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Helping People Succeed Is All Smiles,
With New Offices and New Board Members

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Jensen Beach — Helping People Succeed has been on the move in the last month – moving to new offices at 1601 NE Braille Place off of Savannah Road in Jensen Beach and announcing its … Click here to read the rest of the story

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Indiantown Rodeo Lassos
Top Tourism Event Award For 2nd Year

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The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the Indiantown Rodeo has been selected as a top tourism event for October 2017 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2017, the rodeo competed with … click here to read the rest of the story

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BACTERIA LEVELS ELEVATED
AT LEIGHTON PARK IN PALM CITY

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Martin County, FL – An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Leighton Park in Palm City. Results from samples taken yesterday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in both areas.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from… Click here to read the rest of the story

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MARTIN HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS READY!

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Agency recognized by national program for emergency preparedness

Martin County, FL — The Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH-Martin) has once again been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies. DOH-Martin demonstrated these capabilities by… Click here to read the rest of the story

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Women’s Power Lunch Celebrates Christmas In July

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Jensen Beach — The Women’s Power Lunch Friday evening celebrated their annual “Christmas In July” at the Dolphin Bar in Jensen Beach. The “Christmas In July” celebration is an opportunity for the Power Lunch members to recognize a worthwhile charity that has come into their group and raise money for that charity. … Click here to view additional photos from this event

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Martin County School District Announces
Community Eligibility Provision Sites

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Stuart, FL – The Martin County School District announced today its list of sites where students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2017-2018 school year. This program is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision. The sites are:

 

· Willoughby Learning Center

· J.D. Parker Elementary

· Pinewood Elementary

· Port Salerno Elementary

· Warfield Elementary

· Indiantown Middle

· Spectrum Jr./Sr. High School

 

For additional information please contact:

 

Laura Holmedal, Director Food and Nutrition Services

1050 SE 10th Street

Stuart, FL 34996

772-223-2655

HolmedL@martin.k12.fl.us

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Public Comment Period Open On Housing Plan

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The St. Lucie County HOME Consortium will hold a 30-day public comment period for the Consolidated Plan for fiscal years 2017/2018-2021/2022 and the First Year Action Plan for fiscal year 2017/2018 to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The consortium consists of St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties.

The St. Lucie HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan is a five-year plan that identifies priority needs related to affordable housing, homelessness, special needs populations and economic development based on local market statistical analysis, needs assessments and public input via a citizen participation process. Each year during the five-year planning period, the annual action plan details plans for the upcoming fiscal year to further the five-year priorities and strategies. The annual action plan is the consortium’s annual application for HOME Investment Partnership Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The public comment period will run from June 20 through July 19. The proposed Consolidated Plan and First Year Action Plan can be electronically viewed here.

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New Airport Manager, Erik Treudt

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Stuart — Erik Treudt will now oversee operations at Witham Field, Martin County’s 726-acre airport. The airport maintains an operational air traffic control tower and … Click here to read the rest of the story

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MARTIN COUNTY BURN BAN LIFTED
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

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On May 8, 2017,Martin County Fire Rescue executed a Local State of Emergency and implemented a Burn Ban on open burning in Martin County. This restriction was established due to extremely dry conditions that were being experienced and threatening the local community. The recent amount of rainfall, and the decline in the Drought and Fire Danger Indexes, has made it possible for the Local State of Emergency and Burn Ban to be lifted.

Burning is now permitted, however residential backyard burns of vegetative debris andpilesmustbelessthan8′ by 8′ and are regulated by Martin County Fire Rescue. Residents may contact their local Fire Rescue station to request a permit. All other burns fall into the classification of commercial or agricultural burns and are regulated by the Florida Forest Service. Authorization must be gained daily, and prior to ignition, by call the Florida Forest Service Okeechobee District Office at (863) 462-5160.

A few reminders from Martin County Fire Rescue about fire safety and protecting your home and family:

Practice wildfire safety
Do not discard cigarettes from moving vehicles.
Do not park a hot car or operate all-terrain vehicles on dry grass.
Check lawnmowers and farm equipment for properly working spark arresters.
Extinguish fires when cooking outdoors, and never leave fires unattended.

Protect your home
Design and landscape your home with fire safety in mind. Allow a 30-foot buffer of non-combustible material around your home.
Use non-combustible materials on your roof and clean your roof and gutters regularly.
Teach family members how to use a fire extinguisher.
Test smoke detectors regularly.
Inspect chimneys twice a year and clean them once a year.
Rake leaves and dead limbs and twigs. Clear any flammable vegetation.
Have a garden hose long enough to reach any area of your home and property.

When wildfire threatens
Listen to the media or weather radio for civil emergency messages about where the danger is. Martin County citizens can sign up for emergency notification online. Go to www.martin.fl.us and type “CODERED” in the search bar.
Prepare your family, pets and supplies in case you have to evacuate.
If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
If evacuating, tell someone you are leaving and where you are going. Drive away from fire hazards and listen to public safety officials.

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Library System Upgrade to
Temporarily Interrupt Services From June 12-14

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MARTIN COUNTY, FL – The Martin County Library System will be upgrading its data storage from June 12-14. During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

Updating contact information
Placing reserves or holds
Renewing items
Checking account information
Receiving due date or overdue reminders

Most other services will continue to be provided, such as:

Borrowing materials
Renewing by speaking to staff
Accessing public computers
Registering for events
Accessing print/scan/copy services

This update will allow for utilization of all current and upcoming features of the Integrated Library System (ILS), as well as provision of better maintenance, monitoring, and security in order to offer patrons optimal services.

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

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Yard Waste Collection to Ensure Safety During Storm Season

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The six-month hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and 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. Here are some important steps that should be taken before 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, pinecones, 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 not 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.

Note: If you are having trees removed or trimmed by a contractor, tree company or landscaper, please be sure to have them remove the debris. Place yard waste materials six feet from the curb and do not place on vacant lots, sidewalks, roadways, someone else’s property, under cable or power lines, or next to cable or electric boxes. In addition, do not place yard waste in swales or drainage areas as it could cause drainage issues.

“We are asking that residents take precautionary steps now, before a storm is approaching. If citizens wait until the last minute and collection is no longer available, items such as palm fronds – and even pinecones – can become dangerous projectiles in a high-speed hurricane,” Solid Waste Administrator Pat Yancey said.

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SPAM Robotics Concludes Highly Successful Season

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Stuart, FL – On Friday, May 12, SPAM Robotics concluded its 20th year with a celebratory banquet at Martin County High School. Team members celebrated many successes, achievements and awards the team had earned this year. … click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Ann Kagdis Appointed
Florida League of Cities Vice President

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Ocean Breeze — Town of Ocean Breeze Council President, Ann G. Kagdis, has been appointed by Florida League of Cities Vice President Gil Ziffer to serve on the Florida League of Cities Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works Policy Committee for 2017-18

The committee will address state legislative policies having a statewide impact on municipal functions and services specific to stormwater, water quality, water supply, water resources, wastewater, coastal resources, solid waste and recycling, municipal utilities, infrastructure and public lands.

President Kagdis has served on various Policy Committees since 2012, when she first began her advocacy for the Town of Ocean Breeze.

Committee members are appointed typically based on a city officials support and advocacy of the League’s adopted legislative action agenda, meeting participation and other legislative related activities.

In addition to setting legislative priorities, the policy committee members help to provide League staff with an in depth understanding of the real-world implications of proposed legislation.

Within the 412 municipalities in Florida there exists a wide diversity in management and governing based on the needs of the communities whose residents elect municipal officials. In many cases, the Florida League of Cities focuses on the protection of Home Rule powers, recognizing that government closest to the people is the most receptive and responsive to needs of its citizens.

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Martin County School District SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM

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Stuart, FL – The Summer Food Service Program of the Martin County School District ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The District will provide free meals to children during the months of May, June, July and August 2017. This summer, meals will be served at several school locations for any child under the age of 18.

“Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for healthy nutrition,” said Laura Holmedal, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Martin County School District. “The Summer Food Service Program provides 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 during summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.

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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Here We Go Again!

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Stuart — The debate over weather the school board was going to ask the County Commission to put a referendum on the ballot in 2018 to elect superintendent of schools or appoint one by the school board. the debate was weather the vote was going to be in the primary or in november in the general mid-term election.

The more voters show p to the polls the less chance th eissue has of passing. The board appears at this time to favor the supporters against appointment.

There have been four previous attempts in the past to put this issue forth and the elctorate rejected the idea in 1986, 1996, 2000 and 2010.

41 of the 67 school districts in Florida elect superintendents, 26 do not. Nationally more than 90% of districts appoint theirs. Many to their own perill.

According to data from AASA (American Assoication of School Administrators) the average superintendent signs a four year contract and it common for many to only serve on the average 2 1/2 years. Disputes between te Superintendent and the Boad rise and they are terminated with the tax payers having to pay the balance of the contract and going through te expense of finding a replacement and then paying for 1 1/2 years for two salaries.

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Woman’s Club of Stuart Holds
GALA to Benefit Trafficked Girls

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Stuart — The Woman’s Club of Stuart held a gala on Saturday, May 6th, with over 130 guests in attendance.

The benefit was held to raise funds to prevent human trafficking and … click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Humane Society of the Treasure Coast & Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Help Families Become “pet Prepared”

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In photo: Now is the time for pet owners to begin making preparations for hurricane season and other emergency situations.

PALM CITY, Fla. — In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 13, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is joining Hill’s Pet Nutrition and its network of animal shelter partners to encourage pet parents to fully consider their pets in their emergency planning.

In times of crisis, people are often told to leave their homes for a “short time,” only to find that they cannot return for days or even weeks. As a result, community animal shelters are … click here to read the rest of the story

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Stuart Air Show gearing up for 2017

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STUART, FL (April 24, 2017) — Planning of the 2017 Stuart Air Show is well underway and show organizers are thrilled to announce this year’s performers, new attractions, and … click here to read the rest of the story

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MC Commission Opens The Way To Move Fair

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“Encore” River Kidz “Don’t Trash It”
Event at Sewall’s Point Park

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Port Salerno — In January the 300 or so members of the River Kidz attacked the beach.

The youth annex to the Rivers Coalition, with chapters in Martin and St. Lucie counties, cleaned up Sandsprit Park — and … click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Florida Swimming Pool Association High School
Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet

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On April 12, 2017, the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) notified the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission (TCSC) that Sailfish Splash Waterpark has been selected as the site for the FSPA High School Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet for 2017. Host school, Jensen Beach High School, will provide … Click here to read the rest of the story

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN
MOVES THROUGH MARTIN COUNTY

Stuart – On Friday morning deputies and civilian employees with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office joined together to run in the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics athletes work very hard throughout the year training for events such as track, equestrian competition, swimming, surfing, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, cycling, basketball, and bowling. The torch run has long been an important and very symbolic way in which we help kick off the Olympic Games for these very special athletes.

A big thank you to the spectators who came out to support our efforts during the race by gathering along the run route.

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S.P.A.M. Robotics Prepares for World Championships

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STUART—S.P.A.M. Robotics, the local high school FIRST Robotics team, is preparing to compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) FIRST Championships to be held April 19-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

Fresh off their victories at the FRC Orlando Regional at University of Central Florida on March 9-11 and the FRC Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, AL on March 23-24, the team of 74 high school students and … click here to read the rest of the story

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MUSIC, ART INSPIRE PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
TREASURE COAST YOUTH SYMPHONY’S SPRING CONCERT

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Stuart — The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony’s spring program sets focus on major orchestral compositions directly inspired by individual visual artworks and art forms. Taking heed of the inspirational flow between visual arts and music this performance explores the … click here to read the rest of the story

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RUBIO-SPONSORED NASA BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

 

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) visited the White House today where he welcomed President Trump’s signing of the “‎National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act” ‎(S. 442), a bill Rubio and six other senators introduced in February. ‎The new law will provide stability for NASA to sustain and build upon existing national space investments designed to advance space exploration and science.

“This law will promote innovation, support NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion programs, improve collaboration between the agency and commercial space sector, and benefit thousands of workers across Florida, particularly at Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center,” said Rubio. “Florida continues to play a leading role in our nation’s space program, and I was proud to stand by President Trump’s side as he signed our bill into law.”

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Boys Club/Girls Club Hosts
Judge Michael Mukasey

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Stuart — Sailfish point — Monday for lunch comes the judge who presided over the “Blind Sheikh” trial and the first bombing of The World trade Center in 1993.

Here comes the judge, to coin a phrase, whose Southern District of New York is in the news as we speak with Attorney General Sessions asking for the resignation of Preet Bhrarara and all that that implies. When in 1992 it was Janet Reno who asked for Judge Mukasey’s resignation.

He admitted that of the past few years when he spoke before large audiences the subject was always the “Blind Sheikh” trial. Not today however, today we have President Donald Trump which gives the judge a whole new rage of material to discuss.

Michael B. Mukasey served as the 81st Attorney General of the United States, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, from November 2007 to January 2009. During that time, he oversaw the U.S. Justice Department and advised on critical issues of domestic and international law.

From 1988 to 2006, he served as a district judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, becoming chief judge in 2000. While on the bench, he handled numerous cases, including the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called “Blind Sheikh,” and others, convicted of a wide-ranging conspiracy that included the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and a later plot to blow up New York landmarks; and the case of Jose Padilla, arrested on a material witness warrant and believed to have returned to the United States to commit terrorist acts.

Judge Mukasey is currently in private practice in New York City.

With humble beginnings in the Hobe Sound Winn-Dixie Plaza, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County began with just 165 children. It has now grown to five Clubs — in Hobe Sound, Port Salerno, Palm City, Indiantown and Stuart, serving nearly 2,000 children and families within the Clubs and close to 3,000 through community outreach initiatives every year.

Times have changed and programs have grown since 1989, but the need identified by Peggy Cole and Hays Clark for affordable youth development opportunities remains strong. Today, parents agree Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is benefiting their children and preparing them for Great Futures!

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Safe Mobility for Life Coalition Wants Your Help

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The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is asking for your help as we work to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida’s aging population. We are conducting an aging road user survey to better understand how Floridians (50 years and older) get from place to place and we will use this information to update our Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.

To reach our goals, we could use your help in two ways:

1. If you live in Florida and you are 50 or older, please take the survey in whichever format is best!

Electronic survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3331043/Florida-s-Aging-Road-User-Survey

Paper survey: PDF copy attached.

2. Please share this email with your local partners, colleagues, members, family or friends!

We want to reach as many participants as possible over the next 3 weeks. The information received will be used to help us make sure we address the transportation safety and mobility needs and develop useful educational materials for aging road users throughout the state. Participation has no known risks and no direct benefits and the records of this survey will be kept private and confidential to the extent permitted by law. In any report we might publish, we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify a subject. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and shouldn’t take much time.

The survey will close on: Friday, March 10, 2017

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Shouldn’t the Local Newspaper Be Paying Attention?

13 Dec Smith _NancyWhy did it take a newspaper 100 miles away in Miami to tell Martin County citizens three of their commissioners have been breaking the law for the last four years?

I’ll tell you why, and it gives me no pleasure to say this: It’s because the newspaper of record in Martin County… click here to read the rest of the story

 

 

 

 

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Congressman Brian Mast Speaks
To Martin County Taxpayers

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Hobe Sound — Lost Lake Golf and Country Club was the scene last evening when Congressman Brian Mast met his Martin County constituency for the first time since he hit Washington in January.

He spoke to the knowledgeable crowd pragmatically as well as hopefully. He gave updates on his first impression of the “swamp” and expressed what has impressed as well as surprised him the most in his first weeks in Washington.

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SpaceX launches Rocket
From NASA’s Historic Moon Pad 39A

 

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s historic moonshot pad is back in business.

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. It’s carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

Astronauts flew to the moon from this very spot nearly a half-century ago. The pad was last used for NASA’s final shuttle mission nearly six years ago.

This is SpaceX’s first launch from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer. As an extra treat for spectators, SpaceX aims to land the booster rocket back at Cape Canaveral following liftoff. That recycling feat has been accomplished only twice before.

SpaceX is leasing the pad from NASA for 20 years. The company hopes to launch U.S. astronauts from there next year.

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Tykes & Teens to Host Positive Messaging Rap Battle

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In photo: Spoken word artist and playwright Joseph Dillard will emcee the Rap Battle hosted by Tykes & Teens.

Martin County — Aspiring young rappers will have an opportunity to battle it out for cash prizes on Friday, April 7th when Tykes & Teens hosts a Rap Battle at the East Stuart Youth Initiative at 724 E. 10th Street in Stuart. The event, which will be held from 7:00-11:00 p.m. is free and open to kids ages 12-18 with school ID. Local celebrities will judge and perform, and food will be provided at no cost for all attendees.

So what’s the catch? This is a positive messaging Rap Battle, which means no profanity is allowed, and performers will be judged on the quality of the positive message of their material, as well as their talent. Judges include international artist, singer, songwriter, and music producer Anthony Ryan; model, singer and radio personality Jessi Munroe; and singer, songwriter and community activist Abelard Cesar. The emcee for the event will be motivational speaker and spoken word artist Joseph Dillard.

Auditions will be held on March 7th, and Interested performers must call 772-288-5340 to schedule an audition. The first place winner will take home $250, while second place will earn $100 and third place will be awarded $50. Sponsors include the City of Stuart, The Children’s Services Council of Martin County and the Stuart Police Department.

The event is hosted by Tykes & Teens Prevention Services, which is committed to reducing underage drinking and other unhealthy and risk related behaviors among Martin County youth by raising community awareness and engaging kids in fun, safe and healthy activities. For more information, contact Tykes & Teens Prevention Director Dr. Agnieszka Marshall at 772-220-3439.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS OF RISKS
ASSOCIATED WITH MARTIN COUNTY FIRES

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Martin County, FL – The Florida Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions against drifting smoke associated with fires burning in Martin County.

Drifting smoke can cause coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes and runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People who have heart disease might experience chest pain, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath and fatigue.

Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as respiratory allergies, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the following ways: inability to breathe normally, cough with or without mucus, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. Residents are advised to contact their doctor with any concerns.

Residents are advised to limit their exposure to the smoke by:

Staying indoors whenever possible
Using air conditioners (air conditioned homes usually have lower air exchange rates than homes that use open windows for ventilation)
Using mechanical air cleaners
Keeping windows closed while driving in a vehicle

Minimizing other sources of air pollution (smoking tobacco, burning candles or incense and vacuuming)

Air quality is monitored by the Department of Environmental Protection, more information is available at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/Air/air_quality/monitoring.htm

About the Florida Department of Health

The department 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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30th Annual Martin County Arts Fest

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Stuart — The Arts Council presented the 30th Annual ArtsFest, one of the most beloved and prestigious art shows on the Treasure Coast. More than 160 talented artists from across the country lined East Ocean Boulevard in downtown Stuart on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate a weekend filled with fine arts and interactive entertainment.

The Arts Council of Martin County has been a leader in the arts, since 1980! The arts and cultural programs we support inspire creativity, learning and strengthen the fabric of our community. ArtsFest is both our biggest celebration of the arts and … click here to read then rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Fighting Robots At the Fair

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Airspace, President Trump, and the Destiny of
Our St Luice River/Indian River Lagoon, SLR/IRL

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Stuart — Witham Air Field in Martin County is north, just outside of the circles….the circles that designate “No Fly Zones”during Presidient’s Trump’s return home today to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Many Palm Beachers will be flying into Witham who can’t get into Palm Beach due to … click here to read the rest of the story

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Brian Mast To Receive Army Seal

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Washington D.C. — Former United States Army soldier working as Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician, defusing bombs in Afghanistan. Congresssman Mast, while clearing a path for United States Army Rangers in Kandahar, he took a wrong step into an IED along the road. The explosion resulted in the amputation of both his legs and one of his fingers.

The Congressman stated on Trwitter; “It was an honor to spend 12yrs serving in @USArmy. I’m grateful to receive Army Seal to put up in our DC office. It’ll be displayed proudly!”

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Library Launches New Events and Room Booking System

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STUART, FL – The Martin County Library System is debuting a new online event and room booking system beginning November 1. Evanced Solutions SignUp software was selected due to its user-friendly interface, faster loading times, and other features not available in the previous system. The public will be able to more easily find and search for events as well as request room bookings online.

On November 1, the public will be able to both view Library events and request room bookings at https://www.martin.fl.us/martin-county-services/hours-events.

For more information, pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 463-3296.

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Local Family Fighting to Find a Cure for Rare, Painful and Life Threatening Skin Disease!

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Stuart, FL – Four and a half years ago Drew and Lauren Pittman’s son, Anders, was born with a rare genetic skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). This condition is characterized by the presence of extremely fragile skin and recurrent blister formation, resulting from minor friction or trauma and affects the body inside and out. Only around 200 children in the U.S. are born with EB each year, which is why it is called the “worst disease you’ve never heard of”. Children that have EB are called “Butterfly Children” because their skin is as fragile as a butterfly’s wing. There are several variations of severity with this condition ranging from the simplex form to the worst case scenarios, junctional or dystrophic where many of these children don’t survive.
Thankfully, Anders has a mild form of EB, but he does struggle everyday with blisters that his parents have to “pop” with a needle, drain and wrap in a special bandage.
“Everyone knows how painful a blister is, so imagine having them all over your body and sometimes internally. Then imagine, as a parent, knowing that from the day your child was born, they have never
gone a second without feeling pain. Then, you will understand why finding a cure is so important to us and all individuals that suffer from this horrific disease.” – Lauren Pittman
This is why Drew and Lauren started the Annual Anders Pittman for a Cure of EB! Please join them and the community for their 3rd Annual Halloween Costume/Cocktail Party October 29th 2016 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
It’s an exciting event with live music by the amazingly talented Steven D. Hunt! Sneaki Tiki and D.W. Ashton Catery will be providing their award-winning cuisine! There will be a spooktacular set up of Halloween decorations, open bar, Chasen Cobias Photo Bus, live and silent auction and costume contest. The event has a new, more central location this year! It will be held in Downtown Stuart at 200 SW Atlanta Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994.
This event is in Anders’ name to find a cure for EB. 100% of the proceeds will go to The EB Research Partnership (EBRP), the largest nonprofit devoted to funding research aimed at treating and curing EB. Over $30,000 was raised for EB with their first two events and they are hoping this year’s event will be even more successful! If you would like to support this wonderful cause, please do so by sponsoring, donating or volunteering to help with the event. Donations for the live and silent auctions are needed as well and would be greatly appreciated!
Please visit AndersForEB.com to buy tickets and/or donate. No amount is too small! Advanced tickets are $50 and
$75 at the door. This includes: Entry Fee, Beer, Wine, Liquor, Food and Entertainment. For more details, please call Drew and Lauren Pittman at 772.215.1226 or email Lauren@DrewPittman.com. Your contribution/donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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MEGA YACHT CENTER OPENS IN FORT PIERCE

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Fort Pierce — Introducing the Fort Pierce Yachting Center (FPYC), the Treasure Coasts’ newest large yacht Facility and Marina.

Current plans are to include catering to the Mega Yacht Community, up to 500 ft., and capable of all aspects of marine repairs and maintenance.

Fort Pierce Yachting Center (FPYC) has over 40,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space available for tenants.

Future plans are to include a dry dock and large marine travel lift with 12 large work space sheds accommodating 140-200 ft. yachts. Our new tenant list will include world renowned refit companies and other specialty marine manufactures.

The facility features approx. 1300 linear feet of deep water access (over 20ft) at the dock. No vertical restrictions (bridges, powerline, etc.) to the ocean with a scenic 2.3 mile uninhibited access from the facility to the ocean/inlet.

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United Way kicks off 2016-17 campaign!

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Suart — On Friday, United Way of Martin County kicked off its annual campaign with an energized crowd of 200 attendees at its Community Leaders’ Breakfast. United Way’s new President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez made her first public speech and introduced the 2016-17 campaign team, Campaign Chair Denise Ehrich, senior vice president marketing strategist, U.S. Trust; and Campaign Vice-chairs Amy Brunjes, regional manager of external affairs, Florida Power & Light Company; and Bob Brunjes, president and publisher, Treasure Coast Newspapers.

Each year, United Way raises funds through its annual campaign and invests in high-quality local programs that improve lives and create lasting change. Last year, United Way made a $2.56 million investment in Martin County that helped families struggling to put food on the table receive much

needed relief, students in low-income households get off to a good start in school, and at-risk youth learn vocational and technical skills, and more.

“Every year our generous community members step up and make a tremendous impact on the lives of our neighbors,” Ehrich said. “The support from individuals and local businesses is critical to helping shape our community, which is why we want to increase our engagement even further. Every dollar makes a difference!”

This year’s theme is “Great Things Happen When We LIVE UNITED” and keynote speaker Robert L. Lord, Jr., Martin Health System President/CEO discussed one of the great things happening in Martin County as a result of United Way – a collaboration called Project Search. The one year high school transition program provides job training and social skills for students with disabilities. The program is funded in part by United Way and is a collaborative effort between Martin Health System, ARC of Martin County and Helping People Succeed.

“Project Search is just one of many programs that we support to reach bold community goals in education, financial stability and health –the building blocks to a good quality of life,” said Houwaart-Diez.

To learn more about United Way of Martin County visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or facebook.com/UnitedWayMartin.

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Tech-focused ‘idea lab’ Grand Opening at

Elisabeth Lahti Library On Saturday

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The Grand Opening of a new idea lab occured on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting at Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown. The public came to explore the space in action. This lab is made possible with district funds by Martin County Commissioners Anne Scott and John Haddox.

The idea labs at the Martin County Library System offer residents exposure and access to technology, information, and assistance creating an environment of digitally literate citizens. These labs are spaces to learn, create and connect through exploration, hands-on learning, computer classes, and special events. The library offers a wide variety of technology, advanced software, and unique experiences through idea labs, identifying ways to diversify and empower the community.

The Elisabeth Lahti Library’s idea lab will invite users to get hands on exposure to create, play, work, and connect with technology. Lahti’s idea lab focuses on serving all ages and all members of its community from STEM programming for youth, to content creation, digital music exploration, gaming, and lifelong learning with a language learning station and life skill resources.

Computers, Laptops, & Tablets

2 iMac computers
2 HP laptops
Macbook Air
4 iPad Air 2
Windows Surface 3

Photo & Video

GoPro Hero Session + accessories kit
Canon Rebel T5 kit including 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm lens, wide angle lens, telephoto lens, tripod, remote, 58mm filter kit

STEM Kits

(4) Makey Makey
(3) Sphero
Mbot

Music Equipment

Korg Monotron Delay Analog Ribbon Synthesizer
LittleBits Synth Kit
Akai Keyboard
Yeti Microphone

Teen Gaming

PS4 + games

Software

Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, iMovie, GarageBand, and more)

Language Lab

Rosetta Stone Software

Other Devices

Epson flatbed scanners

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Tourism Officials Launch “#protectourparadise” Campaign

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The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, in partnership with Stuart Main Street, is launching #protectourparadise, the second part of its “tourism advocacy” campaign. Officials are calling on residents and visitors to advocate for clean water and support our local businesses that depend on tourism.

Show us why you’re so passionate about protecting our paradise. We ask that you share images of our local scene with the hashtag #protectourparadise at www.protectourparadise.com. Here are some photo ideas to get you started: Enjoying a cup of coffee at an outdoor café, listening to live music, exploring our parks and conservation lands, visiting galleries and museums, shopping our local stores and, of course, relaxing at our beautiful beaches.

The top ten finalists in the photo contest will receive a limited edition Martin County Tervis Tumbler. The grand prize winner will receive an overnight stay for two in Downtown Stuart, a $250 downtown shopping spree and VIP tickets to Dancin’ in the Streets.

“Historic Downtown Stuart and our waterways are inextricably linked. This community grew here because of the river, and its future remains linked to the river’s health. We’re working together with the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing to protect our local economy and our local ecology, so we all thrive,” said Stuart Main Street’s Thondra Lanese.

Nerissa Okiye, Martin County’s Tourism and Marketing Manager said, “As residents, we understand first-hand the frustration and feelings of helplessness as circumstances beyond our control that are affecting our home. We know that freshwater releases can have a serious and detrimental impact on the natural ecosystem of the St. Lucie River and Estuary. However, we also know the important role tourism plays on the health of our local economy. We are delighted to partner with Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association on this project. We want to show the world what we are fighting to protect. We want our visitors and residents to share their memorable experiences so we can help showcase why we work so hard to #protectourparadise.”

Okiye and her team have created two digital marketing campaigns anchored by short videos to spark advocacy about the best of Martin County. The latest video outlines the #protectourparadise concept. “Share the videos, take part in our campaign and showcase to what we are all fighting to protect,” Okiye added.

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Out2News & WRPBITV Announce New Programing Agreement

 

 

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Palm City — E.C.G., Inc., Out2News, the parent company of Out2martincounty.com and Out2Stluciecounty.com announced today the birth of a new internet T.V. Opportunity for everyone on the Treasure Coast.

The first of it’s kind newspaper Out2martincounty will now be producing in collaboration with WRPBITV a weekly, half hour program focusing on local content from the Treasure Coast.

“We have envisioned for years some kind of internet video offering; said; Richard Hall one of the principals at Out2News, ever since the beginning in 1999. In 2000 we partnered with “All Video Network and ESPN” to broadcast broadband live stream video from the Anaheim Sports Memorabilia Show. The technology at the local level was simply not capable of doing what we knew the public would demand in terms of content quality.”

In the tradition of Out2News providing a platform for the general public to tell their story the way they want to tell it, the addition of video was a natural next step.

WRPBiTV has for 13 years been providing Balanced and Fair television of high quality and programming excellence to uplift, unite, educate, challenge, encourage and entertain viewers.

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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. Vegetative material, including grass clippings, cannot be washed, swept, or blown into stormwater drains, waterbodies or impervious areas. Adhering to the summertime application ban is one way our citizens can be a part of the solution to protecting our water resources – one lawn at a time.

The fertilizer restrictions aim to reduce the amount of harmful nutrients entering local water bodies, a crucial step towards improving and maintaining water and habitat quality. Fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus cannot be used on turf, sod, lawns or landscape plants during the period of the ordinance, which extends during the four-month rainy season. Print and download this handy information card on the ordinance or check out these FAQs for the rules.

Nutrients-primarily nitrogen and phosphorus-are key ingredients in lawn fertilizer. When it rains, lawn fertilizer can wash into nearby storm drains and canals that empty into the St. Lucie River and contribute to the growth of algae blooms. Once in our waterways, excess fertilizers fuel the growth of algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching seagrasses, rob the water of oxygen and threaten underwater life.

Municipalities and governments that are located within watersheds of impaired waters must meet regulatory limits on total phosphorus and total nitrogen entering the water from all sources, especially stormwater runoff. Storm sewer system retrofits (improvements to the system) to remove phosphorus from stormwater can cost millions of dollars per system. The St. Lucie River is an impaired water body.

The ordinance applies to anyone – personal or professional – landscaping in unincorporated Martin County. The fertilizer ordinance includes exceptions for agriculture, golf courses, athletic fields and for lawns that soil tests have indicated a need for phosphorus.

Tips on creating a Florida-friendly yard can be found on the website http://befloridiannow.org/ under the Floridifying tab.

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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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Martin County Confirms

Peacocks In Rio Have Not Been Disturbed

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Martin County has received multiple communications, including social media reports, about the welfare of peacocks along Sottong Avenue and Sage Drive in Rio. Martin County has confirmed the peacocks have not been disturbed.

For decades, nonnative peacock have established themselves in the Rio area near Jensen Beach. Because they are nonnative, these common peafowl are not protected under state law.

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3 County Study “Arts and Economic Impact”

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Treasure Coast — The Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Arts Council of Martin County and Art Mundo of St. Lucie County Join Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences

In Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties, The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Arts Council of Martin County and Arts Mundo of St. Lucie County, who announced they have joined Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences.

The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

As three of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the three Treasure Coast Arts Organizations will collect their county’s detailed financial data about their local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums and galleries, concerts, opera and orchestras, lectures, literary, and arts education organizations.

“Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Keith Kite, Managing Partner, Kite Properties LLC, “but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

The Cultural Council, Arts Council and Art Mundo will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

The Treasure Coast Art Councils believe that “This study will show that when we support the arts in our communities we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.”

According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenues. The $135.2 billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the fiscal year 2010 study are available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/economicImpact.

“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity series demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”

Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study is supported by the Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the arts’ local and statewide study partners are contributing both time and a cost-sharing fee support to the study. For a full list of the nearly 300 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study partners, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AEP5Partners.

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Fish Find Home at Treasure Coast Research Park

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission (FWC), in partnership with the Treasure Coast Research and Development Authority (TCERDA), is pleased to announce the initial stocking of 3500 Bluegill and Redear Sunfish into the seven acre created lake at the Treasure Coast Research Park.

“We are excited about this project which will provide both a new fishing opportunity and educational venue for Florida’s residents and visitors,” said FWC fisheries biologist John Cimbaro. Supported by Sport Fish Restoration and fishing license revenue, the stocked fish will grow and reproduce, providing a balanced sport fish community. The Bluegill and Redear Sunfish will provide forage for the Largemouth Bass which will be added in Spring, 2016. They will also provide a food source for wading birds like egrets and herons, helping to establish the aquatic community.

Once established, in addition to the sustainable aquatic environment being created through the partnership and the stocking, the lake is expected to provide a new, local fishing opportunity in the near future. Currently, the lake also provides Advanced Placement Environmental Students from Westwood High School an outdoor classroom and hands-on learning opportunity. The students, a diverse and talented group of Westwood High School students who have been chosen to participate in the program which is housed at Florida Atlantic University’s Oceanographic Institution, have been taking samples, doing monthly tests, and conducting research on site since September The Advanced Placement Environmental Science students has also been enjoying discussions and presentations from world-class research scientists during Lunch and Learn sessions.

Created in 2005 as a partnership between the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida, the Treasure Coast Research Park, located just off Kings Highway, less than a mile from Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 95, and less than five miles from St. Lucie County International Airport, was designed to spotlight and encourage bio-technological and agricultural research. In addition to creating an atmosphere conducive to research and education, the Treasure Coast Education Research Development Authority has created an infrastructure to encourage and support research in the areas of food, energy and water.

The collaboration with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (FCW), the St. Lucie County School Board, Florida Atlantic University, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) research facilities on site at the Treasure Coast Research Park just west of Kings Highway in Fort Pierce was a natural evolution of the mission of the facility and its leadership. Indeed, TCERDA CEO, Ben DeVries said, “TCERDA’s goal is to bring together the power of People, the power of Ideas, and the power of Place.

To learn more about the Treasure Coast Research Park and all the opportunities for research, development and commerce in St. Lucie County, or to schedule a meeting or presentation about the Treasure Coast Research Park and TCERDA’s initiatives please call 772-467-3107, or visit www.treasurecoastresearchpark.com.

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Dr. Bruce Health Update

Tougher Alcohol Policies May Lead to Lower Death Rates from Liver Damage

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A research team consisting of members from Boston Children’s Hospital and the Boston University School of Public Health ranked states based on their alcohol control policies (taxes, retail price restrictions, and hours-of-sale limits, for example) and found residents in the more stringent states were less likely to die due to alcohol-related liver damage than residents from states with more lax alcohol control policies. The researchers believe such policies reduce binge drinking behavior, which previous studies have shown can increase an individual’s risk for a host of health problems, including liver damage.

 

 

 

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JOSÉ FARINOS APPOINTED IRSC VICE PRESIDENT

OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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Ft. Pierce — José Farinos has been appointed Vice President of Applied Science and Technology at Indian River State College. Farinos will oversee the College’s programs in business and industrial technology, advanced technology, public service education and health science.

“José brings extensive experience in applied science and technology education to his new position, with a strong track record in development of business and industry partnerships, as well as regional and national affiliations that support economic development,” said Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC President. “He will play an important role in the College’s continued emphasis on preparation of a highly skilled workforce.”

A Palm City resident, Farinos joined IRSC in 1993 as an Assistant Professor of Drafting & Design Technology. He served as Dean of Advanced Technology since 1998, overseeing programs such as Electrical Power Technology, Robotics and Photonics, Cyber Security, Digital Media, Electronics, Computer Science, Manufacturing, Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Building Construction. In addition to being active in the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium, he serves at the national level as a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Oversight Committee for the training of nuclear power plant technicians, and as Co-Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Regional Center for Nuclear Energy Training. Farinos is a member and former chairman of the Treasure Coast Research Park Authority. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami.

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Why We Fear Sharks (And Why We Shouldn’t)

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Sharks have been receiving a lot of negative press lately. Despite the astronomically low odds of ever having a bad encounter with a shark (we’ve all seen the statistics showing that you have a better chance of being killed by vending machines, champagne corks, or falling coconuts than a shark), sharks still elicit a deep-seated emotional response in many people. Perhaps it’s a fear of the unknown that hits us when we move from the safety of land back into our watery origins – scientists know more about the surface of Mars than the deep sea floor. Maybe it’s the graphic nature of shark bites – no matter how rarely they occur – that causes people to hold onto an irrational fear of an animal they’ll most likely never have a run-in with. Like snakes and spiders, it’s possible that people are just hardwired to fear sharks. TV and the internet certainly haven’t helped the shark’s reputation. Thanks to a media that’s obsessed with the sensational, even relatively minor shark bites turn into horrific, fear-evoking

headlines on the national news. Then there’s the cable network that used to run a much-anticipated week of factual, science-based shark programming every summer. That week has now morphed into

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$1M in Gold And Treasure Recovered From Treasure Coast Shipwreck Sites

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Treasure Coast — Over $1 million worth of gold artifacts and a rare coin destined for the king of Spain have been recovered from the 1715 Treasure Fleet which sank along the Treasure Coast on July 31, 1715.

The artifacts were discovered in shallow waters about 15 feet deep off Fort Pierce, approximately 30 miles north of West Palm Beach, the release said.

A Sanford family of treasure hunters has found more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts off the coast of Fort Pierce.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that boat captain Eric Schmitt and his family made the find June 17 in about 15 feet of water off Fort Pierce.

Brent Brisben is the co-founder of 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels LLC, the company that owns the treasure’s salvage rights. He says the items recovered include

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What Are Those little Guys

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Tiger Shore– Hutchinson Island — Stuart– I went strolling on the beach one day… today as a matter of fact and what did I see, an Atlantic Black Sea Hare.

What is that you say, well look at the photo above and it will give you some idea.

With 18 hours of Biology on my school resume my guess was some kind of Leach. Then I saw the ink, the color of transmission fluid and I immediately decided it was part of the Mollusk family.

Since the Florida Oceanographic Society was simply down the street why not ask Mark Perry.

Atlantic Black Sea Hare, what the hell is that? It appears that was what I was dealing with.

This time of year beach goers may see the Atlantic black seahare out in the surf or washed ashore.

Classification: Marine gastropod mollusks related to snails, but lacking a shell

Description: Dark brown to black in color, with possible darker lines/stripes on head and sides. Mantle flaps, that look like wings, can spread widely for swimming. Two ten-tacles located on the mouth and a pair of rhinophones on the head.

Size: Up to 15 inches (40cm) long

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Habitat: Shallow intertidal areas abundant in algae but low in wave activity

Range: Known from Bermuda and the eastern USA from Rhode Island to Florida and Texas

Please help return them to the water if they exhibit signs of life.

Diet: Algae

Did you know?

Aplysia secrete a toxic purple ink for defense and waste removal.

Commonly used in medical research, due to a well understood neural circuit.

Due to a poor grasping ability, strong storms can cause the habitats to stir up and wash the seahares ashore.

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MCTV’s New Tourism Show Visits Hobe Sound

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Martin County Television (MCTV) recently launched a new series called “Destination Treasure Coast” in partnership with the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing. Each edition of the program features unique places to eat, play and stay on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

In the fourth episode of “Destination Treasure Coast,” we meet the owners of Harry and the Natives restaurant and find out what makes this stop a local favorite. We’ll explore the natural beauty of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Finally, we’ll check in on Hobe Sound’s thriving art scene. Hobe Sound is special place not to be missed!

Destination Treasure Coast airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 A.M., Mondays, Thursdays at 7:00 A.M., Mondays at 12:30 P.M, Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. and Thursdays at 4:30 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. This episode is also available right now on Martin County’s YouTube Channel at the link below:

https://youtu.be/pBCvo8F1Wko.

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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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Father Seahorse Gives Birth at the Coastal Center

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On May 23, 2015, a male seahorse in our Life Support Building gave birth to a brood of seahorse fry – the first generation of captive reared seahorses at Florida Oceanographic Society!

Viable babies were quickly scooped into their own special tank where Animal Care Staff started the tedious task of rearing the fry (that were much smaller than a grain of rice!). Seahorse fry are so small that they can’t fight the surface tension, so their special tank (a homemade kreisel) kept them flowing in a circular pattern unable to stick to the surface of the water.

Now, with over 70 water changes, 3 variations of live feed and almost 4 months of daily coddling, the fry are ready to move onto exhibit! Some of this brood was also donated to FIT for further genetic diversity research. Survival rate for seahorse fry in the wild is only around 1% – we were happy to have 6 fry reach a strong and healthy size for the public to see!

Come see the first generation of captive reared seahorses in our Seagrass exhibit at the Coastal Center – and see the responsible father in our Oyster Tank at the admissions desk.

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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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Water Farming as a Public Private Partnership

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A Proven Pilot Becomes a Real Solution to Limit Discharges

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Martin County — 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.

Out2News.comWater 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.

Out2News.comWater 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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Martin County Celebrates

National Travel and Tourism Week

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This week, the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Tourist Development Council (TDC) will commemorate the 32nd annual National Travel and Tourism Week along with other communities across the country. This tradition began in 1984 to recognize the impact of tourism on the economy of the United States.

To help commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs from May 2-10, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation on May 5. The Office of Tourism and Marketing will be participating in educational and advocacy efforts led by the U.S. Travel Association.

To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week 2015, May 2-10, the travel industry is underscoring how travel impacts us all with the theme: “Travel is ___________.” Travel is vacationing. Travel is making memories. Travel is essential to the U.S. economy. Travel is a job creator. No matter how you complete the sentence, the bottom line is that travel is vital.

“Travel is a pillar of Florida’s economy and the cornerstone of our economy in Martin County,” said Commissioner Anne Scott, chair of the TDC in Martin County. “We place a very high value on preserving our legacy – both natural and historical – and thus we offer visitors an experience we believe is unique to Martin County. Our visitors return again and again to experience and enjoy our lifestyle, making us more than just a place to come see. Martin County is a place to come and be.”

The numbers tell the story. Recent figures reported by Visit Florida show the impact of tourism in Florida:

* $82 billion in travel spending

* $4.9 billion in sales tax collections

* 23% of all sales tax generated is from travel spending in 2014

* 1,135,700 Floridians employed

In Martin County, the most recent figures reported indicate:

* $43.46 million in travel spending

* $33.53 million in state and local tax collections

* 5,130 Martin County residents employed

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel is America’s number one services export generating a total of $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy. The U.S. Travel Association further reports the following figures:

* $2.1 trillion in economic output and $927.9 billion in direct travel-related spending in the U.S.

* $141.5 billion generated in federal, state and local tax revenues.

* 15 million American jobs supported-8 million direct tourism jobs and 7 million indirect and induced jobs.

“Travel contributes to the fabric of America and continues to do wonders for our businesses and personal lives,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the travel industry in the U.S.

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Stuart One Of The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit

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When it comes to places to take a vacation, it’s easy to think of America’s big cities: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami. But America is filled with wonders that are less heralded but no less magnificent, from the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest to the moss-draped bayous of the South. Along the way, there are sparkling caves, thundering waterfalls, quirky festivals, historic buildings, inspiring art and world-class food—all packed into towns with a smaller population than many college campuses.

For the fourth annual version of our list, we once again worked with the geographical information company ESRI to sort the nation’s small towns (those with a population under 20,000) according to their number of cultural attractions, historical sites, nature opportunities and food-and-drink destinations, then researched to find the places commemorating important anniversaries, openings, renovations, recoveries and other milestones in 2015. Think of this list not as a ranking but as a menu, with something for every taste—whether it’s country bluegrass, Florida’s white beaches or Alaska’s blue mountains.

Perched on the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere, the St. Lucie Inlet, Stuart is surrounded by opportunities to revel in nature and the arts as well as indulge your inner history buff. See the sea turtles on warm summer nights at the nearby Hobe Sound Nature Center, (gently) touch a stingray at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, or visit the House of Refuge—a former haven for shipwrecked sailors operated by the United States Lifesaving Service and now a beautiful historical museum. Stuart also boasts the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, a former silent movie palace now hosting concerts and art-house movies. And this July, Florida’s “Treasure Coast” commemorates the event that gave the region its name—the 1715 hurricane that struck Florida’s east coast, sinking 11 Spanish galleons laden with New World silver and gold. The summer, area events include a two-day conference at the Vero Beach Museum of Art (about an hour north of Stuart), lectures and public exhibitions.

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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.”

 

Mark Miller – PLF managing Attorney

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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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Department of Agriculture Wants State to Reject

Bad Martin County Sewage Amendment

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Martin County, among the Florida counties that suffered most from toxic water pollution in the St. Lucie estuary and Indian River Lagoon in 2013, has rewritten part of its comprehensive plan to encourage not less, but more river pollution, according a Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services analysis.

The department finds that unacceptable.

For that and other reasons embedded in statute, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam’s department has recommended the Department of Economic Opportunity reject Martin County’s comp plan amendment dealing with onsite treatment and disposal of sewage (proposed policy amendments 10.2A.8 and 10.1C.9).

“… We are perplexed,” admitted Ag Senior Management Analyst Stormie Knight in a Dec. 1 letter to Roger Baltz at Martin County Community Development. (See Knight’s letter in the attachment below this story.)

A recommendation to reject an amendment in any county’s comprehensive plan is rare indeed. In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott — of a mind to cut regulations that thwart economic development in Florida — dismantled the Department of Community Affairs, and since then plans reviewed by the DEO mostly have been rubber-stamped.

Knight’s letter said of Martin’s proposed Chapter 10 rewrite, “The tandem of policies that limit the size of OSTDS (onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems) to less than 2,000 gpd while at the same time prohibiting the extension of central sewer services to rural areas will have the effect of increasing the number of septic systems in a vulnerable region of the state where the Department of Environmental Protection and the state legislature are pursuing programs to decrease the number of OSTDS and expand central sewer systems.”

In other words, Martin decided to swim against the tide of state policy for cleaning up waterways.

Knight’s letter won’t come as a surprise to Jesse Panuccio. During an interview in February, when asked about the controversial comp plan rewrites in Martin County, the DEO executive director told Sunshine State News, “Oh, yes, we’re fully aware of what’s going on down there. I’ve seen the complaints and the litigation, but I just don’t think our department needs to get involved at this point. … We’re watching it.”

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Martin County School District Adopts “BoardDocs®”

Paperless Meeting Technology

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Initiative Will Save Time, Money and Increase Effectiveness

Stuart — The Martin County School District is leveraging the power of the Internet to improve its governance process while saving time, taxpayer dollars, and the environment by introducing the use of “BoardDocs®” paperless meeting technology. This new initiative will replace the old and costly method of compiling, printing, binding, and distributing paper agenda packets by hand. The powerful, easy-to-use solution will enable the District and School Board to maximize the effectiveness of its board meetings and to provide a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while dramatically increasing productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.

“BoardDocs” was initially developed in the year 2000 for a Georgia school district. Since then, hundreds of governing bodies nationwide have adopted the system. The Martin County School District will be able distribute documents associated with board meetings more efficiently. The first e-agenda to be posted to BoardDocs is for the June 3 workshop and is available today at www.martinschools.org; click on “BoardDocs” under the School Board heading on the home page.

Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide easier public access via the District’s Web site to agenda items and other governing body-related information. This process will continue to allow interested parties to review information prior to board meetings and, after the meetings, individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the governing body took, complete with voting results. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by meeting date or by using the system’s comprehensive search feature.

Additionally, through the MetaSearch feature, members of the governing body will also have access to best practices from other organizations that are using the system, allowing them to gain important knowledge about initiatives other governing bodies have considered and implemented.

This new BoardDocs feature can be accessed via the District’s Web site at www.martinschools.org under the School Board heading; then clicking on “BoardDocs.” As the District makes the transition, archived school board agendas and meeting minutes are still available on the site as well.

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Martin County Fire-Rescue Launches

New Beach Information Phone Hotline

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Martin County Fire-Rescue’s new Beach Information phone hotline is now operating and available for use by the public. This line is pre-recorded daily with beach information to assist patrons in planning their beach visits, such as tide times, surf and weather forecasts and the number of lifeguard towers open for the day.

The public may call (772) 320-3112 anytime to listen to the recording and may leave a message if they have specific questions. Daily reports are recorded each morning between 8:00-9:00 a.m. The number has been posted on the Martin County website www.martin.fl.us under “beach cam map” http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=254,4200900&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL and on beach conditions boards. Beach patrons are welcome to ask for more information from any lifeguard staff in their area.

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Local Honor Flight Getting National Attention:

‘Fox & Friends’  To Join Saturday’s

Flight Of World War II Veterans Bound For Washington

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STUART—When the next local Honor Flight departs Oct. 19 from the Martin County Administration building en route to Palm Beach International Airport—and Washington—the whole country will be watching.

That’s because the national talk show “Fox & Friends” will be aboard Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s flight Saturday.

Out of 141 chapters throughout the country, Fox News producers chose the chapter carrying veterans from the Palm Beaches, the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee for this trip—which takes place amid the backdrop of the federal shutdown and veterans groups challenging barriers blocking access to the memorials.

“We are super excited to have this attention for our veterans,” said Todd Tucker, vice chairman of the local Honor Flight hub and lieutenant with Martin County Fire Rescue. “The government shutdown and subsequent closing of the World War II and other memorials has generated a great deal of interest in what Honor Flight does. Like all Americans we think the situation in Washington is unfortunate but we appreciate the support of those who have helped ensure that the veterans are able to see their memorials.”

After arriving in Stuart at 4 a.m., veterans will board buses at 4:30 a.m. and convoy to Palm Beach International Airport, where they’ll take off for Washington at 6:30 a.m. First they’ll visit the U.S. Marine Memorial. After enjoying lunch provided by Honor Flight at a local Knights of Columbus, they’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Finally, they’ll make their way to the World War II Memorial.

“We are going to D.C. no matter what,” Tucker continued, “and we fully intend to get the veterans into the memorials that were built in their honor. Having ‘Fox & Friends’ onboard is an awesome way to spread the word about Honor Flight.”

Honor Flight is requesting a “warm welcome home” for the return of the veterans, asking the public to show up early for the 8:20 p.m. arrival Oct. 19 at Palm Beach International. Members of the homecoming party are encouraged to bring banners and flags to greet the returning veterans.

Honor Flight returns to Palm Beach International Airport on USAIR flight 9091.

“The whole country will be watching,” said Tucker, “let’s show them how patriotic our community is.”

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MCLS Offers Simplified Options For E-Books, Audiobooks

Available For Download Anytime, Anywhere E-Books

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STUART — The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is proud to announce it has expanded its services with eBooks and audiobooks! Available for download from the MCLS website using Freading™, OverDrive and TumbleBookLibrary (kids), registered library cardholders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting the Read, Watch & Listen webpage. These free services are made possible by funding from the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Freading provides a wide selection of over 23,000 fiction and nonfiction titles for patrons to choose from. All are free and available for checkout on demand, meaning there is no scanning a catalog of books that have already been checked out. Cardholders can download books, up to a weekly value of 10 tokens (each eBook has a token value which is set by publishers). Titles automatically expire after 14 days. Freading has its own apps for the iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ tablets and phones. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, Nook and Kobo devices.

OverDrive’s Next Generation Digital Library Platform of eBooks and audiobooks has been simplified! The new website uses ‘responsive design’ allowing the mobile and desktop experience to be the same and optimized for any size screen regardless of a user’s device. OverDrive Read is a brand new option allowing one-click access for instant reading on any tablet or smartphone, without the need for a download. OverDrive Media Console is a full-featured reading app, complete with customization tools, bookmarks and a built-in dictionary. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™ and others. Some audio titles can also be burned to a CD to listen on-the-go. Titles automatically expire after 14 days and there are no late fees. Hot new releases such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen and The Black Box by Michael Connelly are available at the click of a button!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books which children can read or have read to them. TumbleBookLibrary provides enrichment to students who are reading independently and also provides support to students who require skill building. Games, puzzles and foreign language titles are also available.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System and these exciting options, visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403.

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Library LEGO® Clubs Growing In Popularity

Blake Club Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

 

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January 2013 will mark the second anniversary of the LEGO® club at the Blake Library in Stuart. Three more of the Martin County Library System libraries-the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, the Hobe Sound Public Library, and the Robert Morgade Library in South Stuart-are now hosting LEGO® clubs.

While playing with these colorful building bricks is a fun way to spend the afternoon, it is also educational. LEGO® play supports STEM education. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math that is oftentimes expanded to STE(A)M in order to include the Arts. One of the objectives in the Martin County Library System’s Long Range Services Plan is to incorporate STE(A)M learning into “engaging library events, classes, and workshops.” In fact, fifty percent of our future events for youth will be focused on the exploration of STE(A)M topics.

The most recent LEGO® club held at the Blake library had 19 participants. The children are given a theme to build on, a cardboard base, a pile of building bricks, and the encouragement to use their creativity. Past themes have included such topics as castles, monsters, and space, and in this instance the theme was “dream machines.”

Candace Dinh, a frequent library user, commented that the “children are engaged,” while another parent, Rebecca Kozlov, pointed out that LEGO® club allows the children to “use their own imagination” and that LEGO® play is “not competitive.”

A recent article in the Stuart News revealed the generous endowment given by Clare and Molly Tyler of Stuart to the library. Their $100,000 donation will allow the Martin County Library System to provide STEM based programming, such as LEGO® robotics, for generations of children to come.

Be sure to keep checking the library calendar in order to find out about these educational yet fun opportunities. Sign up on the library’s website to receive the Online Connection for Kids, the weekly email newsletter detailing all that is happening at the Martin County libraries. To learn more about LEGO® play, visit http://www.lego.com/ and http://www.legoeducation.us.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Anchorage And Sailor’s Return

 

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Martin County Library System Now Offers

TumbleBookLibrary With E-books For E-kids(tm)

 

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Stuart — Martin County Library System now subscribes to the online collection of TumbleBooks offered by TumbleBookLibrary. TumbleBooks-animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love-are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of licensed titles from children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker & Company, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, among others.

Some of the many TumbleBook features are Language Learning, Read-Along Books, TumbleTV, Non-fiction Books, Puzzles and Games, TumbleBookLibrary En Espanol and TumbleBookLibrary en Francais.

The TumbleBookLibrary collection is available from inside any Martin County library or outside the library on computers and mobile devices through a direct link on the library’s website, http://www.library.martin.fl.us. For more information about TumbleBooks call 772-221-1407.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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