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Nov 22, 2017Legislation Providing Services for Veterans and Their Families Passes Committee
The Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security unanimously passed Senate Bill 326 - Services for Veterans and Their Families. This bill establishes the Florida Veterans’ Care Coordination Program within the Department of Children and Families to provide statewide dedicated behavioral healthcare referral services to Veterans and their families through Florida’s 211 Network.
Florida’s 211 Network is a statewide telephone-based service that helps callers identify and connect with health and human service programs that can meet a variety of needs, including food, housing, employment, health care, crisis intervention, and more. This service is available statewide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in all of Florida’s 67 counties by calling 2-1-1.
With over 1.5 million veterans, Florida has the third largest Veteran population in the nation. Senate Bill 326 continues our state’s commitment in solidifying Florida’s reputation as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.
Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday Legislation Passes First Senate Committee
Senate Bill 620 - Disaster Preparedness Tax Exemption, unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism. The bill proposes a 10-day (June 1-10, 2018) sales tax holiday making certain items relating to disaster preparedness and protection tax exempt.
The Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday would coincide with the beginning of hurricane season and provide Floridians with cost savings on vital disaster preparedness items that can help protect their families and homes in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. During the tax exempt period, under specified maximum values, the following items will be exempt from state sales and use tax, and county discretionary sales surtaxes: certain light sources, radios, tarps, “tie-down” kits, fuel tanks, batteries, cellular telephone chargers, food storage coolers, portable generators, storm shutter devices, carbon monoxide detectors, reusable ice, personal locator beacons, and emergency position-indicating radio beacons.
Week of November 13-17, 2017
Capitol Office Phone: 850-487-5032| District Office Phone: 772-219-1665
Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday Legislation Passes First Senate Committee (Continued)
The 2017 hurricane season proved to be extremely busy and produced several named hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma, which greatly impacted the State of Florida. In addition to creating a family disaster plan, Floridians would be encouraged to take advantage of this sales tax holiday and stock up on essential disaster preparedness items.
Video archives of these and all Senate committee meetings from last week can be viewed online via: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/Videos.
As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends, and loved ones,
let us take time to reflect and count our many blessings.

 
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Nov 22, 2017HBK Dealership Industry Group Leader Impacts Tax Reform Bill
HBK’s Collins Wins Changes to House Tax Reform Bill for Dealerships

November 17, 2017 … Pittsburgh, Pa. … On November 3, HBK’s Rex Collins, CPA, CVA, was asked to join a conference call of the directors of several regional and national dealer associations. Natalie Higgins of the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) had secured an opportunity to address the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee as they prepared their proposed tax legislation for a full House vote. The conference call participants asked Collins, who heads up HBK’s Dealership Industry Group practice, provides financial counsel to dealers exclusively and is called upon regularly to address dealer conventions and meetings, to present the dealers’ position before the Committee.

“We were scheduled for a half-hour phone call that afternoon,” Collins reported. “It turned into an hour and a half discussion, as the Committee was eager to understand our issues and to find a fix for the problem.”

While there are several items of impact to dealers in the proposed House tax reform bill (read “Tax Reform: What Matters Most”), the issue of greatest concern was the deductibility of dealers’ annual interest expense. A provision in the House bill would have limited the deduction to 30 percent of the dealer’s adjusted income, which includes normal taxable income plus depreciation, amortization and interest.

“Given the amount dealers typically spend each year on interest, this item was clearly the most damaging in the proposal,” Collins explained. “Most impacted are those dealers who have been struggling and those who have been growing. Dealers on the low end of the profitability spectrum would be severely compromised; unable to deduct their interest expense, their taxes could exceed their total profits. Dealers looking to grow by acquiring debt would also be severely punished with the loss of the deduction.

“The Committee became convinced of the inequity and potential harm to so many American businesses, and they agreed to carve dealers out of the interest expense limitation as proposed in their tax reform bill.”

There was, however, as one would expect in such negotiations, a trade-off.

“In exchange,” Collins said, “we will not be allowed to directly expense the cost on fixed assets purchased during the year. However, that does not restrict our ability to take advantage of existing depreciation and Section 179 expensing election. As a matter of fact, the legislation provides for the doubling of the current benefits of Section 179.”

While Collins and the dealer associations won the day, the battle on behalf of dealerships continues, he pointed out.

“The Senate bill is similar to the original House bill in how it addresses this issue,” he said. “There is still work to be done.”

http://hbkcpa.com/hbks-collins-wins-changes-to-house-tax-reform-bill-for-dealerships/


 
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Nov 22, 2017Martin County Meetings ~ December 2017
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for December 2017. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
December 12 & 19, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
December 20, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
December 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
December 20, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE
December 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Location: Community Services Conference Room, 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
December 7, 2017 at 8:30 am
Location: Fire Rescue Administration at the Public Safety Complex, Conference Room 286, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
December 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LAW LIBRARY COMMITTEE
December 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
December 4, 2017 at 10:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
December 7 & 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
December 11, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

The Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 25 & 26 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and again Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of New Year's Day.


 
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Nov 21, 2017Castronovo Chocolate Releases its Cocoa For Peace Collection
STUART, FL -- Castronovo Chocolate, maker of award-winning bean-to-bar American craft chocolate, is introducing its Cocoa for Peace Collection gift box ($46).

Ten percent of the profits from the sales
of this collection will be donated to The Amazon Conservation Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving South American rain forests in partnership with the indigenous peoples who live there. Whether giving it as a holiday gift to a chocolate lover, a co-worker, that hard-to-shop-for person on everyone’s list, or as a gift to self, it is a gift that will help others earn a sustainable living while preserving rainforest ecosystems.
The Cocoa for Peace Collection is a curated assortment of four Castronovo Chocolate bars, each from a region of Colombia where cacao is relied upon to create a better life for those that harvest it in a manner that protects and preserves the rainforests. “It’s important to us that the cocoa we use in our chocolate provides a commercial venture for indigenous people in remote villages,” says Denise Castronovo, Owner and Master Chocolate Maker at Castronovo Chocolate. “We are proud to partner with ACT as we get cocoa from many of the same regions where ACT is already working.”
As with all Castronovo Chocolate, there is a story for each bar in the Cocoa for Peace Collection:
· Rare Cacao Collection Sierra Nevada 72% Dark Chocolate. Two-time Silver Winner of the 2016 and 2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards, London (single-origin dark chocolate). This cacao grows along the remote slopes of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada coastal mountains. Since there are no roads, the wild cacao is harvested by the Arhuaco indigenous people and brought down the steep slopes in jute sacks on the backs of mules. The chocolate has a distinct auburn color and bright fruity flavors of apricot and caramel with a delicate nuttiness.
· Rare Cacao Collection Sierra Nevada 63% Dark Milk Chocolate. Gold Winner of the International Chocolate Awards World Finals 2016, the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Awards London, and the International Chocolate Awards Americas Semifinals 2015; two-time Silver Winner of the International Chocolate Awards World Finals 2015 and 2014, Silver Winner of the 2017 International Chocolate Awards Americans & Asia Pacific Semifinals; Bronze Winner of the 2017 and 2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards London (all single-origin micro-batch milk chocolate category). This dark milk chocolate bar is truly an innovation in the single origin bean-to-bar category. Castronovo uses the same beans that are in its dark chocolate Sierra Nevada bar and mixes it with just the right amounts of organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter and whole milk powder to create a dark milk chocolate with caramel, fruity and nutty flavors.
· Arauca Colombia 70% Dark Chocolate. The Arauca region lies on the border of Colombia and Venezuela along the Arauca River basin. Rich in ecological resources, biodiversity and fertile floodplain soil some of the best cacao in the country grows here. Cacao is an important source of employment for female heads of households and can help in the recovery of peace to the region. The chocolate is full of depth with sweet aroma and comforting flavors of nectarine, honeysuckle, cream and cashew.
· Signature Collection Tumaco Colombia 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (new to the line). Silver Winner of the International Chocolate Awards Americas & Asia Pacific Semifinals 2017, Bronze Winner of the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017. The region of Tumaco lies on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. It’s an area where Afro-Colombians live in near isolation and engage in subsistence agriculture on the jungle lowland with a few cash crops such as cacao. The region is troubled with violence due to its location as a port city and fine cocoa offers an opportunity for a positive change in the area. This dark milk chocolate has delicate citrus, honey and floral flavors.
The Cocoa for Peace Collection is currently available at www.castronovochocolate.com and www.Amazon.com.
The Amazon Conservation Team was founded in 1996, by ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin and conservationist Liliana Madrigal. This non-profit organization seeks to steadily increase the number of indigenous peoples in Amazonia able to monitor, sustainably manage and protect their traditional forestlands, and, by extension significantly increase the area of Amazonian rainforest enjoying considerably improved protection. ACT works in close partnership with indigenous peoples to protect rainforests. The organization’s approach to success combines idealism, innovation, tradition, science, spirituality and social entrepreneurship.
Former ecologist and preservationist Denise Castronovo, started Castronovo Chocolate in 2013, in part to create a market for products that support rainforest ecosystems while providing a stable economy for its indigenous people who live off of the rainforest and harvest cacao. Denise searches throughout Latin American for cocoa beans with extraordinary flavor. How they are harvested and prepared are just as important. The company is passionate about protecting heirloom varieties of cacao, enabling rainforest conservation, promoting peace in post-conflict regions. Each Castronovo Chocolate bar has its own unique story that positively reflects its area of origin, impacts biodiversity and protects the culture of indigenous people.


 
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Nov 20, 2017Start your Holidays with a Classic at A.C.T. Studio Theatre "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry

Welcome the Holiday Season at A.C.T. Studio Theatre with the beloved American classic “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry. Based on the Frank Capra movie, this is the heartwarming story of George Bailey, the Everyman from a small town, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born. The 292 year-old angel reveals that George, after all, has had a wonderful life!

Spend a little time being part of the studio audience at a 1940s Christmas Eve radio
broadcast which has become almost as familiar as Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” It celebrates the American philosophy that hard work, fair play and love will be rewarded.

Director Dawn Achin appreciates that “ . . . the beauty of this show is how it demonstrates the far-reaching impact we have on those around us . . . ” With a cast that includes Barry Wood, Doug Curey Jr., Robert Pollock, Christine Marcazzolo, Joyce Milligan, Donna Amaru and Dennis O’Donovan, this endearing play will be on stage at A.C.T. Studio Theatre Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call (772) 932-8880.



 
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Nov 20, 2017Spread the gift of cheer this Holiday season!
What do you get for the person that has everything and wants nothing?

GIVE A GIFT CERTIFICATE
Share the magic of live theater, dance, music, comedy and family events.
We have just the ticket for everyone on your list!
Call The Lyric Theatre Box Office at 772-286-7827

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MAKE YOUR LOVED ONE A "STAR"
with their very own personalized Bronze Sidewalk Star on Flagler Avenue.

TAKE A "SEAT"
with a personalized message or dedication.

MAKE A DONATION!
No donation is too large or too small. Whether giving a donation in your name or as a gift, every donation is appreciated and truly makes a difference.

ARTS & EDUCATION
Support & inspire the Leaders of Tomorrow by sponsoring one of The Lyric’s Arts & Education programs such as Summer Camp, Discovery Series, Artist in Residency and Family Programming.

BECOME A SPONSOR
As an individual or a business you can get your name in lights! Customize a show sponsorship package especially for you.


Give the gift of supporting the Arts,
contact Linda Prange, Development Director
at 772-220-1942, ext 209 or development@lyrictheatre.com.

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Happy Holidays!


 
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Nov 20, 20172017 Fall Newsletter from Brightway, The Barletta Agency
"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
- William Cullen Bryant, Poet
We hope you've been enjoying the fall months this year, with plenty of time to spend with family and friends. Our team is committed to helping you achieve your dreams, which means making sure you, your family and the things important to you are fully protected.
We're always here for you. If you would like to talk with us about buying a new policy, please give us a call at (772) 872-7800. If you need help with an existing policy, please contact my Customer Service Team at 888-254-5014 or send an email to service@brightway.com.
Thank you for trusting us to protect your most valuable assets, while you take the time to enjoy and appreciate the changes this season brings.
Tony Barletta
Agency Owner
tony.barletta@brightway.com
Brightway, The Barletta Agency

CONSUMER ALERT: Flooded vehicles hitting the market
If you or someone you know is in the market for a new car, it’s more important than ever to know how to identify cars that have been damaged by flooding. From Hurricane Harvey alone, an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 vehicles have been destroyed. While many of those damaged cars will be written off and sold for salvage, others may undergo “title washing,” a tactic in which a vehicle’s title is branded in one state but then transported to another state that has a different criteria for title branding. So, while a vehicle may have been branded as flood damaged in one state, it can be transported to another state to be sold with a clean title. Less than reputable sellers can use title washing to sell cars to unsuspecting buyers who will not notice a problem until it’s too late. Title washing also means that you are at risk for buying a flood car even if you do not live near a flood-prone area, or any of the areas affected by hurricanes this year.
Click the link below for tips on how to avoid buying a flood-damaged car.

https://www.brightway.com/news/consumer-alert-flooded-vehicles-hitting-the-market

Reliable resource: Guide to Home Insurance
It always helps to have a strong grasp on your insurance. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has created A Consumer’s Guide to Home Insurance, which includes information about what it takes to insure your home, knowing what your policy covers, your responsibilities, and the claims process. The information provided in this guide is beneficial for anyone who has a Home insurance policy. Click the link below to view and save this guide for your own use.

http://www.naic.org/documents/prod_serv_consumer_guide_home.pdf

A tree fell on my house – What do I do?
Strong winds, thunderstorms, ice storms and so many other forces of nature can cause a tree to fall. Hopefully, you will not have to deal with a fallen tree on your home, but it’s always best to know what to do beforehand just in case. If a tree were to fall on your home, here are some important questions to address.

https://www.brightway.com/news/a-tree-fell-on-my-house-what-do-i-do

Avoiding deer-car collisions
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average cost of repairing a vehicle after colliding with a deer is estimated at $1,840. In addition to damaging your vehicle, these accidents can also cause serious bodily injury. Stay safe on the road this fall and click the link below for tips on defensive driving to avoid hitting a deer.

https://www.iii.org/article/avoid-a-deer-car-collision





 
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Nov 20, 2017Lawsuit Abuse Reform Is Key To Reducing the Cost of Doing Business
Did you know that Florida’s bottom five legal environment is an open invitation for “gotcha” lawsuits that cost Florida families an average of $3,400 each year in lawsuit abuse costs?

That’s why, as The Capitolist wrote earlier this week, Florida must do something about trial lawyers.


From unchecked fraud and legal scams that contribute to rising property insurance rates to the sue and settle strategy called pre-judgement interest, Florida's lawsuit abuse climate ranks in the bottom five among states.

Learn more about the Florida Chamber’s 2018 Jobs Agenda and see why “doing something about trial lawyers” will help create jobs and economic opportunity for Floridians.

TAKE OUR LAWSUIT ABUSE SURVEY
Has your business been impacted by the threat of lawsuits? Please take a moment to complete this short survey today.

http://floridaflcoc.weblinkconnect.com/cwt/external/wcpages/wcwebinput/2017_lawsuitabuse12.aspx?PROFILEID=6R4P4H1V0N1I


 
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Nov 20, 2017Don't Delay: International Business Council Meeting is January 9
The Florida Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Capitol Days
will feature a meeting of the International Business Council, as well as
the annual Global Florida Dinner.

Join international stakeholders from across the state, as well as members of the Consular Corp and foreign trade offices for a dynamic discussion on how to maintain and expand Florida's position as an international trade leader.

MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD...


 
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Nov 20, 2017Call for Nominations to Celebrate Environmental Excellence in Martin County
Palm City, Fla. – After a one-year hiatus, Keep Martin Beautiful, a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is delighted to bring back the Environmental Stewardship Awards. Keep Martin Beautiful is seeking nominations for individuals, businesses, civic and non-profit groups, and government agencies that are improving our local environment and our quality of life. Nominations are due by December 6, 2017 and the Awards Ceremony will be held on February 7, 2018 at Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club.

“Martin County has experienced a host of environmental challenges over the last two years, especially the harm to our rivers and estuaries, the recent hurricane, beach erosion and other issues,” said Craig Ahal, president of Keep Martin Beautiful’s Board of Directors. “Despite these challenges, our community always rises up to create positive change, and we know there are many individuals, organizations and businesses who have taken action to protect and improve our environment and our community. We look forward to receiving a record number of nominations this year.”

More than 200 guests are expected to be in attendance at the Awards Ceremony and always represent a diverse cross-section of Martin County that is rarely all seen celebrating in the same room together. Guests will include civic, business, environmental, and political leaders as well as community activists, educators and youth.

Focus areas for nominations include: community improvement and neighborhood revitalization; litter and marine debris removal; recycling programs; river advocacy; environmental innovation and environmental stewardship; youth engagement and education. Projects and activities must have occurred in 2016 or 2017.

In addition to nominations, Keep Martin Beautiful is also seeking sponsorship of the Environmental Stewardship Awards. It’s the most impactful way for your organization to showcase your commitment to improving the quality of life in Martin County!

The deadline to submit nominations is December 6. Nomination and sponsorship forms, previous year’s winners, and other details are available online at keepmartinbeautiful.org. For more information contact Keep Martin Beautiful at 772-781-1222 or events@keepmartinbeautiful.org.
About Keep Martin Beautiful
Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or call 772-781-1222.


 
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Nov 20, 2017Venture Construction Group of Florida raises awareness for domestic violence with Kendra Scott
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) hosts a fundraiser with Kendra
Scott to raise awareness for domestic violence and January’s Stalking Awareness Month. The Kendra
Gives Back Party takes place on Dec.13 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Kendra Scott, Mizner Park at 411 Plaza
Real, Boca Raton. The shopping event is open to the public and includes sips, sweets and a fun shopping
event. The Kendra Gives Back Party will donate 20 percent of sale proceeds to Gemma’s Angels
Foundation Boca Raton and Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA). Orders will be accepted onsite at
the Kendra Gives Back Party and via phone during the event. Please call 561-430-2520 to place your
order. VCGFL is matching all donations. VCGFL is also hosting a Toy Drive for AVDA. VCGFL invites the
community to drop off a toy at the Kendra Gives Back Party or at a VCGFL office location at 2630 SE
Willoughby Blvd., Stuart or 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton through Dec. 15.
The Gemma’s Angels Foundation Boca Raton is dedicated to raise awareness and end domestic
violence in honor of Gemma Burlakoff and her fight to save her children. In 2013, Gemma fought
heroically with her husband, the father of her children, in a violent domestic dispute to protect her
children. Gemma was murdered in front of them.
AVDA provides a state-certified domestic violence center that offers a comprehensive array of services
for victims of domestic violence including a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing,
advocacy, counseling and support to help them live violence-free and self-sufficient lives. AVDA also
works throughout the community to educate and engage people of all ages in the commitment to prevent
violence.
“It’s so important to continuously raise awareness about domestic violence. This is a tragic and a
pervasive issue that isn’t going to magically disappear. It doesn’t just affect one person, it affects the
entire family, it affects so many,” says Sandra Lawson, operations director at Venture Construction Group
of Florida, co-founder of Gemma’s Angels, sister of Gemma Burlakoff.
According to a report by the American Psychological Association in 2014, over 4.7 million women
experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year. According to a report by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last July, most murders of American women involve domestic
violence and in 93 percent of those cases, victims were killed by current or former intimate partners.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1
in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate
partner in their lifetime. According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, domestic violence is
prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual
orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally
abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control.
On a national scale, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute,
which equates to 10 million abuse victims annually. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive
approximately 20,800 calls. 19 percent of intimate partner violence involves a weapon. Intimate partner
violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male
murder victims are killed by intimate partners. 72 percent of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by
intimate partners. 94 percent of murder-suicide victims are female. 19.3 million women and 5.1 million
men have been stalked which equates to 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men. Over 66 percent of female
stalking victims reported stalking by a current or former intimate partner.
According to the Florida Coalition of Domestic Violence (FCADV), in 2016,105,668 crimes of domestic
violence were reported to Florida law enforcement. The coalition warns that many more survivors of
domestic violence are not reporting their abusers to the police or accessing services at domestic violence
services due to reasons such as shame, fear, or being prevented from doing so by their abusers. In
Florida, over 170 domestic violence homicides took place in 2013. Many more incidents went unreported.
Although overall crime rates in Florida decreased in 2013, rates of domestic violence remained the same,
and incidence of stalking increased by 19 percent.
“Increasing awareness is so important to put an end to domestic violence and stalking. We invite
everyone in the community to stop by this event, shop and help raise money for a very necessary cause,”
says Stephen Shanton, president and CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
A major advocate for philanthropy and giving back to the community, VCGFL sponsors numerous
charities and educational events throughout the state. Recent sponsorships include Feed the Hungry
Event in Boca Raton; Kendra Scott Gives Back Party to Benefit Gemma’s Angels Foundation in Boca
Raton; Kendra Scott Gives Back Party To Benefit ALS in Boca Raton; Walk to Defeat ALS in Miami-Dade,
Estero, Orlando, Palm Beach, Davie; ARC of Martin County Fishing Tournament in Stuart and
throughout the St. Lucie, Jupiter, Palm Beach inlets; JRC Foundation Golf Tournament to Benefit Molly’s
House and Quantum House in Palm City; JRC Foundation Golf Tournament to Benefit SafeSpace in
Palm City; Palm City Chamber of Commerce 22nd Annual Golf Tournament; Melbourne Regional
Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament; Martin County High School Football Club Annual Golf
Tournament.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is an award-winning leader in
construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services
throughout the state of Florida. Specializing in industrial/ commercial projects, VCGFL assists property
managers, condominium boards, homeowner associations, association boards, hotels and business
complexes with general contractor services, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood
mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. VCGFL won the prestigious
Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers in the U.S., Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award, and is
the proud recipient of the 2017 FRSA S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards
in Sustainability and Community Service. With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Stuart, and
Tampa, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL takes
care of the details every step of the way including roofing, siding, windows, drywall, flooring, paint, gutters
to rebuilding properties after major storm events from hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms.
VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage
Center Preferred Contractor, Platinum Preferred Certified Contractor with the National Insurance
Restoration Council, Windstorm Insurance Network WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®,
WIND Certified Fellow®, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors,
Certified Member of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA), Certified
Member of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA), Owens
Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor
and Duro-Last Certified Contractor. VCGFL credentials have been vetted and screened through
independent third party Global Risk Management Solutions. For more information call 866-459-8351 or
visit us online at www.vcgfl.com.
About Gemma’s Angels Foundation
Gemma’s Angels Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness to end domestic violence in honor of
Gemma Burlakoff’s fight to save her three daughters. Gemma was brutally murdered in front of her
children in a domestic dispute in 2013. Gemma successfully saved her children's lives and lost her life in
doing so. Gemma fought heroically to protect her children. Unfortunately, no financial support was left
behind to provide and care for her daughters. Gemma’s Angels Foundation was launched in 2014 and
thrives on the support of businesses, fundraisers and major awareness events. Anyone who needs help
please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Florida residents in need of
help may contact the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119.
About Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)
AVDA has been a safe haven for thousands of victims of domestic abuse. Adults and children are
provided 24-hour, 7 days a week emergency shelter, crisis counseling, food, clothing, individual and
group counseling services. AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering
alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. Learn more at http://www.avdaonline.org/.
About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel and
sense of community of its CEO and Designer, Kendra Scott. A true omni-channel business, Kendra Scott
is sold at premiere retailers including Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Von Maur and over
600 specialty boutiques worldwide, the brand boasts a thriving web business and over 50 stand alone
retail stores across the United States. The brand is well-known for its comprehensive suite of elegantly
designed jewelry pieces as well as lifestyle categories such as beauty, home goods and fine jewelry. The
brand also offers the Kendra Scott Color Bar™, an innovative jewelry customization experience available
in all Kendra Scott stores as well as www.KendraScott.com.


 
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Nov 20, 2017BREAKING NEWS: HISTORIC TAX REFORM PASSES HOUSE
This might be the biggest news yet: The House just passed historic tax reform to cut taxes and simplify the tax code.
Bureaucrats in D.C. seem to forget that every dollar they spend is the result of somebody else’s labor. It’s about time that we make the government do more with less and empower the American people to do more with more!
This is the first major tax reform since the Reagan Administration, when I was a little kid and weighed no more than maybe 60 pounds sopping wet. That's a big deal.
Our bill simplifies the tax code, doubles the standard deduction for all families and most importantly, cuts taxes for low- and middle-income families who are struggling just to get by.
Every dollar less the government takes, and every dollar more that you keep in your pocket, is a big win. That’s exactly what this bill does and why it will grow middle class paychecks in Florida by more than $2,250 and lead to the creation of more than 55,000 new jobs.
Every day that I've been working on this bill, I've thought about the families in our community - the students working their way through college, the small business owners just trying to turn the key in their door every morning and our middle class families working hard to save for retirement. Watch this video to hear more about how the bill will grow your paycheck:


 
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Nov 20, 2017CUTTING OFF HAMAS
I chose to volunteer alongside the Israeli Defense Forces following my service in the U.S. Army because our countries share the common ideals of freedom, democracy, and mutual respect for all people.
Hamas, on the other hand, preaches destruction to Israel and death to the values we hold dear here in America. They have already murdered more than 400 Israelis and at least 25 American citizens.
The good news is that the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill I introduced called the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act. The bill sanctions people, groups and governments that assist Hamas' reign of terror and genocidal goals.
We also passed a bill called the Taylor Force Act to cut off U.S. taxpayer support to the Palestinian Authority as long as they are continuing to give huge cash rewards to terrorists. To think we're taking dollars out of an American taxpayer's pocket that could end up in the pocket of a terrorist who went out there and ran somebody over with a car is disgusting.
Both of these bills are great progress to restore sanity to Washington and protect global security!

https://mast.house.gov/hamas

 
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Nov 20, 2017County Connection: Catch a Florida memory, learn about Santa Claus' history and find Black Friday savings
Catch a Florida Memory!
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is partnering with the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission to reel in anglers with the Catch a Florida Memory program. This program recognizes saltwater anglers for their fishing skills and encourages them to target multiple species, decreasing fishing pressure on the most commonly sought-after species.

https://documents.martin.fl.us/Documents2010/content/info_release/adm/2018/MC_Info_Release_Catch_A_FL_Memory.pdf

MARTY not in service on November 23
Just a reminder that MARTY, Martin County's Public Transit service, will not be in operation on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal service will resume on Friday, November 24.

http://files.constantcontact.com/96897699201/1f6fc464-991d-4ad0-b4ec-50efa56214da.pdf

@YOUR LIBRARY
For more library news, visit the library website

The history of Christmas and Santa Claus
Robert Farley, History Professor, will get you into the holiday spirit and out of the malls. Join him at the Cummings Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 for a fascinating talk. This lecture is part of the IRSC Living History Series.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13377&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15


Kids Drop-in Crafternoon: Give thanks!
What are you thankful for? Drop in at the Hobe Sound Library anytime between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and create some fun fall and Thanksgiving crafts! For ages 5-12 years.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=15192&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15

Jane Miller presents: The Pilgrims
Join Jane at the Blake Library on Tuesday, November 21 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for a timely viewing of The Pilgrims. This film follows the true story of a small group of English Separatists whose determination to worship God as they saw fit planted the seeds of the American Dream.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13437&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15

Kids' movie @ your library: Cars 3
Race fans are invited to the Lahti Library on Wednesday, November 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. for Cars 3. Lightning McQueen suffers a severe crash while trying to compete with a younger rival. Afterwards, McQueen embraces new technologies as he trains for a return to the racetrack.

http://martin.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=15251&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/11/15


IT STARTS IN PARKS


Black Friday season pass sale
Give the gift that suits every member of the family...Sailfish Splash Waterpark Season Passes! Take advantage of our Black Friday offer and save $30 on all waterpark season passes. The offer starts Thursday, November 23 at noon and ends on Friday, November 24 at 11:59 p.m.


Thanksgiving hours at Martin County Golf Course
Please note these times if you are planning to golf on Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 24, 18-hole rounds must check in by 10 a.m. and 9-hole rounds must check in by 12:00 p.m. All carts due back in no later 2:00 p.m. We hope you have a nice holiday!

https://www.martincountygolfcourse.com/

Visit our booth at Pineapple Fest in Jensen Beach
Martin County Parks and Recreation will have a booth at Pineapple Festival happening in downtown Jensen Beach this Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Stop by Booth 28B for a chance to win a giveaway for Martin County Golf Course or Sand Dune Café!

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Preparing for a healthy and safe Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here! The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging everyone to practice food safety while preparing meals throughout the holiday season. There are four simple steps to food safety: clean, cook to temperature, chill and separate. Learn more >


AROUND TOWN

Manatee craft day
Stop by the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 and make a special manatee-themed craft to take home with you! While there, check out their visitors center; nature trails; game fish lagoon; and sea turtle, rays on the reef and sea star touch tank pavilions. Learn more >


Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care
Join author and journalist Eliot Kleinberg at the Elliott Museum on Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history, capped with a strong argument that our state's biggest challenge is encouraging its transplants to become Floridians. RSVP/learn more >


HURRICANE SEASON

Find local information during an emergency
During a declared emergency, Martin County-specific information is available by tuning to WQCS-88.9 FM at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Residents can also tune to MCTV - Comcast Channel 20 and U-verse Channel 99 - for local information, or stay connected on our website.


THE CONE ZONE

Road closure information
Use caution in the "cone zone!" Check out the latest info and an interactive map on road and lane closures to plan your route around town. The web application shows roads that may be closed due to construction or events. Enter the Cone Zone >



 
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Nov 20, 2017SFWMD Identifies Initial Concepts for EAA Storage Reservoir
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week sought public input on initial concepts being considered for the proposed Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project.

These project concepts under consideration will be modeled further by SFWMD staff in the coming weeks. Modeling results will be presented at future public meetings as part of the extensive ongoing public review



process for the EAA Storage Reservoir Project. The project began as Senate Bill 10. Earlier this year, the bill was authorized by the Legislature, an effort led by Senate President Joe Negron, and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

"This is an exciting step in a rapidly moving process," said SFWMD Federal Policy and Coordination Bureau Chief Matt Morrison. "The public received a first look at the conceptual project features and provided additional valuable feedback. Next, we will undertake detailed modeling on the array of initial concepts to determine what features provide the most benefit while making the best use of taxpayer dollars."

The initial concepts discussed by SFWMD staff at two meetings this week included:
• A 240,000 acre-foot reservoir that would require 10,000 acres for storage and another 6,300 acres of stormwater treatment areas (STAs) to treat water and meet the project goals by sending additional clean water south to the Everglades. This alternative includes a total project footprint of approximately 16,000 acres.
• A 360,000-acre foot reservoir that would require 22,000 acres for storage and another 9,500 acres of STAs to meet the project goals by sending additional clean water south to the Everglades. This alternative includes a total project footprint of approximately 31,000 acres.
SFWMD is currently engaged in an extensive series of public meetings to receive public input that helps inform the scope and modeling for the project. Six public meetings have been conducted to date. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. at SFWMD Headquarters in West Palm Beach. This protocol is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process necessary to ensure the project remains eligible for federal cost sharing.

For the modeling data and more information on the meetings, including agendas and presentations, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.

To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.


 
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Nov 20, 2017Library announces date for annual BookMania! festival
STUART, FL - The Martin County Library System is pleased to announce the return
of BookMania!, the most prestigious literary event on Florida's Treasure Coast. BookMania! takes place on March 3, 2018 at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center. Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions featuring prominent and emerging writers. Specific panel themes are Know Your Body, Know Your Food, A Dogs Tale, All in the Family: Writing Teams, The Spy Next Door: True Tales of Espionage and Intrigue, Relationships in History: Then and Now, and On the Edge of Your Seat.

BookMania! is free and open to the general public. As part of a collaborative effort with Barnes & Noble booksellers, the Martin County School District will be collecting books for their K-12 book drive in conjunction with this event. Additionally, a ticketed sponsors' event, A Literary Affair, will be held on the evening prior to the festival.

This popular program has achieved national recognition for its stellar authors, record attendance, and impressive book sales. Now in its 24th year, BookMania! remains a favorite destination for a wide and diverse audience. Bookmania! is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.

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


 
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Nov 20, 2017SATELLITE OFFICE HOURS
Our 18th District Congressional staff works for you. They're available to help you navigate federal agencies and programs like Medicare, Social Security, Veterans Affairs and more. Please feel free to stop by our offices at any time.
We're also hosting satellite office hours on Tuesday, November 21st to make getting help as easy as possible. Here's all the information you need:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 Jensen Beach Boulevard
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Hobe Sound Library
10595 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455


 
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Nov 20, 2017VISIT FLORIDA Selects SPARK As New Brand Strategy & Creative Agency
I am pleased to announce that VISIT FLORIDA has selected SPARK as our new Brand Strategy & Creative agency. This announcement comes as part of VISIT FLORIDA's recent shift from a single agency of record to a specialized agency model that also includes digital media, co-op marketing, multicultural and paid social.
VISIT FLORIDA first began a working partnership with SPARK in 2009. Since then, they have been significant in the development of various award-winning efforts, including our Share a Little Sunshine in-state advocacy campaign, Insiders program, "Conquering Florida" video series and winter "Bragging Season" campaign. These projects have won numerous Telly, Webby and Mercury awards over the years.
As part of their new role, SPARK will assist with VISIT FLORIDA's overarching global brand strategy, campaign planning, creative development and advertising production.
SPARK brings a proven track record of fresh, innovative brand ideas and a strong familiarity with the tourism industry, having worked with other leading brands such as Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Destination Hotels.
SPARK's appointment is the result of a comprehensive competitive process begun in April. The ensuing six-month long process elicited written proposal submissions from 20 agencies. The current contract, which began Nov. 1, continues through 2020.
Maryann Ferenc, VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors Chair, said "With our selection of SPARK as the new lead Brand & Creative agency, we have secured the keys to some of the most innovative, forward-thinking, and creative content and strategy in our industry. I want to congratulate the VISIT FLORIDA and SPARK staff for their hard work to make this happen under new circumstances, and I look forward to seeing tremendous results from this collaboration."
Through our continued partnership with SPARK, I'm confident that we will reach new heights as we market the Sunshine State around the world.
For Florida!


 
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Nov 20, 2017FPL supports STEM education in our communities
From robotics teams to a traveling science show, FPL is moving Florida forward by investing in education

Florida Power & Light Company is committed to enriching Florida students’ experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

“At FPL, we’re working together with the communities we serve to help make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family,” said Pam Rauch, FPL vice president of external affairs and economic development. “One of the ways we do this is by investing in STEM education. These programs prepare today’s students for exciting and well-paid jobs in the future, creating the employees that FPL will be looking for in the future. In addition, they also help break down barriers and provide more opportunities to traditionally underserved populations.”

Among its education initiatives, FPL sponsors a traveling science show that visits nearly 100,000 students a year across the state. This program, known as “Captain Wattage,” will visit 15 county schools between October and November. The company has also sponsored 70 robotics teams across its service area over the past three years, as well as several robotics competitions. Each year, FPL awards a college scholarship to a high school student within its service area who has participated in robotics. SPAM 180 from Martin County is one of the robotics teams that FPL supports.

To learn more about Captain Wattage, robotics and FPL’s other education initiatives, visit www.FPL.com/education.



 
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Nov 20, 2017Time to elect your new Board of Directors


As a BBB Accredited Business you elect the leaders to serve as Directors of BBB's Board. The Nominating Committee is putting forward four candidates for your consideration. Please review the qualifications of the candidates and indicate your confirmation of those individual business leaders you support for board service.

The Nominating Committee is always looking for great candidates to serve. The Nominating Committee places great value in qualified leaders committed to ethics reflecting the diverse community we serve. If you are interested in serving on the board or working more closely with BBB on projects (e.g. BBB Torch Award for Business Ethics, BBB Accreditation Committee, etc.) please share your interest with David Arcila: Darcila@bbbsefl.org or by phone at 561 842 9278 ext. 151.

Please cast your ballot by December 15, 2017.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBBSEFL5GJLWHC


Sincerely,

Rod Davis, CEO BBB Serving Southeast Florida & the Caribbean


 
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Nov 20, 2017Anglers hooked on recognition program
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is partnering with the Florida Fish
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to reel in anglers with the Catch a Florida
Memory program. This program recognizes saltwater anglers for their fishing skills and
encourages them to target multiple species, decreasing fishing pressure on the most
commonly sought-after species.
Anglers of all ages and skills can earn prizes, recognition and bragging rights while
supporting marine fisheries conservation. FWC offers three Saltwater Angler Recognition
Programs - Saltwater Reel Big Fish, Grand Slam or Saltwater Life List. Angler-submitted
photos are highlighted in the Club Members section on FWC’s website at
www.CatchaFloridaMemory.com and their Facebook page at
www.Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory. Charters, local residents and anglers fishing in
Martin County are also encouraged to submit their fishing photos via email to
info@discovermartin.com, or by the use of #discovermartin to be featured in ongoing
promotional efforts and on numerous Martin County social media channels.
Martin County is the first destination to officially support this program. Dual-branded
Tervis® tumblers will be added to the prizes offered, and both organizations are exploring
joint opportunities for cross-promotion. “With 100 artificial reef systems and over 800
species of fish, fisherman from all over the world come to fish our waters,” said Nerissa
Okiye, Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing Manager. “There’s no better way to
promote the impressive array of fishing opportunities, charters and tournaments in Martin
County, than to partner with FWC” Okiye continued.
Along with encouraging anglers to target multiple species, FWC promotes responsible
angling, including proper catch and release techniques. Anglers do not have to harvest their
fish to be eligible for the program and are, in fact, encouraged to release their catch after
documentation. Catch-and-release procedures are regularly employed when anglers fish
Martin County waters for sailfish and other species. To learn more about proper fish handling
techniques, visit http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/fish-handling/.
Learn more about Catch a Florida Memory by visiting www.CatchaFloridaMemory.com and
explore fishing opportunities at www.discovermartin.com/see-do/world-class-fishing/.
Follow Discover Martin on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscoverMartin and Twitter
@DiscoverMartin.
Martin County fishing charters, marinas and event organizers can submit images and
descriptions of their businesses to info@discovermartin.com to be listed at no charge on the
tourism page of Discover Martin’s website. There they also have the option to add events and
special offers directly to the website.
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MAK/ADM
www.martin.fl.us 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida 34996

 
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Nov 20, 2017Marty will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
NOVEMBER 23, 2017
“MARTY”
Marty will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Marty will resume operations on Friday, November 24th.
¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!
MARTY estará fuera de servicio
El dia de Acción de Gracias 11/23/2017
Pero estaremos en servicio
El Viernes 24 de Noviembre de 2017.
Information/información 772-463-2860

 
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Nov 20, 2017Black Friday Sailfish Splash Waterpark season pass sale
Give the gift that suits every member of the family...Sailfish Splash Waterpark Season Passes! Take advantage of our Black Friday offer and save $30 on all waterpark season passes. The offer starts Thursday, November 23 at noon and ends on Friday, November 24 at 11:59 p.m.

 
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Nov 20, 2017Thanksgiving hours at Martin County Golf Course
Please note these times if you are planning to golf on Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 24, 18-hole rounds must check in by 10 a.m. and 9-hole rounds must check in by 12:00 p.m. All carts due back in no later 2:00 p.m. We hope you have a nice holiday!

https://www.martincountygolfcourse.com/

 
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Nov 20, 2017LTT COUNT DOWN ONLY 17 DAYS LEFT

If you are Planning to fish the Stuart Sailfish Light Tackle Tournament, time is running out!
We currently have 17 boats signed up and slips are becoming scarce. There are only 4 complimentary slips left, so we encourage you to register before it’s too late.
This year’s event is one we promise you won’t want to miss Breakfast by Marriott and lunch by Jersey Mikes daily!
Invite your friends and family to enjoy and celebrate the 4 nights of festivities:
Live entertainment with food and drinks starting on Thursdays nights kick-off party as well as Friday and Saturday evening followed by a fabulous sit-down awards banquet. Get your tickets now. Kickoff Party, Happy Hour and Banquet tickets will also be available at the event.
We want to thank our Happy Hour Sponsors, Titos Vodka, Pillar Rum and MeTco Marine electronics. Sign up today before it’s too late!!!!!



 
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Nov 16, 2017FAU Harbor Branch and Scientists from South Africa Team Up on Study to Save Endangered African Penguins
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (November 15, 2017) – With less than 25,000 breeding pairs in existence today, it is an uphill battle for the African Penguin, which calls South Africa home. The 60 percent drop in their population since 2001 has put them on the endangered species list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In some South African colonies, the drop in population has been as high as 80 percent. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all contributing factors in their dramatic decline.
To preserve this species and optimize rehabilitation efforts, an epidemiologist from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute joined forces with scientists from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). The facility, located near Cape Town, South Africa, receives more than 900 African Penguins for rehabilitation each year. While the success rate for the overall release of these penguins back into the wild is about 75 percent, limited data exists on the factors that contribute to their successful rehabilitation.
To better understand how to improve the rehabilitation of African Penguins, the researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind study on prognostic health indicators such as body mass, blood analysis, and infectious disease exposure. For the study, they analyzed 3,657 adult African Penguins that were admitted to the SANCCOB facility for rehabilitation between 2002 and 2013.
Results of the study, published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, provide invaluable information on the importance of minimizing their rehabilitation time, treating their diseases early in the process, and controlling mosquitos to avoid infection. They found that the biggest risk factors for mortality are things that can be addressed in the first 10 days of their admission. This finding is key because approximately 70 percent of deaths occur during this time. They also identified markers of body mass and hematologic parameters that are important criteria in the initial assessment and treatment of wildlife admitted for rehabilitation.
“Because most of the mortality of these birds occurs within the first 10 days after they are admitted, we wanted to develop more effective strategies to quickly reverse their various symptoms such as severe dehydration, hypothermia or hyperthermia, anemia, and extreme weight and muscle loss,” said Adam M. Schaefer, M.P.H., co-author of the study and an epidemiologist at FAU’s Harbor Branch, who collaborated with Nola J. Parsons, BVSc., Ph.D., corresponding author of the study, SANCCOB, and Ralph E.T. Vanstreels, D.V.M., Ph.D., co-author of the study, Nelson Mandela University. “A poor body condition may be an indication of poor food resources, physical or behavioral problems, or a combination, and is a significant predictor of survival of these seabirds during rehabilitation.”
The researchers calculated the effects of season of admission, reason for admittance, blood parasite infection status, and body mass, hematocrit, and total plasma protein upon admission in determining whether an individual penguin was likely to be released after rehabilitation.
The most frequent reasons for rehabilitation were oiling (71.2 percent), followed by injury (19.6 percent). Injured penguins had lower body mass than healthy wild adult penguins, suggesting that these birds had suboptimal foraging success, which made them more vulnerable. Debilitation accounted for 4.3 percent of the admissions followed by molting problems – an annual process of losing and replacing their feathers – accounting for 3.9 percent of admissions.
Findings from the study show that when compared with an oiled penguin, an injured penguin was 13.1 times more likely to die in rehabilitation. While oil pollution is a historical threat to the conservation of African Penguins, the researchers found that on average, 93 percent of the oiled penguins admitted during the study period were rehabilitated successfully and released back into the wild.
“We suspect that the reason for this high success rate is because oiled penguins were often admitted in good body condition and health status," said Schaefer. “In addition, their condition when they are oiled is physically obvious to conservation officers for collection and rehabilitation.”
The release rate for penguins admitted with injuries varied between 52 and 71 percent depending on the affected body part, revealing that there are still challenges in the medicine of trauma for this species. Duration of stay was longest for the birds that sustained chest injuries compared to tail, flipper or leg injuries, which is related to the time required for feathers to regrow after an injury has healed. Furthermore, penguins admitted to the rehabilitation center while undergoing molt or due to arrested molt, had low release rates and were more likely to die, indicating that artificial induction of molt (through hormonal supplementation or light-cycle manipulation, for example) could benefit the rehabilitation of these birds.
“The key is making sure that these penguins are in the right condition to be released and finding that ‘sweet spot’ where we know that they are healthy enough to be released into the wild and do well,” said Schaefer. “We have an amazing collaboration with Dr. Parsons and Dr. Vanstreels to continue our research on this project to preserve this incredible species, which is threatened with extinction because of natural and human causes.”


 
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Nov 16, 2017Florida Chamber Foundation's inaugural 2017 Prosperity Summit
Did you see the below email we sent this week regarding the Florida Chamber Foundation's inaugural 2017 Prosperity Summit? Below you will see our newest speakers and ways that you can be part of this conversation. This summit is designed to educate and help frame the issues that surround poverty - and ensure your community is informed and armed with the latest data.

Many of your communities already have great programs that fuel economic prosperity. I hope you will join us on November 28th in Tampa to share these best practices.

During the Prosperity Summit, you will be able to connect with other leaders who are working hard, just like you, to find solutions that will help bring economic opportunities to the more than 3.1 million Floridian in poverty today.

To make these conversations successful, we need your voice.

Please make plans today to join us November 28 in Tampa.

NEW SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for the 2017 Prosperity Summit to learn how Florida’s business community can lead the charge in helping to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Topics will include a focus on the specific issues Florida must get right in order to break the cycle of generational poverty: creating jobs, affordable housing, connected infrastructure, quality education opportunities and more.

Be part of the conversation with our recently announced speakers, including:

• Tim Center, CEO, Capital Area Community Action Agency
• Doug Davidson, Market Executive, Bank of America; Florida Chamber Foundation Chair
• Michelle Dennard, President and CEO, CareerSource Florida
• Mireya Eavey, Sarasota Area President, United Way Suncoast
• Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power Company; Achieve Escambia
• Bob McFalls, President and CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network
• Bill Mills, President and CEO, Florida Prosperity Partnership .
• David Odahowski, President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
• Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
• Will Weatherford, Managing Partner, Weatherford Partners; Former Florida Speaker of the House

Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for a statewide summit as we learn how Florida’s business community can partner with the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to help break the cycle of poverty and create greater economic opportunities for all Floridians.

When we work together, we can create economic opportunities for all Floridians.



 
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Nov 16, 2017Hedrick Brothers Construction Announces Partnership with KIRCO for Real Estate Development Company Hedrick Kirco PropertieS
Hedrick Brothers Construction, www.hedrickbrothers.com, and KIRCO, www.kirco.com announced today the formation of Hedrick Kirco Properties, www.hedrickkirco.com, a Florida-based vertically integrated commercial real estate organization focused on the development, construction, and property management of corporate-driven real estate. The partnership blends more than 75 years of experience from privately owned companies, who together have planned and developed over 35 million square feet of property and built over four billion dollars of successful construction projects throughout the United States.

The combination of these best-in-class resources offers a single point of accountability throughout a project's life cycle. Clients will now have experts in development, construction, and property management contributing at every step.

"Our broad expertise accommodates a variety of delivery models, be it build-to-suit, sale/leasebacks, or adaptive re-use; and the scope of in-house services will include acquisition, pre-development/design, capital, construction and property management to name a few," said Matt Kiriluk, Co-Founder & CEO, Hedrick Kirco Properties.

The company's core focus is corporate-driven, build-to-suit real estate, with expertise in office/headquarters, lab/R&D, advanced manufacturing and distribution. Other markets the company will continue to serve include automobile dealerships, senior living, and education/healthcare institutions.

"Hedrick Kirco Properties was founded on shared values, with reputations of unwavering integrity, and the passion of simply bringing out the best in every project," said Dale Hedrick, Co-Founder & President, Hedrick Kirco Properties. "As trusted partners and advisors to our clients throughout the journey, our team is committed to transforming visions into reality."

Hedrick Kirco Properties is headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL, with presence also in Michigan, Ohio, the Carolinas, and Alabama. The team includes, from Kirco - Matt Kiriluk, Co-Founder & CEO; Quinn Kiriluk, Vice President – Development; and Adam Manix, - Vice President - Development. From Hedrick Brothers Construction: Dale Hedrick, Co-Founder and President; Dean Butters, Vice President – Development; and Ryan Bridger – Vice President, Development.

For more information please visit www.hedrickkirco.com or call 561.242.4320 (Florida) or 248.519.1150 (Michigan).


 
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Nov 16, 2017Library celebrates the harvest of the mind, body, and spirit with annual Chautauqua South series
MARTIN COUNTY, FL - From January through April, the Martin County Library System (MCLS) will present an arts and education series called Chautauqua South-an eclectic array of artists, authors, storytellers, dramatists, historians, educators, and entertainers.

Tracing its roots to open-air classrooms on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State in 1874, the Chautauqua movement grew rapidly. In 1992, MCLS created its own Chautauqua experience in Florida, taking inspiration from the renowned Chautauqua Institution. What began as one month of events has evolved into a four-month explosion of programs highlighting the original theme of Chautauqua, defined by Merriam-Webster as "popular education combined with entertainment."

Chautauqua South represents a culturally rich landscape of offerings designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes, and its success is attributed to ongoing support from the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. and The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. This season, all events are sponsored by the Friends (aside from BookMania! and the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series, which are Foundation-sponsored). We invite you to make Martin County Library System your cultural destination as you attend these and other events. A Chautauqua South 2018 At-a-Glance calendar is available at www.martin.fl.us/martin-county-services/library-event-calendar.


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



 
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Nov 16, 2017Ring in the Holidays at Christmas on Main Street November 24

STUART, Fla. - Stuart Main Street and The Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association will ring in the holidays with Christmas on Main Street Friday, November 24 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on the Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart.

The annual event kicks-off the holiday season in Downtown Stuart and includes fun activities and performances for the entire family, including face painting, a bounce house and cookies and milk for the kids. Bring your camera and take a FREE “do-it-yourself” photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus – just in time to include in your holiday cards. The kids will enjoy a meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and free rides on the Islamorada Beer Company “sleigh” too. Get in the holiday spirit with the Florida Arts and Dance Company performing selections from The Nutcracker and live holiday music by The Sunrise Jazz Combo. Wrap up your evening strolling the streets of Downtown Stuart lit in all of their Christmas splendor.

"Christmas on Main Street is a wonderful annual tradition for the community," said Patty O’Connell of the Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association. "We invite everyone to join us for this free celebration made possible thanks to funds raised throughout the year. It’s a great way to ring in the holidays."

Christmas on Main Street is presented by the Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street, and is sponsored by the City of Stuart, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Mark Brechbill, PLLC, Stuart Boathouse, Spritz City Bistro, Seacoast Bank, Islamorada Beer Company, Duffy's Sports Grill and Coast 101.3.

For more information, visit HistoricDowntownStuart.com, StuartMainStreet.org, find Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart on Facebook or call 772–286-2848.


 
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Nov 16, 2017Are You Over-Sitting?
It’s commonly accepted among experts that lower back pain is related to prolonged sitting. And let’s face it, in today’s world we spend plenty of time during our day doing exactly that—we sit in the car, we sit most of the day at work and we even sit to watch television after our workday is over.

It seems that the only time we’re not sitting is when we’re moving from one location to the next. Because this is how we’re living, it should come as no surprise that back pain can be a pretty common problem.

http://www.grassamchiro.com/over-sitting/?sid=361762&site=344

 
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Nov 16, 2017Sitting is the New Smoking
While we’re not suggesting that you stop sitting, what you should do is take some simple steps to minimize the impact by making your environment more back friendly.

Here are a few suggestions:
•Take interval breaks throughout your day
•Change your position as often as you sensibly can
•Get up and walk every 45 minutes
•Stretch your spine throughout the day

If you’re dealing with frequent back pain that seems to be sticking around, consider contacting our practice for an appointment.

http://www.grassamchiro.com/over-sitting/?sid=361762&site=344

 
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Nov 16, 2017Is Your Head Posture to Blame for Neck Pain?
You feel exhausted at the end of the day. Your neck always hurts. You have frequent headaches, and maybe even fibromyalgia. Have you wondered if head posture could be the cause?

All About Forward Head Carriage

When your head is positioned correctly, the opening to your ear is centered over your shoulder. If your ear opening is off center and is located to the front of the shoulder, you have forward head posture, also known as forward head carriage. For every inch that your head is off center, extra unnecessary weight is exerted on the muscles in your neck and upper back, making them work harder just to keep your head up!

Unfortunately, today’s lifestyle contributes to this condition far too often. Workers hunched over their computers all day, children watching television and playing video games, cradling the phone between your ear and your shoulder and driving in the car for long periods of time can all cause forward head posture. Left untreated, this condition can cause disc compression and poor health.

How You Can Help Yourself

Consider the following when it comes to correcting forward head posture.
•Receive regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care has shown to be effective in reversing forward head posture, reducing pain and preventing further deterioration of the spine.
•Get up and stretch every 15-20 minutes if you sit at a desk during the day.
•Limit the amount of time you spend watching television or playing video games.
•Focus more on your posture, making sure you are sitting up straight with your head in an upright position.
•Sleep on a cervical pillow to maintain the proper curve in your cervical spine.

If you’re concerned about forward head posture and you have neck or back pain, headaches, muscle weakness, or fatigue, consider contacting us for an appointment.

http://www.grassamchiro.com/head-posture/?sid=361762&site=344

 
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Nov 16, 2017SFWMD. SOUNDSCIENCE. Tortoises. Facebook Live

West Palm Beach, FL - Nearly 20,000 people watched Facebook Live as Dusty "The Wildman" collected his bounty on a colossal snake during the South Florida Water Management District's Python Elimination Program.

Now, SFWMD's SOUNDSCIENCE podcast is going Facebook Live in a new endeavor to keep the public informed about the incredible science being done to protect South Florida's water resources. Tune in today at 1 p.m. on the SFWMD Facebook page.

SFWMD wildlife biologists Brian Garrett and Holly Andreotta will bring the public along live to check on a gopher tortoise community in St. Lucie County. The animals are threatened in Florida, and the two biologists are tasked with ensuring they are protected while SFWMD upgrades a nearby structure that provides flood protection for Martin and St. Lucie counties' human residents.

Garrett and Andreotta will take questions live as they conduct the check.

Submit Your Questions
The public is also welcome to submit science questions about gopher tortoises in advance for the biologists to answer live. Email SFWMD Media Relations Representative Gabe Margasak @ gmargasak@sfwmd.gov, or comment under the link to this news release on Facebook.

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Nov 16, 2017Festival of Trees Open House

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes invites you and your family to join us for our second annual Festival of Trees Open House. Tour our innovative community and enjoy festive decorations, live music, complimentary appetizers and desserts and holiday cheer.

Let us know you are stopping by and submit the RSVP form to the right or call 772-332-1000 by December 11. We look forward to seeing you there!


 
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Nov 16, 2017Ranieri to lead Library Foundation board
Stuart, November 15 -- Martin County public relations and marketing professional Stacy Ranieri was installed as president of The Library Foundation of Martin County at the organization’s 26th annual meeting.

Ranieri succeeds Noreen Fisher who led the board for three years. Also installed as officers were Denise Erich as vice president, Charles Cleaver as treasurer, and Pat Ditmars as secretary. Alishia Parenteau and Xenobia Poitier-Anderson were reappointed to a second term as directors. In addition to Fisher, Scott Konopka and Lois McGuire retired from the board.

“Noreen Fisher’s contributions to the Library Foundation and to our libraries are incalculable,” said Ranieri. “She served on the board for six years and as our president for three. Her leadership reinvigorated our fundraising and events and she served as our guiding light during the executive director search which brought Michael Kenny to the Library Foundation.”

Ranieri recapped the foundation’s successes during 2017: A 12.5 percent increase in contributions; an increase in membership to 800; the Founder’s Society reaching 126 people with lifetime contributions of $10,000 or more; excellent participation in the Gateway to the Arts project in Golden Gate; a sold-out Kiplinger Literacy Award luncheon; a noteworthy Literary Affair fundraising event.

The Library Foundation funds library system program needs not met through public funding, including literacy services, young literary leader awards, homework helpers, STEM, after-school and summer reading programs, as well as Dr. Seuss Day, Book Mania! Festival, Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series and the Gateway to the Arts project.

“This is an exciting time to take the helm as president of the Library Foundation board,” added Ranieri. “We have an engaged board of directors and a creative and enthusiastic new executive director. The Library Foundation is poised to increase its fundraising efforts and its positive impact on enhancing enrichment programs through our local library system that will benefit residents of all ages.”

About The Library Foundation of Martin County
Founded in 1992, the mission of The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. is to acquire and administer funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to endow the library system for future generations. In addition to the Kiplinger Literary Award Luncheon, the foundation hosts the annual A Literary Affair dinner in March in conjunction with the Book Mania! Festival and a Young Literary Leaders awards event. For more information, visit http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org.


 
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Nov 15, 2017Fall Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale hits Downtown Stuart November 18 and 19!
STUART, Fla. – The Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street present the Fall Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale – a not-to-be-missed shopping extravaganza in Historic Downtown Stuart. This year’s shopping event will take place on Sat., November 18 and Sun., November 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Shopapalooza Sidewalk Sale takes place at participating downtown shops and includes special sales, gifts with purchase deals, and much more! Bargainistas are sure to find plenty of steals, while enjoying the new Fall and Summer merchandise at the dozens of unique and special retailers in downtown Stuart.

"We're excited to showcase fabulous Historic Downtown Stuart shops, boutiques and galleries and offer amazing deals to the community at this year's Fall Shopapalooza," said Patty O'Connell, Downtown Business Association committee member and owner of Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic and Gumbo Limbo Coastal Kidz.

Free shuttles for the special sidewalk sale event will be running from the Osceola, Sailfish and Kiwanis parking lots.

For more information, visit www.HistoricDowntownStuart.com, http://www.stuartmainstreet.org, find Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart on Facebook, or call 772–286-2848.



 
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Nov 15, 2017County settles Lake Point lawsuit
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a legal settlement with the owners of Lake Point today, coming after the South Florida Water Management District's settlement with Lake Point in August.
"After months of working toward a resolution through court-ordered mediation, we have reached an agreement which we believe is in the best financial interest of the County. The settlement is considerably less than the original amount requested by Lake Point, and will be structured with payments over time to offset the impact to residents," said Board Chairman Doug Smith.
As part of the settlement agreement, the County will purchase over 400 acres of land adjacent to the C-44/Okeechobee Waterway to develop as a stormwater treatment area (STA), providing significant environmental benefits as well as other uses for 12 million dollars.
In the spirit of cooperation, the County is formally apologizing to the Lake Point owners, principals and its employees. "We realize the meaningful economic contribution of the continued public-private partnership with Lake Point, and this settlement allows us to move forward in our continued efforts to protect and improve environmental resources of Martin County," said Taryn Kryzda, County Administrator.
This case began in 2013 and is set for trial in February 2018. By settling the case, the County eliminates its exposure for possible damages and the further expenditure of attorney's fees and costs. It also reconfirms its support for the Lake Point Public Works Project.

To stay up-to-date on other County news, follow us on Twitter @MartinCountygov and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/


 
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Nov 15, 2017THE DIAMOND MOMOI ORANGE CRUSH CHALLENGE FOR THE STUART SAILFISH CLUB'S 64TH ANNUAL LIGHT TACKLE TOURNAMENT
After receiving some feedback in-regards to using Momoi Diamond Orange Crush line, John from diamond one of our sponsors and I have agreed on the following changes in line color.

All pro-boats may use Momoi 20Lb test Hi-Vis Yellow or Momoi 20Lb test Hi-Vis Orange Crush

The challenge: If the first place winning pro-boat fished exclusively with the Momoi Orange Crush Line, Diamond will give the winner a free 3,000-yard spool of Momoi 20Lb test Orange Crush.
Amateur division must also use Momoi 20Lb test line as well in either color.

Thank you
Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair


 
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Nov 15, 20172017 Prosperity Summit: New Speakers Announced
Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for the 2017 Prosperity Summit to learn how Florida’s business community can lead the charge in helping to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Topics will include a focus on the specific issues Florida must get right in order to break the cycle of generational poverty: creating jobs, affordable housing, connected infrastructure, quality education opportunities and more.

Be part of the conversation with our recently announced speakers, including:

• Tim Center, CEO, Capital Area Community Action Agency
• Doug Davidson, Market Executive, Bank of America; Florida Chamber Foundation Chair
• Michelle Dennard, President and CEO, CareerSource Florida
• Mireya Eavey, Sarasota Area President, United Way Suncoast
• Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power Company; Achieve Escambia
• Bob McFalls, President and CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network
• Bill Mills, President and CEO, Florida Prosperity Partnership .
• David Odahowski, President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
• Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
• Will Weatherford, Managing Partner, Weatherford Partners; Former Florida Speaker of the House

Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for a statewide summit as we learn how Florida’s business community can partner with the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to help break the cycle of poverty and create greater economic opportunities for all Floridians.

When we work together, we can create economic opportunities for all Floridians.


 
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Nov 15, 2017Boatlines Nov 14
Light Tackle Tournament RULE CLARIFICATIONS-UPDATES

THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE RULES FOR THE UPCOMING STUART SAILFISH CLUB LIGHT TACKLE TOURNAMENT DEC 7TH - 10TH 2017

They apologize for the confusion in regard to the type of line we are using this year and the testing of the leaders.

Diamond has been one of our important sponsors for the past ten years and has dictated the line use in our Tournaments. According to Diamond owner John, they have been using the Momoi 20lb test for years and this year is no different with one exception, the COLOR, ORANGE CRUSH 20lb test is NEW and HOT according to John and will be used this year only for the PRO DIVISION!.

In addition, after speaking to several Captains, they
are going back to tradition, Jim Bausch has agreed to continue the tradition of testing the leader lines on your return each day.

Again, my apologies.
Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair
Vice President
Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation
Vero Beach Boat Show - Nov 18th



The 34th Annual Vero Beach Fall Boat Show will be held on Saturday, November 18th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, November 19th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. Riverside Park is located just west of the Riverside Theater and southeast of the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach, off of Route 60. For more info, go to http://www.verobeachboatshow.com/

Florida Oceanographic Society - Lights on the Lagoon

A Winter Wonderland is returning to the Coastal Center this December! This special event will run
in the evenings from Thursday - Sunday, December 7-30, excluding Christmas Eve.

Tickets go on sale on November 15th.
For more info, visit their website.

Martin County Board of County Commissioners


You're Invited! Join staff for an interactive open house about the proposed Manatee Pocket Mooring Field project Thursday, November 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club. To learn more about the project and the open house, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields.

Calendar Events

Nov 15 ~ How to Start a Small Business. The course is FREE and will be held at the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce in Ft Pierce from 10:00 - 12:00PM For more info, visit their website.

Nov 16 ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - Commercial Assistance Towing). For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Nov 17 ~ Florida Inland Navigation District Community Outreach Event. The Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. RSVP to Susan 561-627-3386 by November 14.

Nov 18 - 19 ~ Vero Beach Boat Show. for more information visit their webiste at http://www.verobeachboatshow.com/

Nov 18 ~ Florida Inland Navigation District Meeting in Martin County. For more info,
view the notice.

Nov 27 ~ MIATC Board Meeting. For details contact Michele Miller at 772-692-7599

Nov 30 ~ Open House at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club regarding the proposed Manatee Pocket Mooring Field project.. To learn more, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields.

Dec 9 ~ Martin and St Lucie County Christmas Boat Parades. For more information Click Here

Dec 16 ~ Indian River County Christmas Boat Parade. For more information click Here






 
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Nov 15, 2017Senator Negron's Weekly Update


November 6-9 Update.pdf
 
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Nov 14, 2017DISCOUNT Deadline on the Registration for the Light Tackle Tournament--quickly approaching!
HURRY DON'T MISS OUT ON THE 10% Early Registration Discount for the Stuart Sailfish Club's 64TH Annual Light Tackle Tournament. !






 
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Nov 14, 2017The Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
The Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
Esteban Santiago in Ft. Lauderdale, James T Hodgkinson in D.C., Omar Mateen in Orlando, Robert Lewis Dear in Colorado, John Houser in Louisiana, James Huberty in California, Seung-Hui Cho in Virginia Tech and now Devin Kelley in Texas. This is not only an infamous list of mass shooters. These are also the names of men who have been perpetrators of violence against women at some point in their lives.
Sadly, this is not the end of a horrible string of events; similar incidents will continue to occur in small towns and big cities across America. For those of us who work with victims of domestic abuse, it is alarmingly clear that it is one of the best indicators of future unspeakable violence on a larger scale.
Victims of domestic violence have known this sad truth all along. Ask any one of them and they will tell you that the perpetrator of violence is deadly serious about their threats. They have heard the words: “I will kill you…your pets…your friends…your family.”
As a community and a society we must recognize how dangerous these people are - not only to their immediate victims but also to anyone they encounter, by chance or by deliberate intention. Violence against an intimate partner or family member should always be a huge red flag for predicting future violence. Batterers practice in the home. It’s where they perfect their horrific “craft” if you will.
Case in point: Devin Kelley. It’s been widely reported and confirmed that this Texas church shooter of innocent men, women and children had been convicted of violence against his first wife and of fracturing the skull of his baby in 2012 while he was in the Air Force. Kelley was judged guilty of 4th degree battery, a misdemeanor, and incarcerated for 12 months. He remarried and divorced. In 2017, he was still sending threatening texts to his ex-mother-in-law, a woman who attended the church where he ultimately shot and killed 26 people and wounded 20.
What do perpetrators of domestic violence want? Power and Control. How do they get it? Through intimidation, manipulation and emotional and physical abuse, among other tactics. And if a victim leaves or tries to get help through law enforcement or an injunction for protection against their abuser, the risk of violence against the victim increases by 75%. Many victims lose their lives after they leave, like Trisha Todd of Martin County.
Almost every woman who comes into our SafeSpace Emergency Shelter tells us her batterer owns guns and has threatened to use them against her. This is true in domestic violence shelters across the country. Almost 20% of all crime on the Treasure Coast involves domestic violence - and 33% of all homicides in Martin, 25% in Indian River and 15% in St. Lucie County - are related to domestic violence.
It’s being said that mass shootings are unpredictable. However, if we know that 54% of all mass shooters have intimate partner abuse or familial violence in their past, then this correlation can help serve as an indicator. In cases of domestic violence, we know that police are called many times, guns are often used as a means of controlling of victims, and stalking is a precursor to domestic violence homicide.

Given these alarming facts, and the number of mass shooters who have a prior history of domestic violence, it is clear that domestic violence can and should be used as a primary predictor for future violence against others on a much larger scale. Law enforcement officials and legislators must take action. They need to listen to victims and take them seriously. And while we must all continue to send our prayers and thoughts to victims and their families, our elected officials must work harder on policy changes that address underlying causes and our society’s response to them.

FYI, By the Numbers:
• From 2009-2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. In addition, 66 perpetrators killed themselves after a mass shooting, and another 17 perpetrators were shot and killed by responding law enforcement.
• The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.
• Mass shootings significantly impacted children: 25 percent of mass shooting fatalities (211) were children. This is primarily driven by mass shootings related to domestic or family violence, in which over 40 percent of fatalities were children.
• In nearly half of the shootings—42 percent of cases—the shooter exhibited warning signs before the shooting indicating that they posed a danger to themselves or others. These red flags included acts, attempted acts, or threats of violence towards oneself or others; violations of protective orders; or evidence of ongoing substance abuse.
Reference: https://everytownresearch.org/reports/mass-shootings-analysis/


 
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Nov 14, 2017Be ‘kind and uplifting’ toward Palm Beach workers, businesses
I’m writing to urge true Palm Beachers to dig deeply, and to become more heartfelt and generous to our local small business, restaurant and club workforce, as if they were friends and family.

Many of the wonderful people who work in various Palm Beach establishments deserve medals of honor for putting up with how awfully they are treated by customers and members from near and far.

Everyone knows the fiscal conundrum that Palm Beach’s fair weather and six-month-plus-one-day season places upon business owners and workers simply trying to earn a living here. These for-profit employees deserve just as much love as our non-profit employees.

Sure, there are some employees who do not deserve to work in Palm Beach. Bad eggs should be shown the door … permanently. However, rather than verbally berating service people publicly, we must consider top quality Palm Beach workers as partners, not punching bags.

Be especially kind and uplifting when local businesses are busy, or overwhelmed, or if your plate of food is a bit behind schedule. Genuine grace and sugar goes much farther on-island than salt and vinegar.

As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of the season in Palm Beach each year, make it your personal mission every day to treat the retail businesses, service staff and doormen here with love, respect and dignity.

Without five-star service people and inventory, Palm Beach could not function or be the number one paradise on earth that it is.


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves Agreements with USACE to Ensure Federal Cost Share for EAA Storage Reservoir
Doral, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved entering into support agreements to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to ensure the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project becomes a reality.

The EAA Reservoir project, which will build a reservoir on land south of Lake Okeechobee, began as Senate Bill 10, authorized by the Legislature through Senate President Joe Negron and signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year. As part of the support



agreements approved by the Governing Board, the District will pay the USACE up to $1.5 million to provide technical assistance during the development of a Post-Authorization Change Report (PACR) critical to the construction of the reservoir.

The PACR is needed for the federal government to approve sharing the cost associated with the reservoir project as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The USACE's technical assistance as the District develops the EAA Storage Reservoir's PACR would ensure consistency with federal guidelines and regulations.

"SFWMD has moved swiftly and decisively since receiving direction from the Legislature to get this project completed as quickly as possible," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "By hiring the Army Corps, this District is doubling down on making this reservoir a success."

SFWMD is currently engaged in an extensive series of public meetings to help inform the scope and modeling for the project as well as solicit feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. Four public meetings have been conducted so far with at least three more scheduled this month. These meetings are consistent with the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process necessary to ensure the project remains eligible for federal approval.

For more information on the meetings, including agendas and presentations, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves New Agreement to Fight Invasive Lygodium and Allow Additional Public Access in Loxahatchee Refuge
Doral, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today provided authority to Executive Director Ernie Marks to enter into a new license agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to use the 144,000 state-owned acres that comprise the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County.

The agreement is a win-win-win for SFWMD, USFWS, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and South Floridians. The District receives federal funds needed to combat the invasive Lygodium fern while taking over full control of the day-to-day eradication efforts. USFWS will continue usage of the state-owned Refuge for up to 20 years while agreeing to increase public access within the land. Additionally, FWC will offer its assistance in helping USFWS expand the Refuge's recreational activities for the public.

"This Board has voiced its concern with the Refuge situation for quite some time regarding the spread of Lygodium. Losing a beautiful piece of the Everglades ecosystem to this invasive is simply unacceptable," said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chairman Jim Moran. "We are thankful to our federal and state partners for stepping up to join us in this critical fight for the Everglades."

With the SFWMD now taking the lead to control this invasive plant, it is a critical time for the Refuge as it has seen a 600 percent increase in Lygodium over the last 20 years.

"The District has a proven track record of success fighting these invasive plants," said SFWMD Land Resources Bureau Chief Rory Feeney. "Working with our federal and state partners, we are ready to take the fight directly to this fern and break its chokehold on the Refuge."

David Viker, Chief of Refuges, Southeast Region of the National Wildlife Refuge System, said, "I'm very pleased with the Service and District's progress at strengthening a relationship that has endured more than 66 years, extending it for at least 20 more. Through interagency collaboration, we are enhancing Everglades restoration, better controlling invasive species and expanding public access on the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge."

USFWS would also be required under the new agreement to focus on increasing recreational activities including hunting and fishing opportunities, similar to what is available in state-managed water conservation areas throughout the District. FWC, which manages recreational opportunities in much of the state-owned land in Florida and has provided funding to help fight Lygodium in the Refuge for years, would take on a more prominent role in the expanded recreational opportunities to take place within in the Refuge.

"The FWC appreciates the cooperation among agencies to prioritize conservation of the fish and wildlife resources in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, a vital part of the north Everglades ecosystem, and to promote outdoor recreation," said Tom Reinert, Regional Director for FWC's South Region.



 
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Nov 13, 2017Wildfire mitigation activities on Gables Nature Preserve
During the week of November 13, 2017, the Florida Forest Service in cooperation with Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division will be reducing future wildfire intensity and improving ecosystem health. The Florida Forest Service has identified the Gables Preserve Community as an at-risk community for wildfires, and a series of firebreaks will be established to improve firefighter access. The process of reducing the wildfire risk will include a reduction of the height and density of the overgrown vegetation through a combination of mowing and chopping treatments.

After the mechanical treatments, Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division will be able to gain access to the Gables Nature Preserve in order to mitigate invasive plants to restore native plant reproduction.

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


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Invites the Public to Two EAA Storage Reservoir Meetings, Nov. 15-16, Clewiston and West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting two public meetings on the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir project. The meetings will be held in the evenings on Wed., Nov. 15 in Clewiston and Thu., Nov. 16 in West Palm Beach.

These will be the fifth and sixth public meetings held by the District so far regarding the reservoir project.




SFWMD staff receives input at the first public meeting for the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir in Clewiston. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The SFWMD presentations to the public will define the purpose and need for the southern reservoir, highlight the project's schedule, plan formulation review and discuss initial modeling results. Staff will continue to solicit feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. These meetings are consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which provides opportunities for the public to provide input related to the development of the project.

These public meeting will also be webcast live on SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov.

If you would like to provide comment but cannot attend these meetings, you can still submit feedback by emailing EAAreservoir@sfwmd.gov or through handwritten correspondence to:

Mike Albert, Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road, MSC 8312
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

For more information on the meetings, including an agenda and the reservoir project, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.

To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.



 
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Nov 13, 2017CPA Firm Opens New Office on the Treasure Coast
Stuart, FL – The certified public accounting firm of Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. (CDL) announces the opening of their Stuart office (850 NW Federal Highway, Suite 121, The Nexus at Stuart). The 30-year old firm, headquartered in West Palm Beach, will provide a variety of CPA services to meet the needs of individuals, families and businesses on the Treasure Coast.
Leading the team of accountants will be Thomas Pence, Jr., a shareholder with the firm since 2001. Pence has 28 years of experience working as a certified public accountant and focuses on corporate, partnership and individual taxation. Pence resides in Hobe Sound and has lived in Martin County since 2006.
“With the vitality and growth happening here in Martin County, we want to partner with the community and become the Treasure Coast’s leading CPA firm,” said Pence. “Many of our employees live here and are active in the community. CDL focuses on personal attention and in-depth understanding of each our client’s needs and we will bring that same standard of service to Martin County.”
Joining Pence in the Stuart office will be Senior Tax Managers Laura Clark, Martin Woods and Patrick Mangan. All three CPAs reside in Martin or Northern Palm Beach County and bring more than 35 years in public accounting experience. In addition, all four CPAs are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).
Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. is one of the largest local accounting firms in Palm Beach County. The firm provides accounting services in the areas of audit, tax, family office, business valuation, and international taxation. The firm was founded in 1987 and has nearly 100 employees in the West Palm Beach and Stuart offices. For more information about Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. please visit www.cdlcpa.com


 
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Nov 13, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Takes Action on Critical USFWS Land Necessary for Everglades Restoration
Doral, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Thursday approved a land exchange agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) near the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge that will allow the completion of Everglades water quality restoration.

"This land swap is the definition of a win-win for Floridians, outdoor enthusiasts, state and federal taxpayers and Everglades wildlife," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Ensuring the Everglades water quality standards laid out as part of Gov. Rick Scott's Restoration Strategies Plan has taken one giant step forward with the decision to acquire these lands."

The proposed land swap approved by the Governing Board, which must still be approved by the U.S. Congress before it can be signed by SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks, would give SFWMD 1,327 acres of federally owned land west of the Loxahatchee Refuge known as the Snail Farm. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) would then take ownership over the SFWMD-owned 2,586 acres east of the Loxahatchee Refuge known as the Strazulla parcel.

The Snail Farm parcel is crucial to the expansion of Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West, which is part of Gov. Rick Scott's Restoration Strategies Plan to complete Everglades water quality restoration.

"Gov. Scott has invested significant effort and resources into Restoration Strategies because he knows it will create a lasting legacy of a restored and vibrant Everglades for generations to come," O'Keefe said.

The Strazzulla parcel is located close to the USFWS offices of operation on the east side of the Refuge. It is also closer to major roadways and public access on the east side of the Refuge. This land swap would give USFWS a piece of property where it can expand public access, recreational opportunities and other uses.

Refuge Manager Rolf Olson expressed the virtues of the proposed land exchange, saying, "The Service gains conservation land that represents an important transition zone from cypress forest to sawgrass marsh and opportunity to provide increased public access through the proposed land exchange."

The land swap must be completed by USFWS in February in order to stay on schedule with Florida's Everglades water quality restoration efforts.



 
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Nov 13, 2017Thrivent Action Team announces results from the U14 Soccer Team Action Team
Jensen Beach, FL (November 10, 2017) – A Thrivent Action Team in Stuart hosted an action team where the U14 rec team from Jensen Beach Soccer Club collected over 100+ pairs of new and used soccer cleats and tennis shoes to send to children in Haiti. .

The event took place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

The action team, led by Robert Whitlach, had been working over the last month lettering parents know when and where to bring the new or used items cleats, shoes, shin guards, and soccer balls. The U14 team showed up 90 minutes before their practice to collect and zip tie the pairs of shoes together. Meschac St. Amour and Shirlon McCarty from Habitat for Children Ministries were also present to talk with parents and tell the kids about life growing up in Haiti and playing soccer barefoot and how much this would mean to the children. It was a win win win situation for all involved as the parents had someplace to give those outgrown shoes, the kids were able to learn about another culture and some hard realities, and Habitat for Children will be able to assist in getting these shoes to kids that don’t have any.

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.com/actionteam.

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

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

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


 
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Nov 13, 2017Junior League of Martin County Board of Directors Announce 9th Annual Reindeer Dash 5K & Tot Trot
STUART, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2017) – The Junior League of Martin County Board of Directors has announced the date of the 9th annual Rudolph’s Reindeer Dash 5K & Tot Trot. The race will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 a.m. in Sewall's Point Town Commons Park, SE Corner of Ocean Blvd and Sewall's Point Road, in Stuart.
“Funding from monies raised directly impacts our community, from the 3,500 books donated to support classrooms with the ‘Books for Kids’ project to the ‘Foster the Love’ party at Hibiscus House which gives the children a day of fun and pampering every February. In addition to those projects, the League does many other projects supporting Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, House of Hope and many other organizations, all while training women to be civic leaders in the community.” said Rosi Shepard, President of the Junior League of Martin County
The 5K race starts at 7 a.m. and the registration fee is $30. Following the 5K race, young runners can participate in the Tot Trot. Awards will be distributed for overall male and female winners, the top three male and female runners per age category, the top three teams and the best-dressed team.
The 2017-2018 board of directors include Rosi Shepard, President; Dr. Teena White, Vice President; Cecilia Deyo, Executive Vice President; Lauren Moss, Treasurer; and Lee England, Sustainer Director .
The League is currently accepting sponsorships for the event. For more information, contact JLMC5Krunners@gmail.com. To register for the race, visit the Junior League of Martin County Facebook page or website at jlmcflorida.org.


 
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Nov 13, 2017Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration
by Friday, December 1
. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant positions:
The Committee shall consist of at least 8 but not more than 11 members who shall be appointed by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners. The Committee shall consist of 1 representative from at least 6 of the following categories:
• A citizen who is actively engaged in the residential homebuilding industry in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in homebuilding in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low income persons in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing;
• A citizen who is actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing;
• A citizen who actively serves on the Local Planning Agency (pursuant to Section 163.3174 Fla. Stat.);
• A citizen who resides within Martin County;
• A citizen who represents employers within Martin County;
• A citizen who represents essential service personnel -- any person in need of affordable housing, who is employed by a company or organization located within Martin County, including, but not limited to, teachers and educators, police and fire personnel, health care personnel, and all building trades personnel.
These terms will expire in January 2021.

Committee Powers & Duties:
Recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Evaluate the incentives contained in the Martin County local housing incentive plan and make recommendations for its amendment as needed to encourage or facilitate the creation or maintenance of affordable housing. Review the Martin County Local Housing Assistance Plan (SHIP) before its submission for adoption or amendment to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Review applications for SHIP funds by community-based organizations or eligible sponsors and provide recommendations for funding of these applications to the BCC. Function as the review committee set forth in the local housing assistance plan to advise and monitor the SHIP program, evaluate requests for exceptions from the regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth in the local housing assistance plan, and to hear appeals from decisions made by the SHIP program administrator.

Meetings are typically held monthly at 3:30 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

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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Nov 13, 2017How Many Hungry Children?
1,103,850

According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Research, there are more than 3.4 million Floridians who are food insecure in our state- with more than 1.1 million of them children under age 18.

But what does it mean when a child is food insecure?




Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for a statewide summit as we tackle issues like food insecurity and learn how Florida’s business community can partner with the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to help break the cycle of poverty and create greater economic opportunities for all Floridians.

When we work together, we can create economic opportunities for all Floridians.


 
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Nov 13, 2017‘Signage Cancer’ afflicts Treasure Coast
In my June letter, “Weather-worn Treasure Coast Facades Sorely In Need of Freshening,” I asked why the collective built environment from Vero to West Palm and all points in between looked so worn-out, dated, unkempt, and rust-stained.

I argued that most commercial exteriors need only a little bleach and water, others a fresh coat of paint, and some a complete makeover, including improved signage.

Some locals were offended, yet most with a worldly appreciation for better architecture, landscape design, and uniform signage codes were inspired to embrace facade improvements.

Following a three-month visual study of the Treasure Coast, I can conclude that the dilapidated condition of retail, commercial, and residential signage is the No. 1 visual detractor, especially in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

It’s the rusted, falling-apart, over-sized strip-mall signage frames and casings coming up and out of the ground like rotten fangs that look awful and gaudy along nearly all Treasure Coast thoroughfares.

Hundreds of thousands of rusting and crooked signage structures can no longer be the business brand and first impression of Florida’s true values.

Visitors and snowbirds rely heavily on their first impressions of Florida businesses, facades, signs, and graphics before spending money locally.

Unkempt non-uniform, dilapidated "signage cancer" is what's littering our tropical paradise most.

Yes, major hurricanes and salt air wreak annual havoc on Florida signs and their structural integrity over time. However, lack of proactive discipline and modest reinvestment is mainly to blame.

South Florida and the Treasure Coast do not need to grow out of control. Rebuilding all outdated and dilapidated signage and facades is a far less costly beautification and value-adding strategy.

It's time to focus on improving Florida signage codes, rebuilding Florida's retail signs, and making our statewide retail and commercial economy look great again.


 
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Nov 13, 2017Weather-worn Treasure Coast facades sorely in need of freshening
A Florida native, I've been coming to Treasure Coast beaches since I was a boy. This area truly is a paradise, yet one in need of serious elbow grease.

As my wife and I drive around Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie, Hutchinson Island, Vero, and on down to Hobe Sound and Jupiter, we are constantly reminded of how dilapidated, weather-worn and rusty our entire area has become over time.

From medical office facades, to restaurant and shopping center signage, from government and school buildings, to service stations and lifestyle stores, the collective built environment from Vero to West Palm and all points in between looks overly tired, dated, worn-out, and rust-stained. Why?

Have Treasure Coast leaders in business, industry, real estate, and more become lazy or bored? Have both seasonal and permanent residents fallen out of love with our community? Have dilapidated and unkempt become the South Florida brand?

Some exterior locations need only a little bleach and water. Others exteriors thirst for a fresh coat of paint. Sadly, many local exteriors need a complete makeover.

At the core of making a community and its places of business shiny, in-demand, and profitable again are individual efforts, collective pride, and a standard of excellence conveyed uniformly by regional leaders and officials.

I would urge everyone to raise the bar and make summer 2017 a season of exterior appearance improvements throughout Stuart and Treasure Coast counties.

I’m not suggesting change or new developments, just a serious polish of the venues and signage already established, since the current state of appearances is so dilapidated.

If you are still in love with where we live, prove it. Take a careful look around. Begin tackling eyesores, repairing dilapidation, and making everything you see 10 times cleaner, fresher, brighter, more colorful, or resurfaced anew once again.


 
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Nov 13, 201715 BILLS PASS TO SUPPORT VETERANS
I want to start this morning by thanking all the veterans in our community for your commitment to this country, and your service. When I say thank you for serving America and her people I hope you realize I mean much more than those simple words.
I am saying thank you for making your sense of duty to America above all else. Thank you for the austere life you lived: being shot at, flying over our enemies, sailing across the seas away from your family, missing the most special moments with your family, and your willingness to line a row of Arlington national cemetery alongside the greatest heroes we have ever known.
Your service was selfless and the definition of honorable. In short, thank you for being everything that makes me say, I am proud to be an American.
But words aren’t enough. We need to put those words into action and give our veterans the proper care that they need and rightfully deserve. And this week, I’m happy to say we made some serious progress: we passed 15 bills to support veterans. Watch this week's Week In Review video to hear all about the bills and my other work for you this week:

https://mast.house.gov/blog?ID=BBB46559-A4F5-4DA2-888C-399A04521081

https://mast.house.gov/2017/11/week-in-review-november-3-november-9-thanking-our-veterans


 
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Nov 13, 2017News from The Sade Group

Greetings from The Sade Group!

Fall is here, and we've certainly been enjoying the cooler temps this week! As we gear up for the holidays, it's an important time to reflect on your financial goals for the upcoming year and assess the year past. You may have questions, and please know that we are always here to help.

Below you'll find new information on Medicare and Social Security Statements. If you would like to learn more about these or any other topics of interest, please give me a call at 772-210-1455 today.

Sincerely,
Scott B. Sade








In The News







Local advisor Scott Sade speaks at Estate Planning Symposium

Scott Sade, CIMA, CFTA, of The Sade Group presented on current market trends at the third annual Estate Planning Council Symposium, hosted by the Martin County Estate Planning Council on October 17. The symposium was offered to the public at no charge to provide education regarding personal estate and financial planning.

Sade has over thirty-five years of financial industry experience and has managed approximately $200 million in client assets. Sade's entrepreneurial spirit led him to create and establish the Sade Group Private Wealth Management.

Sade focuses on building trust and rapport, one client at a time and delivers a true high-touch concierge practice. Although Sade specializes in estate planning, he is a diverse financial planner and advisor with clients ranging from all walks of life and levels of income and security.

"Doing what's right for our clients and sitting on the same side of the table with them has allowed me to build a clientele of folks with whom I enjoy doing business" Sade says.

The Martin County Estate Planning Council is comprised of attorneys, certified public accountants, financial planners, insurance professionals, trust officers and more. The Council was established to foster intelligent cooperation among its members, to assist its members in keeping abreast of the laws and conditions affecting business and personal taxation, to foster professional development opportunities and collaboration and to encourage its members to uphold the highest standards of service and ethics.

To learn more, visit SadePWM.com.












IS THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION STILL MAILING SOCIAL SECURITY STATEMENTS?

Your Social Security Statement provides important information about your Social Security record and future benefits. For several years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) mailed these statements every five years to people starting at age 25, but due to budgetary concerns, the SSA has stopped mailing Social Security Statements to individuals under age 60.

Workers age 60 and over who aren't receiving Social Security benefits will still receive paper statements in the mail, unless they opt to sign up for online statements instead. If you're age 60 or older, you should receive your statement every year, about three months before your birthday. The SSA will mail statements upon request to individuals under age 60.

However, the quickest way to get a copy of your Social Security Statement is to sign up for a my Social Security account at the SSA website, ssa.gov. Once you've signed up, you'll have immediate access to your statement, which you can view, download, or print. Statement information generally includes a projection of your retirement benefits at age 62, at full retirement age (66 to 67), and at age 70; projections of disability and survivor benefits; a detailed record of your earnings; and other information about the Social Security program.

The SSA has recently begun using a two-step identification method to help protect my Social Security accounts from unauthorized use and potential identity fraud. If you've never registered for an online account or haven't attempted to log in to yours since this change, you will be prompted to add either your cell phone or email address as a second identification method. Every time you enter your account username and password, you will then be prompted to request a unique security code via the identification method you've chosen, and you need to enter that code to complete the log-in process.









WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR REVIEWING MY MEDICARE COVERAGE DURING MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT?

During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period that runs from October 15 through December 7, you can make changes to your Medicare coverage that will be effective on January 1, 2018. If you're satisfied with your current coverage, you don't need to make changes, but it's a good idea to review your options.

During Open Enrollment, you can:
•Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa
•Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan
•Join a Medicare prescription drug plan, switch from one Medicare prescription drug plan to another, or drop prescription drug coverage

The official government handbook, Medicare & You, which is available electronically or through the mail, contains detailed information about Medicare that should help you determine whether your current coverage is appropriate. Review any other information you receive from your current plan, which may include an Annual Notice of Change letter that lists changes to your plan for the upcoming year.

As you review your coverage, here are a few points to consider:
•What were your health-care costs during the past year, and what did you spend the most on?
•What services do you need and which health-care providers and pharmacies do you visit?
•How does the cost of your current coverage compare to other options? Consider premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs such as copayments or coinsurance; are any of these costs changing?

If you have questions about Medicare, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit the Medicare website at medicare.gov. You can use the site's Medicare Plan Finder to see what plans are available in your area and check each plan's overall quality rating.
























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Nov 13, 2017Wildfire mitigation activities at Peck Lake Park
During the week of November 13, 2017, the Florida Forest Service in cooperation with Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division will be reducing future wildfire intensity and improving ecosystem health. The Florida Forest Service has identified the residential communities adjacent to Peck Lake Park as at-risk communities for wildfires, and a series of firebreaks will be established to improve firefighter access. The process of reducing the wildfire risk will include a reduction of the height and density of the overgrown vegetation through a combination of mowing and chopping treatments.


Due to safety concerns it will be necessary to close the park while equipment is working on-site. Any closures are anticipated to last one to two days.

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



 
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Nov 9, 2017RESEARCH AT TORREY PINES INSTITUTE FOR MOLECULAR STUDIES LEADS TO LAUNCH OF ASSUAGE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Port St Lucie, FL (November 8, 2017) The Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) announced today that technology developed at TPIMS has been licensed to Assuage Pharmaceuticals, a 2012 spinout of TPIMS. With over 5 years of research as its foundation, Assuage is moving forward to discover, develop, and commercialize new therapies to address smoking cessation and the addiction to nicotine, and ultimately, the addiction to opioid pain medications through non-opioid analgesics.

The World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 billion people use tobacco products worldwide, and that over 4 million die each year from smoking related diseases. The Center for Disease Control reports 70% of smokers say they want to quit, but 90% of people who try to quit fail. Assuage is dedicated to finding better solutions.

At the core of the research done by Assuage is the discovery of novel first-in-class compounds that have high affinity and exquisite selectivity for the most important nicotine receptor. This high specificity and selectivity could lead to better effectiveness, fewer side effects, and a reduced rate of relapse in people who are trying to quit smoking.

Lawrence Toll, PhD, co-founder and chief scientific officer at Assuage, is director of neuropharmacology at TPIMS and co-discoverer of the nociceptin opioid peptide.
“Our research has focused on developing new alternatives for people who want to stop smoking, but who are addicted to nicotine," Toll said. “The opportunity to advance the science and help millions of people around the world is most exciting.” Assuage research has been supported in large part by grants from the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Richard Houghten, PhD., founder and CEO at TPIMS added, "Torrey Pines is committed to improving people's lives by leveraging its extensive library of compounds and proprietary technology to discover compounds that address a range of important diseases and conditions. Assuage Pharmaceuticals is one of our most advanced spin-offs in Florida and we are delighted to have a team of this caliber working to bring these innovative new compounds forward. Smoking remains a global health problem and we believe these compounds can make a real difference."

Assuage is led by CEO Thomas S. Lytle, M.B.A, an experienced pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive who has held senior commercialization positions at leading companies including Pfizer and Amgen. In addition to the US market, the company is exploring opportunities in international markets including China and Japan.



About Assuage Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Headquartered at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) in Port Saint Lucie, FL, Assuage Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a research-driven biopharmaceutical company working to re-invent addiction recovery by discovering and developing innovative new compounds for the treatment of addictions, including smoking and opioid pain killers. Assuage has an exclusive global license to compounds that address smoking cessation and has access to a library of compounds and extensive research on non-opioid analgesics. The company conducts its research and development work in its laboratories at TPIMS in Port St. Lucie, and in other locations.

For more information, please contact:
Assuage Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
www.assuagepharma.com
info@Assuagepharma.com

About TPIMS
Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) is a non-profit institute dedicated to conducting basic research to advance the understanding of human disease and the improvement of human health. TPIMS’ scientists conduct research in fields associated with a wide variety of major medical conditions, including addiction, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infectious disease, inflammatory disorders, multiple sclerosis, obesity, pain management, regenerative medicine and new methods for drug discovery.
For further TPIMS information, please contact:
Greg Welmaker, Ph.D., MBA, President, COO, & Director of Drug Discovery
Tel: 772-345-4582, email: tpimsnews@tpims.org

This press release may contain, in addition to historical information, certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements reflect management’s current views and are based on certain assumptions. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated as a result of a number of factors, including risks and uncertainties.



 
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Nov 9, 2017SFWMD Unveils Preliminary Modeling for EAA Storage Reservoir
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) released preliminary modeling Monday that depicts South Florida's current water storage and conveyance capabilities. This baseline modeling is the necessary first step in quantifying which alternative storage feature configuration south of Lake Okeechobee offers the greatest benefit to reducing harmful lake discharges to estuaries east and west. The most logical configuration will ultimately become the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project.

This baseline modeling, which factors in 41 years of weather events ranging from drought to extreme rainfall, is part of the extensive ongoing public review process for the



EAA Storage Reservoir Project. The project began as Senate Bill 10. Earlier this year, the bill was authorized by the Legislature through Senate President Joe Negron and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

"We have been moving swiftly, but methodically, to make this project a reality following the scientific process," said SFWMD Federal Policy and Coordination Bureau Chief Matt Morrison. "The next key step is to establish the baseline performance of all other projects currently being built. This will help us better determine the benefits that proposed project alternatives for the EAA Reservoir project will add to the baseline. This modeling is the 'foundation' for evaluating all Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects."

The baseline modeling assumes the completion of other approved restoration projects now underway, such as the C-44 and C-43 reservoirs and the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). The modeling shows these projects would likely reduce the number of months with potentially damaging releases to the St. Lucie Estuary by 50 percent and the number of months of damaging releases to the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary by 30 percent. Once complete, the EAA Reservoir project would add to the overall reduction numbers for both estuaries.

"Moving forward, the District will use this baseline modeling to examine potential project features of the EAA Reservoir project to determine which features add the most benefit and make the best use of taxpayer dollars," Morrison said.

At the meeting, District staff also fielded questions regarding other features that might be included in the reservoir project, such as stormwater treatment areas (STAs), constructed wetlands that use plants to remove excess nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen from stormwater. Based on preliminary estimates, SFWMD Modeling Section Administrator Walter Wilcox estimated that a reservoir designed to hold between 240,000 and 360,000 acre-feet (as Senate Bill 10 calls for) would likely need to be accompanied by 6,000-9,000 acres of STAs.

"A combination of reservoir storage and STAs as CERP envisioned provides a project best able to improve estuary and Everglades conditions," Wilcox said. "As illustrated in Central Everglades planning, configurations that rely solely on STAs can run out of water during drier conditions."

SFWMD is currently engaged in an extensive series of public meetings to receive public input that helps inform the scope and modeling for the project. Four public meetings have been conducted with at least three more scheduled for Nov. 15-16. This protocol is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process necessary to ensure the project remains eligible for federal cost sharing.

For the modeling data and more information on the meetings, including agendas and presentations, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.

To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.


 
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Nov 9, 2017Tykes & Teens to celebrate 10th Festival of Trees with New Events, More Holiday Displays
Stuart, FL November 8, 2017- The Tykes & Teens Festival of Trees & Lights has become the premier holiday kickoff event in Martin County, attracting more than 2,000 visitors last year. This year’s event will be bigger and brighter, with more trees, more lights, and several exciting new additions, including a free Family Day event and a silent auction that will run all week. The 10th Anniversary Festival of Trees & Lights will kick off on Sunday, November 26th and run through Saturday, December 2nd at Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Avenue in downtown Stuart. More than 75 decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces will be on display to inspire and delight visitors. The Festival is open to the public with no admission fee on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 12:30-5:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27-Friday, Dec, 1 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win your favorite tree or wreath, with select trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other items being offered for silent auction.

Ticketed events include Joy to the Girls! Ladies Night on Monday, Nov. 27, a VIP Cocktail Party and Live Auction on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and an Afternoon Champagne Tea and Tiny Tot Fashion Show on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Free special events include Family Day featuring music and dance performances plus treats and hot cocoa on Sunday, Nov. 26th from 12:30-5:00 p.m. and Breakfast and Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 8:30-10:30 a.m. All proceeds from the Festival of Trees & Lights will benefit Tykes & Teens, an award winning Martin County based non-profit that provided 31,000 counseling sessions and more than $600,000 in free mental health services to Treasure Coast children and families last year.

Carole & Pete Kozloski are the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s Festival, with other major sponsors including Sonas Home Health Care, Bolder Barre & Fitness and the Wolcott Family Foundation, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, Attorneys at Law, Harbor Community Bank, The Stuart News/TCPalm, Martin Health System, Two Men & a Truck, Mark Brechbill PLLC, Rick Carroll Insurance and Bart’s Blue Star Foundation.

To purchase special event tickets, or to view the complete Festival of Trees & Lights schedule, please visit www.tykesandteens.org or call 772-220-3439.


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Photo: Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Festival of Trees & Lights via fire truck for free Breakfast & Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 8:30 a.m.






 
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Nov 9, 2017Manatee Pocket mooring field open house
Ahoy! Martin County launches mooring field project; invites public to open house

To protect the environment and encourage boaters to enjoy all that Martin County offers, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces plans to establish a mooring field at Manatee Pocket in Port Salerno.

Mooring fields offer permanent structures for boaters to secure their vessels and provide an organized and secure way to protect boats as well as shore side infrastructure. To provide educational resources about mooring fields and the Manatee Pocket project, a web page with links to FAQs, definitions and maps is available at https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields.

Public comments and suggestions are encouraged during the planning phase of this community-based project. To facilitate a community-wide conversation, the public is invited to share ideas through the webpage and in person at an upcoming open house. The open house will be held on Thursday, November 30, from 4 to 6 pm at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club, located at 4725 SE Capstan Avenue in Stuart. County staff, including coastal engineers, will be available to provide details about the proposed project as well as gather feedback.

Martin County's natural beauty and access to major waterways attracts thousands of sport and recreational boaters to our area year round. Additionally, our rivers and waterways, rich in aquatic habitats such as sea grass communities, nourish and provide safe harbor to a variety of aquatic life. Mooring fields and the use of mooring buoys have become an accepted tool in reducing the negative impacts of anchoring on seagrass beds and coral reefs.
Learn more about mooring fields at https://www.martin.fl.us/Mooringfields or call 772-221-1387. Follow Martin County on twitter @martincountygov or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/.


 
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Nov 9, 2017SFWMD. SOUNDSCIENCE. Tortoises. Facebook Live.
West Palm Beach, FL - Nearly 20,000 people watched on Facebook Live as Dusty "The Wildman" collected his bounty on a colossal snake during the South Florida Water Management District's Python Elimination Program.

Now, SFWMD's SOUNDSCIENCE podcast is going Facebook Live in a new endeavor to keep the public informed about the incredible science being done to protect South Florida's water resources.Tune in on November 15 at 1 p.m. on the SFWMD Facebook page.

SFWMD wildlife biologists Brian Garrett and Holly Andreotta will bring the public along live to check on a gopher tortoise community in St. Lucie County. The animals are threatened in Florida, and the two biologists are tasked with ensuring they are protected while SFWMD upgrades a nearby structure that provides flood protection for Martin and St. Lucie counties' human residents.

Garrett and Andreotta will take questions live as they conduct the check.

Submit Your Questions
The public is also welcome to submit science questions about gopher tortoises in advance for the biologists to answer live. Email SFWMD Media Relations Representative Gabe Margasak @ gmargasak@sfwmd.gov, or comment under the link to this news release on Facebook.

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Nov 9, 2017Light Tackle Tournament RULE CLARIFICATIONS-UPDATES
THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE RULES AS SPECIFIED ON THE EMAIL YESTERDAY (11/7) FOR THE UPCOMING STUART SAILFISH CLUB LIGHT TACKLE TOURNAMENT DEC 7TH - 10TH 2017

I apologize for the confusion in regard to the type of line we are using this year and the testing of the leaders.
Diamond has been one of our important sponsors for the past ten years and has dictated the line use in our Tournaments. According to Diamond owner John, we have been using the Momoi 20lb test for years and this year is no different with one exception, the COLOR, ORANGE CRUSH 20lb test is NEW and HOT according to John and will be used this year only for the PRO DIVISION!.

In addition, after speaking to several Captains we are going back to tradition. Tim Bausch has agreed to continue the tradition of testing the leader lines on your return each day.

Again, my apologies.

Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair
Vice President
Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation


 
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Nov 9, 2017Mornings on Main Street at Molly's House November 16
Stuart Main Street to Kick of the Holiday Season at
November Mornings on Main Street
Molly’s House to Host and Sponsor Networking Breakfast November 16

Who: Anyone who loves Downtown Stuart and wants to shape its future!
What: Bi-monthly networking breakfast Mornings on Main Street presented by
Stuart Main Street.
This month’s focus: Celebrating the Holidays in Historic Downtown Stuart
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Molly’s House, 430 SE Osceola Street, Stuart
How: Call 772-286-2848 for more information

STUART, FL – November 7, 2017 – As the busy holiday season approaches, Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce the next bi-monthly networking breakfast, Mornings on Main Street, will focus on celebrating holidays in Historic Downtown Stuart. Topics will include special holiday events happening in Stuart, Small Business Saturday, and the benefits of Shopping Local during the holiday season.
The popular FREE networking breakfast will be held at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Molly’s House at 430 SE Osceola Street in Stuart. The event is sponsored by Molly’s House with coffee sponsor, Stuart Coffee Company.
Mornings on Main Street is a bi-monthly FREE networking event held the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, and September and the third Thursday in November. This “must attend” event focuses on Downtown Stuart with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for Downtown Stuart. For more information, call Stuart Main Street at 772-286-2848.


 
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Nov 9, 2017Volunteers Needed for Stuart Seafood Festival Rivers Coalition Booth November 18th and 19th, 2017
Can you volunteer for a 3 hour slot on Saturday and/or Sunday?
The hours are Saturday 10-10 and Sunday 11-7 (7-8 Pack-up Booth)

Memorial Park
300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994

The Rivers Coalition is the ONLY non-profit benefiting
from the proceeds.

It is the Rivers Coalition biggest fundraiser of the year

We will have a booth to share our mission to save the St. Lucie River
and Indian River Lagoon and provide education to the public.
We will be selling T-shirts, River Kidz workbooks, stickers and bracelets
to help fund our cause. We also need face painters

More info on the event: http://www.stuartseafoodfestival.com/
Two days of Fresh Seafood, Live Entertainment, Nautical vendors and family rides!

If you have any questions about volunteering please contact:
Barbara Osborn (772) 214-9768 or Rivers Coalition (772) 225-6849


 
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Nov 9, 20179th Annual Hand up for the Holidays Radiothon
Vero Beach, FL- November 2, 2017… United Against Poverty of Indian River County and St. Lucie County teamed up with local radio stations – 93.7 GYL, 97.1 Ocean FM, B 94.7 Fresh Country, and WTTB 1490 am/105.7 fm for the 9th Annual Hand up for the Holidays Radiothon- sponsored by Linus Cadillac Buick GMC.
The United Against Poverty team and the on-air radio team broadcasted from 6 am to 6 pm challenging the Treasure Coast listeners to donate money so others can have a Thanksgiving dinner. Mr. Oil xpress lube sponsored the toll free number, which was ringing off the hook all day. The funds raised will be used to provide 62,085 meals this holiday season beating the goal of 50,000.
This Radiothon provides assistance for those with their hand up during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year. Through programs designed to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families up. United Against Poverty programs include Crisis Stabilization, Member Share Grocery Program, life skills workshops and Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). These services are provided through the support of the community and events such as the Radiothon.



Pictures attached
1. Left to right, top row: Staci Barney, Chelsea Rose, Kayla Provost, Karen Franke. Annabel Robertson, Julie Lilliquist, Bottom row: Bob Soos, John Anthony, Scott Tripp

2. Left to right, top row: Scott Tripp, Bob Soos, John Anthony, Karen Franke, Staci Barney,
Bottom Row: Julie Lilliquist, Annabel Robertson, Chelsea Rose, Kayla Provost


 
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Nov 9, 2017Florida Chamber Unveils New Educational Video on Science-Based Water Research Solutions

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today unveiled its fifth in a series of water education videos during a press conference with Florida Atlantic University–Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe, Representative Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne).

The video, highlighting important research produced by Dr. Lapointe, further demonstrates why following science-based research is important to securing Florida’s water future, and sheds light on the algae blooms on the St. Lucie Estuary that followed unusually heavy rainfall in the winter and spring of 2016.

“When it comes to securing Florida’s future, there are few issues more important than water. With six million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based solutions are the only way to ensure Florida’s water future is sustainable, and provides the quality of life Floridians and our visitors deserve,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Also joining today's video unveiling was Representatives Thad Altman (R-Indialantic), Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) and Larry Lee (D-Port St. Lucie).

http://www.flchamber.com/securing-floridas-water-future-a-series-featuring-fau-harbor-branch-research-professor-dr-brian-lapointe/


 
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Nov 9, 2017Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival-Road Closures
On Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce will begin preparing for the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival, which will result in complete closures of NE Jensen Beach Boulevard and NE Ricou Terrace from NE Pineapple Avenue to CR-707 (NE Indian River Drive). The roads are scheduled to reopen by 6:00 am on Monday, November 20, 2017. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect delays through this area.

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




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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Nov 9, 2017STATEMENT FROM LEADINGAGE FLORIDA PRESIDENT & CEO STEVE BAHMER ON AHCA AND DOEA’S LISTS OF NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES THAT HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO THE EMERGENCY RULE
Yesterday, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) released lists of nursing homes it says have not submitted plans as required by the Governor’s emergency rule. Both these lists were simply inaccurate. Two of our members who were listed have, in fact, submitted plans in accordance with the emergency rule.
In addition, several of the members that were erroneously listed had already invested well in advance of Hurricane Irma, which means they were fully compliant with the rule well before the rule was ever promulgated.

Today, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) doubled-down on this poor strategy by releasing a list of more than 1,000 assisted living facilities they say are non-compliant. No doubt, this list will be fraught with errors, as well.

As our members continue to work in good faith toward achieving the Governor’s goal, the release of these lists, both of which contained inaccurate information, demonstrates that there continues to be significant confusion surrounding this issue. And, while AHCA seems to have attempted to correct its press release on the website, the release was not re-distributed to the media and no explanation was provided regarding the inaccuracies of the first list.

Further, several of our members report that there continues to be a patchwork of approaches in dealing with the rule among the counties. Some county emergency management officials have said they don’t have the authority to approve or reject submitted plans because the emergency rule was declared invalid by an administrative judge. Others are requiring the plans to be submitted, but have said they do not have the staff to process them in a timely way.

LeadingAge Florida supports the Governor’s efforts to ensure resident safety during an emergency. However, with all the confusion surrounding this issue, it is all the more important to ensure that information is accurate and properly vetted before disseminating it to the public.



 
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Nov 8, 2017Sigma Phi Epsilon kicks of their Annual Queen of Hearts competition
Boca Raton, FL –Sigma Phi Epsilon Florida Xi fraternity is kicking off its annual philanthropy event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The main event will be on November 8, 2017 at 7p.m. at Florida Atlantic University in the Grand Palm Room. In 2016, the fraternity raised $17,670. This year, contestants are competing in a Survivor style competition to win the coveted title of “Queen of Hearts” and raise donations to support youth mentoring. “Queen of Hearts is a very big honor for our chapter,” says Gabriel Gonzalez, Sigma Phi Epsilon President.

Nationally, Sigma Phi Epsilon has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as their single national philanthropic and service-learning partner due to the positive alignment of both agencies principles and values. Sigma Phi Epsilon believes in the American College Fraternity, believe in the Balanced Man and believe that social fraternities are important to a great college experience but the social aspects of fraternal life should not exceed the necessity of great academics, service learning, philanthropy and brotherhood for those are essential to the experience.

“Sigma Phi Epsilon’s support over the years has been amazing,” said Richard Levine BBBS Board of Governors Chairman. “I am honored serve as a judge for the Queen of Hearts philanthropy campaign to represent Big Brothers Big Sisters.” This contribution will help BBBS provide their mentoring programs for at-risk youth in Palm Beach County, providing more children with strong and enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships that will change their lives for the better, forever. Through these positive, one-on-one mentoring relationships, children learn to see themselves as their mentors see them: as valuable and capable individuals who, despite environmental limitations, can set goals for themselves, and experience social, academic, and personal success in their everyday lives.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

BBBS provides children facing adversity ages 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. The organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County since 1986 and in Palm Beach County since July of 2010. In 2015, the Sun Sentinel awarded our agency with the Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009, 2010, and again in 2011 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. To find out how you can get involved, visit www.mentorbig.org.


 
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Nov 8, 2017 NEW Updates for the Stuart Sailfish Club 64th Annual Light Tackle Tournament
1st This year the OBSERVERS will be checking your lines ON THE BOAT. There will be no need to bring them anywhere.
2nd You are required to use MOMOI'S ORANGE 20 lb test line. (See Ad Below)

The Light Tackle Tournament is quickly approaching. The November 15th deadline for EARLY Registration is almost here. The response has been strong and there are only a limited amount of free slips remaining. The slips will go to the PRO Boats on a first registered basis--don't delay.
NEW Additions to the tournament: Since preparation is always the key to success, there will be 15 portable bait prep tables on the docks that can be used at your convenience. On the last day of the tournament there will be a special raffle only available to registered boats to take one of the tables home with you.
Also, this year not only are we providing Breakfast, Jersey Mikes has agreed to sponsor 175 lunches each day of the event on a first come basis. They will be on site every morning handing out sandwiches during breakfast under the outdoor covered pavilion.
As promised this year we are focused on YOU and YOUR team as well as Family and Friends to make this a fun and exciting event. The events will start with the kickoff party Thursday evening and will continue on Friday and Saturday nights with live entertainment, food and drinks, sponsored by METCo Marine Electronics, Titos Vodka and Papa's Pillar Rum. I encourage you to take advantage of the early registration discount which expires on November 15th. If you would like to take advantage of the free slip offer, register now as they are going fast.

Best Regards,
Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair


 
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Nov 8, 2017MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN THE KYLE CONRAD MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK MEET
Stuart, FL – Middle school students in the Martin County School District are on course for the Kyle Conrad Memorial Middle School Track Meet, to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at South Fork High School. The event is held in memory of former Jensen Beach High School student and standout runner and soccer player Kyle Conrad, who passed away after a tragic accident in December 2010.

The event starts with a welcome from Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord at 8:15am. Approximately 250 students in grades six through eight representing all 5 middle schools will participate in eleven track and field events that include the long jump, shot-put, relays and dashes. The schools include David L. Anderson Middle School, Hidden Oaks Middle School, Indiantown Middle School, Murray Middle School and Stuart Middle School. Volunteers from throughout the District are serving as coordinators and announcers.
South Fork High School is located at 10000 SW Bulldog Way, Stuart, FL 34997-2799. For more information, please contact Murray Middle School Assistant Principal Tami De James (772) 219-1670, ext. 102.



 
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Nov 8, 2017Chairman Grammig Talks Florida's Problematic Legal Climate, International Trade in the Latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line
Bob Grammig, a partner at Holland and Knight and newly-elected Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, talks about Florida’s bottom-five legal climate and the importance of international trade in this episode of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line.
“One thing that is really a potential huge impediment to the improvement of the Florida economy is the legal climate. In fact, many of our problems stem from this issue,” Grammig said. “We see it in the problems in workers’ compensation, we see it in assignment of benefits (AOB), where the insurance companies are bearing a huge burden that is passed along to the consumers of the state of Florida. It is a tax that essentially falls upon every Florida family and lines the pockets of the trial lawyers.”
International trade makes up approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economy. Grammig explains how leveraging Florida’s global position in international trade can drive both job growth and improvement of life in Florida.
“We have roughly two million jobs that are dependent on Florida trade. That is about one-fifth of all the jobs in the state,” Grammig said. “Those jobs are spread across the state in rural areas, urban areas and in relatively even fashion. In some of our smaller rural markets, those jobs are absolutely vital to the economies in those areas. The Florida Chamber is aggressively involved in driving international trade.”


 
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Nov 8, 20172017 VETERANS DAY PARADE - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
Participants: PLEASE READ ENTIRE EMAIL CAREFULLY

Attached is the parade route & line-up for the Veterans Day Parade.

. ALL PARTICIPANTS: Please know your number. Groups with vehicles: please assign a number (based on numbering in line-up) to each member with a vehicle (and have them follow instructions below). All contact persons: It is your responsibility to notify your members of this information and any other pertinent info. All participants are expected to arrive between 9 and 9:15 for positioning. Please see the bolded instructions below, as our positioning location has been extended to Amerigo Ave. and Ocean Blvd.

. VEHICLES: Please have your assigned numbers placed on the dash of each of your vehicles. That way you can be more easily directed to you the correct location for the parade. PLEASE LEAVE THIS # ON DASH, DO NOT TAKE DOWN. Also, when you are parking your vehicle at its assigned location, PLEASE PARK CAR AT A 90 DEGREE ANGLE, NOT ON A 45 DEGREE ANGLE. THIS MEANS THE FRONT OF YOUR VEHICLE SHOULD BE PARALLEL TO (FACING) THE CURB/SIDEWALK. Vehicles in the parade are to arrive at the intersection of Amerigo Ave. and Ocean Blvd. from two of the following instructions:

. If you are coming from south of Stuart, please take SE Palm Beach Road toward Ocean Blvd.; take a left on Ocean Blvd. You will be directed at the Ocean Blvd./Amerigo Ave. intersection to your positioning placement.
. If you are coming from north of Stuart, please take Osceola (heading east) and turn right on Palm Beach Rd., and then a right on Ocean Blvd; You will be directed at the Ocean Blvd/Amerigo Ave. intersection to your positioning placement.

. MARCHERS: Please be aware of your placement in the parade. For example, it may be helpful to know which organization is in front and back of you. Please enter from Palm Beach Road (if coming from the south) OR Osceola (if coming from the north), as Ocean Blvd. will be closed.

DROP OFF (BUSES INCLUDED) LOCATION: Palm Beach Rd., left on 5th Street, to High School Ave.
PICK UP LOCATION: SE Flagler, Courthouse parking lots, Martin Luther King Blvd. and Ocean Blvd.
PARKING LOCATION: High School Ave and Georgia Ave. Additional parking is at the Martin County Courthouse on SE Flagler.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Jim Riordan - 260-1328 - cell
220-4127



 
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Nov 7, 2017Thrivent Action Team announces results from our action team for Helping People Succeed

Stuart, FL (November 6, 2017) – A Thrivent Action Team in Stuart hosted an action team where volunteers went to help Helping People Succeed prep their new home.

The event took place on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The action team, led by Miles McGrath went to the new home of Helping People Succeed and cleaned and painted their new facility.

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.

“Helping People Succeed helps all people with disabilities throughout their life span so we felt like we wanted to help them prepare their new home” said Miles McGrath, a member of Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

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

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

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

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

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



 
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Nov 7, 2017Public Comment Period: South Florida Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The South Florida Regional Planning Council is pleased to share the draft of the 2017-2021 South Florida Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for your review and comment through an online public input survey. Your comments are invaluable in shaping the 2017-2021 CEDS into a regional planning strategy to reflect all of South Florida.

The South Florida Regional Planning Council is a designated Economic Development District through the US Economic Development Administration (EDA). As the region's EDD, the Council develops the CEDS to identify regional priorities for economic and community development.

Public comment will shape the final version of the CEDS, which will be voted for adoption at the next Council meeting and released in December 2017. Please be sure to contribute your voice by November 23, 2017.

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Nov 7, 2017Treasure Coast Food Bank again named among Best Places to Work
FORT PIERCE, Fla. Nov. 7, 2017 - For the second consecutive year, Treasure Coast Food Bank was honored to be named to the list of Best Places to Work in St. Lucie County at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work Awards.
Treasure Coast Food Bank, which feeds more than 100,000 people in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties, ranked especially high for its employee growth and diversity among management. The award is given by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association, which honored the winners at a luncheon at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club on Nov. 1.
“We’re honored to be recognized for the second year in a row,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Our employees go above and beyond every day to serve our community, and I’m very proud of them and of the work we do together.”
Treasure Coast Food Bank was honored in the small employer category of under 100 employees. Each participating company completed a survey by an independent consulting firm that used more than 30 measurements to determine best practices to attract and retain a workforce. Those included turnover rates, growth, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages and retirement plans.
Treasure Coast Food Bank stood out for its exceptional growth rate of nearly 20 percent. The average among those evaluated was 4 percent. It also ranked high for its diversity among management. With 16.5 percent of management as minorities, it was twice the average.
The St. Lucie County Human Resources Association is the local chapter for the Society for Human Resource Management. The goal of the association is to promote a high standard of excellence for human resource practitioners in the St. Lucie County area through the following activities: professional development, networking opportunities, current events and community involvement.


 
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Nov 7, 2017Vote TODAY! Florida Inland Navigation District
PUBLIC NOTICE
The Board of Commissioners of the Florida Inland Navigation District announces public meetings to which all persons are invited.

DATES AND TIMES: 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017 and 8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017.
PLACES: The Friday night event, beginning at 6:00 p.m., will be held at the Hutchinson Shores Resort, 3793 NE Ocean Boulevard, Jensen Beach, FL 34957-4303. Saturday's meetings will be held in a conference room at the same location.
PURPOSES: On Friday evening, November 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., the District will be hosting a Community Outreach Event to provide an opportunity for the District's Commissioners and staff to meet and discuss waterway-related issues with local public officials, community leaders and the public. The event is free and open to all members of the public. On Saturday morning, November 18, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., a public meeting of the District's Board of Commissioners will be held to conduct the regular business of the District. The District's Finance and Budget Committee and Legislative Committee may also meet. Meeting agendas are available on the District's website at aicw.org or by contacting the District office at 1314 Marcinski Road, Jupiter, FL 33477-9427, telephone (561) 627-3386 for more information.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, they will need a record of the proceeding, and for such purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Any person requiring a special accommodation at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the District a minimum of three (3) days prior to the meeting.


 
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Nov 6, 2017The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast Receives a Surprise Gift
On November 2, 2017 Mr. David L. Smythe surprised the Children’s Museum Executive Director, Tammy Calabria, with an unexpected visit and a surprise gift, a check for $10,000! “David often walks through Indian Riverside Park, stopping in from time to time just to see what is happening at the Children’s Museum but today was very special. David was aware that the Children’s Garden and some of the play structures had suffered some damage from Hurricane Irma and he wanted to help.” David is a hero to so many worthy organizations and luckily, he believes in the Museum’s mission to offer quality hands-on educational activities and exhibits for children and their families.

You may have seen the name David L. Smythe in many places around town; The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, Martin Health System, Molly’s House, Celebrities Fore Kids, Tykes and Teens, StarStruck, 4 C’s plus many more. But what do all of these amazing organizations have in common? They are all valuable resources that serve children and families here in Martin County and David Smythe loves them all. Some may think David spends his days relaxing by his beachfront pool or playing golf but no, David is a hard worker. Yes, he may have retired from his professional career but he continues to work hard every day helping the children and families of Martin County. He does he want recognition for his efforts but we applaud David for his commitment to help children. You see David’s philosophy is “each time you give to help others, your heart grows a little bigger. Your heart is filled with joy each and every time you give something of yourself to help others.” If that is true then David’s heart must be huge.

David, a long-time supporter of The Children’s Museum, adopted pieces of the Children’s Garden and Learning Landscape back in 2011 when he learned about Nancy Erlick and her Once Upon a Farm project which was being installed in the new outdoor space. Thanks to David’s support, the Children’s Garden will receive some much needed TLC and added touches.

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast would like to thank David L. Smythe for his dedication, passion and generosity. If you would like to support new exhibits and educational opportunities for students, please feel free to contact Tammy Calabria, 772-225-7575 ext. 203 or donate today at www.childrensmuseumtc.org.



 
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Nov 6, 2017Canada Takeover Launch in Toronto's Union Station
I'm pleased to share that yesterday, VISIT FLORIDA launched its Canada Takeover winter marketing campaign to attract Canadian visitors to Florida. The announcement was made at a press conference in Toronto with Governor Scott and Consul General of Canada Susan Harper. The backdrop for the event was Toronto's Union Station, Canada's busiest commuter station with more than 250,000 visitors each day.
The press conference kicked off "Florida Day," which included a media reception with more than 60 influential Canadian travel writers, as well as Partner activation experiences featuring interactive booths from five Florida destinations. These activations, which greeted the earliest commuters of the day and remained in place through 9:00 PM, attracted huge crowds.
Other elements of the full two-month campaign include wall murals and digital columns in Union Station, digital billboards and towers in Yonge-Dundas Square (similar to New York's Times Square) and the underground transit networks in Toronto and Montreal, partnership programs with The Weather Network, Air Canada Vacations and Expedia, a paid social push on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and a Florida deals program featuring offerings from Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, Hertz/Dollar Car Rental and 23 Florida destination partners that can be viewed at LoveFlorida.ca. Industry Partners are still encouraged to participate. Simply click here for more information and to submit your deal.
While Canada remains Florida's number one source of international visitors, with more than 3.3 million Canadians visiting the Sunshine State last year, we have seen a marked decline from the 4.1 million Canadians Florida welcomed in 2013. With forty percent of Florida's Canadian visitors traveling in the winter months of January to March, November is an important planning month for potential visitors. Our Canada Takeover campaign will allow us to highlight Florida's moments of sunshine as many Canadians are making their travel plans.
We'll be providing more information on this Canada campaign in the weeks to come, but in the meantime please take a look at some of the photos below from yesterday's press conference, media reception and activations.


 
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Nov 6, 2017SFWMD Governing Board to Meet Nov. 9 in Doral
Doral, FL- The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board will hold its third travel meeting of 2017 on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Doral City Hall in Miami-Dade County.

The Governing Board periodically holds its monthly business meetings at locations throughout the counties it serves to give all taxpayers the ability to attend meetings in their local communities and opportunities to comment on the monthly agenda. Previous travel meetings this year were held at the Seminole Tribe of Florida's Hollywood headquarters in February and in Orlando in May.

"This Governing Board prides itself on being able to travel to all 16 counties we serve," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Federico Fernandez. "We want to hear from residents and give individuals an opportunity to provide input on the policy decisions that will shape the future of South Florida's flood control, water resources and ecosystem restoration."

The agenda is expected to include discussions of ongoing water management efforts in Miami-Dade County and progress updates on planning for the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project as passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by
Governor Rick Scott.

The meeting will also be webcast on the District's website at www.sfwmd.gov.


What: SFWMD Governing Board Meeting
When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 9 a.m.
Where: Doral City Hall
8401 Northwest 53rd Terrace
Doral, FL 33166

For more information: Rosie Byrd (561) 682-6805 or rbyrd@sfwmd.gov



 
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Nov 6, 2017LEADINGAGE FLORIDA TAPS CECKA ROSE GREEN TO LEAD ITS COMMUNICATIONS EFFORTS
TALLAHASSEE—On November 1, 2017, Cecka Rose Green, CPM, joined the leadership team at LeadingAge Florida as Director of Communications. Green has more than 26 years of communications experience, including association management, public and media relations and planning, and crisis communications. Most recently, she was Communications Director at Florida Housing Finance Corporation, where she served as the primary spokesperson, spearheaded and implemented redevelopment/redesign of the corporation’s website, and oversaw business continuity and emergency preparedness.

“Cecka brings a wealth of knowledge and vast experience to LeadingAge Florida,” said LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer. “She has deep expertise that will enhance our communications efforts in line with our strategic initiatives. We are so pleased that Cecka has joined our team and she has hit the ground running, already,” he said.

“I am honored to work with this respected organization and look forward to building on past successes, while creating and implementing innovative communications strategies to raise the profile of LeadingAge Florida in the state and nation,” Green said. “All elders deserve to have safe and decent living options for every stage of aging. LeadingAge Florida educates and serves its member communities, all of which share a common bond of providing high-quality care and services to the elderly in Florida.”

A graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Green majored in English and began her career with the Florida League of Cities, where she was Publication Director at age 24. She has worked with several statewide associations including Florida Association of Counties, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. Green was Deputy Communications Director at the Florida Department of Children and Families, and was Press Secretary at the former Agency for Workforce Innovation. Additionally, she received her Certified Public Manager® designation from the Florida Center for Public Management at the Florida State University in 2015.

She serves the Tallahassee community as a commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, a member of the Board of Directors for Voices for Florida, a member of the School Advisory Board for FAMU Developmental Research School, and a team leader for the City of Tallahassee/Leon County Community Human Services Partnership. In 2015, Green was selected as a Distinguished Alumni by the FAMU National Alumni Association and as “Alumna of the Year” by HBCU Digest for her fundraising efforts on behalf of FAMU through the FAMU 10 for 10 social media campaign. She and husband, Marvin, have three children.



 
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Nov 6, 2017Martin County Master Gardeners Host Library Lecture on Proper Pruning to Reduce Storm Damage

Properly pruned trees and plants are one of the best safeguards a homeowner has to limit damage to property during storms. When trees are pruned properly, they tend to be healthier and more eye-catching, thus enhancing the curb appeal of your property, along with increasing the property’s value.

Too often trees are “hat-racked” (cutting through the majority of branches to leave the tree with the appearance of a hat rack), and palms are often “hurricane-cut” (where all but a few fronds are removed). These and other improper pruning practices can jeopardize the health and structural integrity of trees and palms in the landscape.

At the next library lecture presented by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Martin County Program on Monday, December 4, Laurie Albrecht will discuss “Lessons Learned from Hurricanes: Preventing Future Tree Damage”.

Discover how to restore damaged trees and get tips on how to avoid future storm damage. Ms. Albrecht will also discuss wind-resistant trees and proper tree maintenance, including pruning. Find out the proper pruning techniques for your own use or when you hire a tree-trimming service.

Join us in the John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Room at the Blake Library, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by the lecture from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Laurie Albrecht is the UF/IFAS Extension Environmental Horticulture Agent for Palm Beach County. Before moving to Florida, she was an instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Ms. Albrecht has made numerous presentations throughout Martin and Palm Beach County.

The goals of the Master Gardener program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities. Volunteers share University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research-based information with Martin County residents, to help them to make informed decisions when designing and maintaining their landscapes.

Organization’s Official Name: UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Martin County
Contact Person: Yvette Goodiel, Interim Martin County Extension Director
Phone: 772-288-5654
Email: goodiel@ufl.edu
Office Address: 2614 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, FL 34997
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Martin.ifas.ufl.edu/
Article Contributed by Susan Perez, Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer.


 
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Nov 6, 2017Martin County Master Gardeners Host Library Lecture on Proper Pruning to Reduce Storm Damage
Properly pruned trees and plants are one of the best safeguards a homeowner has to limit damage to property during storms. When trees are pruned properly, they tend to be healthier and more eye-catching, thus enhancing the curb appeal of your property, along with increasing the property’s value.

Too often trees are “hat-racked” (cutting through the majority of branches to leave the tree with the appearance of a hat rack), and palms are often “hurricane-cut” (where all but a few fronds are removed). These and other improper pruning practices can jeopardize the health and structural integrity of trees and palms in the landscape.

At the next library lecture presented by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Martin County Program on Monday, December 4, Laurie Albrecht will discuss “Lessons Learned from Hurricanes: Preventing Future Tree Damage”.

Discover how to restore damaged trees and get tips on how to avoid future storm damage. Ms. Albrecht will also discuss wind-resistant trees and proper tree maintenance, including pruning. Find out the proper pruning techniques for your own use or when you hire a tree-trimming service.

Join us in the John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Room at the Blake Library, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by the lecture from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Laurie Albrecht is the UF/IFAS Extension Environmental Horticulture Agent for Palm Beach County. Before moving to Florida, she was an instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Ms. Albrecht has made numerous presentations throughout Martin and Palm Beach County.

The goals of the Master Gardener program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities. Volunteers share University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research-based information with Martin County residents, to help them to make informed decisions when designing and maintaining their landscapes.

Organization’s Official Name: UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Martin County
Contact Person: Yvette Goodiel, Interim Martin County Extension Director
Phone: 772-288-5654
Email: goodiel@ufl.edu
Office Address: 2614 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, FL 34997
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Martin.ifas.ufl.edu/


 
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Nov 6, 2017HOUSE VOTES TO EXTEND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (CHIP)
Millions of kids rely on the Children's Health Insurance Program. That's why it was so important to reauthorize this program.
Great news: we just extended funding for CHIP for 5 years and also extended crucial programs for low-income families such as community health centers. Together, these programs will continue to help vulnerable, low-income families and children across the country.
On top of that, every cent in this bill is paid for with commonsense reforms to make sure that the money is actually going to help the people it was intended to help. When we can help eliminate waste and fraud while also helping the most vulnerable in our society, that's a no-brainer!
The Senate must act immediately to get this bill signed into law!
To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website.
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Nov 6, 2017Anglers hooked on recognition program
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is partnering with the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to reel in anglers with the Catch a Florida Memory program. This program recognizes saltwater anglers for their fishing skills and encourages them to target multiple species, decreasing fishing pressure on the most commonly sought-after species.

Anglers of all ages and skills can earn prizes, recognition and bragging rights while supporting marine fisheries conservation. FWC offers three Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs - Saltwater Reel Big Fish, Grand Slam or Saltwater Life List. Angler-submitted photos are highlighted in the Club Members section on FWC's website at www.CatchaFloridaMemory.com and their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory. Charters, local residents and anglers fishing in Martin County are also encouraged to submit their fishing photos via email to info@discovermartin.com, or by the use of #discovermartin to be featured in ongoing promotional efforts and on numerous Martin County social media channels.

Martin County is the first destination to officially support this program. Dual-branded Tervis® tumblers will be added to the prizes offered, and both organizations are exploring joint opportunities for cross-promotion. "With 100 artificial reef systems and over 800 species of fish, fisherman from all over the world come to fish our waters," said Nerissa Okiye, Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing Manager. "There's no better way to promote the impressive array of fishing opportunities, charters and tournaments in Martin County, than to partner with FWC" Okiye continued.

Along with encouraging anglers to target multiple species, FWC promotes responsible angling, including proper catch and release techniques. Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible for the program and are, in fact, encouraged to release their catch after documentation. Catch-and-release procedures are regularly employed when anglers fish Martin County waters for sailfish and other species. To learn more about proper fish handling techniques, visit http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/fish-handling/.

Learn more about Catch a Florida Memory by visiting www.CatchaFloridaMemory.com and explore fishing opportunities at www.discovermartin.com/see-do/world-class-fishing/. Follow Discover Martin on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscoverMartin and Twitter @DiscoverMartin.

Martin County fishing charters, marinas and event organizers can submit images and descriptions of their businesses to info@discovermartin.com to be listed at no charge on the tourism page of Discover Martin's website. There they also have the option to add events and special offers directly to the website.


 
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Nov 6, 2017Senator Perry: "Workers’ Comp is One of the Biggest Issues Facing the State of Florida"
In the latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Bottom Line, Senator Keith Perry explains how increased workers’ comp rates impact jobs and families – specifically how higher rates can thwart a business’s ability to hire new talent and its impact on start-up entrepreneurs.

“I think workers’ comp is one of the biggest issues facing the state of Florida, especially if you put it in the context of working families,” said Perry. “There is a tremendous amount of pressure for companies, like mine, that provide basic services to keep wages low.”

Floridians now have some of the highest workers’ comp rates in the Southeast. Compared to 2016, your workers’ comp rates were up 14.5 percent this year. That’s a $1.5 billion impact to Florida’s business community.


 
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Nov 6, 2017TAX CUTS & JOBS ACT
House Republicans introduced legislation this week that will cut your taxes and make filing so simple you could do it on a form the size of a postcard.
This plan is straightforward: it's about more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger paychecks. It's about real relief for real people. With this plan, the typical working family of four will see a tax cut of more than $1,000. That's another $1,000 you can put toward a mortgage, retirement, college or a vacation.
So, what's in the bill? Don't get fooled by biased and false talking points. Learn just the facts by watching this video here. I'll give you a sneak peak:
• Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to zero, 12%, 25%, and 35% so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6% for high-income Americans.
• Doubles the standard deduction so you keep more of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
• Eliminates special-interest deductions that increase rates and complicate Americans’ taxes, so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.
• Preserves and enhances numerous credits that help low- and middle-income Americans like the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Mortgage Interest Deduction and 401(k) Tax Benefits.


 
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Nov 6, 2017Tax Reform Bill Announcement
House Republicans released their tax reform bill on Nov. 2 and it contains many provisions that have been discussed in the past and were included in the framework of the version released in September. While the bill is a step forward in the overall goal of tax reform, there is still a long way to go before comprehensive legislation is passed. We wanted you to be aware of some of the provisions included in this bill that may have particular interest for you and/or your business. They are as follows:

Business Tax Provisions
• 25% tax rate on pass-through business income, excluding professional service firms such as doctors, lawyers, accountants, and others. Wages for business owners may either be 70% of total income, or a ratio based on the level of their capital investment.
• 20% corporate tax rate.
• Immediate deduction for the cost of new equipment, to be phased out in five years.
• Elimination of the domestic production activities deduction, but retention of the research and experimentation credit, and the low-income housing tax credit.
• Introduction of a territorial tax system, where foreign income earned by U.S. companies will be tax-free. However, in the future a 10% minimum tax will be imposed in order to prevent companies from moving income abroad.

Individual Tax Provisions
• Individual brackets have been reduced to four: 12%, 25%, 35%, and 39.6%. The 39.6% tax bracket only applies to single filers with income greater than $500,000, and married filing joint filers with income greater than $1 million.
• The standard deduction is increased to $12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married filing joint filers, while the personal exemptions are eliminated.
• The deduction for state and local property taxes is capped at $10,000, and the deduction for state and local income or sales taxes is eliminated.
• The deduction for mortgage interest remains the same for existing mortgages, but the limitation will be reduced to $500,000 for newly purchased homes.
• The charitable deduction remains unchanged, as do retirement plan incentives.
• The child tax credit is increased to $1,600 per child under age 17, and a new family tax credit of $300 per parent is introduced.
• The alternative minimum tax is repealed.

Estate and Gift Tax Provisions
• The estate, gift, and GST exemption is currently increased to $10 million.
• The estate and GST tax will be phased out over 6 years, while the gift tax will remain.

The HBK Tax Advisory Group (TAG) will continue to monitor the status of this bill to keep you informed of any changes that may impact your business and your tax situation. Please contact Amy Dalen, TAG Chair, if you have any questions.


 
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Nov 6, 2017SFWMD Continues Efforts to Send Water South to Protect Water Conservation Areas After Record Wet Season
West Palm Beach, FL - From June through October 2017, an average of 51.64 inches of rain fell District-wide, a record for wet season rainfall. The previous record for this five-month period was set in 1947 when hurricanes caused widespread flooding that led to the formation of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District, the predecessor to the South Water Management District (SFWMD).

This tremendous amount of rainfall inundated the three water conservation areas and impacted the wildlife that call these natural areas home. Since June, the District has been aggressive in its quest to protect the Everglades ecosystem and wildlife by moving water south and out of the water conservation areas.

"We are doing everything possible, despite the constraints placed on the flood control system in that area, to lower the water levels in the conservation areas as fast as possible to eliminate the risk of impacts on wildlife," said SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks. "We would also like to thank Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Ron Bergeron for everything he has done to draw attention to this crisis."

One of the areas hardest hit by the heavy rainfall this wet season was Water Conservation Area 3A (WCA-3A) in Miami-Dade County, which received 56.36 inches from June through October. Heavy storms have caused water levels to be well above the prescribed regulation schedule since June, flooding tree islands that are crucial for habitat and putting the survival of wildlife at risk. At the end of October, WCA-3A was approximately 2.5 feet above its regulation schedule.

Water Conservation Areas 1 and 2 have also been affected by high water. This has limited the amount of water that could be moved south through the entire flood control system. To lower water levels, the District is currently using every available structure.


 
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Nov 6, 2017Liberty Tax Service Partners with Helping People Succeed for Upcoming Tax Season
Liberty Tax Service in Stuart and Salerno is partnering with nonprofit Helping People Succeed for the upcoming tax season. Liberty Tax Service is collecting donations at their Stuart and Salerno locations through the end of the tax filing season in 2018. Everyone is encouraged to drop by and participate in the campaign. To start it off, Owners, Daya and Sam Pirapakaran, and Manager, Tax Specialist and FloridaBlue Health Insurance Agent, Liz Abbott, are making the first contributions. Charitable donations may be deductible in your income tax return for donations made by December 31 each year.
Liberty Tax Service provides tax preparation and filing services for individuals and tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services for businesses. Come in and see us during health insurance open enrollment now through December 15 or during the 2017 tax return filing season from January 2018 to April 15, 2018 at one of our two locations in Stuart:
Liberty Tax Service
1938 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
Corner of US 1 and Central Parkway near the AutoZone
772-463-1131

Or
5575 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34997
Corner of US 1 and Salerno Road in the Winn-Dixie shopping plaza
772-286-4940

Helping People Succeed is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 50 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, training and employment – and become productive and happy members of our community. For more information visit the website at www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to review Helping People Succeed’s “Making a Difference” video – Building Successful Families – One Life at a Time!
As we approach the end of 2017, Liberty Tax Service reminds you that it’s a great time to make charitable contributions for your 2017 tax return.


 
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Nov 6, 2017Crystal Lake Elementary Teacher, Patrick Farley, Named 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year
Stuart, FL – The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) and the Martin County School District (MCSD) are proud to announce that Crystal Lake Elementary fifth grade teacher Patrick Farley has been named the District’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.

The winner was announced during the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration on Friday, November 3, at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The event is presented by Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart.

Mr. Farley, a fifth grade teacher at Crystal Lake Elementary, has four years of teaching experience, all within the Martin County School District. Beyond his classroom walls, Mr. Farley chairs the school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative at Crystal Lake, serves as a coach for the Robotics Team, Track Team, Cubing Club, coach and co-founder of the Running Club, Girls Basketball Head Coach at Anderson Middle School and is an active member of Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church.

Mr. Farley’s priorities as an educator are to deepen students’ leadership skills and independence while continuing to inspire and create communities within the classroom and school. In his application for the Teacher of the Year award, Mr. Farley wrote, “I show students a path to a brighter future by motivating them to work hard and teaching them how to problem solve with the resources and people around them. The only thing more rewarding than showing someone how powerful and capable they are is if that person is a child. ”

Mario Murgado, President/CEO of Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart, said, "There is a certain magic and beauty on the face of a child as they enter the classroom for the first time. The teacher may not even understand what is happening as they greet the children on that first day as they look into the eyes of a future president, scientist, fire fighter, Nobel peace prize winner, teacher, architect or nurse. The possibilities of what these children can become are limitless. One book, one child, one teacher can change the world!”
Kelly Buist, president of the EFMC, said of the winner, “The board members, staff and volunteers of the Education Foundation would like to sincerely congratulate Patrick Farley for winning this year's Martin County Teacher of the Year award. Our entire community is fortunate to have Patrick, and the other hardworking Martin County teachers like him who are dedicated to improving the lives of our young people. We will proudly follow Patrick as he represents Martin County in the running for Florida’s Teacher of the Year award.”

Martin County School District Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord said, “Patrick Farley is an exceptional educator who exemplifies what it takes to make a true difference in the classroom. I commend his enthusiasm in the classroom, his commitment to students, his passion for education and his leadership among the MCSD and Crystal Lake Elementary team.”

Crystal Lake Elementary principal Brenda Watkins wrote in her recommendation of Mr. Farley as Teacher of the Year, “Farley makes an impact in the classroom. Several years ago, he embraced growth mindset by researching and finding videos to show students that even famous people had failures. To help educate parents, he created a growth mindset presentation that was used on curriculum night. Farley continues to motive his students by being a role model and not giving up on them.”

Mr. Farley will now represent the Martin County School District in the competition to become the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year.

In addition to honoring the District’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year, winners were named in the categories of Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year:

Elementary Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities
Patrick Farley, Crystal Lake Elementary, Fifth Grade Teacher
(MCSD Teacher of the Year)

Middle School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Education Foundation of Martin County
Matthew Mesorana, Indiantown Middle School, Math Teacher
Mr. Mesorana entire six years of teaching has been with the Martin County School District and Indiantown Middle School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Mesorana serves as the Digital Learning Leader, leads the school’s Math Team and coordinates the Talent Show.

Mr. Mesorana wrote in his Teacher of the Year application, “I teach because there is no other career that is as rewarding, inspiring, freeing, important or impactful.”

High School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Keiser University, Port Saint Lucie
Adam Day, Jensen Beach High School, Academy of Medical Science Teacher
Mr. Day began teaching 13 years ago and has been the 10th - 12th Grade Academy of Medical Science Teacher at Jensen Beach High School for the past three years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Day coordinates clinical training with Martin Health and Stuart Nursing and Restorative Care and is an active member of the Business Advisory Board for Martin County School District Medical Academies.

In his Teacher of the Year application, Mr. Day wrote, “As teachers, we act as the weavers of intricate fabric helping to connect all the unique fibers or aspects of a student’s life to the greater whole that makes up the world we live in.”

Superintendent Gaylord said, “We are so proud of all of our Teachers of the Year. We congratulate Mr. Farley for this distinguished honor and we are proud to have him represent the Martin County School District in the upcoming Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year program.”



 
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Nov 6, 2017Local Contractor Named 2017 Builder of the Year
The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) honored Ronnie Kirchman, president of Kirchman Construction Co., as its 2017 Builder of the Year, a recognition awarded by over 7,900 FHBA members across the state. Selected by a council of industry leaders, the award encourages best practices, expertise, and exceptional leadership qualities in a Florida builder.

The award, which is a respected tradition for over forty years, was presented on Saturday, October 21, 2017, during the FHBA Fall leadership Conference at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Kirchman, aside from his commitment to building exceptional homes and commercial buildings for clients, is dedicated to growing the industry workforce. He serves as a member of the Treasure Coast Builders Association (TCBA) Charitable Fund Scholarship program and dedicates his time and talents to the Future Builders of America (FBA); serving on the FBA South Fork High School Advisory Board. FBA engages in construction related educational activities and helps youth understand and pursue rewarding careers in construction.

On a local level, Kirchman is a board member for Elev8hope, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, and is a Life Director with the TCBA. As a member of the federated builder organizations, the TCBA, FHBA, and the National Association of Home Builders, Kirchman focuses on the success and growth of the building industry in Florida. This year, specifically, he served as a Chair of the FHBA Membership Committee, coordinating with volunteers, leaders, and staff to experience a successful year, securing Florida as the third largest Home Builders Association in the nation.



 
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Nov 6, 2017SFWMD Invites the Public to the EAA Storage Reservoir Meeting Monday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m., in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting a public meeting on the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir project at 9 a.m. this Monday at District headquarters in West Palm Beach.

This is the fourth public meeting held by the District so far regarding the reservoir project.
The SFWMD presentations to the public will define the purpose and need for the southern reservoir, highlight the project's schedule, go over base condition modeling results and conduct scoping of initial project alternatives. Staff will continue to solicit feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. These meetings are consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which provides opportunities for the public to provide input related to the development of the project.

Monday's public meeting will also be webcast live on SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov.

If you would like to provide comment but cannot attend these meetings, you can still submit feedback by emailing EAAreservoir@sfwmd.gov or through handwritten correspondence to:

Mike Albert, Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road, MSC 8312
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

For more information on the meetings, including an agenda and the reservoir project, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.

To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.

Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Public Meetings
WHAT Public Meeting
WHO Conducted by the SFWMD
WHEN Monday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.
WHERE District Headquarters, B-1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
INFO Agenda [PDF]



 
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Nov 6, 2017IRSC RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR STUDENT SUCCESS ELIGIBLE FOR 2019 ASPEN PRIZE
IRSC student leaders joined Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC President, in celebrating the College's
"Pathway to #1" as a Top 150 college eligible for the 2019 Aspen Prize.

Honored earlier this year as a Top Three community college in the nation, Indian River State College has been named as a Top 150 college, qualifying to compete for the $ 1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Excellence. Colleges are assessed for exceptional student outcomes, certificate/degree completion and transfer, equity and employment earnings. IRSC ranked as a Top Ten Finalist in 2015 and attained further commendation in 2017 as a Finalist with Distinction.

"This national recognition is a reflection of the pervasive dedication to continuous improvement throughout the entire College," said Dr. Massey. "Our efforts are ensuring that more students succeed in college and careers."


 
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Nov 6, 2017Library Foundation’s Annual Meeting
Please join us for the
Library Foundation’s
Annual Meeting
Monday, November 13, 2017

5:00 p.m.
Organizational Meeting and Election of New Officers
Remarks by:
Noreen Fisher, President, Library Foundation of Martin County
Jennifer Salas, Director, Martin County Library System

5:30 p.m.
Members Reception and Refreshments

Blake Library
John F. (Jack) and Rita M. Armstrong Wing
2351 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34996

PLEASE RSVP BY NOVEMBER 10, 2017

For more information please contact the office at
772-221-1409 or email
info@libraryfoundationmc.org





 
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Nov 6, 2017National Shelter Appreciation Week
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is celebrating ‘National Shelter Appreciation Week’ on November 11th. It’s a way to honor our shelter, our dedicated volunteers, hardworking staff and our community partners.

As you know our shelter is special and like no other! Not only do we help more than 5,000 abused and neglected animals, but we help people too! And if you aren’t familiar about all we do at HSTC, than this is a great way to become acquainted with our shelter.

Among the full day of activities, we will have a free microchip clinic so if you have a pet in need, make an appointment by calling 772-223-8822.

We hope to see you!


 
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Nov 6, 2017Future of Historic Downtown Stuart Depends on Waterfront
Preservation and Revitalization Group, Stuart Main Street, Supports
Planned Projects Building on Unique Downtown Character
STUART, FL – November 1, 2017 – What do curbside patios filled with diners, joggers winding their way around the downtown waterfront on the Riverwalk boardwalk, and weekly free concerts next to city hall and the Stuart Green Market, have to do with each other? They are all part of Stuart Main Street’s unique vision for the future of Historic Downtown Stuart – a future that revolves around an active outdoor and waterfront experience for all.
The Downtown preservation and revitalization group, now celebrating its thirtieth year, has been a driving force behind Historic Downtown Stuart since 1987. Early projects included restoring Woodmen Hall and organizing a celebration of the city’s 75th anniversary. “In recent years, Stuart Main Street has increasingly focused on downtown experiences that highlight the waterfront and outdoors,” says Board President, Michael Houston.
• A 2011 Stuart Main Street study by Marcela Camblor & Associates, Inc. led to converting underutilized landscape islands and parking areas to outdoor dining patios
• In 2014 Stuart Main Street hosted a public input workshop to look at the Flagler Avenue peninsula. With public input, the stakeholder group supported relocation of City Hall within the Downtown, extension of Osceola Street, and maintenance of public space on the waterfront.
• In 2015, as part of its partnership with the Downtown Business Association of Stuart, Stuart Main Street helped expand the Rock’n Riverwalk concert series to a year-round waterfront event. That Fall the Riverwalk extension officially opened, a new section of boardwalk connecting the Riverwalk Stage to a mini park at the foot of Colorado Avenue, thanks to a Stuart Main Street initiative to help secure riparian rights from property owners on Seminole Street to allow construction of the boardwalk extension.
• In 2017 Stuart Main Street polled over 300 community members and held two days of workshops as part of a 30 year planning exercise. The resulting community- and market-based transformation strategy focus on a Waterfront Outdoor Active approach to keeping Downtown Stuart strong.
“Now we are seeing those Stuart Main Street initiatives being matched by private developers,” Houston added. This year the Stuart City Commission approved two waterfront projects on Seminole Street in Downtown Stuart. Seminole Bluff, a 20 unit luxury waterfront property featuring traditional design is slated to begin construction later this year. Hollub Investments, a mixed use project featuring just over 4,000 square feet of retail space and 20 residential units will be built on vacant land on southeast Seminole Street. A third residential project previously approved by the city commission is now in permitting; the 49 unit residential property, Azul, will be located on the site of the former Triangle Bar.
The future of a fourth project, NorthPoint, lies in the hands of Stuart voters. The project, located on 2.6 acres of city-owned property on the St. Lucie River just north of the old Roosevelt Bridge, would include offices, a restaurant, and a retail plaza. Other plans for a boardwalk, dock, and water taxi would add connectivity to the historic downtown. At its July meeting, the Stuart Main Street board unanimously passed a motion of support for the project. A referendum vote on November 7 asks city voters if the City should sell the property for at least its appraised value, in compliance with the City’s Community Redevelopment plan and providing tax relief to tax payers. Two other questions on the ballot ask if voters support long-term leases for other city-owned waterfront properties where Mulligan’s Beach House and the Pelican Café are currently located.
Stuart Main Street is a 501(c)3 historic preservation-based economic development program dedicated to creating and promoting a positive downtown experience for residents, businesses and visitors. First recognized as a Florida Main Street program in 1987, Stuart Main Street uses the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by Main Street America and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Specifically Stuart Main Street works to: Build community consensus and use resources collaboratively; Maintain a distinctive appearance in keeping with downtown’s Old Florida charm; Stabilize the economic environment, strengthening and retaining existing businesses and filling vacancies; and Market a positive image of the downtown through advertising, public relations and digital media, and retail and special events. Recent projects include the Shop Local | Shop Smart program, expansion of the Riverwalk to Colorado Avenue, the downtown outdoor dining platforms, and the Rock’n Riverwalk free weekly concerts. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, call 772-286-2848 or visit stuartmainstreet.org.


 
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Nov 2, 2017National Shelter Appreciation Week’
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is celebrating ‘National Shelter Appreciation Week’ on November 11th. It’s a way to honor our shelter, our dedicated volunteers, hardworking staff and our community partners.

As you know our shelter is special and like no other! Not only do we help more than 5,000 abused and neglected animals, but we help people too! And if you aren’t familiar about all we do at HSTC, than this is a great way to become acquainted with our shelter.

Among the full day of activities, we will have a free microchip clinic so if you have a pet in need, make an appointment by calling 772-223-8822.

We hope to see you!


Shelter Appreciation Nov
 
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Nov 2, 2017SFWMD's SOUNDSCIENCE Releases 'Ribbeting' New Episode
West Palm Beach, FL - Frogs are an important indicator species when it comes to measuring the success of ecosystem restoration.

And South Florida Water Management District scientist Brent Anderson sounds like he knows what he's talking about.

For more than 10 years, Anderson has been studying the impacts of Kissimmee River restoration on a dozen species of frogs. Judging by the flocks of wading birds feeding on prey of the hopping persuasion, success is sticking like a fly on a bullfrog's tongue.
https://www.sfwmd.gov/news-events/sound-science

 
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Nov 2, 2017Glades group wants more money, faster repairs for Lake Okeechobee dike
Some residents living around Lake Okeechobee hope Gov. Rick Scott will request more money from the Legislature for repairs to the Lake Okeechobee dike, fearing that another hurricane could breach the dike and kill thousands in surrounding communities. Scott said Monday he will ask for $355 million in next year's state budget for Everglades restoration but offered no details on where the money will go. He pushed for $50 million in this year's budget as a loan to the federal government to speed up repairs to the dike. "We have some major, major problems with that dike," Tammy Jackson-Moore, founder of Guardians of the Glades, said Tuesday. "We understand they are repairing it now. But the forecast for completion is many years away. We depend on it to protect our lives in this community."

The Great Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 killed between 2,500 and 3,000 residents around the lake, making it the second deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, behind the Galveston, Texas, hurricane of 1900, according to the Sun Sentinel. The Herbert Hoover Dike was completed in the late 1960s. Guardians of the Glades has created a website called fixthedike.com and is petitioning the Legislature and Congress to fully fund and expedite dike repairs, now scheduled to be completed in 2025. Lake Okeechobee on Tuesday was at 16.95 feet above sea level, or nearly 1.5 feet above the optimal high level for water management. The Army Corps of Engineers does daily inspections of the dike when the water level is above 17 feet, as it was last week.

The Corps in September began discharging water to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers to lower the lake level. Those discharges threaten aquatic life and tourism along the coasts.
The governor's 2018-19 state budget request for Everglades restoration will be $50 million more than the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's record request of $305.8 million.
A spokesman for the governor said Tuesday that media confusion led to a report that the governor's request will include $50 million for dike repairs. But the governor's office would not provide more details, saying only that a breakdown will be provided when Scott releases his budget request as required before Dec. 10. DEP has requested $205.8 million for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects and Scott's 2012 "restoration strategies" water quality treatment plan. Another $64 million would go toward the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir approved by the Legislature earlier this year in S.B. 10.

DEP also requested $31 million for its Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program along with $5 million for "dispersed" water storage programs to hold water that would flow into Lake Okeechobee. Jackson-Moore said she hopes the governor requests $50 million or more from the Legislature and that it would go toward dike repairs. Last year, the governor requested $200 million for dike repairs in the waning days of the legislative session. Guardians of the Glades was formed last year in opposition to S.B. 10 when state Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) initially sought to build a 60,000-acre reservoir on farm land south of Lake Okeechobee to divert discharges to coastal estuaries.

The group, Jackson-Moore said, was satisfied with the legislation when it was rewritten to focus on building around 31,000 acres of state-owned land. She said the reservoir issue now is unrelated to her group's goal of speeding up the dike repairs. The Corps has said dike repairs could be completed in 2022 if the agency receives $200 million a year for the work.
Jackson-Moore said her group wants at least that amount to go toward the project, and even more to get it completed before 2022 - if that is possible. "2025, 2022 - all of that is too long for the people who live, work and play in this community," She said. "We have seen there are hurricanes every year. They get stronger every year. The elevated rainfall creates pressure on the Herbert Hoover dike. That create concerns for those around the dike." A spokesman for the Corps said Tuesday that 2022 is the most realistic scenario for accelerating the dike repairs.


 
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Nov 2, 2017Registration Open for the AMI International Marina & Boatyard Conference
NMMA would like to inform members about the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) coming up January 31-February 2. The IMBC is a major marina and boatyard conference geared specifically toward marina and boatyard owners; operators and managers; as well as dock masters; harbormasters; boat builders and repairers; and industry consultants. IMBC is where dedicated marine professionals gather to exchange information, talk about the future of the industry, explore new methods and techniques, receive updates on revised standards and established rules, and discover new products. The conference is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).

IMBC takes place January 31- February 2, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. To learn more or to register, visit www.MarinaAssociation.org/IMBC.


 
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Nov 2, 2017Christmas Boat Parade Dec 9th: Entry Forms NOW being Accepted
It's that time of year!!
We are all looking forward to this fun event...
Christmas Boat Parade!
December 9th in Naples Bay
The theme this year you ask!?!...
Country Christmas!
Its FREE to enter, donations are appreciated for
the Ricky King Foundation.


 
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Nov 2, 2017Sips and Dips FFOTCH closing meeting
The Founding Friends of Treasure Coast Hospice closed their season by donating $75,000 to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation



 
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Nov 2, 2017Sailfish Point Golf Tournament success
The inaugural Sailfish Point Golf Tournament was held October 13 and raised money for general patient care at Treasure Health.


http://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/your-news/martin-county/2017/10/04/sailfish-point-golf-tournament-tees-up-support-treasure-coast-hospice-foundation-october-13-tourname/730989001/?bblinkid=66428807&bbemailid=5455354&bbejrid=411056528

 
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Nov 2, 2017Florida Chamber Insider: October 2017
Florida is changing right before our eyes. Our politics, our economics and our demographics are all changing. It's my job to stay ahead of the trends, to analyze the opportunities and to keep you informed of the action needed to make Florida more competitive.

In many ways Florida is moving in the right direction. But in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, political inaction and uncertainty, and with a major election year ahead of us, Florida cannot switch to autopilot. Things are simply too fragile.

In fact, the latest jobs report shows that Florida lost 127,400 jobs in September primarily because of Hurricane Irma. And while the Florida Chamber's Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish tells us this is largely temporary situation, Florida's leisure and hospitality industry - at 41,300 - took the brunt of those lost jobs.

And, while our state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, Florida continues to experience a skills gap with 221,100 jobs looking for people and 383,000 people looking for jobs (see www.TheFloridaScorecard.org to share monthly updates with your management team). This skills gap is the top concern among Florida's small business members. For more information, be sure to check out our Chief Economist's latest edition of By the Numbers.

According to www.TheFloridaScorecard.org, Florida continues to create one out of every 10 new jobs in the U.S. That's good news. But on the other hand, Florida has 3.1 million of its 20.6 million residents living in poverty. To learn more about the Florida Chamber's Prosperity Project to help end poverty, join us on November 28th for the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2017 Florida Prosperity Summit . It's the classic tale of two Florida's, and it's up to us to decide where Florida's future is going.

So how do we do that? First, consider that:
• Florida has 12,820,224 registered voters,
• There are 1 million more women than men registered to vote,
• By 2030, 26 million residents will call Florida home,
• Florida's GDP is $880 billion, and will grow to $1 trillion sometime in 2019 (that's approximately $3 billion every day), and
• 1,000 new residents move to Florida daily, and our population is getting older.

Factor all of this together, and what we learn is that public policy is vital. Will we continue to be a tale of two Florida's, will we welcome or detract new residents, and are we diversifying our economy?

It's more important than ever that we elect pro-jobs candidates who care about Florida's economic future. We simply can't take elections for granted. Florida's future literally depends on it. Keep that in mind as we prepare to elect a new governor, members of the Florida Cabinet and at least 88 percent of the Florida Legislature on the ballot next year.

So, while things are changing quickly, now is not the time for apathy or autopilot. Florida is changing and I have every intention that, with your investment, we will continue to drive Florida forward. Thanks to your support, we can make Florida more competitive. As always, please feel free to contact me at mwilson@flchamber.com or (850) 521-1209 to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can make Florida more competitive.


 
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Nov 2, 2017Boatlines Oct 31
Find your new boat at the largest boat show on the Treasure Coast featuring over 200 local, national and international exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats in-water and on land. A wide variety of boat brands are represented at the show including the latest models of motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speed boats, sport fishing boats and pontoons ranging in size from 12 feet to 80+ feet in length. INFINITI will have vehicles throughout the Stuart Boat Show while their main display, The INFINITI Lounge and Champagne Bar, will be located near the center of the show. Show attendees are encouraged to explore the vehicles on display and engage with INFINITI product specialists who will show how each model-including the full size QX80, with maximum 8,500lb towing capacity-fits into the boating lifestyle.

Check out a wide variety of exhibitors for the latest in personal watercraft, safety equipment, marine electronics, inboard and outboard engines, financing and insurance companies, nautical clothing and jewelry, fishing gear, accessories as well as financing and insurance companies. Plenty of scheduled events featuring demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard, kids fishing clinic with FREE fishing poles for those attending donated by FISH FLORIDA, the MISS GEICO RACING TEAM, an expanded food court area with delicious food, bar and large screen TVs round out the show.

Friday, January 12 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 13 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 14 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

54-290 NW Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL - The show spans 1/4 mile of Old Dixie Hwy and three marinas at the foot of the Roosevelt Bridge in beautiful downtown Stuart. Free parking and shuttle service available at select downtown Stuart sites. General admission is $13 and $6 for children 12 and under, sorry, no pets. For more information on the Stuart Boat Show please visit our website at http://www.stuartboatshow.com


 
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Nov 2, 2017IRSC RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR STUDENT SUCCESS ELIGIBLE FOR 2019 ASPEN PRIZE
IRSC student leaders joined Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC President, in celebrating the College's
"Pathway to #1" as a Top 150 college eligible for the 2019 Aspen Prize.

Honored earlier this year as a Top Three community college in the nation, Indian River State College has been named as a Top 150 college, qualifying to compete for the $ 1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Excellence. Colleges are assessed for exceptional student outcomes, certificate/degree completion and transfer, equity and employment earnings. IRSC ranked as a Top Ten Finalist in 2015 and attained further commendation in 2017 as a Finalist with Distinction.

"This national recognition is a reflection of the pervasive dedication to continuous improvement throughout the entire College," said Dr. Massey. "Our efforts are ensuring that more students succeed in college and careers."


 
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Nov 2, 2017CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER NAMED FLORIDA SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
The Clark Advanced Learning Center, a public charter high school on the Indian River State College Chastain Campus in Stuart, has been named a School of Excellence by the Florida State Board of Education. To be designated for this recognition a school must excel on Florida’s grading system for at least two of the last three school years.
The Clark Advanced Learning Center has earned an A ranking for nine years in a row, has earned the highest scores on the Treasure Coast, and is among the top ten high schools in Florida.
The Clark affords students with the opportunity to earn high school and college credits tuition free through dual enrollment with the convenience and resources of a college campus. As a result students graduate with their high school diploma and a year or more of college completed. Students also gain expertise in the latest technology and real-world experience in internships related to their career interest.
For more information, visit www.clarkadvancedlearningcenter.org or call 772-419-5750.
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Nov 2, 2017Disaster Recovery Center to open in Stuart
A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Stuart to help Florida storm survivors. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out applications or updating application status.

Location and hours:
Martin County Fairgrounds
Building A
2616 SE Dixie Highway
Stuart, FL 34996

Thursday, November 2 - Saturday, November 4
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

FEMA
Registration is the first step and requires insurance policies and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled. If you have already registered, it is not necessary to visit a DRC, but you may still want to go speak with a Recovery Specialist to update your status or find help from the other organizations.

If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register in one of the following ways:
• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
• Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585
• Help is available in most languages
• Download the FEMA App and apply
The registration deadline for Individual Assistance is November 24

SBA
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. The SBA is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.
Food For Florida (Disaster SNAP/D-SNAP) is not offered at DRCs. To apply online and see a list of Food for Florida sites, visit http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/

You may have other needs while visiting a DRC:
• If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please see a DRC manager when you arrive.
• Language translations are offered through Telephonic Interpretation Services in 200 languages.
For more information about Hurricane Irma disaster assistance visit www.martin.fl.us/DisasterAssistance. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners

 
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Nov 2, 2017Castronovo Chocolate Wins at World Finals
CASTRONOVO CHOCOLATE WINS AT THE
INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE AWARDS WORLD FINALS

Signature Collection Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% Dark Chocolate Takes Home Bronze
Castronovo Chocolate’s Signature Collection Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% has won a bronze award in the Micro-batch – Plain/Origin Dark Chocolate Bars category at the World Finals from the International Chocolate Awards. The winners, who were selected from more than 800 entries, were announced October 14th in London. This is the third award for the Nicalizo bar. Earlier this year, the bar was awarded Silver in the International Chocolate Award Americas & Asia Pacific Semifinals (single-origin micro batch dark chocolate), and Silver the Academy of Chocolate Awards (London) Dark Bean to Bar under 80% category. It is the 44th award overall for Castronovo Chocolate, who launched its business in 2013.
The Nicalizo bar was introduced to Castronovo’s Signature Collection – a thoughtfully curated assortment of the company’s finest chocolate - this year. For its Signature Collection, Castronovo searches the world over for cocoa beans with extraordinary flavor. Recent discoveries have found Criollo varieties of cacao with origins in Nicaragua, a country that is quickly becoming a hotbed for the world’s finest-flavored cacao. Castronovo chose the Nicalizo heirloom cacao, which is certified heirloom by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) for their chocolate because of the complex flavor of plum and cherry fruits along with rich buttery notes of toasted toffee with a little pink peppercorn spice and a long-lasting finish of roasted walnut.
The Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% bar ($14) is available online at www.castronovochocolate.com, and at select chocolate boutiques throughout the US.
Castronovo Chocolate makes exquisite bean-to-bar chocolate using heirloom beans from remote locations throughout the world. However, the company’s mission extends far beyond organic, award-winning chocolate. Castronovo Chocolate is passionate about protecting heirloom varieties of cacao, enabling rainforest conservation, promoting peace in post-conflict regions and allowing cocoa to provide a commercial venture for indigenous people in remote villages. Each chocolate bar has its own unique story that positively reflects its area of origin, impacts biodiversity and protects the culture of indigenous people.
Castronovo Chocolate is in relentless pursuit of discovering the absolute depths of the chocolate experience knowing full well they may never get there. However, along the way, Castronovo Chocolate takes solace in knowing that they are providing a delicious chocolate product for all to enjoy.


 
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Nov 2, 2017Martin County School District Code of Conduct Committee
ALL meetings of the Code of Conduct Committee are open and the public is encouraged to attend.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that the
Martin County School District Code of Conduct Committee
Will hold a meeting to discuss data related to the
Code of Conduct for the 2017-18 School Year
At

Stuart Learning Center Training Room
1050 SE 10th Street
Stuart, Florida 34994

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30pm




 
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Nov 1, 2017Kick off fall with youth sports
Martin County, in partnership with Ignite Sports, LLC, is offering a Pre-School Sports Program for young children. "This program is one of many that support the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department's efforts to cultivate programs and enhance the health and well-being of our community," said Kevin Abbate, Parks and Recreation Department Director.

The non-league, developmental and instructional program is designed for children ages three through eight and teaches fundamentals of the selected sport in a non-competitive environment. Classes will be broken into age brackets of three to five year olds and six to eight year olds. Registration is only $80.00 per child for the six-week program, with classes held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Halpatiokee Regional Park, located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart, weather permitting.

Available programs:
Basketball - Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, 2017
Flag Football - Wednesday, Nov. 1 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 www.ignitesportsfl.com/program/martin-co-programs or call 772-221-1419 / 772-349-5522. Find more information on Parks and Recreation's facilities and activities at www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Nov 1, 2017Audi Stuart Air Show cleared for take-off!
STUART, Fla (Oct. 31, 2017)—Final setup for the 28th consecutive Stuart Air Show is underway and with a weekend forecast of blue skies and fair winds ahead, the Audi Stuart Air Show is cleared for take-off!
The Friday Night Air Show begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, with nighttime aerobatics and the Dirty Flight Suit Party, featuring entertainment by The Kinected Band, sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft, and a star-spangled firework salute that will inspire and excite the most discerning pyrotechnical fan. Local attorney Ron Rowars sponsors the fireworks and AWE-some Wall of Fire.
Air show gates open at 9 a.m., both Sat. and Sun. (Nov 4-5), and food booths, exhibits, static displays, helicopter and aircraft rides, along with the military tank, vehicle and armor displays, kids’ area, and beer gardens will keep show attendees entertained until Redline Airshows and the U.S. Army Black Daggers open the aerobatic portion of the show at 12 noon by presenting the American Flag. All attractions and displays are open to the public at 9 a.m.
History aficionados, won’t want to miss the World War II Battle Re-enactment, scheduled at 12:25 p.m., with the internationally renowned WWII Round Canopy Parachute Team, complete with a Sherman tank, Helicat tank destroyer and authentic WWII trucks, vehicles and armor, nor the popular historic military encampment and mini boot camp.
Aerobatic performances by the US Navy F-18 Super Hornet, US Air Force F16 Viper Demonstration Team, US Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team, Screamin’ Sasquatch a jet-powered biplane, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Cliff Atkins P40, Jacquie B in her Extra 300, the BATCOPTER—the original BATCOPTER from the TV series Batman, Wild Blue Rodeo, Chef Pitts, Michael Wiscus, and Greg Shelton and Ashely Shelton (wingwalker) are scheduled from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Congressman Brian Mast, representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida, will perform a tandem jump with the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “Leap Frog”, during the Saturday, Nov. 4, show, tentatively scheduled for 2:51 p.m. Following the jump, Congressman Mast will present a memorial plaque to the Leap Frogs honoring Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Petty Officer First Class Remington Jordan Peters, 27, who died May 28 in a parachute demonstration accident.
Static ground displays will include the popular hurricane hunter Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low, Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, the oldest flying DC-3 in the world, the American Airlines Flagship Detroit, and dozens of others. The full list can be viewed at www.StuartAirShow.com.
This year’s Kid’s Zone stars two new additions, Mobile Mountain and Jurassic Parts, which include a 150-foot zip line ride, rock wall climbing, and aviation themed inflatable playground and bounce zones, as well as a free fossil dig for genuine fossil shark teeth and a touch table featuring shark vertebrate and jaws, ray skins and more, along with a giant Megalodon shark jaw, perfect for photo opportunities.
Every year, the aerial portion of the show is marked by Missing Man ceremonies. These ceremonies, held at 3:45 both days, are in honor of Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Petty Officer First Class Remington Jordan Peters (Saturday) and Kevin Segura, long-time trusted airshow volunteer (Sunday).
Diamond sponsor Audi Stuart, besides providing performer honor rides over the show weekend, will have a lineup of 55 vehicles – cars, trucks and SUVs -- on display. Other non-aviation fun, includes a Mini Cow Toss at 4:30 p.m. both weekend afternoons, where the winner each day gets a year free of Chick-fil-A.
Pre-sale tickets are available online from $5 for veterans/military (military ID required) and children 6-12 (5 and under free), $15 for children 13+ and adults. Tickets at the gate will be $25 (age 13+) and $5 for veterans/military (military ID required).
The 2017 Audi Stuart Air Show, presented this year by Diamond Sponsor--Audi Stuart, and Platinum Sponsors—Martin County Airport-Witham Field, Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company, and Pratt & Whitey, a United Technologies Company, thank the following Supporting sponsors for helping ensure the 28th consecutive air show is another roaring success: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Martin Health System, Papa Johns, Florida Coast Equipment, Hampton Inn & Suites, Multicolor Printing, BGM Creative, Enterprise Renta-a-Car, David Golden PA Law Offices, AeroEngineSolutions, Lauri J. Goldstein & Associations, PLLC, Ocean Breeze Resort, Goodfella’s Pest Management, Martin County, Florida, Tidy Coast Event Services, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
For more information, to view the show schedule or purchase tickets online, please visit www.StuartAirShow.com.

PHOTOS
(1) The sky is the limit at this weekend’s 2017 Audi Stuart Air Show. Photo credit: Stuart Air Show. Photo credit: Stuart Air Show.
(2) Jack Link’s Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco will have everyone on the edge of their seats! Photo credit: John Klatt Airshows.
(3) Congressman Brian Mast, representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida, will perform a tandem jump with the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “Leap Frog”, during the Saturday, Nov. 4, show, Photo credit: 316creations/Sarah Parker.
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About Audi Stuart
Audi Stuart is the premier provider of Audi's along Florida’s Treasure Coast. "Progress through Technology" is the Audi USA ethos and is the core belief that drives the development of every Audi vehicle, inspiring the innovative solutions, revolutionary engineering and progressive design that have become synonymous with the Audi name. Audi Stuart is part of the Brickell Motors Family. For more information, a full range of inventory and current specials, visit www.audistuart.com or call (772) 214-3900.
About the Audi Stuart Air Show
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: Road to Victory Military Museum, Venture Crew #804/Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Martin County, Martin County Community Foundation, City of Stuart Police Department Explorer Post #878, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, South Florida, Civil Air Patrol 8024 Stuart Cadet Squadron, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, as well as many other deserving community organizations and charities. The air show offers many different types fundraising opportunities for local non-profit organizations and community groups. Nearly a dozen organizations benefit from the show each year.

For more information about the Audi Stuart Air Show, please contact the main office at (772) 781-4882 or info@StuartAirShow.com.



 
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Nov 1, 2017U.S. Sugar Proud to Support Everglades Restoration Projects that Will Reduce Discharges to Coastal Estuaries
Recently, environmental advocates have falsely claimed in the news media that land farmed by hard-working American sugarcane farmers is the answer to issues plaguing the coastal estuaries. Additionally, a former Martin County commissioner claimed U.S. Sugar was opposed to certain parts of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. These anti-farming environmental groups are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts about Everglades restoration. Read U.S. Sugar's response in the TC Palm below.

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/10/30/u-s-sugar-has-different-perspective-everglades-restoration-guest-column/813146001/

 
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Nov 1, 2017Hurchalla Column Distorts U.S. Sugar’s Record on Everglades Restoration, South Florida Water Flows
From 1994 through 2000, I served on the Governor’s Commission for Sustainable South Florida. I have also been a member of the Water Resources Advisory Commission since 2000 and was a Governing Board member of the South Florida Water Management District from 2005 to 2008.

Accordingly, I received numerous briefings from the district’s well-credentialed scientists and engineers regarding every aspect of Everglades restoration, Lake Okeechobee and our 16-county water system. I found the water management district staff to be some of the most knowledgeable experts on water quality and engineering ever assembled.

Staff shared these critical facts:

• The historical Everglades used to be twice as large and Lake Okeechobee was 25 percent larger; the 5,000-square-mile Lake Okeechobee northern watershed drains now into a much smaller area than originally existed.
• Hundreds of thousands of acres that historically made up the Everglades are now covered by suburban rooftops and asphalt.
• There are significant physical, legal and environmental restrictions to “sending water south,” including some of the most stringent water quality and wildlife protections in America and a water system that has been drained, diked and redirected through canals to the benefit of the millions of South Floridians who rely on this complex water management system for flood control to keep their homes, businesses and property dry.
• This water management system is not perfect, and no one — including representatives from U.S. Sugar — suggests it cannot be improved.
• On Florida Bay, scientists were clear: the water from Lake Okeechobee and the Central Everglades does not flow to Florida Bay.
• A topographical map presented to us proves that the southern portion of Everglades National Park is bisected by a coastal ridge that shunts most water through Shark River Slough toward the Gulf of Mexico.
• Florida Bay is fed primarily from rainfall and runoff from southern Miami-Dade County through Taylor Slough; requiring an insignificant volume of water compared to the northern runoff.
• The Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was never intended to provide water supply benefits to Miami-Dade County.
A recent column from Maggy Hurchalla ignores these facts.

The truth is that in 1994, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2016 and now in 2017, the rainfall was significant enough to cause flooding in the Everglades Water Conservation Areas. Deer and other wildlife were drowning, and the WCAs were closed to public access as emergency procedures were put in place to reduce water levels. In these years, no more farm water could have been sent south from Lake Okeechobee.

During these years of heavy rainfall, farm water accounted for less than 15 percent of the water in the WCAs and rainfall accounted for most of the rest. Clearly, farmers do not block water from going south. Rainfall over the Everglades does.

To say the EAA reservoir solves the problem by giving the lake overflow a place to go is a totally false and misleading statement. In 2016, there was about 5 million acre-feet of water discharged to the estuaries. If the heralded southern reservoir were built to hold 360,000 acre-feet, and it was empty, it would have filled up quickly, and over 4.6 million acre-feet would still have been discharged to the estuaries.

For the record, U.S. Sugar never opposed any part of CERP, as Hurchalla suggests. In fact, our company has strongly supported CERP since Congress approved it in 2000. My column that this paper printed last May stated, “We believe CERP represents the best path forward to provide relief to the entire Lake Okeechobee system.” Hurchalla is entitled to her own opinions, but not her own facts about U.S. Sugar’s support of Everglades restoration.

Hurchalla advocates for a $2 billion southern storage project that will take 15 to 20 years to complete and solve 10% of the problem. Fortunately, the SFWMD is moving forward with plans that will cost less than $400 million, take 5 to 10 years to complete, and eliminate 67% of the discharges to the St. Lucie River. Note: Biased editor, Eve Samples, deleted the following sentence from Bubba's original submitted op-ed: Despite these facts, Hurchalla willfully spreads misinformation that seeks to mainly punish farmers without making any meaningful attempt to actually solve local water issues.

Malcolm "Bubba" Wade is the senior vice president for corporate strategy and business development at U.S. Sugar.

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/10/30/u-s-sugar-has-different-perspective-everglades-restoration-guest-column/813146001/


 
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Nov 1, 2017HBK Welcomes Sally Coleman
Canfield, Ohio - HBK CPAs & Consultants (HBK) announced today the signing of an agreement under which the former Sally Frizzell Coleman, CPA firm becomes part of HBK. This represents a widened presence in the Fort Myers, Florida region for HBK, a Top 100 firm according to the rankings of both Accounting Today and Inside Public Accounting magazines.

“We are pleased to welcome the Sally Frizzell Coleman, CPA firm into the HBK family and look forward to helping her to extend her depth and breadth of client services,” said Christopher Allegretti, CPA, CEO and Managing Principal of HBK. She joins the firm as a Senior Director.

“Ms. Coleman’s well-earned and distinguished reputation for excellence in client services and her dedication to exceeding client needs are among her strongest attributes,” said Barry Holes, CPA and Principal-in-Charge of the Southwest Florida region of HBK.

“Her commitment to providing hands-on, personalized service and her work integrity mirrors our mission to attend to our clients with close attention to detail and genuine passion for working in their best interests. She’s a perfect fit,” said Holes. “We’re pleased to help her offer wider depth and breadth of client services as part of HBK.”

Sally Frizzell Coleman, CPA, has been serving businesses and individuals in Fort Myers for more than 30 years. Her areas of specialization include: accounting, tax advice and preparation, estate administration, IRS representation, and certified family mediation services. Ms. Coleman prides herself on providing unparalleled client services. She will be operating from the HBK offices on Summerlin Lakes Drive in Fort Myers.


 
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Nov 1, 2017BankUnited Presents SCORE Treasure Coast with a Grant
On October 27, 2017, Claire F. Raley, SVP, Community Development and Outreach, BankUnited, presented a check for $3,000 to Robert McCabe, SCORE Vice-Chair and Treasurer, Ken Koziol, Chapter Chair to support the Chapter’s small business education and technical assistance programs.

BankUnited, headquartered in Miami Lakes FL with several offices on the Treasure Coast, strives through their Community Development Program to provide a positive foundation for neighborhoods and to engage communities by providing financial support and actively supporting the development goals of the communities they serve.

Treasure Coast SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, hospitality, restaurants, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, specialty retailing, acquisitions, turnarounds and divestitures.

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

Fiscal year to date September 30, 2076, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 has served 888 unique mentoring clients, held 120 workshops with 1921 attendees, for total of 4433 total services provided to the small business community of the Treasure Coast. That’s a record for the chapter and represents a year to year growth of 5.1%.

SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business mentoring with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

Please phone the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor or please go to our Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org.



 
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Nov 1, 2017DRIVER’S LICENSES HAVE A NEW LOOK
Martin Co Tax Collector to Roll out New, Enhanced Driver Licenses
Starting today, November 1, 2017, the Martin County Tax Collector’s Main office and Hobe Sound office will be issuing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles new, more secure Florida driver license and ID card.
Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski says “According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the new credential provides Floridians the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today. The new credential design incorporates nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design, including redundant data, ultraviolet (UV) ink and optically variable features.”
Individuals are only required to replace their current driver license or ID card if their current credential has reached its expiration or a required change is needed, such as a name or address change. If you opt to get the new card, there will be a fee. Previous driver license and ID cards will still be in use alongside the new credential until replaced or phased out.
Ruth Pietruszewski states, “We strive to do our best to keep out taxpayers information secure and safe from identity theft and fraud.” The newly designed license provides convenient designations for lifetime holders of hunting and fishing licenses as well as many other options.
For more information visit www.flhsmv.gov/newdl



 
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Nov 1, 2017Local Tennis Players to Serve Some Home
Buttonwood Tennis Club is gearing up for its fourth annual Charity Doubles Championships to benefit House of Hope Nov. 17-19, 2017. The highly anticipated “Serve Some Hope” VIP Party boasts an impressive lineup of gourmet local food, first-rate raffle baskets and auction items, and live entertainment.
As the tennis season kickoff, the opening night features the popular “Serve Some Hope” VIP party, starting at 5 p.m. Tasting stations will provide specialties from local restaurants including Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Tausha’s Seafood, Basil Garden, La Forchetta, Importico’s Bakery Café, New England Fish Market, The Quiet Crab and more. Guests will be able to purchase sweet confections from the House of Hope Bake Sale Boutique. Party attendees will enjoy exclusive access to VIP seating to watch Friday night’s Pro-Am competition which begins at 6:30 p.m. pairing tennis professionals from area clubs with amateurs for the entertaining and spirited matches. Admission to the VIP Party is $50 for the general public and $25 for players registered for the tournament through November 11th; beginning November 12th prices are $60 for the general public and $30 for players.
The Pro-Am tournament will feature club pros from Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The amateurs represent sponsors of the tournament and come from clubs across the Treasure Coast as well.
Throughout the two-day tennis tournament spectators are encouraged to watch the competition for free. Play begins 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Food trucks will be on-site along with beverages, bake sale goodies and silent auction items for the duration of the tournament — all to raise funds for House of Hope.
Sponsors of the tournament include Stuart News/TCPalm; Dairy Queen; Espinal, Stern & Whittington at Morgan Stanley; Craig Karraker, State Farm insurance agent; Ted Glasrud Associates; The C.O.R.E. Program; Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales; Stuart Insurance; Seacoast Bank; The Spear Group; IP Blue Software Solutions, and Riverview Cosmetic Dentistry. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Registration is now open for players to sign up and the community or club with the most registered players by Nov. 15 will win the Hope Cup perpetual trophy to display throughout the year.
Awards will be presented in the following men's, ladies', mixed and open divisions:
• 6.0
• 7.0
• 8.0
• Senior = 65 years and older
For more information about the tournament or Buttonwood Tennis Club, 400 N.W. Baker Road, Stuart, call the club at (772) 692-9088. To download a tournament registration, buy tickets to attend the VIP party or to become a sponsor, visit www.hohmartin.org.
About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.
For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673


 
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Nov 1, 20172017 Tax Roll Opens for Collection
The 2017 tax roll is NOW open for collection.

If you choose to pay your tax bill in person, we have a new drive-thru window at our Palm City location with staff waiting to speedily take your tax payment. Your taxes may be dropped off at our Palm City location 24/7, since a drop box is outside near the drive -thru window, available at all times.

We have a “TAX PAYMENT EXPRESS” office set-up in our business collections department at our Willoughby location and express lines at our main office, Hobe Sound, Palm City, and Indiantown branch offices.

Your tax bill may also be paid online, mailed, or dropped off at one of our convenient inside drop boxes which have been placed at all four locations.

“We continue to look for efficiencies, conveniences, and ways to serve the taxpayers better and save tax dollars while improving services” reported Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector.


 
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Oct 31, 2017Martin County honors military veterans with free rides November 10, 2017

To honor the dedicated men and women who currently serve or have served our country, Martin County is offering free fixed route and commuter bus service on Martin County's Transit Service (MARTY) to active duty military and veterans on Friday, November 10. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, all active duty military and military veterans with proper ID can enjoy a ride on MARTY free for the day. Acceptable forms of military ID include:
• Active Duty ID card
• Guard/Reserve Military ID Card
• Retiree Military ID Card
• Former Military
• Military Dependent ID Card
• Veterans ID Card
MARTY provides fixed route service to the US 1 Corridor, Indiantown and Stuart. In addition, a commuter route runs from the Robert Morgade Library to the Palm Beach Gardens Mall. All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks.
In addition to the MARTY schedules conveniently located at www.martin.fl.us/martin-county-services/bus-schedule-information, there is now an option to use MyRide for real-time route planning and bus information. MyRide monitors the real-time location of MARTY buses in operation using GPS technology and is accessible from a desktop computer or mobile device.

For transportation information or schedule assistance, please contact MARTY Customer Service at 772-463-2860. For information about Martin County's Veterans Services program, visit www.martin.fl.us/martin-county-services/veterans-services. To stay up-to-date on all county news, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners and twitter, @martincountygov.



 
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Oct 31, 2017C-17 Canal in North Palm Beach Reopened to Boat Traffic
Section of canal had been closed to navigation after portion
of the U.S. 1 bridge collapsed

North Palm Beach, FL - A section of the C-17 Canal in North Palm Beach has been reopened to navigation at the U.S. 1 bridge north of Northlake Boulevard.

The canal had been closed in this area for a week and a half as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) removed debris from a partial collapse of the bridge on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) assisted FDOT, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Village of North Palm Beach with the canal closure so repair work could be conducted.

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


 
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Oct 31, 2017Military flight teams to visit area students
STUART, FL (Oct. 30, 2017) -- Military flight teams will be doing more than just flying jets during the 2017 Audi Stuart Air Show this coming weekend, they will be speaking with area students in advance about aviation, parachuting, military careers, and the demonstrations they will be performing all weekend at the Stuart Air Show.

On Thursday, November 2 at 10:20 a.m., members of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team will address Martin County High School JROTC students, followed by students at the Clark Advance Learning Center, at 1:30 p.m., on the Indian River State College Chastain Campus, located at 2400 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. The F-16 Viper pilots and maintainers will talk about real world applications of aerospace engineering, Air Force careers, and the flight demonstrations that the F-16 'Fighting Falcon'.

Also on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASPOC) Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team will visit South Fork High School JROTC students, for an interactive session and discussion on careers in special operations and the free fall parachute demonstrations they will perform at the air show. South Fork High School is located at 10205 S.W. Pratt Whitney Road in Stuart.

On Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 a.m., the U.S. Navy F18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team will visit the Stem Center (JD Parker Elementary), located at 1010 SE 10 Street in Stuart, to speak to the students of the Stem program about real-world applications of aerospace engineering, Navy careers, and the flight demonstrations that the F-18 Tac Demo Team will perform at the air show.

The U.S. Navy F18, U.S. Air Force F16, U.S. Army Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team, and US Navy Leap Frogs will perform at the Stuart Air Show held at the Martin County Airport, Witham Field, on Friday night (Nov. 3) and Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 4 and Nov. 5).

Pre-sale tickets are available from $5 for veterans/military (military ID required) and children 6-12 (5 and under free), $15 for children 13+ and adults. Tickets at the gate will be $25 (age 13+) and $5 for veterans/military (military ID required).

The 2017 Audi Stuart Air Show, presented this year by Diamond Sponsor--Audi Stuart, and Platinum Sponsors-Martin County Airport-Witham Field, Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company, and Pratt & Whitey, a United Technologies Company, thank the following Bronze sponsors for helping ensure the 28th consecutive air show is another roaring success: Chick-fil-A, UBU Brands, YMCA of the Treasure Coast, Ron Rowers - Trial Attorney, Special Forces Stuart, S.T.A.R. Security, DRD Technical Solutions, Inc., Waterblasting Technologies, Event Makers, Triumph Group Aerospace Structures, Dermatology Center of Florida, Waste Management, Storm Tight Windows, Ampersand Graphics | Shirt Shack, and Stryker Electric.

For more information, to view the show schedule or purchase tickets online, please visit www.StuartAirShow.com.


 
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Oct 31, 2017Autophagy Neurotherapeutics and Torrey Pines Institute Announce Licensing Agreement
Port St. Lucie, Florida, U.S., October 31, 2017 - Autophagy Neurotherapeutics (ANT) and the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) announced today that they have entered into a licensing agreement to commercialize ANT’s novel small molecule drugs developed at TPIMS for treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Over the past three years, ANT has utilized the concepts developed by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discovery of the mechanisms that control autophagy. Autophagy is a process by which the cells degrade used proteins and other cellular waste material thereby maintaining balance in the cell. ANT is focused on two very promising lead compounds currently in development. One of these lead compounds uses the technological approach of modulating autophagy through the autophagy-lysosome pathway (ALP). Modulation of the ALP is achieved by both genetic manipulations and a small molecule compound, which robustly enhances autophagy and clears toxic protein aggregates in cellular models of AD. Dr. Lakshmana, an Associate Member at TPIMS and ANT's Chief Scientific Officer, believes that these compounds may be useful in AD as well as other neurological disorders, including ALS and Parkinson's disease (PD).
ANT will use this technology to develop additional compounds active against neurodegenerative diseases. TPIMS's technologies enable the screening of 10s of millions of compounds while requiring the testing of only hundreds of samples to identify hits. This greatly reduces the time and expense involved in initiating research programs with the aim of developing new treatment options for patients.
Donald Hudson, Chairman & CEO of Autophagy Neurotherapeutics, comments: "We are delighted to be working with the TPIMS team in incubator space at TPIMS, which has a great history of innovation in developing huge small molecule and peptide libraries that can be screened in a quick and efficient format.
Dr Richard Houghten, Founder and CEO of TPIMS, states: "It is exciting to partner with Autophagy Neurotherapeutics, a company with a record of developing novel small molecule product candidates. TPIMS possesses trillions of peptides and millions of small molecules systematically arranged for high-throughput screening in a variety of biological assay formats, including phenotypic assays. Additionally, the TPIMS collections of classic small molecules approximately 10 million classic small molecules and literally billions readily are readily available for testing."
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About Autophagy Neurotherapeutics, Inc.
Autophagy Neurotherapeutics, Inc. (Autophagy) is an early‐stage biotechnology company, located in incubator labs at Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) in Port St. Lucie, FL, and is focused on lead optimization and pre‐clinical development of small molecule drugs for treating ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. The technological approach is to modulate autophagy, which is the brain’s system for eliminating toxic proteins. It is emerging as one of the best ways to develop therapeutics for most neurodegenerative diseases. ALS is the company’s first focus because the disease is clearly replicated in mouse models, as it only affects motor neurons and a smaller number of toxic proteins that cause the disease.
About Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, Inc.
Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) is a non-profit institute dedicated to conducting basic research to advance the understanding of human disease and the improvement of human health. TPIMS’ scientists conduct research in fields associated with a wide variety of major medical conditions, including addiction, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infectious disease, inflammatory disorders, multiple sclerosis, obesity, pain management, regenerative medicine and new methods for drug discovery.
For further information, please contact:
Donald Hudson, Chairman and CEO
Tel (508) 273-5374, e-mail: donald1hudson@comcast.net
8814 S. Sea Oaks Way #306, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Communications Department, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies Tel (772) 345-4587, e-mail news@tpims.org 11350 SW Village Pkwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
Autophagy Neurotherapeutics, Inc.
11350 SW Village Parkway
Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
Tel 508-273-5374
e-mail:donald1hudson@comcast.net

 
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Oct 31, 2017SW CITRUS BOULEVARD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, November 6, 2017, Fibernet Direct will begin installing underground cable on SW Citrus Boulevard between SW 96th Street and SW 69th Street. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm weekdays. The work is anticipated to be complete by Friday, December 1, 2017. Motorists should exercise caution and use alternate routes through this area.

For questions regarding this permit please contact Sandra McNulty Project Manager - 561-358-9165 Sandra.McNulty@FibernetDirect.com and reference ENRW-20170045.

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




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


 
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Oct 31, 2017SW MURPHY ROAD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, November 6, 2017, Florida Power & Light will be switching out facilities on SW Murphy Road between SW Wisper Bay Terrace and SW Rivers End Way. This work will require intermittent lane closures between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by December 22, 2017. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

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




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



 
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Oct 30, 2017Pinot & Picasso – Welcome to Our New “Home”
Thanks to a remarkable man, Bill Lichtenberger, the local community is invited to Helping People Succeed’s 4th Annual Pinot & Picasso evening reception, featuring our incredible artists and the unveiling of the 2018 Art for Living Calendar.

This special event, planned for Saturday, November 18th, will be held at our new “home” – 1601 NE Braille Street in Jensen Beach. Guests will be introduced to local artwork displayed from the 2018 Art for Living Calendar, a silent and live auction, a wine tasting featuring delectable wines, open bar and “festive” food stations. Pinot & Picasso will begin at 6:00 pm featuring entertainment on saxophone by Ron McCode and keyboardist Bashaum Stewart.

A priceless painting by James Gibson, one of the original Highwaymen artists, will be up for auction. The painting, done in the 1970’s, was donated by Joan Jefferson, board member of Helping People Succeed. Unfortunately James, who was featured in earlier Art for Living calendars, recently passed away.

The guests will enjoy a Meet & Greet with the artists, have calendars signed and also have the opportunity to view and purchase additional paintings. Featured artists are: Kelly Arnold, Chris Kling, Sue Ann Mosely Saleeby, Karen Leffel-Massengil, Pam Patterson, Val Lally, Dan Mackin, Kathy Pitts, Susan Roberts, Ginny Jones, Jillane Heveron, Marian Vitale, and Susan Fowler.

The venue of Helping People Succeed for Pinot & Picasso is a perfect setting for a “gallery” theme to showcase the art work from our talented artists. This “gallery” is a one-time showing – so you don’t want to miss it!

Current sponsors include Bill Lichtenberger, Bob and Jan Crandall, WaterPoint Realty, Stuart Business Systems, Ross Mixing, Mark Brechbill CPA, E.W. Consultants, Inc., NISAIR, Retina Institute of Florida, Publix, Martin Health System, Mary Kay Buckridge, Tara Biek Creative, Al and Sandee Ragl, Photo Fantasies, Lauri J. Goldstein and Associates, The Stuart Magazine, Steve and Cher Fisher and Adrienne Moore. Sponsorships are available and encouraged to help support the mission of Helping People Succeed.

Helping People Succeed has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 50 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, counseling, training and employment. Their goal is to become productive and happy members of our community. For more information, visit the website at www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to review Helping People Succeed’s “Making a Difference” video – Building Successful Families – One Life at a Time. Contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778 for additional information.


Pinot Picasso Flyer PDF.
 
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Oct 30, 2017Stuart Culver’s Team Member Recognized with the Garrett M. Hughes Student of the Year scholarship

Stuart, FL (Grassroots Newswire) October 26, 2017 -- Juana Pascual, a team member at Culver’s® of Stuart was awarded the Garrett M. Hughes Student of the Year scholarship by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation at their recent annual recognition program.
Pascual was recognized for her outstanding academic achievements and interest in pursuing a career in the food service industry. A senior at Martin County High School, Pascual has been actively involved in the school’s extensive culinary program since 8th grade. “I look forward to continuing my education with a goal of eventually becoming a restaurant owner,” says Pascual. Working at Culver’s has given me the opportunity to hone my skills for the future.”
“Juana is a great asset to our team and we’re proud of her achievements,” says Culver’s owner/operator, Dale Deakin. “At Culver’s, great food and service as well as friendly hospitality is something we hold near and dear to our hearts. Juana’s dedication and commitment to serving delicious food and providing outstanding service helps us keep our important promise: that every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy.”

About Culver’s:
For over 30 years, Culver’s guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients, served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers more than 600 independently owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants’ nationally-recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger®, made from fresh, never frozen, beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit http://www.culvers.com, http://www.culvers.com/facebook, http://www.twitter.com/culvers or http://www.instagram.com/culvers.

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Juana Pascual, recipient of the FRLA Educational Foundation’s Garrett M. Hughes Student of the Year scholarship award.

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Oct 30, 2017Helping People Succeed Introduces New Offices and New Board Members
Bliss Browne, the founder and president of Imagine Chicago, will serve as Helping People Succeed’s Board Chair on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County. In this new position, she is prioritizing community engagement, fundraising, and strategic collaborations. Helping People Succeed will launch its first capital campaign this year.

One of the first projects to be coordinated since Browne became Chair was moving Helping People Succeed to a new permanent location, in Jensen Beach off Savannah Road. The expanded site offers larger space for programs and public events. It will transform into an exhibit space for this year’s Pinot & Picasso fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18.

As a kick off for the opening of Helping People Succeed’s new facility, officials from five local Chambers of Commerce, and many guests were on hand for a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, introducing “Our New Home” at 1601 Braille Place in Jensen Beach.

Browne, who presided at the event, spoke of the importance of public / private partnerships to sustain critical support work for vulnerable populations: “I am inspired by the chance for us as a whole community to build a truly permanent home base where we can sustain the vital work of building productive lives through training, employment and community connections.“

Serving on the Board with Browne are Vice Chairperson Barbara Essenwine, Secretary Melody Floyd and Treasurer Kevin Burn. Board members include Lee Borellis, Bonney Johnson, Cher Fisher, Joan Jefferson, Charles Gerardi, Claire Nash, Phyllis Gillespie, Susan King, Kelly Quinn and Honorary Board member Carolyn Timmann. The Foundation Board will consist of Chairperson Beth Prinz Lowy, Vice President Bonney Johnson and Secretary Mary Kay Buckridge and board member Claire Nash, Ph.D. CPA.
"We're thrilled to have this new opportunity for our organization," said Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed. "In business more than 53 years and currently serving five departments - Baby Steps, Healthy Families, Behavioral Services, Employment Options and Community Connections, we are pleased to have the opportunity to improve and expand opportunities for the many populations we serve.”

Browne moved to Hobe Sound in 2011 and lives in Loblolly Bay. She is an active volunteer with multiple local organizations. Her primary focus is now on Helping People Succeed and its inspiring programs for strengthening families and supporting children and adults with behavioral and developmental challenges. “What matters most to me,” says Browne, “is building economies where nothing and no one is wasted. Helping People Succeed does that every day.”

Browne has extensive business and civic leadership experience, as a former banker and Division Head of the First National Bank of Chicago, as Chairman of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and as a director of many other community organizations. Her pioneering work at Imagine Chicago has focused on cultivating hope and civic engagement and strengthening community connections. It has inspired a global movement of social innovation. Browne is also an ordained Episcopal priest and mother of three.

If you would like a tour, or just come for a visit, please contact Suzy Hutcheson at 772.320.0777 or email at shutcheson@hpsfl.org or Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778 or gparris@hpsfl.org





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Oct 30, 2017Bathtub Beach re-opens; dune rehabilitation work complete
With the work to rehabilitate the north end of Bathtub Beach complete, Martin County is pleased to announce the beach will reopen today. Martin County Ocean Rescue will be on duty between the hours of 10 am - 5 pm and reminds beach patrons and swimmers to swim near the guarded area for safety. The public is advised the north exit and exit road of the parking lot will remain closed until further notice as the space will be used as a temporary staging area for sand.

On October 9, Martin County Coastal Engineering began a storm response project on approximately 150 - 300 feet of Bathtub Beach due to extreme erosion from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, strong storm surges and high tides. This small-scale project consisted of adding sand to a portion of the beach to strengthen and reinforce the dune, safeguarding against a breach and ultimately protecting MacArthur Boulevard.

To learn more about Martin County beaches, search locations and amenities and view webcams, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/Beaches. Current beach conditions are updated daily and are available by calling 772-320-3112. To stay up-to-date on other Martin County news, follow us on Twitter @MartinCountygov and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/.


 
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Oct 30, 2017Library introduces new downloadable book service on November 1
Martin County, FL - In order to provide more downloadable titles and shorter wait times, the Martin County Library System will switch from OverDrive to Axis 360 on November 1, 2017. Based on patron feedback, readers will have access to more content in various genres, as well as newer titles and more copies of high demand bestsellers.

In preparation for this transition, the Library is currently offering free classes and one-on-one technology appointments at all six of its locations to introduce patrons to this new platform. Users of the current downloadable book resource OverDrive have directly been informed of the upcoming change and how they will be affected.

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

https://www.martin.fl.us/Libraries

 
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Oct 30, 2017PROTECTING THE BORDER: PREVENTING ILLEGAL DRUGS
PROTECTING THE BORDER: PREVENTING ILLEGAL DRUGS
Joseph -
What's happening on the border is not okay. While the news focuses elsewhere, the chaos continues. And it must stop!
Instead, the news likes to focus on "chaos" in Washington. But they rarely share news about the bipartisan bills that we pass every single week. This week we passed a critical bill (412 to 3) to strengthen U.S. Customs and Border Protection efforts to prevent the illegal flow of drugs into our country.
Called the INTERDICT Act, this important bill that I supported will help reduce the flow of fentanyl and synthetic opioids from outside the country by giving border control more tools to detect and intercept these dangerous substances.
Securing our border and preventing drug trafficking are both critically important. This bill is a good move forward in the fight to save lives and enforce the rule of law!

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2142/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22interdict+act%22%5D%7D&r=1

 
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Oct 30, 2017Tim Rossow, CPA, MST, joins Rehmann’s Boca Raton office
STUART, Fla., October 26, 2017 – Rehmann announced today that tax principal Tim Rossow, CPA, MST, will transition from Rehmann’s Southeast Michigan region to its Boca Raton, Fla. office. Rossow has experience providing international tax services and financial planning to high net worth clients, and also focuses on expat taxation, and corporate and partnership planning.

“Tim has been a leader in our international tax practice,” said Rehmann CEO, Randy Rupp.
“We appreciate Tim’s dedication to the firm as he relocates his family. Tim has always been a positive advocate for Rehmann, and I know he will have a great impact on the Florida region.”

Rossow began his financial planning career in 2002, and joined Rehmann in 2009 in connection with the firm’s business combination with MSW Group, PLC. He received his bachelor’s in business administration in accounting and Master of Science in taxation from Walsh College of Business.

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.


 
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Oct 30, 2017Disaster Aid Bill Passes Senate
Earlier this week, I voted for a $36.5 billion disaster aid package to respond to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and provide help for recovery from recent wildfires.
The bipartisan bill passed the Senate 82 to 17 and is expected to be signed into law by the President. This funding is in addition to the $15 billion I helped secure for hurricane relief in September.
The bill provides over $18 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), including nearly $5 billion for Community Disaster Loans. The DRF allows FEMA to direct, coordinate, manage, and fund response and recovery efforts associated with major disasters. Community Disaster Loans assist local governments facing a loss of revenue after a disaster by providing loans to cover essential services like fire and emergency services, policing, and garbage collection.
The bill also provides $16 billion in support of the National Flood Insurance Program, to ensure it can continue paying out claims to the survivors of recent hurricanes, and provides $1.27 billion specifically for food assistance for Puerto Rico.
In an effort to help Florida's agricultural industry devastated by Hurricane Irma, I filed an amendment to the disaster aid bill that would have provided $3 billion in disaster assistance to help farmers who lost crops due to this year's hurricanes. Florida's agricultural industry sustained more than $2.5 billion in damages due to Hurricane Irma, with more than $760 million in losses to our citrus industry alone.
I was disappointed that my amendment to help Florida farmers was not included in the final bill. However, the President has promised to include funding for agriculture assistance in a disaster supplemental funding bill expected to be considered in November.
To make sure Florida's farmers are not forgotten, I've placed a hold on one of President Trump's nominees and have made it clear that I won't lift that hold until Florida farmers get the help they need.
To view a speech I delivered on the Senate floor urging my colleagues to remember the plight of Americans trying to put their lives together after recent disasters please visit: https://youtu.be/Xm2cp-9Q-kk.
If you are in need of assistance because of any of the recent hurricanes, you may apply for benefits by contacting FEMA at: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585.
If you or a family member need help with a problem concerning a federal government agency, please call my Orlando office toll-free at (888) 671-4091.


 
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Oct 30, 2017HISTORIC SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA
In the face of escalating threats, this week we passed the most far-reaching sanctions ever imposed on North Korea.
Anyone doing business with the Kim regime is knowingly supporting a brutal dictatorship that senselessly tortures and kills for no reason at all. We must cut off financing for their weapons programs, and that's exactly what this bill does!
The bill is named the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act in memory of the young man brutally tortured and murdered by the North Korean dictatorship. He didn't commit a crime or threaten the North Korean government. He was killed for being an American, and I'll never let that happen without serious consequences!
This bill holds North Korea accountable and sends the clear message to anyone thinking about doing business with them that the United States will not tolerate affronts to human dignity or global security!

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3898/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+3898%22%5D%7D&r=1

 
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Oct 30, 2017SFWMD Making Rapid and Significant Progress Planning Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) accomplished several major milestones this week as it is rapidly making the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir project authorized by the Florida Legislature a reality.

"This project was the will of the citizens of the state of Florida by way of their duly-elected legislative representatives. We are putting all our efforts into making this directive from the Legislature a reality and to build this project as quickly as feasible," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "We are following sound science, garnering public input and methodically following the federal planning process to ensure the EAA Storage Reservoir will work with other ongoing projects -- to maximize the benefit for the Everglades while optimizing the chance for federal approval and cost-sharing of the project."

The EAA Reservoir project, which will build a reservoir on District-owned land south of Lake Okeechobee, began as Senate Bill 10 and was authorized by the Legislature through Senate President Joe Negron and signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year.
The SFWMD conducted two public scoping meetings this week in Clewiston and West Palm Beach. Staff gave presentations to the public about the purpose and need for the southern reservoir, highlighted the




SFWMD Federal Policy and Coordination Bureau Chief Matt Morrison explains the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir to residents and takes public input at a scoping meeting held Thursday at District Headquarters in West Palm Beach. Click on the image to see a larger version.
project's schedule and garnered feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. These meetings were part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The NEPA process provides opportunity for public input related to the EAA Storage Reservoir project.

"Public input is a necessary part of this process and is essential piece for achieving the federal cost share requirements identified in Senate Bill 10," said SFWMD Federal Policy and Coordination Bureau Chief Matt Morrison the public scoping held on Thursday, Oct. 26 at District headquarters in West Palm Beach. "SFWMD is holding meetings on an aggressive timetable over the next three months with interested parties and stakeholders to ensure their comments are taken into account as staff develops modeling, evaluates options, assesses performance and creates the plan for the EAA Storage Reservoir project."

At the scoping meeting on Oct. 26, Morrison made several major announcements including:
• SFWMD staff has begun working on baseline modeling runs that will help inform the public process of selecting the project's features and design. Baseline modeling runs will likely be made public as early as November and could be discussed at the SFWMD Governing Board's Nov. 9 monthly business meeting to be held in Doral, while modeling detailing the Storage Reservoir project's impact on Lake Okeechobee discharges will be available to the public late December 2017. The District will report to the Legislature regarding progress on planning the project in January. A final report is expected to be given to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for review by March.
• The District's real estate division is reaching out to landowners in the area of the proposed reservoir to find potential willing sellers. Senate Bill 10 "declares that acquiring land to increase water storage south of the lake is in the public interest" and says "the district shall acquire that land from willing sellers" if necessary. The District is seeking landowners willing to sell or exchange property that could be used for the EAA Storage Reservoir project. Landowners in the area who may be interested or know other interested landowners can contact the District's Real Estate Division by email at RealEstate@sfwmd.gov.
• The Corps has signaled its support to work with the District on a feasibility study to develop a Post Authorization Change Report (PACR) for the Central Everglades Planning Project, a critical milestone in the development, approval and cost sharing of the EAA Storage Reservoir. The Corps has expressed willingness to provide technical assistance to the District for the feasibility study. The Corps assistance is critical to ensuring all federal requirements have been addressed. The Corps' support of a memorandum of agreement to formalize this important partnership is crucial to the ultimate success of a joint project. To read the latest letter from the Corps, click here.

Two more public meetings are scheduled for the coming weeks to be held on Tues., Oct. 31 and Mon., Nov. 6, 9 a.m., at District headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach. To watch live webcasts of the EAA Reservoir public meetings, visit the District's website at www.sfwmd.gov.
If you would like to provide comment but cannot attend these meetings, please submit feedback by emailing EAAreservoir@sfwmd.gov or through handwritten correspondence to:

Mike Albert, Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road, MSC 8312
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

For more information on the meetings, including an agenda and the reservoir project, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.
To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.



 
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Oct 30, 2017BAD WEEK FOR TERRORISTS
I know firsthand how dangerous it is when the United States retreats from a leadership role. When we pull back, the world is put on a dangerous course that threatens global security.
The injuries that I sustained while serving are a constant reminder that radical terrorists want to destroy our very way of life. As long as there's breath left in my body, I'll never let that happen!
I've held my fellow soldiers as their life left their body. They were killed for being American and for defending freedom. I'll never let those murderers get away unpunished!
That's why in Congress I'm dedicated to fighting terror, securing our border, stopping Iran's reign of terror, punishing North Korea and destroying Hezbollah. This week we passed legislation to do all that and more. Watch this week's Week In Review video to hear all about it:


 
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Oct 30, 2017Stuart News recommends YES to NorthPoint Stuart!
Should Stuart voters agree to sell waterfront property? Our recommendation

October 19, 2017 - A referendum, approved overwhelmingly by Stuart residents in 2006, requires city commissioners to get voter approval before selling waterfront property or leasing it for more than 10 years.

There are three separate questions on the Nov. 7 ballot related to the sale or lease of waterfront property owned by the city:

1. Shall the city sell the 2.638 acre lot known as the NorthPoint parcel for at least its appraised value?

Potential uses are limited for the NorthPoint property, which is on the north side of the St. Lucie River and sandwiched between the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and Northwest Dixie Highway. The city bought the property in the early 2000s from the Florida Department of Transportation for $500,000, and since then has twice leased it to developers who never built on it.

Local developer Richard Geisinger wants to build a restaurant and offices on the site and has agreed with city officials on a purchase price of $950,000. Selling to Geisinger would allow the city to almost double its original investment. It also would return the property to the city's tax rolls, another gain for taxpayers.

Selling the NorthPoint property also might spark redevelopment north of the railroad bridge.

WE RECOMMEND: Yes

For more information on the use of this property, call Richard Geisinger, Jr. at (772) 215-1094. You also have an open invitation to stop by the office at 54 NW Dixie Hwy, Stuart (directly across the street from the NorthPoint site) to ask any questions you have about this project. Or you may also visit the NorthPoint website at www.NorthPointStuart.com


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Oct 30, 2017FAU Harbor Branch IMMERSION TOUR program...
The Harbor Branch Immersion Tour – Wednesdays from 10:30am -12:00pm

FAU Harbor Branch welcomes you to go behind the scenes with one of our outreach scientists to gain a greater understanding of the significant research conducted by the institute. The 1.5 hour tour starts at our Ocean Discovery Visitors Center, located west and upland from our main gate on the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, an ancient beach sand dune. The group will work their way down by tram towards the campus past several marine research labs located along the Indian River Lagoon. During this tour, visitors will hear highlights of the cutting-edge research being conducted by FAU Harbor Branch marine scientists and engineers and learn about the positive impact their work has on the community, the environment and everyday life. The experience will also include a photo-op in front of the iconic JSL II deep-sea submersible and views of Florida’s wildlife and natural habitats.

Campus Immersion Tours are recommended for adults and children ages 10 and up.

Tours are limited to 12 people. Reservations and payment are required in advance (must be made by 4 pm the Tuesday before).

Price: $10/adult; $5/child (12 and under)

The Indian River Lagoon Research Tour – Select Wednesdays (Jan - Apr) from 10:00am-12:00pm

The Indian River Lagoon Research Tour is a fun and educational experience aboard a 30-passenger pontoon boat captained by Audubon Warden “Chop” Lege. During this 2-hour journey the visitors will hear from a FAU Harbor Branch Graduate Student about the active research being conducted to help understand and protect the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. Designated as an aquatic preserve and Estuary of National Significance, the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. It is home to more than 2100 different species of plants and more than 2200 animal species, including 50 threatened or endangered species. Harbor Branch research includes studies on harmful algal blooms, physical and biological dynamics, marine mammal health and identification, and real-time water quality information from the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network. Our researchers are leading the way to find solutions to restore and conserve the Indian River Lagoon.

Tours are limited to 30 people. Reservations and payment are required in advance.

Indian River Lagoon Research Boat Tours are recommended for all ages.

Price: $30/adult; $25/child (12 and under)


 
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Oct 30, 2017What do Hackers and Hurricanes have in common?
What do Hackers and Hurricanes have in common?

They will both blow your business at Lampa Mortgage, Inc. away!

Don’t let it happen. Come to the “Breakfast & Learn” update on “Cybersecurity & Business Continuity” held exclusively for the tenants of Sands Commerce Centre. The session will cover what’s at stake, the risks of compromise, and mitigation strategies.

Where: Sands Professional Office Suites Conference Room, 4285 SW Martin Hwy.
When: Thur., Nov. 2. Doors open @ 7:45. Briefing starts @ 8:00. Wrap up @ 8:45.
Who: C&W Technologies of Stuart.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to Craig Anderson, canderson@cwnow.com, 772-287-5215 x113.

Craig Jon Anderson,
Business Technology Advisor

2522 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: 772-287-5215


 
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Oct 26, 2017Huge Veterans Discount throughout the month of November
Ample Care LLC Home Health Agency is offering a Huge Veterans Discount throughout the month of November. Although we always offer Veterans discounts year round we are offering a significantly bigger discount through the month of November for home health services. Once you are enrolled as a patient the discount will remain with you until you no longer are in need of our services. Call with any questions or to arrange for a free in home assessment. Monday – Friday 9 am (to) 5 pm 772-237-7135

The Ample Care Team,
Ample Care LLC Home Health Agency,
772-237-7135
https://www.facebook.com/Amplecarellc/
http://www.amplecarellc.com/home.html
Amplecarellc@gmail.com


 
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Oct 26, 2017SFWMD Invites the Public to EAA Storage Reservoir Scoping


West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting a public scoping meeting on the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir project at 9 a.m. this Thursday at District headquarters in West Palm Beach.



This is the second public scoping meeting held by the District this week regarding the reservoir project. At the first meeting, held Monday at John



SFWMD staff gets input at the first public scoping meeting for the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir in Clewiston. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Boy Auditorium in Clewiston, interested parties attended to offer input on the project. SFWMD staff will present identical information during Thursday's scoping meeting.


The SFWMD presentation to the public will define the purpose and need for the southern reservoir, highlight the project's schedule, as well as solicit feedback from interested parties and stakeholders. These meetings are part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The NEPA process provides opportunity for the public to provide input related to the EAA Storage Reservoir project.




Thursday's public scoping meeting will also be webcast live on SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov.




The District will hold another public meeting on the reservoir project on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 9 a.m. at District headquarters. That meeting will also be webcast on the District's website.




If you would like to provide comment but cannot attend these meetings, you can still submit feedback by emailing EAAreservoir@sfwmd.gov or through handwritten correspondence to:

Mike Albert, Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road, MSC 8312
West Palm Beach, FL 33406



For more information on the meetings, including an agenda and the reservoir project, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.


To learn more about SFWMD's ongoing planning projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, visit www.sfwmd.gov/cerpplanning.





Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Scoping Meetings



WHAT Scoping Meeting



WHO
Conducted by the SFWMD

WHEN
Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.

WHERE

District Headquarters, B-1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


INFO Agenda [PDF]

https://www.sfwmd.gov/sites/default/files/documents/agenda_2017_1023_1026_eaa_res_scoping_meeting.pdf


WHAT

Public Meeting



WHO


Conducted by the SFWMD


WHEN

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.


WHERE

District Headquarters, B-1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


INFO
Agenda [PDF]

https://www.sfwmd.gov/sites/default/files/documents/agenda_2017_1031_eaa_res_meeting.pdf

 
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Oct 26, 2017Light Tackle Tournament
The response has been overwhelming and time is running out for early registration.

Don’t delay, free slips are limited for pro-boats.

There are only 23 days left to save 10% on early registration for pro and amateur boats fishing in this year’s Light Tackle Tournament.

November 15th deadline is nearing so register today, online at www.stuartsailfishclub.com or visit or call the club office at (772) 286-9373.

Our office staff will handle all dockage reservations on a first come basis.

http://www.stuartsailfishclub.com/

Thank you
Charles Conigliaro
Tournament Chair
Cell: 772-260-1021


 
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Oct 26, 2017Martin County unveils new website design; fresh look integrates improvements
Today, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announced the anticipated release of its newly redesigned website for Martin County government.
The updated design was initiated based on feedback received from the community and staff following the initial launch of the new website in November 2015.
The project goals were to present a simplified, visually-appealing look featuring engaging imagery, while better organizing the homepage to highlight some of our most popular services and departments. Martin County has worked to incorporate this public feedback, while also meeting a high level of compliance standards and accessibility requirements.
In addition to the new design, previous improvements made to the website include enhancements to the search functionality, creation of a staff directory and a more simplified content presentation on various pages to better serve our residents and web users.
Features of the new design include:
• Bold images and a bright color palate representing the beauty of Martin County;
• Prominent buttons providing quicker accessibility with fewer clicks to popular services and departments;
• Integration with the County's social media channels, helping residents stay connected and engaged with county communications, news, and events;
• A focused Search bar allowing users to search and find information on services, programs and facilities;
• And an update to the mobile responsive design.
"By addressing the feedback of residents and staff, the new look demonstrates a positive reflection of County government, and exemplifies the BOCC's ongoing efforts to make meaningful improvements that aim to improve transparency and accessibility to information and services available for residents on the County website," said George Stokus, Assistant County Administrator.

We encourage residents and users to continue to provide us with website feedback and/or inquiries by clicking the "Questions?" link located at the bottom of the County's homepage, or by clicking the "Feedback" link which will be located at the top of the new homepage design. To stay up-to-date, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/ and Twitter @MartinCountygov.


 
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Oct 26, 2017Holiday Cheer for the Rest of the Year!
Holiday Cheer for the Rest of the Year!
How to Make the Most out of this Holiday Season

October 30th and November 7th

In this free webinar, we'll teach your members:

• What type of holiday promotions and messages to include in their marketing plan
• How to produce a holiday message that connects to their audience
• How businesses like theirs have produced effective holiday messages


 
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Oct 26, 2017Hurricane Irma Relief Ad Hoc Committee
The Board has formed an Ad Hoc Committee to help assess the damage from Hurricane Irma to marine businesses in the Region. They will be working with others from around the state to secure aide from the FL Legislature.
They will have phone meeting this Friday, if you have any questions please call Michele at 772-692-7599.
Friday, October 27, 2017
8:30am
Dial In: 800-377-8846
Passcode: 432 464 66#

Please join us...


 
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Oct 26, 2017Calling all Volunteers!
The Marine Industries Assocition of the Treasure Coast (MIATC) is in need of voluteers to help with the Christmas Boat Parades. We have three parades and need help with all aspects of the parades. We need volunteers in each county collecting prizes and soliciting sponsors and boat participants. There is plenty to do and you can do a little or allot.



Get in the Holiday Spirit and give us a call today! Ask for Michele at 772-692-7599.



 
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Oct 26, 2017Boatlines Oct 25
Calendar Events

Oct 28th ~9th Annual Palm City Fall Fest at the Citrus Grove Community Park, 2100 Marvel Ave, Palm City, FL 93065. Campus, Wolf Tech Center. Food, live entertainment, arts & crafts, children's area, car show and more. Free admission!

Oct 30th ~ MIATC Board Meeting in Ft. Pierce. For more info, call 772.692.7599.

Oct 30th - Dec 8th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - Yacht & Small Craft Syrveying. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Nov 1st ~ How to Start a Small Business. The course is FREE and will be held at the Morgade Public LIbrary in Stuart from 12:30 - 2:30PM For more info, visit their website.

Nov 1st ~ How to Start a Small Business. The course is FREE and will be held at the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce in Ft Pierce from 10:00 - 12:00PM For more info, visit their website.

Nov 2nd ~ Intro to Internet Marketing & Customer Engagement through Social Media at IRSC. Cost is $59 and will be held at the Main Campus in Ft. Pierce from 9:00 - 12:00PM
For more info, visit their website.

Nov 4th - 5th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - CPC 100 - Boating Essentials. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

Nov 18th - 19th ~ Vero Beach Boat Show. for more information visit their webiste at http://www.verobeachboatshow.com/

Nov 18th ~ Florida Inland Navigation District Meeting in Martin County. For more info, view the notice.





Boat Show Exhibitor Slips
 
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Oct 26, 2017Economic Council October Newsletter
New Customs Facility

The entire community celebrated the ground breaking for our new multi modal customs facility on August 23rd. This was one of the largest community events to celebrate a public facility with over one hundred people in attendance. The Economic Council of Martin County was recognized for its leadership in bringing this facility to Martin County. However, we recognize it took many people to make this happen and want to thank the Martin County Commissioners and Staff, Dave Smith, Dan Capen, our past CEO Tammy Simoneau, the Treasure Coast Marine Industries Association, and all the others that helped in this accomplishment.
2014 data on Witham Field shows an annual economic impact of $364,795,000 in direct impact and $7,675,000 of indirect impacts. Total employment was 2,310 with total payroll of $66,044,000. Serving both the aviation and marine communities this new customs facility will allow the 1,200 air operations and 12,000 boaters to clear customs at Witham Field saving both time and fuel. With an annual budget of $200,000 the fee based system is expected to quickly break even while providing an invaluable service to so many of our residents.

After the Sales Tax Referendum

County Commission Chairman Doug Smith recently spoke to members of the Economic Council about how to move forward with projects following the failed sales tax referendum. Commissioner Smith explained that many projects would be delayed or reprioritized due to a lack of funding. However, he quickly moved to a more optimistic approach and described his desire to continue adding to and diversifying the tax base of Martin County.
Martin County has four major industrial areas with significant opportunities; Ag-Tec at I-95 and Martin Highway, 7 J’s industrial park also near I-95 and Martin Highway, Airport property at Witham Field, Florida Commerce Park and other large sites in Indiantown and the future Pineland Prairie project near Florida’s Turnpike and Martin Highway. There are a number of other industrial areas that also offer opportunity including Jensen Beach and Port Salerno.
Commissioner Smith is a strong advocate for economic development and believes that in addition to available, development ready sites we need to work on improving our workforce training programs. “A trained workforce to replace those forecast to retire from our existing industries as well to support the attraction and growth of new businesses is critical to our economic development efforts” Smith said.
We look forward to working with Martin County and Indian River State College to bring additional training opportunities to Martin County to support our businesses and industry.

The Future of Healthcare in Martin County

Martin Health System is proposing to rebuild their hospital campus in Stuart. As is the case with most buildings with technology, the existing hospital is nearing the end of its useful term. In order to meet the more modern hospital requirements a new facility is necessary. Martin Health executives have presented their vision for a new facility to the Economic Council, Chambers of Commerce, the City Commission and neighbors.
Martin Health is not proposing a major expansion but rather an upgrade to modern standards. These new standards require larger space between floors for the technology of today and the future; ventilation and air quality systems, critical information technology cabling and systems for example. If you have been to Martin Medical Center you probably noticed some of the challenges. Perhaps you took the elevator up to visit a friend or relative and rode up with an employee taking cleaning supplies to one of the floors. Modern healthcare requires modern facilities. A renovated hospital will provide more privacy to patients, better quality care, a more secure facility with critical facilities starting on the second floor out of harm’s way from potential flooding, and an emergency room entrance at the front of the hospital rather than around back out of sight.
Yes, the hospital will need to build up, which will exceed the four-story height limit. But it already is permitted to, and does, exceed our height limits so there is a precedent set. We understand the concerns of neighbors close by but if you drive along Osceola Street now you can see how Martin Health has made an effort to set buildings back from the road and plant landscaping to screen the facility so it is not overpowering. They plan to do the same and tier the buildings to limit the visual effect of this new modern facility.
This also makes sound economic sense with a $250 million investment, new state of the art equipment and the potential for additional job growth. We support a modern, quality hospital to replace the aging infrastructure that currently serves our community and the added economic benefits that come along with it.

Economic Council CEO receives Award and Recognition

Economic Council CEO, Ted Astolfi was presented with the Charlene Hoag Award during this year’s Business Appreciation Award Luncheon held Friday, October 20, 2017. The Charlene Hoag Award was created in Charlene’s honor to be awarded to recipients based upon their demonstration of the qualities that made Charlene a true community leader. These characteristics include devotion to family and vocation, commitment to service to the community and leadership toward the goal of improving our quality of life.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive the Charlene Hoag Award” said Astolfi. “Charlene was a former County Commissioner, Executive Director of the Economic Council and a close friend so this award means a lot to me.” Criteria for the Charlene Hoag Award includes one who has made a difference in Martin County; giving selflessly to others; employed or contributes volunteer time in Martin County; a strong sense of community responsibility; is recognized and respected as a role model; demonstrates high standards of ethics; has made outstanding contributions within Martin County; and has been employed in Martin County for 10 years of more.
The Economic Council of Martin County also congratulates American Stairs for their Business Expansion of the Year Award, Kai Kai Farm as the Small Business of the year, Burr Yacht Sales as New Business of the Year, Skin Serenity Spa as Entrepreneur of the Year and General Micro Systems, awarded Business of the Year.




 
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Oct 25, 2017Gov. Scott recommends $305 Million for Everglades Restoration
As many of you know or have heard me me say, it’s all about the money! Money from Tallahassee and Washington is vital to completing existing and soon-to-be approved Everglades projects. Progress has languished over the last 17 years due to ever changing amounts of money appropriated by politicians at the state and federal levels of government.

Yesterday, at Audubon’s Corkscrew Sanctuary, America’s Everglades received some exciting news. In his eighth and final budget recommendation to the Florida Legislature, Governor Rick Scott pledged a robust investment plan totaling $305 million for existing and future Everglades projects. This budget recommendation compliments progress that has been underway for the last five years, including the continued need to store, clean and flow Lake Okeechobee water south to the Everglades and down to the Florida Keys. Specifically, Governor Scott’s recommendation calls for $64 million for the reservoir called for in Senate Bill 10.

In my remarks before the assembled press and guest, I thanked Governor Scott for his commitment to the Everglades but took the opportunity to urge the White House and Congress to match Florida’s commitment to Everglades funding. I often hear from supporters that Everglades construction takes too long. This challenge is met with sustained money and reaffirmation for success.

I am extremely optimistic as we approach 2018! Good work so far, but there is much more to do.


 
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Oct 25, 2017Final Notice to Sign Up For the 2017 Veterans Day Parade
We are getting closer to the Parade (Saturday, November 11th) and if you haven’t signed up yet, please do by Friday, November 3, 2017 (that is the cut-off date). Attached is the sign-up sheet, please fill it out and send back to us by US mail, fax or email; you will then receive an email confirmation. If you have already signed up, please disregard this email.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you!


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



Veterans Day Parade Sign
 
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Oct 25, 2017November 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 November 2017. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
November 14 & 28, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

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

JOINT MEETING WITH THE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THE TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
November 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
November 15, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
November 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
November 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
November 15, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
November 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
November 2 & 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
November 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

RURAL INDIANTOWN REVITALIZATION ADVISORY BOARD
November 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
November 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

The Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day and again Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24, in observance of Thanksgiving.

This notice dated: October 25, 2017.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 25, 2017Florida Secretary of Transportation on What The Future Holds
Florida Secretary of Transportation:
"Your Voices Are Strong."

Yesterday, Mike Dew, Florida Secretary of Transportation and key note speaker at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Summit, spoke to Florida's leading business and industry experts on the future of Florida's transportation.

As we plan for a future with 26 million Floridians and 4-5 million new drivers, Sec. Dew shared his thoughts on how Florida can continue to succeed:

Register today to hear from Sec. Mike Dew live on December 12 in Port Canaveral as we continue these conversations and take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing Florida’s transportation systems today and throughout the next 20 years.

Topics will include connectivity, innovations and technology, how Florida can leverage its infrastructure, how Florida can move and make more product to help multiply economic impact to our state, and more.

http://www.flchamber.com/event_post/transportation-summit/

 
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Oct 25, 201712th Annual "Keep Memories Alive" Walk in the Mall
On behalf of the Caring Hearts Auxiliary of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, please join us and help us make the upcoming 12th Annual "Keep Memories Alive" Walk-in-the-Mall the most successful event to date! These important fundraising dollars will be used to support day center scholarships and caregiver programs.

The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center is a part of Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Averaging 10,000 visits per year, the Center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders and their families/caregivers, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. With your support, we can continue to grow the important programs at the Memory and Wellness Center.

Please help us spread the word about this special event! You can form your own walker team or become a sponsor. For more information, contact nurchearts@fau.edu.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.!

Prizes will be given for Team Captains who raise the most money and Walker with best costume/team spirit!




 
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Oct 25, 2017Keeping You Informed: Disaster Assistance for Florida's Small Business Community
Disaster Assistance for Florida's Small Businesses...
Small Business Council October 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 to learn about disaster assistance resources available for Florida's small business community. We heard from Michael Myhre, CEO & Network State Director, Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, who shared how small businesses are recovering post Hurricane Irma and what resources are still available to assist in their recovery. We were also joined by Todd Kocourek, President & CEO, Florida's First Capital Finance Corporation, who shared information about Florida's Disaster Bridge Loan program.

Florida Chamber Foundation's Chief Economist, Dr. Jerry Parrish, also previewed the results of the Florida Chamber's Q4 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 Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Visit www.TheFloridaScorecard.org to learn more.


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


More From the Florida Chamber
• ICYMI: Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Provides Look at Future of Florida's Workforce

http://www.flchamber.com/florida-chamber-economist-provides-look-future-workforce/

• Register today for the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2017 Less Poverty, Through More Prosperity Summit in Tampa, November 28.

http://www.flchamber.com/event_post/less-poverty-through-more-prosperity-summit/


 
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Oct 24, 20172017 Annual Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show
Martin County - Light of the World Charities' Little Lights Dentistry cordially invites you to attend their 2017 Annual Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show. This lovely luncheon will be held at Monarch Country Club, in Palm City, on November 4th, 2017, at 12:00pm. A three-course lunch will be served, while fashions, courtesy of Stein Mart, will be modeled by some of the guests.
Local merchants, volunteers, board members, and staff, have generously donated many prizes that will be raffled off. There will also be a few special items, that will be awarded to a lucky attendee, via their silent auction.
Condon Jewelers, will once again, be on-site, to provide professional jewelry cleaning and inspection. This service is always a favorite of the guests, and Light of the World Charities, would like to thank Condon Jewelers for their continued support throughout the years.
Light of the World Charities' Little Lights Dentistry program is a Martin County-based, FREE pediatric dental clinic, serving the underprivileged and underserved children in our local area. Their new dental home, located on the St. Joseph Catholic Church campus, in Stuart, was made possible by their generous donors, volunteers, and community partners. Their combined efforts, including those of the Martin County Children’s Service Council, Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, United Way, and Women in Philanthropy, have helped bring hope, and smiles, back to the many children who had nowhere to turn for their dental needs.
Now, they need to continue their mission, so that they can help as many children as possible with their oral health. Proceeds generated from their 2017 Annual Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show, will be used to support all aspects of their Little Lights Dentistry program.
Tickets are $50.00 per person. Please contact Cheryl Salser to RSVP by Wednesday, November 1st. Email: cheryl@lotwc.us or call: (772) 812-9697
Checks may be made payable to: LIGHT OF THE WORLD CHARITIES


 
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Oct 24, 2017Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Bridge Loan program seeks to provide short-term (up to 180 days), interest-free loans of up to $50,000 to qualified Florida small businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma. Qualified businesses must be for-profit, privately held businesses that maintain a place of business in the state
with a minimum of two and maximum of 100 employees. You can find
the application, and loan eligibility, terms, and documentation and other requirements at www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org.

The SBDC is also working with our federal partners at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help Florida's small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma apply for SBA Disaster Loans. To take advantage of these resources, impacted businesses in declared counties must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You can view of list of designated counties and register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. While online registration is the quickest and easiest, you may also register by mobile device at m.fema.gov, call the toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362, or visit a Disaster Recovery Center.

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

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


 
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Oct 24, 2017The Maritime Industry Business Matching
The Thai Trade Center - Miami cordially invites you to attend "The Maritime Industry Business Matching" organized by Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, and The Royal Thai Government in collaboration with The Naval Dockyard Department, Royal Thai Navy.

This great event aims to exhibit future boat technology, weapon and combat system, radar, communication, satellite, transportation logistics, safety and security system as well as industries related to marine resource conservation, methodology and new environmentally friendly approaches. Moreover, there will be demonstrations of equipment, products, and tools based on advance technology from both public and private organization. There will be plenty of opportunities to exchange technology ideas regarding investment in the eastern corridor.

BUSINESS DAYS: November 15 - 17, 2017

VENUE: Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) Royal Cliff Beach Hotel.
Exhibit Categories:
- Vehicles - Automotive - Electronics Appliance and Equipment
- Radar - Communication Satellite - Safety Equipment
- Security System - Appliance for the ease of operation in ships and port services
- Machinery - Cargo and Transportation
- Logistic and Complete Supply Chain
- Industry related to the conversation of Marine Resources

To ensure your most convenient visit, please fill out the "Importer Profile Form" and send it
back to ttcmiami@gmail.com or fax it to 786-388-7999. As our Trade Mission guest you will receive express badge, fair catalog, lunch coupon (Trade Days only) and transportation (from official hotel to the venue). For additional information, please contact Mr. Martin Gutierrez at
786-388-7888,


 
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Oct 24, 2017Keeping You Informed: Florida Small Business Owners Concerned About Workforce Talent
FLORIDA CHAMBER Q4 SMALL BUSINESS INDEX SURVEY RESULTS
Florida Small Business Owners Concerned
About Workforce Talent

Thank you for taking time to complete the Florida Chamber's Q4 Small Business Index Survey. Your input is valuable and plays a vital role in the Florida Chamber's fight to continue growing the best business climate in the nation right here in Florida.

Results show that “Workforce Quality” and “Government Regulations” continue to be the top issues Florida's job creators are concerned about.

“Businesses are telling us, loud and clear, that in order to grow, they need access to a talented workforce,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. "The Florida Chamber Foundation's recent Florida Jobs 2030 report confirms this research by showing that the future of work is changing, and as this quarter's Small Business Index shows - businesses now more than ever need access to a talented workforce."

Of Florida small businesses, 48 percent of respondents expect to hire in the next six months.

"Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges, including increased concerns about workforce quality and government regulations,” said Tami Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Entropy Technology Design, Inc. “Florida's economy is dependent on the small business community, and the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council remains committed to advocating on their behalf."

Click here to view the full report.
http://www.flchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Q4-SBIS-October2017_FINAL.pdf

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



 
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Oct 24, 2017ICYMI: Wall Street Journal Blames AOB for 'Upending' Florida's Insurance Market
ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS
In Case You Missed It: Wall Street Journal Blames AOB for "Upending" Florida's Insurance Market




An article in today’s Wall Street Journal says Assignment of Benefit (AOB) contracts are upending the insurance market in Florida and are responsible for driving up insurance rates for some Florida homeowners. Claims from Hurricane Irma could make it worse.

Insurers say the use of AOB agreements in Florida encourages contractors to overcharge insurers for repair work and perform more work than is needed. Tower Hill Insurance in Gainesville has raised rates for homeowners in some Southeast Florida counties by up to 15% in the past year partly due to AOB costs. Heritage Insurance in Clearwater will pay out about $50 million more than it otherwise would have this year due to AOB claims.

Click HERE to read the entire story.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-could-raise-hurricane-irmas-costs-letting-contractors-handle-claims-1508756401

Fight AOB Abuse
Shady contractors and lawyers who advertise on TV continue to take advantage of hard-working Floridians. Sign the petition to encourage lawmakers to put an end to AOB abuse and protect consumers from rising insurance rates.



 
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Oct 24, 2017NW JACK WILLIAMS WAY ROADCLOSURE
On Monday, October 30, 2017, MJC Land Development will begin installation of a new sanitary sewer system, which coincides with the CarMax project. This work will necessitate a road closure on NW Jack Williams Way just west of NW Main Avenue.

Motorists should exercise caution and follow detour signage and message boards. Businesses along NW Jack Williams Way will remain open during the road closure. This work is anticipated to be complete by November 3, 2017.

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


 
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Oct 24, 2017TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT SW WILLOUGHBY BOULEVARD ROAD CLOSURE
On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, the Martin County Sheriff's Office will be hosting their Trunk or Treat event. This event will result in the closure of SE Willoughby Boulevard, between SE Ruhnke Street and just south of SR-714 (SE Monterey Road), between the hours of 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

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


 
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Oct 24, 2017Library's annual 'Season's Readings' starts November 5
STUART, FL - The Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. and the Martin County Library System are hosting the annual Season's Readings program with the goal of delivering 300 books to 3-to-5 year-olds enrolled in a Martin County program with the Early Learning Coalition. Beginning November 5, patrons can visit their local library to select a paper ornament bearing a child's first name and age. Using a recommended book list, patrons can purchase an age-appropriate, non-religious, hardcover book from their preferred retailer. The book and the paper ornament should be returned to the library by December 5, after which time volunteers will wrap the books and present them to the children.

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


 
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