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October Martin County Public Meetings 2019

Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for August 2019. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the County ADA Coordinator at (772) 320-3131, the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Rio Neighborhood Advisory Committee 9/26/2019 6:00 PM Vince Bocchino Community Center

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
October 22, 2019 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

JOINT MEETING WITH THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THE CITY OF STUART COMMISSIONERS, AND THE MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
October 29, 2019 at 9:00 am
Location: John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 24, 2019 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OVERSIGHT BOARD
October 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
October 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
October 16, 2019 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
October 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
October 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
October 16, 2019 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
October 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
October 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
October 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
October 21, 2019 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
October 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Civic Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

This notice dated: September 25, 2019.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or Click here to email Donna.

This document may be reproduced upon request in an alternative format by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772) 320-3131, the County Administration Office (772) 288-5400, Florida Relay 711, or by completing our accessibility feedback form at www.martin.fl.us/accessibility-feedback.

Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today sent a letter to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green urging him to request that the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Comfort be repositioned to the Bahamas as soon as possible, as well as any assets needed from the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group.

In the letter, Rubio writes that, “The USNS Comfort, and its crew of trained medical staff, flight deck and ability to desalinate water, would be ideal in helping the Bahamian people.”

Dear Administrator Green:

This past Friday, I traveled to the Bahamas and witnessed the destruction of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. The devastation left behind on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands will certainly require the United States and the international community to provide strong support and assistance to aid them in their recovery.

There remains an immediate need for medical attention and communications, however, accessibility and resources are limited, and a lack of electricity continues to plague recovery efforts. Vertical-lift of those who are injured and require treatment by trained professionals is the only solution until debris is cleared and on-shore resources can be stood up. The USNS Comfort, and its crew of trained medical staff, flight deck and ability to desalinate water, would be ideal in helping the Bahamian people. While it is currently assigned to U.S. Southern Command’s Area of Responsibility, the USNS Comfort, if requested, could be reassigned to the Bahamas and provide short-term medical treatment as runways and ports come back online. Additionally, the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group, already in the area, has ships that are also capable of providing air lift and medical support.

It is critical that during this time of need for our neighbors, the United States uses all of our capabilities to continue to assist in the recovery efforts. This includes urgent efforts to save lives. As such, I respectfully implore you to strongly consider a formal request for the USNS Comfort to be repositioned to the Bahamas as soon as possible, as well as any assets needed from the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group. I stand ready to work with you as we help the Bahamas recover from this deadly storm.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

AHEAD OF T.S. DORIAN, RUBIO, SCOTT URGE PRESIDENT TO APPROVE PUERTO RICO’S EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Miami - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) today urged President Donald Trump to approve the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration in anticipation of Tropical Storm Dorian. In their letter, the Senators asked the President to ensure that full federal resources are made available for the safety of the American citizens in Puerto Rico.

Dear Mr. President:

We write in full support of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the island in anticipation of Tropical Storm Dorian. As current projections indicate, Tropical Storm Dorian is forecasted to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico. As such, we urge you to immediately approve this request to ensure that full federal resources are made available.

Puerto Ricans are still in the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island on September 20, 2017. As Tropical Storm Dorian approaches, the state and federal government must effectively coordinate in order to help reduce the potential loss of life and destruction of property. As we witnessed last October with Hurricane Michael, preparation and up-front resources are paramount.

We strongly urge you to consider all of the circumstances referenced in Puerto Rico’s request and approve this pre-landfall emergency declaration that will provide the resources necessary to ensure the safety of the American citizens in Puerto Rico. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

RUBIO TO TSP BOARD: REVERSE SHORT-SIGHTED, FOOLISH DECISION TO STEER FEDERAL RETIREMENT SAVINGS TO CHINA

Senior US senators are demanding that one of America’s biggest government pension funds reverse a decision that is set to channel billions of US dollars into funding Chinese companies that they say support Beijing’s military, espionage and domestic security efforts.

The demand shows how the US-China rivalry, which has thus far focused mainly on trade war tensions, is spreading further into the arena of financial markets.

Senators Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, told Michael Kennedy, chairman of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, in a letter that his fund is supporting Chinese state-owned companies with “the paychecks of members of the US Armed Services and other federal government employees.”

The letter — a copy of which was seen by the Financial Times — said an impending investment shift by the FRTIB would mean that about $50bn in US government pensions becomes exposed to the “severe and undisclosed” risks of being invested in selected Chinese companies.

The letter, dated August 26, was copied to senior US officials including Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, and Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary.

“The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board made a short-sighted — and foolish — decision to effectively fund the Chinese government and Communist party’s efforts to undermine US economic and national security with the retirement savings of members of the US Armed Services and other federal employees,” Mr Rubio told the Financial Times.

“The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board should publicly reverse this decision immediately,” added Mr Rubio.

The FRTIB did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Rubio, a senior member of the Senate foreign relations committee and a China hawk, has led a push against Chinese companies with ties to the country’s intelligence and military. Ms Shaheen is on the Senate armed services committee.

The FRTIB manages about $578bn in assets in its Thrift Savings Plan and has some 5.5m participants, ranking as one of the US’s largest retirement funds.

Under a 2017 decision to change its investment strategy, a key portfolio is set to be shifted next year into the MSCI All Country World ex-US Investable Market Index, a benchmark index that includes several controversial Chinese companies.

RUBIO, SHAHEEN URGE TSP BOARD TO REVERSE DECISION TO STEER FEDERAL RETIREMENT SAVINGS TO CHINA

Miami – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today urged Michael Kennedy, the Chairman of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), to reverse a short sighted-decision to mirror the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Investable Market Index (ACWI ex-US IMI). This decision will expose nearly $50 billion in retirement assets of federal government employees, including members of the U.S. Armed Forces, to severe and undisclosed material risks associated with many of the Chinese companies listed on the MSCI ACWI ex-US IMI. If implemented, the decision will effectively use these retirement savings to fund the Chinese government and Communist Party’s efforts to undermine U.S. economic and national security. The letter requests responses to questions posed no later than September 6, 2019.

Bill Passed: Stopping Bad Robocalls

If you’re anything like me, you’re sick and tired of receiving annoying robocalls at all hours of the day. But even more than being super annoying, these spam calls are taking advantage of people across our country - especially seniors - and it’s well past time to bring them to an end.
The good news: the House recently passed the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act to help us take back our privacy and prevent robocallers from contacting us without consent.
This legislation will help fight back against the predatory scammers who disguise themselves as government agencies, hospitals and credit card companies to steal our private information.
It’s clear that this problem is only going to get worse unless we do something, so it’s time for the Senate to act quickly, pass this bill and send it to the President’s desk to become law!

RUBIO APPLAUDS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ARMS SALE TO TAIWAN

Jacksonville, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s plan to move ahead with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan:

“I commend the administration for moving forward with the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. As the Chinese government and Communist Party seeks to extend its authoritarian reach in the region, it is critical that the United States continue to enhance our strategic relationship with our democratic partner Taiwan through regular and consistent support. This move is an important step in support of Taiwan’s self-defense efforts, and I urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee to quickly advance this critical arms sale.”

Related:
• April 10, 2019: Rubio Calls to Reaffirm U.S.-Taiwan Relationship on 40th Anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act
• March 26, 2019: Rubio Joins Cotton, Colleagues To Introduce Taiwan Assurance Act

 

RUBIO, HARRIS, BOOKER INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH COMMISSION DEVOTED TO UPLIFTING BLACK COMMUNITIES

 

Washington D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation to establish the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. The Commission would be housed within the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ Office and would recommend policies to improve current government programs. U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced companion legislation (H.R. 1636) in the House.

“A lack of economic opportunity and prosperity for black men is a tragedy for our nation. The United States needs their talents to solve the challenges of our time.” Rubio said. “It is intolerable and unacceptable that many black men come to believe, often for good reason, that the American Dream is not available to them. I remain passionate about working to find a solution to these problems and am proud to join Senators Harris and Booker in introducing this important, bipartisan and bicameral legislation to establish the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.”

“We must speak truth that slavery and our country’s long history of institutional racism continue to cause great pain and inequality toward communities of color—particularly Black males,” Harris said. “This bipartisan commission is just the start of a long overdue effort to confront the negative treatment Black men and boys face every day in America. I am proud to support.”

“Racial inequality for black men in our country has caused significant economic and social disparities and contribute to a racial wealth gap that ultimately harms all Americans. This commission will address the long-standing societal gaps that have harmed black men in America and lowered the prospect of upward mobility,” Booker said. “It is encouraging to see the effort being taken to reverse course and ensure equality and justice. I look forward to also having this discussion with respect to some of the alarming trends we’ve seen regarding the school-to-prison pipeline and black girls.”

Specifically, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act establishes a commission to recommend policies to improve upon, or augment, current government programs. The Commission, consisting of 19 members, will include bipartisan Members of Congress, federal agency experts, and appointed subject issue area experts. The Commission will investigate potential civil rights violations affecting black males and study the disparities they experience in education, criminal justice, health, employment, fatherhood, mentorship and violence. The Commission will be responsible for producing an annual report to address the current conditions affecting black men and boys and make recommendations to improve the social conditions and provide vital guidance for Congress on effective strategies to reduce the racial disparities in education, criminal justice, health and employment. The report will be submitted to the President, Congress, members of the President’s Cabinet, and the chairs of the appropriate committees of jurisdiction, and be publicly available online on a centralized Federal website. The bill does not authorize any appropriations, and members of the Commission serve without compensation.

The bill is in line with the 2006 established Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, which Rubio worked on while in the state legislature, including appointing members as Speaker of the Florida House.

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RUBIO, HARRIS, BOOKER INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH COMMISSION DEVOTED TO UPLIFTING BLACK COMMUNITIES

 

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today sent a letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to update the State Department’s travel advisories in order to alert U.S. citizens who are traveling to countries that use Chinese surveillance and monitoring systems about the threat they face through the use of Chinese-supplied technologies like “smart city” and “safe city” systems.

Dear Secretary Pompeo:

We write to urge the State Department to issue travel advisories to U.S. citizens traveling to countries that use Chinese surveillance and monitoring systems, including so-called “smart city” and “safe city” systems. Doing so would make Americans aware that these technologies could expose their personal data to foreign governments, including potentially China.

The Chinese government is exporting advanced surveillance and monitoring systems as part of a broad effort to spread its authoritarian model abroad and influence foreign countries. Chinese companies like Huawei and China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation are selling, loaning, or transferring to foreign governments so-called “smart city” and “safe city” systems—a broad array of surveillance and monitoring technologies, including cameras, facial recognition along with artificial intelligence and cloud systems, that can be used to track and monitor individuals.

According to The New York Times, more than 18 countries now use Chinese intelligent monitoring systems. These include Germany, which has strong privacy and human rights protections, but also Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, which do not. Freedom House’s 2018 Freedom on the Net report indicates that supplying technology to countries with poor rights records might not only benefit local authoritarians; it might also benefit China. “As more of the world’s critical telecommunications infrastructure is built by China,” writes Freedom House, “global data may become more accessible to Chinese intelligence agencies through both legal and extralegal methods.”

The State Department has a core responsibility to make American citizens aware of threats as they travel—including, in the 21st century, the threats to privacy and personal information. Indeed, Americans need to know that repressive regimes may use Chinese-made technology to gain access to sensitive data—or that Chinese intelligence may gain access to data, even if Americans never set foot in China. We therefore urge you to update State Department travel advisories and alert Americans to the presence of Chinese-supplied technologies like “smart city” and “safe city” systems in foreign countries.