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6 Month Construction

To Close Parts of Martin Downs Boulevard

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Palm City — On Monday, August 1, 2016, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will begin the bridge repair project at Danforth Creek Bridge on Martin Downs Boulevard (State Road 714) between Immanuel Drive and Mapp Road. This project is being done to repair the bridge slabs and provide slope protection/channel lining to prevent further erosion, and it is expected to be completed by early 2017, weather permitting.

In order to do this work safely, it will be necessary for travel lanes to undergo an around-the-clock full closure. Work will be done in the following phases to minimize impacts to residents, businesses and the motoring public:

Phase I: Week of August 8, 2016 through October 2016* – Eastbound travel lanes on Martin Downs Boulevard between Mapp Road and Immanuel Drive will be closed. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to the westbound travel lane, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction for approximately 1,000 feet. During this time the eastbound sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians must cross Martin Downs Boulevard at Matheson Avenue or Mapp Road.

Phase II: October 2016 through January 2017* – Westbound travel lanes on Martin Downs Boulevard between Mapp Road and Immanuel Drive will be closed. Westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound travel lane, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction for approximately 1,000 feet. During this time the westbound sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians must cross Martin Downs Boulevard at Matheson Avenue or Mapp Road.

*These are anticipated dates, weather permitting.

For additional information regarding this upcoming construction project, please contact Kathleen Dempsey, Project Public Information Officer, at (772) 359-5118, kdempsey@corradino.com, or visit www.d4fdot.com.

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Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House

Hosts July “Women’s Power Lunch”

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In photo: Welcome July Women’s Power Lunch Newbie’s

Jensen Beach -– The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 15th year of connecting powerful women in business at Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House.

The Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House location is intrinsically unique, as it sits over-hanging the river’s edge. This special touch came when it was built by the famous historic movie star, Frances Langford. With such an appropriate placement, it gives it’s customers the most spectacular panoramic views. These exceptional views span from the Stuart Causeway all the way up the river to the Jensen Beach Causeway Bridge. Incorporate the restaurant’s superb location with The Dolphin’s signature dish, The Dolphin a la Dolphin, and it is easy to feel the impact of these surroundings.

Schafer says of the groups’ members; “You have made the Power Lunch what it has become, and what it will grow to be! Be who you are, present a message, and join in! This is a ladies’ group that provides networking and support, the two basic elements that make it the huge success it is today!”

What began as an afternoon luncheon for ten friends, has grown into a calling list of over three hundred women, and an attendance of over one hundred women at the monthly luncheons. Anne Schafer, the founder of the Ladies Power Lunch, attributes the success of the group to great networking and support for one another!

The energy that they all have is wonderful! The friendship and service given is awesome! As they go into their tenth year they look forward to many new friendships, togetherness, much laughter, meeting and greeting many, more women of interest ………….” we have much to be thankful for!”

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Monarch C.C. Hosts Palm City Chamber July Breakfast

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In photo: Melissa Corbett from Milcor Group and Caulkins Water Farm, speaks to Palm City business leaders

Palm City — In August 2013, SFWMD approved the Water Farming Pilot Project known as “Caulkins”, located in Indiantown, Florida, a public/private partnership with Caulkins Citrus Company. The Caulkins property is uniquely located adjacent to C-44, below the Okeechobee locks, but above the S-80 discharge facility.

Since becoming operational in February 2014, this project has stored 20,000 acre-feet (and acre foot is 327,000 gallons), or 6.5 billion gallons, of water taken from the C-44 canal across its 413 acre footprint, removing this water and its pollutants, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, from the basin and reducing discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.

Water Farming is an alternative water storage method. The “Caulkins” pilot program has proven to be a highly efficient, cost effective method of collecting, storing and “farming” water through transvaporation, percolation and evaporation. It is an alternative water storage facility that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand its existing 413 acre “pilot project”, already operating successfully on a portion of the fallow citrus groves that comprised Caulkins Citrus Company, to its entire 3300 acres. This expansion will create a large, shallow water storage facility, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-44 reducing the need to discharge, or waste the water to tide. Based on scientific monitoring, it can be estimated that approximately 70-80,000 ac-ft of water could be “harvested” from the C-44 and treated and captured within the 3000 acres available for expansion of the pilot.

The St. Lucie River Watershed Protection Plan estimated that 200,000 ac-ft of storage are needed within the basin to reduce discharge events by 90% annually. An expanded “Caulkins” satisfies almost 50% of that need.

Our Mission at the Palm City Chamber is “To serve as the principle advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs and improving the quality of life.”

The Palm City Chamber is the only Chamber on the Treasure Coast that offers private tours of member businesses exclusively to their members

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Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Auditions Available

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Audition appointments for Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County music students who are interested in performing for the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony this concert season are now available for the orchestra’s 2016-2017 schedule.

String instrument auditions will be held on Friday, August 19th between 4PM and 8:30 PM and are scheduled with orchestra conductor and founder, Dr. John Enyart.

Auditions for wind instruments and percussion, will be held on Saturday, August 20nd between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Auditions are coordinated at the Jensen Beach High School Band Room at 2875 NW Goldenrod Road in Jensen Beach.

Information on audition requirements and requests for audition appointments may be made through the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony website by visiting http://www.treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com/auditions.

Concert rehearsals are held on Mondays during the school year at the Jensen Beach High School Band Room between 6PM and 9PM. Most concerts are scheduled on Monday evenings at The Lyric Theatre, and at concert venues at the Eissey Theatre in Palm Beach County and other locations to be planned. Fall and Spring concerts are scheduled, with student performers representing Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.

Young musicians and families are encouraged to learn more about the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony by visiting the youth symphony’s website http://www.treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com where they will find the Handbook for musicians and parents, and information on scholarships and grants, the Academy Orchestra performances, previous programs, a documentary, and resources.

Contact Treasure Coast Youth Symphony at tcys@treasurecoastyouthsymphony.org.

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Eagle Marsh Hosts First Annual Courage on All Fronts

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Jensen Beach — The mission of the Courage on All Fronts organization is to improve the lives of our veterans, service members, and their families. They provide fun experiences for our combat veterans such as chartered fishing trips, trips with their families, horseback riding, golf outings, and much more. They understand that there are many veterans that suffer from PTSD and we have found that some of the best ways to combat PTSD is to participate in fun activities. There are 22 veteran suicides per day in the United States and we feel that number is far too high. They aim to engage veterans in activities that stimulate their mind and body. Most military men and women need to do something, that is why they went into the military in the first place. They want to make a difference so our organization gives them the opportunity to interact with other veterans in a fun and engaging atmosphere. By interacting with other veterans they get the chance to express themselves to people who truly understand what they have been through while doing a fun activity.

They also believe that it is vitally important to take care of our troops as much as we can overseas. They send care packages overseas to improve morale and for the soldiers to get the items they desperately need. The men and women of the military do so much for us. Their organization has big dreams of getting about 20 Acres and having a pond, area for the dogs, area for the horses, and a garden/orchard area where we grow food we can donate to homeless veterans in need. “We would love to be able to start this adventure as soon as possible but we need you.”

A Tommy Fazio Masterpiece, Eagle Marsh Golf Club is the premier destination for a golfing experience in South Florida. Its solid reputation for overall conditioning, unparalleled greens, and host of challenging holes makes it a truly memorable experience.

The shape of the course will remind golfers of one of the more exclusive private clubs that they may have played in the past. Our members and guests will testify to this bold statement.

With five sets of tees, Eagle Marsh is a real challenge for the experienced golfer and player friendly from the forward tees.

Eagle Marsh Golf Club is the perfect choice when visiting South Florida on family vacations. Located in Jensen Beach, the heart of the Treasure Coast, where you’ll find an abundance of things to do for people of all ages.

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IRSC Hosts Annual Business Expo & Technology Today & Celebrates National Lollipop Day

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Stuart — The annual Business Expo & Technology Today was held at the Indian River State College, Wolf Technology Center.

Dynamic breakout sessions, educating attendees on subjects relating to cloud technologies, telecom, hurricane preparedness for business and much more.

The Business After Hours, sponsored by Tax Liability Consultants, featured delicious culinary treats from our Chamber restaurants, a great deal of networking and raffle prizes galore.

The Exhibitor area was abound with local business and Tech vendors with all the latest business technologies.

July 20th, National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat.

Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. They may have been a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey during prehistoric times. Much later when sugar was plentiful, lollipops appeared 16th century Europe.

In the United States, confectionaries and medicine shops as early as the 1860s sold lollipops in various forms, but it wasn’t until 1908 that George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story. He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop and in 1931 trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.

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RUBIO PUSHES FOR CENTRAL EVERGLADES PLANNING PROJECT, RENEWS CALL FOR FEDERAL DISASTER FUNDS

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Stuart — Today hosted a roundtable discussion in Stuart, Florida, with researchers and local officials regarding the Indian River Lagoon. In the media availability following the roundtable, Rubio discussed the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) and the Obama Administration’s refusal to offer assistance for businesses and residents affected by the algae crisis along Florida’s Treasure Coast.

“Part of the process we were working on as part of the emergency declaration is allowing enough flexibility so some of the disaster funds could be used for cleanup technologies that worked, much of the way they were used in the Gulf after the BP oil spill,” Rubio said. “Unfortunately, that was denied. My hope is that the Governor will resubmit the request and this time get a better result.

“There aren’t short-term solutions to big problems,” Rubio continued. “There are things we can do to help people, but ultimately the bottom line is, as nutrient-rich water is running east and west out of Lake Okeechobee in a current form, you will continue to see this. So we have to put in place all those projects that prevent that from happening. And the best way to do that is the Central Everglades Planning Project and the Central Everglades Restoration Project, which is what the experts designed and has been held up for over 15 years in Washington, which we are on the verge of taking a major step on if we can get the water bill passed.”

A partial transcript of Rubio’s remarks is below:

Senator Marco Rubio: “First, let’s hopefully reapply and see if we can change the mind of the President and that determination about denying the federal assistance. Secondly, I really think we need to focus like a laser on the Central Everglades Planning Project which was included in the water bill – we have to get that done. That is the single most massive project that has a lot of things in it that people are asking for. We are on the verge of getting that done in September in the water bill hopefully in the Senate and the House. And I hope that is where we will make our priority because that begins to move the ball forward on a host of different projects that begin to alleviate this crisis.”

Rubio On Relief Vs. Small Business Administration Loans

“I believe both. For some, loans are more appropriate; for others disaster relief, the way you would see after a hurricane or a major storm. In the case of this situation it’s actually damage caused by a federal action not just an act of nature.”

Rubio On Federal Funds Without State Of Emergency Declaration

“There is but at this point you either have to find it through existing discretionary funds in the agencies or an act of congress to appropriate money, which takes a long time. So the ideal is a disaster relief.”

Rubio On His Efforts To Help Treasure Coast Residents

“Well first we are trying to – for example, I personally asked the director at the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention to come down here and give us an analysis of that. I know they are working closely with the health department. But I also say we are going to keep facing this, every year, every other year until we put in place all of those projects that prevent this from happening in the future. Projects that hold more water in the north of the lake, more water in the south of the lake, and allow more water to flow south into the Everglades as opposed to the volume from east to west.

“The only way to do this is to move forward on the budget designed by the experts 15 years ago: the Everglades Planning Project. Developed in Washington, way before I ever got there and now we are finally on the verge.”

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Governor Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program

for Small Businesses

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for businesses affected by the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. Earlier this month, Governor Scott directed the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to activate a virtual business emergency operations center to survey businesses affected by the algal blooms in Lee, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties. After receiving more than 50 surveys from local businesses, DEO has opened the application period for loans to eligible small businesses from July 14 to August 31, 2016.

Governor Scott said, “While Florida’s residents, waterways and economy have been severely impacted by this environmental emergency, our state has not hesitated to take action to support our coastal communities. Today, I activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to offer assistance to local small businesses in need of financial aid following the recent algal blooms. We remain prepared to use every resource available to make sure Florida’s families and natural treasures are protected.”

DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, “The department’s virtual emergency operations center has collected information from many local businesses that have been damaged by the algae blooms. Small businesses are the backbone of Florida’s economy, and the bridge loan program will help those businesses affected by the algae meet their needs until the area recovers.”

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides short-term loans to assist a business until other financial resources, such as a U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan, are secured after a natural disaster. To see if a business is eligible or to complete an application by August 31, 2016 visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For additional questions regarding local administration of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact representatives from the Florida Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

Martin and St. Lucie Counties: Florida SBDC at Indian River State College.

Email: jhopkins@irsc.edu

Phone: 772-462-7069.

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MURPHY MAKING MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

ON ST. LUCIE RIVER

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Stuart, FL — Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) held a press conference with community leaders and activists at Central Marine in Stuart regarding the algae crisis on the Treasure Coast, and collected water samples from the St. Lucie River. During this event, Rep. Murphy announced a “Lagoon Action Day” in Washington, D.C. next week.

“LAGOON ACTION DAY”

On Thursday, July 14th, Congressman Patrick Murphy and community members will meet with representatives from the Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control. In the afternoon, Rep. Murphy will hold a press conference to discuss takeaways and next steps in the fight to address this ongoing crisis. Participants will bring water collected from the St. Lucie River to show agency officials and other members of Congress the state of our waterways.

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Martin County School District’s School Grades Announced – Top Ten in State

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Stuart, FL –The Florida Department of Education released school and district grades today. Since 1999, Florida has used school grades to communicate how well a school is performing relative to state standards. These preliminary school and district grades reflect major legislative changes in how school and district grades are calculated, which became effective on January 6, 2016.

Overall, over half of the schools in the District earned an A or B grade. The District earned a “B” grade, narrowly missing an “A” by two points and is currently the eighth highest scoring school district in the state.

“I am proud to be one of the top ten school districts in the state of Florida. I value the work that our teachers, staff and administrators are doing to impact student learning,” said Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord. “We celebrate the positive results and have action plans to address areas of need. These results further substantiate why our Martin Family Language Involvement Program is necessary in our community to build a solid literacy foundation for school readiness and success for our students,” she said.

“We continue to employ best practices to educate all students for success with our vision for a dynamic system of excellence,” added Gaylord.
Martin County School District School Grades

2015-16                      2014-15

Elementary Schools

Bessey Creek Elementary                                           A                               A

Citrus Grove Elementary                                             A                               A

Crystal Lake Elementary                                             C                                A

Felix A. Williams Elementary                                       B                               A

Hobe Sound Elementary                                              C                               B

Jensen Beach Elementary                                            B                               B

J.D. Parker Elementary                                                 C                               C

Palm City Elementary                                                    A                               A

Pinewood Elementary                                                    B                               B

Port Salerno Elementary                                               C                               C

SeaWind Elementary                                                    C                               C

Warfield Elementary                                                       C                               C

Middle Schools

Dr. David L. Anderson Middle                                         B                              B

Hidden Oaks Middle                                                       A                              A

Indiantown Middle                                                          C                               C

Murray Middle                                                                 B                               B

Stuart Middle                                                                   A                               A

High Schools

Clark Advanced Learning Center                                   A                               A

Jensen Beach High School                                            B                               A

Martin County High School                                             I                                A

South Fork High School                                                 C                                A

The Martin County School District (MCSD) is an Academically High-Performing School District in Florida and is fully accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. More information about MCSD can be found online at www.martinschools.org.

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Citizens for Clean Water Organized “Buy the Land” Rally

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Stuart — Citizens for Clean Water organized a rally July 2nd at Stuart Beach to get people to spell out “Buy the Land”. Residents are hoping to end the algae pollution in the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon by speaking out against the toxic blue-green algae in the waterways of their communities on the Treasure Coast.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office estimated between 2,000- 3,000 people showed up for the event. Army Corps of Engineers are still maintaining that it needs to drain water from the lake to prevent a breach in the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds it and flooding of the surrounding communities.

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Representative Harrell Meets with Senators Nelson and Rubio

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STUART, FL – Yesterday Representative Gayle Harrell, (R—District 83) had the opportunity to meet with Senator Bill Nelson, who toured the Indian River Lagoon. Today Representative Harrell had the pleasure of speaking with Senator Marco Rubio immediately after his boat tour of the Lagoon. She presented both Senators with a letter she had delivered to the Army Corps of Engineers, from several Florida State Senators and Representatives and urged him to also request the Corps stop the releases and close the locks. (see pages 2 & 3 for letter to Army Corps)

Senator Nelsons boat tour was cut short due to the heavy storm that came in. But he did get to see first hand the toxic algae in the water at Coastal Marine. Senator Nelson stated that he would most definitely press the Corps to stop the releases as soon as he got back to Washington.

“We need an immediate closure of the locks,” stressed Rep. Harrell, “Our beloved Lagoon needs some time to allow our estuaries to “flush” with the natural flow of salt water.”

Out2News.comRep. Harrell also told the Senators about Legacy Florida. And explained that the fixes are coming, once it goes into effect. But we still need our Federal partners to do their fair share of the 50/50 agreement for Everglades restoration.

Legacy Florida provides a dedicated funding source for the restoration of the Everglades and ending the releases from Lake Okeechobee. The Legislature will be required to appropriate a minimum of 25 percent or $200 million for Everglades projects that implement the comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), including the Central Everglades Planning Project, the Long-Term Plan and the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program. Priority must be given to projects that will end the release pf harmful water from Lake Okeechobee into our estuaries.

Representative Gayle Harrell said, “By passing Legacy Florida we have guaranteed a dedicated and reliable funding source to restore the Florida Everglades, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers and end the harmful releases from Lake Okeechobee. Legacy Florida will enable us to preserve these natural treasures for future generations.”

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EMERGENCY MEETING!

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Florida Department of Health;

“Avoid Contact With Visible Blue-green Algae”

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Out2News.comMartin County, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Martin County reminds residents to avoid contact with visible blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in any waterbody. Advisory signage is in place in public access points from Port Mayaca near Lake Okeechobee up through Sandsprit Park in Stuart. Additional signage will be put in place as necessary and as sampling results become available.

Test results today and in recent weeks from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have confirmed the presence of the toxin, microcystin. Exposure to water containing algae toxins may cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed and rash if touched or inhaled.

If you spot blue-green algae, contact DEP at 407-897-4177. Additional information is available at: https://depnewsroom.wordpress.com/south-florida-algal-bloom-monitoring-and-response/

To report a fish kill, contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 800-636-0511.

For health related questions, contact the Florida Department of Health in Martin County at 772-221-4090.

For more information about blue-green algae, log on to www.MartinCountyHealth.com

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

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EMPLOYERS ARE RECOGNIZED AT THE 2016 BEST PLACES TO WORK AWARDS LUNCHEON IN MARTIN COUNTY

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STUART, FL – All great employees want to know where everyone else wants to work. Thanks to CareerSource Research Coast and a host of sponsors, we now know who some of those companies are. After months of questioning, six companies have been recognized as the “Best Places to Work” in Martin County and were honored at a prestigious awards luncheon Thursday, June 23rd.

The winners in the “Under 50 Employees” category were the Children Services Council of Martin County, Tykes and Teens Mental Health Clinic, and RV Johnson Insurance.

In the “Over 50 Employees” category, the winners were Optima Health Care Solutions.

In a special study commissioned by CareerSource Research Coast all six employers were found to excel in areas of employment attraction and retention.

CareerSource Research Coast requested Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Fort Pierce, to calculate turnover rates, growth percentages, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages and retirement plans; a total of 37 different measurements. Each measurement was entered into a specially designed computer program which determines the county’s Best Places to Work.

Participating companies were required to answer a 40-question survey about their organization; they received a detailed report documenting the results of the survey and samples of some of the best practices used in the community.

CareerSource Research Coast assists businesses in building better workplaces and, as an extension of that work, there was no cost for companies to participate in the Best Places to Work Program.

CareerSource Research Coast presented the 2015 Martin County Best Places to Work program with support from the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce, the Indiantown Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Development Board of Martin County .

“We’ve been conducting the program in Indian River for years but hadn’t had the opportunity to present it in Martin County,” said Marcelo Dossantos, Business Services Director at CareerSource Research Coast.

“We were happy to take over the program in Martin County this Spring and hope to see it grow more and more each year. It’s a great way for companies to see how they measure up against similar employers in the area, plus it allows us to celebrate those who are truly doing an outstanding job at keeping a happy and productive work environment.”

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Bathtub Reef Beach Reopening To Public June 18th

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Stuart — Serving as a popular destination for local families and out of town visitors, Bathtub Reef Beach is well-known as one of Martin County’s fondest local treasures. In January 2016, the beach was closed for a major restoration effort to restore it to its former splendor after hurricane damages sustained in 2012 and other erosion had taken its toll. The County is pleased to announce that just in time for summer; a bigger and better Bathtub Reef Beach will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

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*****Front Page Editorial*****

ONE Of US…NOT HARDLY

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Palm City – The headline on the front cover of Treasure Coast Newspapers today read “One Of Us”, clearly referring to the location from where the Orlando Radicalized Islamic murderer came from.

My fellow citizens:
The addict that may live down the street from us is one of us.
The petty thief that steals for bread to feed his or her children is one of us.
The slime ball that sold you that wreck of a car your stuck with is one of us.
Your ex-husband is one of us.
Your ex-wife is one of us.
The real estate salesperson that sold you that house that floods through the floor every time it rains is one of us
Yes, even the DUI neighbor who has to ride a bike to work for the next five years is one of us

The guy who murdered (at the moment) 49 and wounded 50 in Orlando will never be one of us, make no mistake about that.
We are all people, flawed as we may be, we are all just trying to get by. I don’t walk on water the last time I checked either but please don’t even think about mentioning me in the same sentence as these guys.

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If we are not careful this is going to be the “new normal”. I hate those kind of phrases also. We live in the “United” State of America, where for over 200 years we have for the most part all got along. We are a nation of laws FOLLOW THEM!

“God” bless all my fellow citizens off the Treasure Coast. Where we all treasure life as well as where we live.

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Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities Meets for Intergovernmental Cooperation

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Ft Pierce — Recently the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities, a subsidiary of the Florida League of Cities, met at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club to discuss issues relative to the thirteen municipal members of the organization.

Issues of importance to the group are All Aboard Florida, the protection of the Indian River Lagoon, the fight for protection of Home Rule, among other issues.

The Treasure Coast Regional League of Cites was founded in 2005, by several city mayors, now retired. The members of the organization are the thirteen municipalities on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. The group meets every other month on the third Wednesday, moving their meeting from city to city. More information about the organization can be found on the website at www.tcrlc.com. Each city has a member who sits on the Board of Directors.

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Palm City Chamber of Commerce & Economic Council of Martin County Sponsor Candidate Forum Luncheon

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Stuart — Thursday afternoon the Palm City Chamber of Commerce and Economic Council of Martin County sponsored a Candidate Forum at IRSC Wolf Center.

Candidates for Martin County Commission and Martin County School Board discussed many topics including the Comprehensive Plan, Fire Rescue Contract, the CRA, reduced student testing, improving the school district’s position from 3rd in the state to best in the nation, and elementary curriculum.

Moderator Sherry Plymale presented questions that the Candidates (Donna Melzer and Ann Scott noticeable absent) all were fielded with the right to rebuttals.

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Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/) January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

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Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/; born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is now remembered for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

Out2News.comAli, originally known as Cassius Clay, began training at 12 years old and at the age of 22 won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and 30 years later began adhering to Sufism.

In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an athlete’s career. Ali’s appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned. Ali’s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978. Between February 25, 1964 and September 19, 1964 Muhammad Ali reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion.

Nicknamed “The Greatest”, Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches.[10] Notable among these were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and one with George Foreman, in which he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier.

At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali, inspired by professional wrestler “Gorgeous” George Wagner, thrived in—and indeed craved—the spotlight, where he was often provocative and outlandish. He controlled most press conferences and interviews, and spoke freely about issues unrelated to boxing. Ali transformed the role and image of the African American athlete in America by his embrace of racial pride and his willingness to antagonize the white establishment in doing so. In the words of writer Joyce Carol Oates, he was one of the few athletes in any sport to “define the terms of his public reputation”.

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Building Bridges 2 Youth

Celebrates End of School Year Awards Program

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Stuart — “YES you can” and “YES I can” was the mahantra for last evening’s celebration awards dinner and fashion show held at the Women’s Club of Stuart clubhouse.

The children of J.D. Parker Elementary School who participate int the “BUILDING BRIDGES 2 YOUTH” Program, parents, volunteers and community leaders came together for a party sponsored by the Martin County “Women’s Power Lunch”.

Building Bridges believes children in the East Stuart Community, and other demographically similar communities in Martin County, need contact with successful people who came from backgrounds and communities similar to theirs. Thus Building Bridges has assembled a diverse cadre of volunteers/mentors with varied professional and technical expertise who overcame their environment to become successful productive members of society.

It is the belief of Building Bridges that in order to add quality to today’s generation that the Holistic approach must be obtained. Every aspect of the individual beginning with the family unit by providing the basic needs, such as food is critical. Root issues must be addressed in order for success to be fulfilled.

Building Bridges programs centers around the initiative, “Linking generations for stronger communities”. Embracing the past while building the future, provides the need to link successful adults with youth for stronger communities. The initiative serve as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand, reach out to youth, by successfully instilling high hopes and dreams in children. Our commitment provides the needed tools for success, with an ultimate goal of being the creation of productive and healthy citizens for communities.

The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 15th year of connecting powerful women in business at Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House.

What began as an afternoon luncheon for ten friends, has grown into a calling list of over three hundred women, and an attendance of over one hundred women at the monthly luncheons. Anne Schafer, the founder of the Ladies Power Lunch, attributes the success of the group to great networking and support for one another!

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart is a group of women united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteering, raising funds, and reaching out to others while experiencing lifelong learning and friendships for all members.

​Although there is diversity in the ages, interest, and experiences of our members, we are all united by a common goal to community improvement through volunteer service.

Funds raised by the Woman’s Club provide college scholarships for senior girls at Martin County public high schools. This past year, $26,000 in scholarships were awarded, and during the past six years, $116,000 has been awarded to 32 high school students.

“Each year, we’ve been able to increase our scholarship support and we hope to do that again this year,” Ms. Pharo said. On the day of the tour, more than 100 Woman’s Club members will assist in the event, by volunteering as hostesses at the homes, directing traffic and organizing the reception.

The Woman’s Club of Stuart began 103 years ago, when Stuart was a new town. The club comprises women united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service.

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Solid Waste Division

Reminds Residents About Yard Waste

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The six-month hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active season. With 14 named storms, of which three to eight have the potential to become hurricanes, preparedness today can make a big difference during a future storm or severe weather event.

Ensuring your yard is hurricane-ready can decrease the amount of dangerous debris that scatters during and after severe wind and weather storms while increasing the safety of your family, your home and your neighbors’ homes. Download and print this handy flyer about proper yard waste disposal during storm season. Here are some important steps that should be taken before, during and after a storm:

Pre-hurricane maintenance

* Remove any items – such as weak trees and branches – that could become flying debris in a storm and cause damage to your home or business. Cutting back or thinning foliage so that wind can blow freely through branches will decrease the chances of uprooting trees or plants. For residents of unincorporated Martin County, this yard waste can be placed curbside either containerized or in small piles for collection on Wednesdays.

* Grass clippings, branches, limbs, pine needles, pine cones, palm fronds and any other small vegetative waste should be containerized in biodegradable containers such as paper bags, boxes or garbage cans. Vegetation of any kind should never be placed in plastic bags.

* Yard waste placed curbside should be no larger than six inches in diameter or longer than six feet in length, and cannot weigh more than 50 pounds per item. For bulk yard waste items that meet these specifications, residents should call Waste Management at 772-546-7700 to schedule a bulk waste pickup.

“We are asking that residents take these precautionary steps now, before a storm is approaching. If residents wait until the last minute and collection is no longer available, items such as palm fronds – and even pine cones – can become dangerous projectiles in the midst of a high-speed hurricane,” Solid Waste Administrator Pat Yancey said. “Also, if there is less yard waste out on the curb after a hurricane or severe storm, it makes cleanup efforts much easier and faster.”

Stay put during a storm

During a storm watch or warning period, don’t attempt to do any of the maintenance tasks you should have done before the storm was approaching. Do not cut down trees or do major yard work. Don’t place materials at the curb or take them to the landfill, as services may be suspended due to storm preparation activities. For information on the status of services, residents should contact Solid Waste at 772-419-6940.

Once the storm has passed

After a storm has passed, keep household garbage, recycling, vegetation and storm debris separate. Be sure to secure all household garbage in plastic bags or cans and place at the curb on your scheduled collection day. Following a storm, the Solid Waste Division’s number one priority is the collection of household garbage. Uncollected garbage attracts pests and contributes to the spread of disease.

Be sure to stay informed about storms being tracked and make sure you and your family are prepared if, and when, a storm hits. Visit www.martin.fl.us for Martin County’s emergency information alerts.

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Martin County’s Fertilizer Restrictions Are In Effect;

Time To Go Cold Turkey On The Fertilizer

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Use of fertilizer in unincorporated Martin County is restricted June 1-September 30. The summertime restrictions are part of Martin County’s strong fertilizer ordinance, which the Board of County Commissioners approved in 2014 and serves as a model for other communities along the Indian River Lagoon.

Beginning June 1, fertilizer containing phosphorus and nitrogen is banned.

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Bridges Christian Outreach Ministries Feed and Nourish

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Bridges Christian Outreach Ministries feed and nourish — physically as well as spiritually the poor and homeless of St. Lucie and Martin County.

Stuart — TC3 (Treasure Coast Community Church) for opening your doors and welcoming our food pantry and diaper distribution to your church’s parking lot. Blessed to have TC3 as part of this much needed ministry in our community. The church is located at: 20 NE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994.

Their Vision is to serve the people in our community who are struggling financially in a way that preserves their dignity and promotes Christian values. By treating those-in-need with respect and compassion we acknowledge how difficult it is to ask for assistance and empower people to become self- sufficient without placing additional stress on them. We involve our community in a way that teaches empathy, encourages respect, and nurtures compassion. By following Christ’s command to “feed my sheep” we provide a basis for understanding that people who use our pantry can be, and are, our friends and neighbors who are struggling without our knowledge.

At the Bridge Christian Outreach and Food Pantry we supply groceries and diapers to over 100 families a week.

For more information please call :772-222-7120 / Email: bcoministries@gmail.com

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MAY 14th HONOR FLIGHT READY TO CELEBRATE 20 WWII AND 61 KOREAN WAR VETERANS

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Stuart, FL (May 9, 2016) Twenty WWII veterans and sixty-one Korean War veterans are awaiting a trip of a lifetime on May 14th, the second of four Honor Flights in 2016 coordinated by Southeast Florida Honor Flight. This flight marks the first time the organization is flying predominantly Korean War veterans, who have been waiting years for this opportunity. The veterans will be flown to Washington, DC for a day dedicated to honor them and to visit and reflect at the memorials built to commemorate their service and sacrifices. The trip to Washington, DC is a powerful experience; however, the biggest surprise happens upon touchdown. The public is invited to attend the red, white and blue Welcome Home at Palm Beach International Airport the evening of the May 14th to cheer and thank the veterans upon their return.

Saturday’s Honor Flight begins very early with veterans and guardians arriving at Palm Beach International Airport about 4:00am to get checked in and loaded aboard a chartered American Airlines A321. The contingent arrives at Reagan National to a welcoming party of citizens anxious to extend their gratitude to the arriving veterans. With a police escort throughout the day, four motor coaches will transport the group to visit the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The flight is scheduled to return to West Palm Beach at 8:20pm, when Operation Welcome Home begins. The procession of veterans is traditionally welcomed home by hundreds of people from the local community, including members of the military, community and civic groups, family and friends, who amass in the airport, awaiting the veterans’ arrival to give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received years ago. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to the Nation’s veterans, shake hands and say thank you.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the homecoming, with signs of thanks or flags or simply with cheers. The Operation Welcome Home event congregates at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. Early arrival is recommended. For more information on Operation Welcome Home, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. With America’s WWII and Korean War veterans now in their later years of life, Honor Flight is truly in a race against time to honor these veterans by bringing them to see their memorials, especially the WWII memorial, which was not completed until 2004. Dates for the Fall 2016 Honor Flights are September 10th and October 8th.

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Date Announced for 2016 Dancin’ In The Streets

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STUART — The 29th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets street party and music festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The longest-running music festival in Martin County will take place on five stages with over twenty bands and a national headliner (to be announced) from 3 p.m. – midnight. Tickets will be available beginning in July at Seacoast Bank.

Every year, the streets of Downtown Stuart shut down and the community comes out for a day of live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors, kids activities and of course – dancin’ in the streets!

It all began in the Summer of 1987, when a call was made to community leaders from the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce to brainstorm a fundraising event that would keep the newly established Stuart Main Street program alive.

Twenty-nine years later, Downtown Stuart is still Dancin’ in the Streets! Today, the event continues to be Downtown Stuart’s biggest fundraising event, and draws more people downtown than any other promotional activity. Funds from Dancin’ in the Streets support free community events year-round, including Hobgoblins on Main Street, Rock’n Riverwalk and the annual Downtown tree lighting festival. In the past decade alone, Dancin’ has brought nearly 65,000 people downtown and raised almost a half-million dollars.

In 2015, funds were also raised for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, the Stuart Police Explorers Program, Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin Volunteer, and House of Hope.

“Every year Dancin’ in the Streets brings incredible energy and fun to historic downtown Stuart,” said event chair Bill Moore. “This year promises to continue the tradition and deliver an amazing evening of live music, dancing, talent and community spirit.”

Dancin’ in the Streets is sponsored by Courthouse Commons, Seacoast Bank and Budweiser.

For more information, visit StuartDancinIntheStreets.com or facebook.com/stuartdancininthestreets.

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Stuart Named #1 “Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living

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The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is pleased to announce that Stuart has been selected as #1 in Coastal Living’s fifth-annual, top-ten list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” This is the first time Florida has won the prestigious number one spot.

“This is a huge win for our area and with our passionate residents and dedicated ambassadors were able to edge out the competition.” said Stuart Mayor Jeff Krauskopf, who also serves on the Martin County Tourist Development Council.

The top 10 finalists were selected by magazine editors’ assessments of each town’s “coastal vibe,” as well as factors including the number of sunny days, air quality, commute times, crime ratings, and standard of living.

“It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place memorable and unique this just validates what we have known all along. Martin County is a very special place, and this is why we work hard to protect and preserve what we have.” said Martin County Board of Commissioner Chair Anne Scott

The final, ranked, top 10 list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” will be featured in the May 2016 print issue of Coastal Living. The ranked towns will also be featured in an online gallery on www.coastalliving.com.

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8th Annual Single Fin Showdown

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Stuart — Stuart Beach was the location for the seventh annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown Surf and Skim Festival presented by Ohana Surf Shop for United Way. For the past six years, the Stuart Single Fin Showdown has produced a solid ground swell of support for United Way of Martin County and helped build awareness of the community’s most critical needs, while raising more than $30,000 to create long-lasting solutions to these issues.

The Stuart Single Fin Showdown has also raised more than $8,000 for Team Brooke, a charity created for Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana Surf Shop family and former Single Fin Showdown competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2012. The accident left Thabit paralyzed from the chest down and funds raised help cover the cost of her rehabilitation.

What started in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single fin surfboards for bragging rights has now evolved into the largest, one-day surf and skim festival in Florida, attracting nearly 200 competitors and thousands of spectators annually.

“When we started we really had no idea how people would react or if anyone would sign up,” said Jordan Schwartz, contest director and owner of Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart. “The first year was small, but those who were part of it appreciated the ‘just for fun’ atmosphere that we were trying to create. It gets better each year and the best part is we continue to raise money for charity through surfing.”

What makes the Stuart Single Fin Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single fin surfboards that are selected at random minutes before each heat begins. The challenge is to then ride their chosen single fin well enough and advance onto the next round of competition. At the end of the day, division champions are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind Single Fin Showdown embroidered sports coat and a prize pack loaded with surf related gear.

Although the entire event revolves around the Single Fin division, other divisions include Longboard, Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Invitational and the Skim Pro/Am. Competitors are welcome to compete in one or more divisions, but additional fees apply.

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Caulkins Water Farm At work

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Indiantown — With concerns by environmentalists over the imminent fresh water pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee it might be of interest to see ow the latest experiment is working out in western Martin County.

The experiment is the Caulkins Water Farm.

Just two (2) weeks ago Stuart martin County Youth Leadership had the opportunity to view the Caulkins Water Farm u close and personal and I am sure to many it interesting as a theory but will it really work. Today after the rains of last week and the announcement by the Army Corps that pulse releases from lake Okeechobee will be necessary

In August 2013, SFWMD approved the Water Farming Pilot Project known as “Caulkins”, located in Indiantown, Florida, a public/private partnership with Caulkins Citrus Company. The Caulkins property is uniquely located adjacent to C-44, below the Okeechobee locks, but above the S-80 discharge facility.

Since becoming operational in February 2014, this project has stored 20,000 acre-feet (and acre foot is 327,000 gallons), or 6.5 billion gallons, of water taken from the C-44 canal across its 413 acre footprint, removing this water and its pollutants, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, from the basin and reducing discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.

Water Farming is an alternative water storage method. The “Caulkins” pilot program has proven to be a highly efficient, cost effective method of collecting, storing and “farming” water through transvaporation, percolation and evaporation. It is an alternative water storage facility that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand its existing 413 acre “pilot project”, already operating successfully on a portion of the fallow citrus groves that comprised Caulkins Citrus Company, to its entire 3300 acres. This expansion will create a large, shallow water storage facility, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-44 reducing the need to discharge, or waste the water to tide. Based on scientific monitoring, it can be estimated that approximately 70-80,000 ac-ft of water could be “harvested” from the C-44 and treated and captured within the 3000 acres available for expansion of the pilot.

The St. Lucie River Watershed Protection Plan estimated that 200,000 ac-ft of storage are needed within the basin to reduce discharge events by 90% annually. An expanded “Caulkins” satisfies almost 50% of that need.

In 2015 Army Corps of Engineers releases from Lake Okeechobee averaged 300 million gallons per day. An expanded Caulkins Water Farm could receive 100 million gallons per day, even when “full.” Because of evaporation and percolation, the water in the water farm recedes a tenth of a foot per day. That means Caulkins could reduce those damaging discharges by 30 percent. Every day.

The expansion of the Caulkins Water Farm will require twelve months of construction. This compares with multi-year or decade long lead times for construction of public projects.

As part of a Public-Private Partnership, Caulkins proposes to finance the entirety of the construction budget. Caulkins proposes that SFWMD enter into a ten year “Payment for Environmental Services” (PES) contract with Caulkins.

Water sent to the Caulkins Water Farm is not lost. The majority of the water diverted to Caulkins percolates through the sandy soil, with no constrained water table and recharges the aquifers. Further, in a low water year, the surface water stored on Caulkins can simply be released back into the C-44. This amount could be 20,000 ac-ft (6.5 billion gallons).

The Caulkins Water Farm Expansion represents a unique opportunity for water managers and environmentalists to take a bold step to reduce the damaging discharges into the St Lucie River in a Public-Private Partnership with a credible, dedicated, and willing partner.

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Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) Apostles

Volunteer For Habitat for Humanity

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Indiantown — 10 Volunteers from Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) began working on the new constuction site in Indiantown on Saturday. Originally work was to begin last week but due to the heavy rain work was ppstponed until today.

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is celebrating its 30th year of service to the community in 2016 and is planning a year-long campaign to both celebrate its successes and look toward future projects.

Founded in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is an ecumenical, Christian-based organization dedicated to the premise that everyone should have a simple, decent, and affordable place to live. Since its founding, Habitat has served over 300 families through new home construction, home repair, and weatherization. Habitat has also provided support for families in need through referral, training, case management, and community outreach through partnerships with local government and other non-profit agencies.

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Mathew Campbell’s Honor Flight

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South Florida — The October 17th flight to DC went off without a hitch. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. 78 True American Heroes got to visit, reflect and experience the memorials built in their honor.

Very little time to rest after the October 17th flight as we now shift into gear to start to get ready for our Spring 2016 Honor Flights. Scheduled for April 2nd, and May 7th, 2016, we are looking to fill the planes up with World War II Veterans.

As the last of the Greatest Generation approach their final curtain call, we are witnesses to a tremendous loss as we embrace a precious opportunity. One WWII veteran passes away every 90 seconds. They take their stories, history and enormous bravery with them. But many are among us still. There is no earthly way we can repay the gift of freedom, but with your help we can THANK them.

Honor Flight South Florida flies veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials. These men and women sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom.

Help us honor them. Donate to the cause, the mission. Help Honor Flight South Florida Fly.

100% of ALL donations go to honoring and flying a Veteran to Washington DC. Honor Flight South Florida is blessed with a dedicated all volunteer corps dedicated to honoring ALL American Veterans.

 

 

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‘Godzilla El Niño’ Now Being Called

‘Strongest In Recorded History’

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Um, guys? This winter could be a disaster! But the skiing is probably going to be insane.

A new piece in the Washington Post, and the new thermographic image above, are here to scare the wits out of you today about this coming fall and winter, when it sounds like every day in California will be a #Rainpocalypse. You know how that climate guy was calling the coming El Niño, now taking shape in the Pacific, a “Godzilla El Niño” a couple weeks ago? Well now more experts are weighing in saying it’s most definitely going to get the official categorization of a “strong” event by the end of this month, and 2015 is likely to then become the warmest year on record for the planet as a whole.

That’s going to mean a lot of different things for a lot of places, including possible drought in Australia, fewer Atlantic hurricanes, and a super-warm winter back east, but here in California it could mean daily deluges, mudslides, flash floods, roads washed out, broken/flooded subway systems, you name it!

It could be just the drought-busting drenching that our parched state needs, but to journalists around the country it is already sounding like a major catastrophe before it’s even begun.

Will it be just a series of gray and rainy days from November to April the way ’97/98 was? Or will it be way, way more dramatic than that?

Historically speaking, El Niño and La Niña events tend to be at their strongest, weather-wise, from December to February. And while they mostly only last 9 to 12 months, they can go on for up two years.

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Palm City Dolphins Defeat Stuart Bulldogs 36 – 30

In Double Overtime

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By Dick Hall

Palm City –- As a little boy the idea that you could play in a game against one of your biggest your rivals in a “mud” bowl in this day and age is rare. However, that is exactly what happened on Saturday as the Pop Warner Palm City Dolphins met the Stuart Bulldogs.

Overnight the skies opened up with about 2 inches of rain and normally that would be no big deal but in this early Fall season, however, after an extremely wet summer the water did not run off the field as usual.

There was no lightening, which normally would stop a game with all this water, and the experience of a lifetime began for these little guys. These are the kind of conditions, childhood football was made for. In an age when every field is either inside or synthetic or overly manicured, the aspect providing probably the safest condition to play this evermore dangerous sport, “mud” is gone to the ages.

The photos that follow are a pictorial record of that game. Enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and remember when you little guys over the age 65 played in games like this one..

The Palm City Dolphins participates in the Pop Warner Little Scholars Program.

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world. Consisting of approximately 400,000 young people ranging from ages 5 to 16 years old, PWLS is the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the United States.

Pop Warner was founded in 1929, continues to grow and serves as the only youth football, cheerleading & dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. Pop Warner’s commitment to academics is what separates the program from other youth sports around the world.

As the only national youth sports organization that requires scholastic aptitude to participate, Pop Warner is committed to developing America’s young people on the field and off. Each year Pop Warner continues to expand its efforts in team and activity participation, as well as visibility and outreach in the community.

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