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New Boat Count Numbers at St. Lucie River Bridge Show More Boaters

Than Accounted for in Draft Impact Report On All Aboard Florida

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In a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard e-mailed today, Martin County shares new data about the number of boats transiting the St. Lucie River at the Florida East Coast Railway Bascule Bridge in Stuart. The new data indicates there are far more boats on the waterway than those referred to in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project. In fact, Martin County’s data shows the number of boats counted in April 2015 are 83 percent higher than those counted in January. The DEIS uses boat counts from January, a slower month for boat travel. The DEIS was distributed by the Federal Railroad Administration in September 2014 and details environmental impacts before construction can begin on the AAF project.

“This new data is alarming, as it indicates the expected increase in bridge closures due to the AAF project is a far more serious a problem, due to the larger number of vessels transiting the River in that area,” said Martin County legal counsel Steve Ryan. Ryan represents Martin County on its All Aboard Florida litigation. “We believe this is yet another indication the DEIS is flawed, the boat counts are understated and as such, does not provide an accurate depiction of the negative impacts that AAF will have in Martin County.”

Taylor Engineering, Inc. began collecting boat data for Martin County in June 2014 and continues to collect data on the number of boats in the water at the St. Lucie River Rail Bridge. Martin County’s numbers are more than double those included in the DEIS. This means that rail delays will impact many more boaters than those estimated in the DEIS. Notable findings of the report include:

* The highest daily counts to date were in April 2015, with an average of 280.9 boats per day.

* The highest daily counts occur on Sunday, with an average daily count of 420.3 and highest actual count of 880.

The DEIS states that “peak vessel traffic season” at the St. Lucie River Bridge is in January with an average of 102 boats crossing per day from Monday to Friday, compared to about 315 boats per day on the weekend (January 2014).

In contrast, Martin County’s data shows there are far more boats in the water in the warmer months, with Sundays being the highest count days. In fact, nearly 900 boats were counted on August 31 of last year, a Sunday. Video assessment was used to count the boats.

Ryan added, “We are providing this information to the Coast Guard so they can correct the current navigation issues at the St. Lucie River Bridge. Martin County will continue collecting boat count data and will share it with the Coast Guard through August 2015.” The final environmental impact statement is expected at any time.

Martin County remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting its citizens against the negative impacts of the proposed All Aboard Florida project.

In February, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to allocate $1.4 million dollars to fight the $3 billion AAF project. Martin County’s concerns with the project relate to public safety, marine impacts, our environment, our economy, and impacts to our quality of life.

To read Martin County’s letter to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Vessel Traffic Data please visit Martin County’s website www.martin.fl.us and click on Hot Topics–>All Aboard Florida.

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“Operation 300″, 4th Annual Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim

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Jensen Beach — This is the fourth year that Martin County has been chosen for this event at the Jensen Beach venue.

The inspiration for Operation 300 was when Special Operations Chief Aaron Vaughn, Martin County High School graduate, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Tangi River Valley, Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2011. The crash not only took the life of Vaughn, but also 29 others on board; most, like Vaughn, were members of the elite SEAL Team Six.

In that one incident 40 children were left without fathers, including Vaughn’s two young children: a son named Reagan, who was 2 at the time of his father’s death and a newborn daughter, Chamberlyn, who was only 2 months old. Operation 300 came out of who was going to teach Aaron’s son the things Aaron would have taught him.

The name Operation 300 was inspired by Aaron’s first tattoo: Molon Labe. The ancient Greek phrase was spoken by King Leonidas I as his Greek Army of 300 was surrounded by the 600,000-plus invading Persian Army led by Persian Emperor Xerxes I. Offered the chance to have their lives spared, Leonidas responded to Xerxes with the phrase: Molon Labe, which means “come and get them”. It is not only a phrase of defiance but it is also a phrase that symbolizes the ability of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable odds.

All expenses for camps including travel, food, activities and lodging for children of the fallen and their mothers are covered by Operation 300. They will host at least 4 camps this year benefiting approximately 100 children. Your donations will help make this possible. Their dream is to purchase a property of their own and build a permanent home for Operation 300!

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2015 “Operation 300″ Dinner Open To The Public

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In photo: The lucky young lady to win the gold frog was Kristin Gomes and Terry Rieger from Diamonds By Terry

Jensen Beach — The Mansion At Tuckahoe was the site for the first open “Operation 300″ Dinner, where all the beautiful people were in attendence to be seen and help raise money for a good cause.

Beginning with a great dinner from The Food Shack a live auction and raffel with a twist began in earnest.

One of the high lights was a gold frog necklace donated by local gemologist Terry Rieger from Diamonds by Terry.

The inspiration for Operation 300 was when Special Operations Chief Aaron Vaughn, Martin County High School graduate, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Tangi River Valley, Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2011. The crash not only took the life of Vaughn, but also 29 others on board; most, like Vaughn, were members of the elite SEAL Team Six.

In that one incident 40 children were left without fathers, including Vaughn’s two young children: a son named Reagan, who was 2 at the time of his father’s death and a newborn daughter, Chamberlyn, who was only 2 months old. Operation 300 came out of who was going to teach Aaron’s son the things Aaron would have taught him.

The name Operation 300 was inspired by Aaron’s first tattoo: Molon Labe. The ancient Greek phrase was spoken by King Leonidas I as his Greek Army of 300 was surrounded by the 600,000-plus invading Persian Army led by Persian Emperor Xerxes I. Offered the chance to have their lives spared, Leonidas responded to Xerxes with the phrase: Molon Labe, which means “come and get them”. It is not only a phrase of defiance but it is also a phrase that symbolizes the ability of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable odds.

All expenses for camps including travel, food, activities and lodging for children of the fallen and their mothers are covered by Operation 300. They will host at least 4 camps this year benefiting approximately 100 children. Your donations will help make this possible. Their dream is to purchase a property of their own and build a permanent home for Operation 300!

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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts June “Women’s Power Lunch”

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Jensen Beach -– The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 15th year of connecting powerful women in business has returned to Eagle Marsh Country Club.

Conveniently located at the Eagle Marsh Golf Club, right off Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach, the heart of the Treasure Coast of South Florida. Their facilities are available for lunch, banquets, functions, special occasions, meetings, events & much more.

Whether you are planning a birthday, anniversary, organizational luncheon, club gathering or even a wedding, the banquet hall at the Eagle’s Nest offers you a great alternative to the norm. Consider us for your next event, meeting or party.

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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IRSC RANKED 3RD TOP COLLEGE IN

STATE FOR TRADE CERTIFICATION

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Over 600 Treasure Coast residents earned trade, technical or health care certifications from Indian River State College this school year propelling IRSC to the third top spot in the state in the Florida College System for the number of graduates earning certification. Certifications are nationally recognized credentials such as Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or Cisco computer certification that attest to an individual’s knowledge and skills.

The affordable hands-on training can be completed in a step-by-step manner to develop increasingly sophisticated skills, which students often combine with working in a related field or while preparing to launch a new career or open a business.

The automotive certificate program at IRSC gave Mario Abascal the knowledge and skills to launch his own business, Gearhead Fabrication in Stuart. The young entrepreneur works on super chargers and race cars. Geoff Paddock used his IRSC training in air conditioning as the springboard for Paddock Air Conditioning in Port St. Lucie, where he serves residential customers and property management companies.

Programs include industrial training in air conditioning, welding, automotive and manufacturing, computer science, public service and over 20 health care programs.

One of the newest programs is the Fast Track to Manufacturing, delivering customized training for manufacturing companies and seven-week boot camps for people seeking

employment. Participants earn the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential from the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council and can earn OSHA 10 workplace safety certification.

IRSC also offers apprenticeships, with no tuition cost, in plumbing, electrical, masonry, air conditioning and culinary. Academy-based certificate programs prepare the region’s law enforcement officers and fire fighters.

The College’s over 20 health care programs stand-out as the most prolific generator of certifications and supply a pipeline of employees for Treasure Coast hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, dentists and health care facilities.

For more information, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772.

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28th Annual Dancin’ In The Streets

Hits Downtown In August

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In photo: Dakota Jones, Jennifer Eaton, and Melinda Brault dance the night away at the 2014 Dancin’ in the Streets music festival

STUART, Fla. – The 28th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets, Mar­tin County’s old­est and best-loved music festival, returns to the streets on Saturday, August 22 for a full day of live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors, kids’ activities, and more!

Treasure Coast’s largest music festival will take place in Historic Downtown Stuart, on the Riverwalk Stage, Osceola, and Colorado from 3 p.m.-midnight.

This year’s event promises something for everyone with 5 stages and over 20 local bands. The lineup includes Victoria Leigh, The Inverted, Summer Gill, Spred the Dub, Sierra Band, Revelry, Relapse Band, Racquel Renner & the Ramblers, Public Sounds Collective, Moska Project, Lucky Dogs, Lilli Lavonne Band, Killbillies, Jupiter Trailer Trash, Jerry Tilman’s Talent Show, Hurricane Hawk & the Invaders, Gravel Kinds, Fresh Catch, The Ellameno Beat, Deal James, Chris Springer, and Bryce Allen Trio.

Street performers promise to thrill the crowd, and guests will also enjoy an interactive kids zone, food, vendors, cocktails, and more.

Tickets will be available starting June 29 at all Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach branches of Seacoast Bank, online at www.thelyrictheatre.com, The Lyric Theatre Box Office, Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream on Osceola Street, and Terra Fermata. Advance tickets are available for $10 each and children 12 and under are free. Tickets at the gate will be $15. Pets and coolers are not permitted.

Grammy nominated, Gold and Platinum selling artist, Taylor Dayne, will be performing at The Lyric Theatre at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Special tickets are available for the performance for $50, which includes admission to Dancin’ in the Streets, at The Lyric Theatre Box Office.

Dancin’ in the Streets is presented by the Downtown Business Association of Stuart and Stuart Main Street. It is sponsored by Courthouse Commons, Seacoast Bank, Budweiser, Audi Stuart and Infiniti Stuart.

For more information, visit www.StuartDancinIntheStreets.com, www.facebook.com/stuartdancininthestreets or email dayna@snydermarketingsolutions.com.

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Martin County Hurricane Storm Surge Evacuation Maps Changed

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Martin County Fire Rescue’s Emergency Management Agency has changed the look of the hurricane storm surge evacuation maps for Martin County. The zones previously identified as category 1, 3, and 5 are now identified as evacuation zones AB, CD, and E. As the area most vulnerable to storm surge zone AB is depicted in red shading, the next area, zone CD is depicted in yellow, and zone E is depicted in blue shading.

The new identified zone descriptions allow officials to provide more efficient evacuation orders based on the forecasted hurricane storm surge. The map changes are effective for the 2015 hurricane season.

“It’s our goal to identify the evacuation zones so citizens can easily determine what zone they are in and when they are ordered to evacuate,” said Debra McCaughey, Martin County’s Emergency Management Director.

Citizens can visit www.martin.fl.us to view the maps, or visit Martin County public locations, such as the Courthouse, Administration Center, and libraries to view the displayed maps.

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3rd Annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast

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In photo: left to right: Christina Fortin, Tarra Orr, Shellie Wolfe, Tish Gelineau, Peter Morello (Captain My Other Honey), Cheryl Rose, Candy Wilson

Bottom, left to right: Kim Emmons, Howaed Golin (Executive Director WWofSF), Sue Pauels, Brett Schaming, Kit Munroe, Frankie Montes, Gary Hirschman, Mark Neild, Joe Howard, Kat Delascasas

Supporting Wounded Warriors of South Florida Looking for a fight? Tough little tunny await offshore

Port Salerno — August 22nd the popular Bonito Blast returns to the Treasure Coast. Florida’s summer seas are rich with migrating bonito. Though usually unappreciated and discarded, on tournament day, we make it up to them. Anglers, young, not so young, rookie, pro and all in-between are invited to pursue this scrappy but worthy opponent. Wounded Warriors welcome to get on board. Boat captains lining up to make it happen.

Captains Meeting and final registration on August 21st and post tournament awards party on August 22nd will be held at Manatee Island Bar & Grill. Included in events live bands, silent and live auctions, 50/50 raffle, junior angler award and cash prizes totaling $2,500 for 3 biggest bonito. Tournament T shirts with new Carey Chen design will be available for purchase. Entry fee is only $100 per boat that includes 4 people, with $25

for each additional person. The fee includes dinners at both events. Junior anglers (under 12) fish for free. Check out the weigh in at Twisted Tuna. Angler or not, all welcome to Bonito Blast events.

The idea behind the Treasure Coast Bonito Blast (TCBB) was to give the community an opportunity to participate in a favorite local pastime, while supporting Wounded Warriors of South Florida (WWofSF). This volunteer organization, gives 85% of its proceeds, providing emergency financial assistance to eligible disabled veterans (and their families) who have served in the wars and conflicts since 9/11.

Last year’s TCBB, a 501c3 event, brought over 100 local businesses and organizations together to sponsor this unique hunt for big Bonito. It became one of the biggest tournaments on the Treasure Coast, with 121 boats registered and over 400 anglers participating. In only its second year, TCBB had raised over $36,000 for veterans supported by WWofSF.

Look for our registration forms at local shops. Visit our website for information about the tournament, and sponsorship opportunities : www.treasurecoastbonitoblast.com Or call: 772-919-5577 / 772-634-2962

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After 47-years At Stuart Middle School, Principal, Sigrid George Retires Along

With Jensen Beach Elementary School Principal Don Merritt

Out2News.comMartin County — After educating thousands of students over her 47 years as principal of Stuart Middle School, Sigrid George is retiring. Her character and dedication has touched thousands of our community’s children and generations of students from the same families during her years of educating.

Ms. George has gone above and beyond for all children and who acts as a tireless advocate for children’s education, health, and well-being. Her dedication was recognized in 2012 when she received with the National PTA’s Life Achievement Award.

Ms. George began her teaching career in New York two years before transferring to Stuart in 1969 to take the position of English and Social Studies teacher. She can say she has taught longer at the same school than any other educator in Martin County.

Ms. George has been the principal at Stuart Middle for 15-years.

Before that, she was an assistant principal, curriculum coordinator and teacher.

Out2News.comAnother principal retiring this year is Don Merritt from Jensen Beach Elementary School who has been at the helm there for the past 14-years.

Ms. George and Mr. Merritt have been active members of the Chamber’s Education Initiatives Committee. We sincerely thank Ms. George and Mr. Merritt for their support for our Chamber and our many school related programs and fundraisers.

We wish them both the very best in their retirement.

Superintendent of Schools, Laurie Gaylord named Joan Gibbons the new Jensen Beach ElementarySchool principal and David Krakoff will be the new principal at Stuart Middle School. There will also be a new principal at Jensen Beach High School.

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Learn to Row Day

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Palm City — The 14th-annual National Learn to Row Day sponsored by USRowing and Concept2 took place on Saturday, in rowing clubs and health clubs throughout the United States. Competitive and recreational rowers ranged in age from 12 to over 90, so it is never too early or too late to take up the sport.

HUGE TURNOUT on Saturday with 60 potential masters and juniors had their first strokes and we hope that they all come back for either our learn to row camps or private lessons! Remember 8th-12th graders – we are recruiting for the Junior Team. Sign up now online for one of the Learn To Row Camps.

The Treasure Coast Rowing Club began in 1991 when a handful of local rowers decided it would be the best way for them to share their favorite activity with the communities of the Treasure Coast. Since then, the Club has acquired its own fleet of boats, a membership roster of more than 60, and the recognition of our communitys leaders. The Club became a chartered non-profit corporation in 1996. In August of 1997 the Martin County Commission gave their vote of confidence along with almost an acre of waterfront property on the St. Lucie River. This is the site of the Treasure Coast Community Rowing Center.

On August 26, 1997 the Martin County Board of Commissioners granted the Treasure Coast Rowing Clubs request for a boathouse site at Palm City’s Leighton Park, and approved a 25-year renewable lease.

The boathouse is located on 0.91 acres on the shores of the St. Lucie and South Fork Rivers. It is a 22′ x 72′ storage facility that contains36 boats. The Treasure Coast Rowing Club invites you to join in this community venture.

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TRIPLE CROWN

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THE FALLEN 9000

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British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand.

Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians,

Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6, 1944 during WWII.

The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.

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Summer Fashion Was the Word For The 5th

ARC Hurricane Stock Up Party

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In photo: Models Miss Martin County Jordan Bessette and Dr. Lisa Grassam

Stuart — Anyone who has lived in Florida during an active hurricane season remembers what they’ve done to prepare for the threatened high winds, flooding and severe storms.

Each of us gets ready for the storm in different ways but one thing is certain. We stock up on food supplies, we prepare our homes and we find the safest place possible to endure the wrath of nature with family, friends and pets.

For the residents of the eight group homes and the hurricane guests at the Family Resource Center and Shelter managed by the ARC of Martin County, preparations are legally complex due to State of Florida regulations as well as the special dietary, environmental and psychological needs of their clients.

To help offset the costs associated with hurricane preparedness, a group of volunteers, known as the ARC angels, and ARC staff held a “Hurricane Stock Up Party and Networking Event” last evening at the Ground Floor Farm.

Guests were asked to bring supermarket gift certificates, cash or checks payable to the ARC of Martin County. “The reason for cash is because of each client’s special needs, we need to have the money available to buy exactly what is required.

Guests not only be helped out an important cause but they also enjoyed a “Hurricane Party” without the weather.

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SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FEEDS KIDS FOR FREE

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Stuart, FL – With summer here, it is time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. The Martin County School District will provide free meals to children during the months of June, July and August 2015. This summer, meals will be served at several school locations (see listings below) for any child under the age of 18. There are no income requirements or registration. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

“Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for healthy nutrition,” said Laura Roberts, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Martin County School District. “The Summer Food Service Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.”

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Children who are 18 years and younger are eligible for meals at no charge.

Attached is a list of sites participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

For more information, please contact Tina Jensen in the Martin County School District Food and Nutrition Services Department at 772-223-2655 Ext. 110.

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Martin County School District Graduation 2015

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2015 Stuart Memorial Day Parade

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3D Arm Team Leader Speaks At Stuart Rotary May Luncheon

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Jensen Beach — Remember not too long ago (March) when Robert Downey, Jr presented a new arm to a 6 year old little guy from Orlando?

Since last summer twenty-two countries have contacted the team of engineering students at the University of Central Florida for more information of the 3D printer process making low coast prosthesys limbs a reality.

Tyler Petresky, Director of Resource Management for Limitless Solution and a sophomore majoring in computer engineering one of the leaders based at UCF spoke to members of the Stuart Rotary at the Dolphin Bar Wednesday.

Out2News.comSince then, the team has consulted on several dozen cases around the world via Skype and email. We have custom designed two hands and an arm, and in one case three team members drove straight through the night to Virginia so 7-year-old Madelyn Rebsamen could have her arm by Thanksgiving morning. They are also working on a 4.0 version of an arm with a more functional elbow to give Alex just in time for Christmas.

The busy team members often ask each other what day of the week it is and joke that sleep is “overrated.” Seeing the face of the children and their parents when the children receive an arm makes the long hours and hustle worth it, they say.

The team is now part of a League of Universities and Institutions that has pledged to share the knowledge to help their local communities. Some of the members include: Liberty University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, Humanitarian Prosthetists and Orthotists, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and Cleveland State University.

Meanwhile, team members at UCF continue to answer emails and troubleshoot with other volunteers – some professional, some students – across the country who have reached out for help

When the team receives an email the members first try to reach out to their partners to see if anyone is closer to the person asking for help. That’s the best-case scenario, said Tyler Petresky. If the team members can, they make the connection and move onto the next name on their list. In some cases, there is no one else and the team starts reviewing the situation and seeing what they can do and how quickly.

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Loblolly Golf Club Hosts 2015 Habitat Charity Golf Classic

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Stuart, FL April 16, 2015 – A single round of golf can helped build homes, communities and hope thanks to the Second Annual Habitat Charity Golf Classic presented by the First Tee Foundation of the Treasure Coast, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and the PGA Foundation Section on Wednesday.

The tournament will take place at the prestigious Loblolly Golf Club, in Hobe sound.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Habitat supporters the opportunity to play at Loblolly,” said Margot Graff, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. “With fantastic partners like the First Tee of the Treasure Coast, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and the PGA Foundation, not to mention the exclusivity that comes with the pristine Loblolly course, this has certainly been an exciting day. It was just another chance for us to showcase our affiliate and bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

Special recognition goes to tournament sponsors, The First Tee of the Treasure Coast; Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Seacoast National Bank; Seaside Bank, Hooks Construction, South Florida Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, F&D Wilberding, Inc. and Palm City Nursing.

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1986, Habitat has built 107 homes in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. Learn more at HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.

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Martin County Residents Get Their Say

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Stuart — Stuart City Hall is packed with concerned citizens who are opposed to the proposed All Aboard Florida project. Overflowing out into the hallway.

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19th Annual Taste of Martin County

Winners Announced

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STUART, FL – The 19th Annual Taste of Martin County took place on April 14 at Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart. Local chefs competed for a prestigious title in one of The Taste’s seven award categories.

The 2015 winners included The Gafford, The Chef’s Table, Sandhill Cove, The Twisted Tuna, Cabo Flats, and Spoto’s Oyster Bar.

The Gafford, a sophisticated bistro offering high-end American food in an inviting setting, was awarded the “Best Appetizer” and “Best Soup” prizes. The Gafford is located on Flagler Avenue in Downtown Stuart.

The Chef’s Table was named the “Best Salad.” They are located on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart and offer fine dining and wine parings.

“Best Presentation” was awarded to The Twisted Tuna, a waterfront seafood restaurant in Port Salerno.

The chef at Sandhill Cove presented the award wining entrée, braised short rib grilled cheese with duck fat French fries. Sandhill Cove is a retirement living community in Palm City.

Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar, located on US1 in Stuart, took home the prize for “Best Beverage.” The Mexican restaurant is famous for their margaritas.

“Best Dessert” was awarded to Downtown Stuart’s Spoto’s Oyster Bar for their cheesecake tartlet.

The Taste was presented by Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters & McCluskey, LLP. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

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2015 SAILFISH REGATTA

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Stuart — The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is established to promote and stimulate local charitable organizations, the local economy and to raise environmental awareness. We achieve these goals through collaborative community efforts to conduct sanctioned boat races and by attracting tourism to the Treasure Coast.

The fourth annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta made waves off of the Stuart Causeway this weekend making for an exciting weekend with hydroplanes, race boats and powerboats competing for prize money and bragging rights.

Organizers planned a weekend of speed, excitement and community involvement. With increased attendance and sponsorship support, SSR will be able to increase their support of the designated charities, the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast and the US Sailing Center of Martin County.

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Martin County High School’s Spring Concert

Featuring OPUS and Concert Choir

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Stuart — Beautiful music was performed this evening by the award-winning OPUS (Outstanding People United to Sing) Choir and the Concert Choir under the direction of Shane Thomas.

This evening was Senior solo night and solo performances wereperformed for the last tiome by all seniors.

The Ronald L. Corbin Scholarship was awarded to Savannah Webber.

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2015 Class 18 Martin Youth Leadership Graduates 37

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Palm City – Martin Youth Leadership held their annual graduation lunch at Martin Downs Golf Club today with insightful address by Judge Levin leading off the program.

Martin Youth LEADERship is an exciting, education program designed for sophomores and juniors from local high schools to learn about the diversity and complexities of our community, while developing their leadership skills. This is accomplished through participation in a nine-month, structured, experiential program that meets one day each month.

Our members include businesses of all sizes and sectors—from large Fortune 500 companies to home-based, one-person operations. In fact, 96% of our membership encompasses businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

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STUART WOMEN’S CLUB PROTEST AT STOP THE CHOO CHOO

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IN PHOTO : THE Woman’s Club of Stuart’s fine members at STOP TRAIN RALLY

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Pipers Landing Hosts Palm City Chamber Of Commerce

2015 Golf Tournament

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Palm City – Embrace Florida as it’s meant to be…in a place known for its elegant, yet unpretentious lifestyle. A sanctuary where tropical breezes and vibrant sunsets are part of the daily routine.

A private community, Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club provides all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury country club in a neighborhood with only 302 residences, nestled among 600 acres of lush, natural preserve areas.

Enjoy your golf game amidst the stunning landscape. Set sail from the calm waters of our naturally protected yacht basin to the Atlantic Ocean. Or challenge your hand on our impeccably maintained Har-Tru® tennis courts.

Experience a lifestyle you thought no longer existed in Florida. We invite you to discover what makes Piper’s Landing so special to those who live and play here.

The Mission of 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.”

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Art, Music & Goodwill Auction Benefit School Programs

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Jensen Beach — Art, Music & Goodwill Auction, a student concert and Chinese style auction fundraiser to support art programs in local Jensen Beach schools, will took place Tuesday.

The public was invited to see students from Jensen Beach Elementary School, Felix A. Williams Elementary School, Stuart Middle School and Jensen Beach High School provide non-stop live entertainment on the Martin County Stage. Performances included choral groups and instrumental groups. There was also be a student art exhibit.

Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce member businesses have donated hundreds of items for the Chinese style auction valued at over $10,000. The event has raised over $13,000 over the past three-years and all proceeds are split evenly between the four participating schools art programs.

The event is presented by The Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization and supported by the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. Event sponsors include the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, Hometown News and 101.3 fm The Coast.

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The Wrath of Mother Nature. The Hailstorms of 2015

and 1934, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

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In photo: Roosevelt Bridge, 1934, after a hailstorm. Photo by Francis Carlberg King. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Thurlow’s book, Stuart on the St Lucie.

By: Jacqui Thurlow-Lippich

Stuart — I love the power of Mother Nature. I appreciate when she reminds me of “who is in control.”

Yesterday, around 6:20 PM as the sky filled with dark clouds, and the rain started to fall, I was driving east on Monterey Road. Every now and then I’d hear a loud “whack.” I kept wondering why rocks were hitting my windshield. “This is odd,” I thought, “A construction truck must have gone by….”

The rain pelted down, and the skies darkened. Then suddenly, those “rocks” started pouring out of the sky, pinging loudly off the hood of my car in every direction. Finally, it dawned on me: “Hail!”

Unable to see, and overcome by sound, I pulled my car over into a parking lot sheltered by tall trees. Adrenaline pumping, I sat there, frozen in my car, like a hiding animal waiting for the storm to pass….

With the rhythmic sound of the windshield wipers and the raging storm, I thought about stories of the old timers….

In my mother’s book “Stuart on the St Lucie,” she writes about the great hail storm of 1934 along the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon.

“Mother Nature initiated the new Roosevelt Bridge with an unusual occurrence that is still remembered by all who experience it. On February 10th, 1934 a hailstorm covered Stuart with ice, creating street scenes that looked like “someplace up North.”

So even though yesterday was intense, as far as hail is concerned, there was probably more in 1934. Mind you it was February….With my yard a mess, huge limbs down, no power, and wondering if my car is dented….I remain grateful for Mother Nature and her moods. Sometimes I feel that way too.

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Monarch Country Club Hosts 2015 United Way of Martin County

Character Counts Golf Tournament

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Palm City — CHARACTER COUNTS! of Martin County is a collaborative of community organizations, schools, businesses and individual citizens committed to the development and enhancement of individual and community character.

The “Six Pillars of Character” — Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship — serve as guideposts for the countless choices children and adults are asked to make on a daily basis.

All the proceeds of this golf event goes to support the efforts of United Way Character Counts of Martin County

United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life: Quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

United Way’s goal is to advance the common good and create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems.

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

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City of Stuart Fire Rescue

Salute Take-Off Southeast Florida Honor Flight

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Stuart — Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Our heroes are flown to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials.

​Funds are raised to guarantee that every WWII Veteran fly absolutely free. With your support we can turn the dream of visiting their memorial into a reality for these heroes.

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7th 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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Settlement Leads To Big Property Rights Victory For Florida Couple

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Hobe Sound, FL; March 18, 2015: Pressed by a Pacific Legal Foundation lawsuit, county regulators in Florida have agreed to settlement terms concerning the property rights of the husband and wife owners of a popular Hobe Sound restaurant. The Martin County Commission has agreed to allow Robert and Anita Breinig, owners of the Flash Beach Grille, to expand their business without facing punishing fines or any further government meddling.

Out2News.com“This settlement is great news for the Breinigs and means the threat of massive fines that county officials wanted to impose on them no longer exists,” said Atlantic Center Managing Attorney Mark Miller. “Unsuspecting property owners like Robert and Anita cannot be held to an unrecorded easement without the proper notice. The end result here is a victory for them and other Martin County citizens who own property where these unrecorded easements exist.”

 

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The property rights controversy started when the Breinigs, after seeking a permit to expand their restaurant in mid-2013, were shocked to learn from Martin County officials that an unrecorded conservation easement existed at the back of their property. Officials determined that the Breinigs were violating the terms of a “Preserve Area Management Plan” (PAMP) on the property and consequently violating county code.

The couple was unaware that a former owner of the property had agreed to the easement terms in the mid-1990s in exchange for a county permit. The Breinigs did not know of the easement because Martin County had never bothered to record it.

Miller explained that when the Breinigs tried to get county officials to modify the easement restriction, regulators wouldn’t budge. Instead, they announced they would start imposing $1,000 daily fines virtually immediately on the Breinigs. That’s when the Breinigs turned to PLF for help. Last August, attorneys in PLF’s Atlantic Center, representing the couple free of charge, sued Martin County because under Florida law, unrecorded easements have no force.

As part of the settlement terms, Miller said the county has redrawn the conservation area to allow the restaurant’s expansion and agreed to provide $1,000 to help pay for plants and development of the new PAMP conservation area.

“Although at times the Breinigs considered pressing forward on principle, they realized that this settlement provided certainty for their future, the future of their business, the employees who count on the Flash Beach Grille for their livelihood, and their loyal customers,” Miller said.

“The Breinigs are very nice, hard-working people who you cannot help but want to succeed. PLF looks forward to seeing what comes next for them and the Flash Beach Grille.”

Statement by Robert Breinig

“Last year, Martin County threatened to ruin our dream of owning and running a restaurant on our own piece of property. We asked the County to work with us since we knew nothing of the easement when we bought the property and the County refused. That’s when PLF became involved,” Robert Breinig said. “We are thrilled that the settlement we reached with the County will allow us to operate our business how we intended, without unfair government interference in the future.

“We owe a debt of thanks to our PLF attorneys in the Atlantic Center, and to the supporters of PLF’s legal program,” Breinig added.

The case is Breinig v. Martin County. More information about the case, including a video, podcast, and a blog post is available at Pacific Legal Foundation’s website: www.pacificlegal.org.

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US NAVY F-18 JOINS MILITARY ACTS

FEATURED AT 2015 STUART AIR SHOW

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Martin County, Florida: The US Navy F-18 fighter jet joins the list of top military acts for the 2015 Stuart Air Show, to be held October 30 – November 1 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

Already confirmed to perform are the US Army Golden Knights and the US Air Force F-16. The addition of the US NAVY F-18 as a third military act to headline at the Stuart Air Show brings the military presence at this annual event to an awe-inspiring level.

Known as the “Hornet,” the F-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8, the equivalent of 1,190 mph and is equipped to carry a variety of bombs and missiles. Two F404 turbo fan engines ensure the aircraft’s high thrust-to-weight ratio while is characteristic aerodynamic frame allows the aircraft to maneuver easily at top speeds.

The F-18 will perform on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 along with the F-16. The US Army Golden Knights will perform both Saturday and Sunday as well as at the Friday Night air show on Friday, October 30.

Tickets for the 2015 Stuart Air Show are available online at www.stuartairshow.com for a special discounted price during the month of March.

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Palm City Dolphins Defeat Stuart Bulldogs 36 – 30

In Double Overtime

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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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