who need them.
I'm proud of our bipartisan work to get this bill passed and will continue fighting to protect Medicare for today's seniors and future generations.

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman
P.S. Click here to learn more about my work for seniors.

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Jul 27, 2017Community Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Scholarships

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Jul 27, 2017Indian River and Martin Counties, CARE FL Express Concerns
Indian River and Martin Counties, CARE FL Express Concerns to U.S. DOT Secretary Regarding AAF's Request for a Federal Loan
County officials, local leaders call it an extremely risky project

Treasure Coast Region, FL-Indian River and Martin Counties along with Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the DOT Credit Council regarding All Aboard Florida's (AAF's) highspeed passenger rail service. The six-page letter asks DOT Secretary Elaine Chao to exercise extreme caution before considering or approving AAF's request for a Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan to build out Phase II of the project connecting West Palm Beach to Orlando. The letter warns the loan is unlikely to be payable and creates a very high risk of default for taxpayers.
"We believe AAF is struggling to find a way to finance Phase II. In fact, they have unsuccessfully tried to sell tax free Private Activity Bonds (PABs) on at least three different occasions," said Dylan Reingold, Indian River County Attorney. "To date they have been unable to find buyers, and as recently as November 28, 2016, withdrew the company's PAB application."

In 2015 CARE FL commissioned an economic impact study by Dr. John Friedman, former White House National Economic Council Special Assistant in the Obama Administration. Dr. Friedman's study concluded that even when making all optimistic assumptions to favor AAF, the project would generate annual losses of more than $100 million and AAF would be unable to service its debt burden. Findings from the Friedman study were included in the letter that was sent to DOT earlier this week.

"CARE FL urges DOT to review the findings presented by Dr. Friedman, along with recent developments including ownership changes by the company that present unacceptable financial uncertainties for a project of this magnitude," said Brent Hanlon, Chairman of CARE FL. "In the past three years, we have seen AAF pursue multiple government-subsidized funding options, and that alone is cause for great concern."

The recent split in ownership between AAF's parent company, Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), now owned by SoftBank, and Florida East Coast Railway (FECR), now owned by Grupo Mexico, is a red flag. DOT needs to consider that AAF only has an easement to use the corridor and will not own the tracks, even if paid for by the RRIF loan. DOT should also consider the financial health of Grupo Mexico.

Additionally, academic studies have demonstrated that most rail projects exceed the expected project costs, which would further impact the reasonable credit analysis for the AAF project. In fact, in a 2008 report prepared by the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Planning and Environment, the authors reported that "[o]n average, for the 21 projects completed between 2003 and 2007, actual construction costs exceeded the inflation-adjusted estimates developed in alternatives analysis by 40.2 percent."

"AAF is also trying to pass off this project as privately funded when it is anything but," said Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator. "To help protect their profits, AAF is trying to shift the cost of rail safety upgrades and maintenance to Treasure Coast counties in perpetuity. This impacts every single taxpayer."

The letter also urges DOT to consider a very important factor; the proximity of the rail project to President Donald Trump's often visited property, Mar-a-Lago, located near the West Palm Beach station. The U.S. Secret Service and others responsible for protecting the President should be asked to consider the safety implications that could result from highspeed passenger rail and freight trains (carrying hazardous materials substances including LNG) running on the same tracks.

For more information please visit,, and CARE FL's site at

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Jul 27, 2017WINK News: Scientists, environmentalists take aim at nitrogen in Caloosahatchee

Good news for those working to achieve cleaner water: the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expected to provide an update on Southwest Florida's Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) today in Ft. Myers. A WINK News story included a quote from one local fisherman, Jose Santiago, who said, "I think it’s getting a little better. I’ve seen more fish than before... Today we just saw a big manatee. I never saw one here before and now I know they run around here, for me that’s a really good sign that the water’s getting a lot better."

Florida sugarcane farmers have been working to improve water quality in a big way. Recently, the South Florida Water Management District announced farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area achieved a 70 percent annual reduction in phosphorus, helping to send more clean water to the Everglades. Today, 100 percent of the water in Everglades National Park is meeting the stringent 10 parts per billion standard for phosphorus as required by law.

In case you missed it, here is the story from WINK News:

Scientists, environmentalists take aim at nitrogen in Caloosahatchee
By: Britni McDonald
July 25, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. Researchers are trying to attack a longstanding problem of too much nitrogen in the Caloosahatchee River.

The Department of Environmental Protection has been working on the Basin Management Action Plan, a project aimed at reducing water pollution, for the past five years.

Water quality scientists and environmentalists are expected to discuss their findings and plans to further remove pollutants from the river at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the South Florida Water Management District Office on 2301 McGregor Blvd.

Heavy rain and storms cause nitrogen from yards, roads, fertilizers and septic tanks to flow into the river.
“Nitrogen’s an essential element for life forms, but the problem is we have too much, so too much is bad and it creates an imbalance in these ecological communities,” said John Cassini, director of Calusa Waterkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy group.

Fishermen like Jose Santiago have noticed recent improvements near South Franklin Lock Road.

“I think it’s getting a little better. I’ve seen more fish than before,” Santiago said. “Today we just saw a big manatee. I never saw one here before and now I know they run around here, for me that’s a really good sign that the water’s getting a lot better.”

But Cassini believes there is still room for improvement.

“They’re making some progress but it’s just not enough,” Cassini said. “I just feel the state has put too much emphasis on the Everglades as opposed to the rest of the sate of Florida.”

About Florida Sugarcane Farmers
Florida Sugarcane Farmers are part of a $3.2 billion-a-year sugar industry that is 12,500 employees strong. For more information, please follow Florida Sugarcane Farmers on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Jul 27, 2017By The Numbers: Wholesale Trade & Manufacturing Continue to Grow
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71% of cyber attacks target small businesses. 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack. Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your business.

Florida Small Business Development Center at IRSC
Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, August 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
• Avoid threats including phishing, malware and more
• Maintain security – internally and externally – keep data safe
• Mitigate risks and follow remediation practices
• Acquire cyber security resources
Pruitt Campus, Port St. Lucie, Building F, Room 144 Cost: $15 includes Box Lunch;
Register at For more information, Patrice Koblitz at

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Jul 27, 2017Need Leadership NOW
The Army Corps is the most important federal agency for fixing the water problems in our community, but right now we don't have permanent leadership for the agency. Since the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works resigned, the position has been filled by an acting secretary that hasn't been confirmed by the Senate.
We need a new leader for the Army Corps NOW!
Not only do we need a new leader, but we need a radical thinker to make transformational change and who will work with us in Congress to get the job done.
That's why I joined with more than 30 other members this week on a letter to the President calling on him to nominate an Assistant Secretary so the Senate can get them confirmed.
In the meantime, I'll continue pushing the Army Corps to work with South Florida Water Management District on a southern reservoir.

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

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman
P.S. Click here to learn more about my work to clean up the water in our community.

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Candle, Spirituality, Advent.
January 22, 2016 is a date that Steve and Sachi will never forget. On that day, they got the worst news a parent could receive, that their son has been shot in a gun accident at a friend’s home. Their son James would be declared dead a few days later.
The family was overwhelmed by the sudden and tragic loss of their son. They were referred to Managing Partner Gary Lesser by a family friend and an insurance defense lawyer familiar with the firm’s reputation. Gary’s immediate concern was the well-being of this family, and he spent a lot of time trying to help the family go through the steps of dealing with this loss. At the same time, Gary geared up his team at the firm to determine who were the responsible parties and proceed accordingly.
It quickly became clear that litigation would be necessary in order to obtain justice for James’ family, and the firm did not hesitate. Partners Gary Lesser and Mickey Smith, along with the support of the firm’s associates and staff dedicated to the case, aggressively litigated the case for over a year, resolving the case for a significant, confidential sum before trial.
Throughout the course of this case, Gary and Mickey pushed this case forward against multiple parties and insurance companies, also carefully dealing with the law enforcement and insurance issues. We never lost sight that our primary responsibility was to be there to help the clients through the process. While no amount can make up for the loss sustained by this family, our firm was dedicated to obtaining justice while treating our clients with compassion and providing good communication.

About Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is a third-generation law firm that has grown to 10 attorneys with more than 265 years of combined experience and three offices, located in West Palm Beach, Stuart and Boca Raton. Established in 1927, the firm has been serving the community for over 90 years, focusing on personal injury and wrongful death matters. The firm and its partners are all board certified and AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. The firm provides personal, "hands on" service for clients, carefully walking them through every step of the legal process while working tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome.

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Jul 27, 2017WM of Martin County Quarterly Enewsletter

I'm honored to join Waste Management's Martin County Team in Hobe Sound as the new Senior District Manager. I've been in the waste and recycling industry for 27 years, joining Waste Management in 2005 and earning the WM Circle of Excellence in 2015.

Sustainability, safety and community involvement are important values to our organization. I am proud to report that Waste Management of Martin County has earned world-class safety results so far in 2017. Our injury and accident rates are among the very best not only in Florida, but across the country. We consider our Mission to Zero safety initiative the cornerstone and most important piece of every service we set out to perform each day.

We're also excited to celebrate the successful rehabilitation and release of a bald eagle at the Okeechobee Landfill. It is exciting to be a part of an organization that cares for our community members including our precious natural resources and wildlife. Mike DeClerck
Sr. District Manager

Martin County Celebrates Kick-off of
'100 Days of Summer Safety' Initiative

Safety is essential at WM for our employees, for our customers and for the success of our business. To achieve our safety goals, Waste Management is pursuing an ambitious Mission to Zero™ initiative. The aim of this program is to reduce the number of on-the-job accidents and injuries to zero. In late June, WM of Martin County celebrated the kick-off of the ‘100 Days of Summer Safety’ Initiative by hosting a BBQ for its drivers, technicians, support staff, and managers.

Rescued Bald Eagle Released in Okeechobee County

The bald eagle was originally found injured by an engineer who works at the landfill and later rushed to the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center for rehabilitation.

Waste Management's resources, and the amount of land it has at the landfill allows the company to continuously rescue, rehabilitate and release animals back into their natural ecosystems.

Okeechobee Landfill is a certified wildlife habitat dedicating 2,100 acres of its 4,000-acre property to wildlife. WM currently has 100 certified wildlife habitat sites in North America and dedicates 26,000 acres company to wildlife.

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Fourth Consecutive Win for Jupiter Medical Center Points to
Technology Advances in Interoperability and Efficiency

In recognition of its continued progress in expanding its digital footprint, Jupiter Medical Center received the “Most Wired Hospital” award for the fourth consecutive year. Presented by Hospital and Health Networks (H&HN), the award recognizes hospitals that are making the most progress in the adoption of health information technology (IT), resulting in lower readmission rates and a higher standard of patient care. Jupiter Medical Center received the award based on its showing in the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

The award, which measures the amount of IT integration in health care facilities across the United States, was once again presented to Jupiter Medical Center for advancement in IT infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and clinical integration.

“This fourth consecutive award is further testament to Jupiter Medical Center’s commitment to staying on the cutting-edge of health care advancements,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “Our standards are higher and it shows.”

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO. “They are transforming care delivery and investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

The acknowledgment of Jupiter Medical Center’s health IT proficiencies with the Most Wired award demonstrates its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of health care for all community members in the South Florida region.

“New technology becomes available every year, and it's an opportunity for us to adapt and, as a result, further enhance patient care and safety,” said Tom Crawford, vice president and CIO of Jupiter Medical Center. “This year, we focused on initiatives like interoperability and efficiencies in technology by upgrading our wireless technology to increase the speed and ease of use of our electronic medical record system. We also recently launched Care Anywhere, a new telehealth program that enables patients to receive urgent medical care whenever and wherever they need it by going online for a virtual consultation with a member of our health care team.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring IT use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure; business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

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

About the Most Wired Survey
The 2017 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with the American Hospital Association and Clearwater Compliance, LLC.

About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman

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Jul 26, 2017August 2017 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for August 2017. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

August 8, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at

August 22, 2017 at 9:00 am
This meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (transmittal - EAR based amendments).
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at

August 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

August 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

August 16, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at

August 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at

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

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

August 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

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

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

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

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

August 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

August 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

August 3 & 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at

August 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

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

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

August 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

This notice dated: July 26, 2017.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or

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

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.

Brian Mast
United States Congressman

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