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Martin County Board of County Commissioners August 2020 Meetings

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AUGUST

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
August 11 & 25, 2020 at 9:00 am
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETINGS REGARDING COVID-19 UPDATE
August 7 & 21, 2020 at 9:00 am
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OVERSIGHT BOARD
August 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
August 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY
August 12, 2020 at 8:30 am
Location: Virtual-Meeting login to be created

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
August 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual-Meeting login to be created

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
August 12, 2020 at 9:00 am
Location: John F. & Rita M. 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.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
August 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. 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.

COMPLETE COUNTY COMMITTEE
August 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
August 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
August 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LAW LIBRARY COMMITTEE
August 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
August 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED PUBLIC HEARING
August 31, 2020 at 9:00 am
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
August 31, 2020 at 10:30 am
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
August 6 & 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
These meetings 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
August 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
August 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Location: John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

This notice dated: July 22, 2020.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or Email Donna.

HOW SENATE’S SMALL BUSINESS CHAIRMAN SEES PPP EVOLVING

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How Senate’s Small Business Chairman Sees PPP Evolving
By Yuka Hayashi
August 2, 2020
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Rubio, who is chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, now faces the challenge of steering more resources to millions of already ravaged companies so they can survive the next few months.
The proposal includes $190 billion for a revamped PPP and creating a $100 billion program to provide long-term, low-cost loans to certain struggling businesses including those located in low-income areas.
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WSJ: The proposal includes a new $100 billion program to extend long-term, low-cost loans to struggling companies under the Small Business Administration 7(a) program. Tell us more.
Mr. Rubio: It’s targeted at two things: At seasonal businesses who may have had their entire season wiped out, and at small businesses located in opportunity zones or other low-income census tracts.
Research shows that independently owned small businesses in minority communities and in low-income communities generally have less than two weeks of cash on hand. The biggest concern is that we would have an uneven recovery; that some of these essential businesses, many that are in the service sector, would be the victims of an uneven recovery that would further exacerbate inequalities that we have in our country, inequality of opportunity.
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WSJ: Where do the negotiations with the Democrats stand?
Mr. Rubio: There are still some items to be worked out, but in general we’re certainly closer on PPP than we are, perhaps, on any other aspect of the overall situation (for the stimulus package).
[An aide to Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, concurred that the two parties are in agreement on many PPP measures.]
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WSJ: What are your plans for helping businesses in underserved communities?
Mr. Rubio: We set aside $25 billion specifically for small businesses with 10 employees or less [in PPP], and a large percentage of small businesses owned by minorities would fit in that category. We set aside $10 billion to guarantee loans through Community Development Financial Institutions that specialize in lending to communities that haven’t traditionally found traditional banks to be helpful.
One of the largest impediments we’ve learned about is financial know-how: knowing that these loans are available; knowing where to go get them; knowing what it takes to comply with the forgiveness standards; some of the financial-literacy support that small businesses would need.

TOBY OVERDORF WEEKLY UPDATE

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WEEKLY UPDATE

I want to start off this week by encouraging you to take Hurricane Isaias seriously. What was once a tropical storm has matured into a Category 1 Hurricane at the time this update was written. As we get closer to landfall, please monitor the path of the storm closely, assess your current situation, and make the safest decision possible for you and your family. Be safe, God bless, and stay hunkered down.

On Wednesday we met with Film Florida and the Florida Aquaculture Association individually and discussed their priorities for the 2021 legislative session. Both organizations have done a great job helping to stimulate Florida's economy through job creation and environmental preservation.

On Wednesday, we also met with the Boys and Girls Club discussing potential solutions for the limited extended day and after school program options due to COVID. This organization is so important to the future of this country. Mentorship and positive role models can make a significant difference in a child's life. This virus has created numerous hurdles and as we move forward we run the risk of losing precious time and socialization of our youth as a result of the time away from each other. We must move forward virtually or otherwise.

Wednesday was a busy day as we also attended the Department of Environmental Protection's online Blue-Green Algae Task Force meeting. As a marine biologist, this is an issue that I am able to lend some impactful suggestions. It's also one of my two most important issues, the health of our local ecosystems in Florida.

Tomorrow and Saturday will be the Rescuing Our Children event, where I will be speaking about Human Trafficking with Kelly Ruiz (Co-host of "News Behind The News"). As you all know, this is my number one priority and I will fight for our youth until the last human is trafficked on this planet.

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Above are the 2020-2021 Budget Highlights. The quick reference is a good graphic that is worth referencing if you would like to know what was accomplished in Tallahassee last year. 2021 should be just as active if not more as we hopefully begin the economic recovery associated with COVID.

It seems that 2020 is not done serving up scenarios for me to end cautioning, so this week is no different. Wash your hands, protect your families, social distance, wear masks, and prepare for a storm. God Bless, be safe, and let's pray that 2021 gets here soon. All I want for Christmas is a better year next year.

Toby

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RUBIO SUPPORTS TIKTOK OWNERSHIP CHANGE, CALLS FOR NEW LEGISLATION

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Miami — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement on reports that the Trump Administration will soon order ByteDance to divest of its ownership of TikTok’s U.S. operations.

“In its current form, TikTok represents a potential threat to personal privacy and our national security,” Rubio said. “I applaud the Trump Administration for taking this critical step, but we must do more than simply remove ByteDance from the equation. Moving forward, we must establish a framework of standards that must be met before a high-risk, foreign-based app is allowed to operate on American telecommunications networks and devices. I am preparing legislation to do just that, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration to ensure Americans’ privacy and our nation’s security are protected.”

Related:
• October, 9 2019: Rubio Requests CFIUS Review of TikTok After Reports of Chinese Censorship

Rubio Welcomes Global Magnitsky Sanctions Against Chinese Officials and Government Enitity for Human Rights Abuses In Xinjiang

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Miami — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement after the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, imposed sanctions against Sun Jinlong, a former Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and Peng Jiarui, the Deputy Party Secretary and Commander of the XPCC for their their links to egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Additionally, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned the XPCC for their connection to forced labor and the mass interment of Muslim minorities in the XUAR.
“Any individual linked to the human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Turkic minorities must be held accountable. I applaud the Trump Administration for their continued commitment to imposing costs on individuals and entities linked to the heinous crimes in Xinjiang. The XPCC’s role in forced labor should serve as a warning to any company with supply chains in Xinjiang. This also further highlights the urgent need for Congress to pass my bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S. 3471) without delay.”
Rubio is Cochair of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee that oversees human rights, and is a member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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RUBIO FEATURED IN CBS SPECIAL PANDEMIA: LATINOS IN CRISIS

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Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, was featured in CBS’ Pandemia: Latinos in Crisis to discuss how the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has helped underserved and minority-owned small businesses stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairman Rubio co-wrote the bipartisan program that has protected tens of millions of employees at nearly 5 million small businesses.

See below for highlights and watch the full special here.

Ed O’Keefe: Where you find humans in crisis, you also find humans willing to help. And we will devote the rest of this hour to those running towards the fire. We begin with Marco Rubio. The Cuban-American Florida Republican Senator is a lead author of the Paycheck Protection Program, which is designed to be a life-line for companies struggling amid the pandemic.

Rubio: Well let me tell you what it’s not, it’s not a bailout. And my view of it is that if the government is going to force you to close, then the government has a role to play in trying to the extent possible to keep you whole. And so, what we wanted to do is we wanted to create a bridge between the pandemic and some return to normalcy that helped as many people as possible stay connected to their job.

O’Keefe: But the hope here is that you’re keeping these companies aloft as long as possible.

Rubio: That’s exactly right, and I don’t mean to say that to be insensitive about it. I think it’s to be honest about it. When you have something like this happen, there will be harm done. There’s been harm already done.

If this was thirty years ago: my dad worked at a hotel, my mom worked at a K-Mart at the time. What would have happened to us? When I was fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen years of age. If something like this would have happened then, they both would have been unemployed. I’m pretty sure of that. And you think about those sorts of things.

O’Keefe: That’s why Rubio hopes the Paycheck Protection Program is doing more than just putting money in the bank.

Rubio: For people who have never gone through that or seen it, or lived it, or been near it, you don’t realize that the impact isn’t just economic. It strikes right at the heart of what gives your life purpose, meaning, and dignity for millions and millions of people. And we’re working on it. We’re doing the best we can to address it. And things are going to get better. It isn't going to be like this forever.

Rubio: A society is individuals who have agreed, mutually, to live together. To share values, to share a future, to share a country, and their communities. And you can’t have a successful society if a significant percentage of the people in that society feel like it’s not working out for them.

RUBIO APPLAUDS ADDITION OF 11 CHINESE COMPANIES TO COMMERCE DEPARTMENT ENTITY LIST

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Washington — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) announcement for adding to the Entity List 11 Chinese companies implicated in gross human rights violations and abuses targeted at Muslim minority groups from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). These companies provided direct support to the Chinese government and Communist Party’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses. This includes two subsidiaries of Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), a genomics company with ties to the Chinese government, that Senator Rubio has repeatedly called for additional oversight of.

“I applaud today’s action by the Trump Administration to ensure that U.S. technology does not aid the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes against humanity and egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, including the forced collection of DNA,” Rubio said. “The Chinese Communist Party is employing a systematic campaign of brutality against Uyghurs and other Muslims, and international companies regularly turn a blind eye to the atrocities because business is good in China. The international community cannot stand idly by as Beijing continues in its efforts to wipe out the ethnic and cultural identities of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.”

On March 12, Rubio along with Senator Merkley and nine other colleagues, introduced the bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S. 3471) to counter China’s coercive exploitation of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang for labor. The bill would create a rebuttable presumption, banning the import of all goods from Xinjiang and forced Uyghur labor outside the region, unless the companies could provide “clear and convincing evidence” that their products were free of forced labor. China’s policy of forced labor is tainting U.S. and other global supply chains in textiles, agricultural products, consumer electronics, and, now, according to a recent New York Times investigation, personal protective equipment including face masks.

On October 30, 2019, Rubio and Senator Grassley asked Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma for an update on the status of a congressionally mandated report which requires CMS to detail the circumstances in which CMS may be funding entities that process Americans’ genome or exome data in China or Russia. Last Congress, Rubio secured a measure to prevent Americans’ DNA from going to Chinese and Russian labs for analysis in the FY19 appropriations package.

Last year, Rubio and Grassley urged the HHS Acting Inspector General to examine potential payments made to U.S. entities with partnerships to genomics companies affiliated with the Chinese government, including WuXi and BGI. Both WuXi and BGI have publicly touted their partnerships with the Chinese telecom company Huawei, a state-directed actor used by the Chinese government and Communist Party to undermine U.S. companies and steal intellectual property and trade secrets. The FBI has identified national security risks related to sharing genomic data, and recognizes China as a country that is a primary source of those risks.

Rubio is Co-Chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) as well as a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Acting Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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RUBIO, CARDIN CALL FOR FUNDING IN NEXT EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL TO STOP THE THREAT OF COVID-19 INTERNATIONALLY

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Miami — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Relations that oversees Democracy and Human Rights, led 31 of their colleagues in a letter to Senate Leadership urging funding for the international response to COVID-19 be included in the next emergency supplemental package.

“The global outbreak of COVID-19 has demonstrated that threats from infectious diseases know no borders and reinforced the harsh reality that as long as this pandemic is spreading anywhere in the world, Americans are also vulnerable,” the senators wrote.

Citing national security concerns, the senators highlight how “up to 1 billion people in the world’s most fragile states are at risk of contracting COVID-19, and, according to reports from senior officials in the U.S. military, the spread of the virus could lead to a resurgence of ISIS in Syria.” In addition, “to protect American jobs and help ensure our economy can recover as quickly as possible, we also need to confront the dire humanitarian and economic consequences in emerging and developing markets.”

Rubio and Cardin were joined on this letter by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Casey (D-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ed Markey (D-MA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), James Lankford (R-OK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Boozman (R-AR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

The full text of the letter is below.

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has demonstrated that threats from infectious diseases know no borders and reinforced the harsh reality that as long as this pandemic is spreading anywhere in the world, Americans are also vulnerable. As the Senate considers the next phase of emergency funding to address the threat caused by this pandemic, we write to strongly support significant U.S. investment in the international response.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of the world remains underprepared to prevent, detect, and respond to a public health emergency. With more than 12 million cases in more than 180 countries, it is clear that no matter how successful we are at fighting COVID-19 here at home, we will never stop its spread – or prevent it from rebounding back to our shores – if we are not also fighting it around the world. U.S. global leadership in combatting COVID-19 is directly tied to protecting the health, security, and economic interests of all Americans.

COVID-19’s spread also has serious national security implications for America. According to the International Rescue Committee, up to 1 billion people in the world’s most fragile states are at risk of contracting COVID-19, and, according to reports from senior officials in the U.S. military, the spread of the virus could lead to a resurgence of ISIS in Syria. That is why top retired military leaders have called on Congress to “meet this challenge with the full arsenal of America’s global health, humanitarian, and economic toolkit. The simple truth is we can pay now or we will pay later.”

To protect American jobs and help ensure our economy can recover as quickly as possible, we also need to confront the dire humanitarian and economic consequences in emerging and developing markets. More than 50 percent of U.S. exports already went to the developing world before COVID-19 struck. As we continue to counter the global influence of countries like China, we can’t risk sitting on the sidelines.

At the same time, we cannot forget that this pandemic will disproportionately impact the world’s most vulnerable – undermining decades of progress. As many as half a billion people could be pushed into poverty and three dozen countries – including Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen – could experience famines in 2020, pushing an additional 130 million people to the brink of starvation.

Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly agree that the U.S. must lead a global response to this pandemic. Simply put, we cannot afford to ignore the international component of a comprehensive COVID-19 response if we want to be successful.

Thank you for your consideration of this important request. We look forward to working with you to ensure that the next phase of emergency funding to address COVID-19 includes a robust, coordinated, and sufficiently resourced international response.

RUBIO CALLS ON AG BARR FOR IMMEDIATE REVIEW OF PPP LOANS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD AFFILIATES

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Miami — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, requested Attorney General William Barr to conduct an immediate review into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s facially unlawful participation in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

On May 22, Chairman Rubio led 33 of his Senate colleagues and 94 Members of the House of Representatives in requesting that Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), conduct a full investigation into how 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and improperly received a total of $80 million in loans from the PPP. On May 19, Chairman Rubio said “[t]here is no ambiguity in the legislation that passed or public record around its passage that organizations such as Planned Parenthood, whose parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets, is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.”

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CHAIRMAN RUBIO STATEMENT ON SBA AND TREASURY’S PPP DATA DISCLOSURE

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Miami - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement after the Trump Administration released publicly available data on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The data disclosure reflects the bipartisan agreement with Committee leaders that balances proprietary information and the need for transparency.

“Today, the Administration has provided much needed transparency to the American people on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP),” Chairman Rubio said. “We know PPP has been a historic lifeline for more than 4.8 million small businesses. It is clear that financial damage from the pandemic will continue to impact small businesses even as the economy re-opens.

“To meet these changing conditions, PPP and additional long-term recovery capital must be the priority for the next relief package,” Chairman Rubio continued. “I will continue to work with my colleagues on the small business task force to reach a bipartisan agreement on a targeted second round of PPP for underserved firms and for additional resources for long-term resiliency.”

Martin County Board of County Commissioners Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancies

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
1. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
2. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
3. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
4. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category 4 above.
Golden Gate meetings are typically held on the first Monday of every other month at 6pm at the Lamar Howard Park. Next few meetings are July 13, August 3, October 5 & December 7.
Jensen Beach meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 5pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center. Next few meetings are September 2 & November 4.
Old Palm City meetings are typically held on the third Monday of every other month at 6pm at the Palm City Community Center. Next few meetings are August 17, October 19 & December 14.
Port Salerno meetings are typically held the second Thursday of every other month at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center. Next few meetings are August 13, October 8 & December 10.
Rio meetings are typically held on the fourth Thursday of every other month at 6pm at the Vince Bocchino Community Center. Next few meetings are July 23, September 24 & November 19.

All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a twelve-month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for re-appointment by the Board.

Florida Law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 31, 2020. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to Email Donna.

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RUBIO URGES ADMINISTRATION TO UPDATE HOSPITAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND COVID-19 TESTING STRATEGIES

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting the administration shift its approach to measuring hospital bed capacity and expand testing strategies.
“Specifically, hospitals should report the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital, the percent of those patients that are in an ICU setting, and the percent of the COVID-19 patients that are admitted for reasons apart from the coronavirus. I believe this information is vital to decision makers’ ability to pinpoint dangerous hot spots and determine where additional resources may be needed,” Rubio wrote. “While this approach will help measure hospital capacity, I believe we also must reassess our approach to testing individuals for COVID-19 to maximize time and resources. Adopting pool testing, which was previously carried out during the AIDS epidemic, could allow us to test up to five million people per day, according to Dr. Deborah Birx.”

Dear Vice President Pence and Secretary Azar:
The nation is under growing fatigue after months of stay-home orders, and millions of Americans’ livelihoods depend on their ability to return to work. As a practical matter, we cannot expect the American people to tolerate new stay-home orders. Instead, I believe we must shift our approach to measuring hospital bed capacity and expand testing strategies.
To that end, I respectfully request that the administration take the necessary steps to ensure that all hospitals that accept Medicare payments provide timely reports on their bed capacity as well as COVID-19 patient populations. Specifically, hospitals should report the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital, the percent of those patients that are in an ICU setting, and the percent of the COVID-19 patients that are admitted for reasons apart from the coronavirus. I believe this information is vital to decision makers’ ability to pinpoint dangerous hot spots and determine where additional resources may be needed.
While this approach will help measure hospital capacity, I believe we also must reassess our approach to testing individuals for COVID-19 to maximize time and resources. Adopting pool testing, which was previously carried out during the AIDS epidemic, could allow us to test up to five million people per day, according to Dr. Deborah Birx.
I applaud Dr. Birx and the entire Coronavirus Task Force (the Task Force) for their leadership in recognizing the benefits of transitioning to a pool testing strategy. Such a strategy could allow the nation to continue to reopen, with appropriate safety measures, by expanding testing capacity to more quickly identify infected individuals. Moreover, I believe pool testing can be effectively used in schools so that students are able to safely return to the classroom this fall, where they can gain from the well-documented benefits of in-person learning and socialization.
Congress is willing to work with the administration on this initiative, but we will need to work in unison with the Task Force. I ask that you provide a framework for developing a federal consortium of experts to implement a nationwide pool testing strategy in the immediate future. This plan should include funding estimates to ensure pool testing can continue throughout the duration of the pandemic, so Congress can support your efforts.
Thank you for your attention to these important matters. Given the urgency of the pandemic, I ask for a response to these items by July 14, and look forward to working with you.

FACE COVERINGS Martin County Emergency Order 20-11

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All persons working in restaurants, grocery stores, food service, any retail establishments, businesses open to the public or any other locations visited by the public where social distancing is not possible within incorporated and unincorporated Martin County shall wear face coverings.

All other persons physically present in any public place in Martin County are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. A face covering includes any covering which snugly covers the nose and mouth, whether store bought or homemade, and which is secured in place. Persons who wear masks should review the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding properly and safely applying, removing and cleaning masks.

Medical and surgical masks, such as N95 masks or other similar medical surgical masks, should be reserved for health care personnel, police, fire fighters, emergency management and other first responders engaged in life/safety activities.

A face covering shall not be required for persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition.

View Emergency Order 2020-09

County Commissioners Recognized for Legislative Advocacy

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Congratulations to Martin County Commissioners Ed Ciampi, Sarah Heard, Stacey Hetherington and Doug Smith, who were among 11 commissioners from across the Treasure Coast to receive recognition as Presidential Advocates from the Florida Association of Counties

The designation is granted to county commissioners who show exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC on behalf of their counties' legislative agendas during session.

For more than 85 years, FAC has represented the interests of Florida counties, emphasizing the importance of home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration. 

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RUBIO, MENENDEZ, SCOTT INTRODUCE RESOLUTION HONORING THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF U.S. BROADCASTING TO CUBA

Mar Small Business

Washington — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of Radio and Television Martí, which is administered through the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB). The resolution recognizes “the vital role that independent broadcasting to Cuba has served in providing uncensored, reliable, and accurate information to the Cuban people” and honors the work of the many “journalists, programming editors, technical support, and other employees at Radio and Television Martí” who work tirelessly to provide free and uncensored news in Cuba.

Rubio is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues.

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RUBIO STATEMENT ON BIPARTISAN PPP LOAN DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

Mar Small Business

Miami — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released a statement after the U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced they reached a bipartisan agreement with the leaders of the Committee on how the Administration will publicly disclose Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) data.

“From the beginning, I have been committed to ensuring there is adequate transparency around the Paycheck Protection Program and the other small business programs in the CARES Act,” Chairman Rubio said. “The American people deserve to know how effective the PPP was in protecting our nation’s small businesses and the tens of millions of Americans they employ. That is the standard by which we must measure the success of the PPP: how many paychecks were protected. I also understand the very real concern that many small business owners have with regard to disclosing proprietary information. Today’s announcement strikes a balance between those concerns and the need for transparency.”

Details of PPP loan disclosure.

SBA will disclose the business names, addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, non-profit information, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges as follows:

· $150,000 – $350,000

· $350,000 – $1,000,000

· $1,000,000 – $2,000,000

· $2,000,000 – $5,000,000

· $5,000,000 – $10,000,000

These categories account for nearly 75 percent of the loan dollars approved. For loans below $150,000, totals will be released, aggregated by zip code, by industry, by business type, and by various demographic categories.

For PPP data disclosed to date, including total dollars approved, loan sizes, lender sizes and types, loans approved by state, top lenders, loans by industry sector, and funds remaining, click here.

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As we move towards the August election, when YOU will serve as the hiring manager, I wanted to share some information about both the position I am seeking and my background.

If you have any questions after reading the information below, simply reply back to this email and I will be happy to address them.

Thank you for your time and I hope to earn your trust and support in August.

Until then, I hope you stay safe and healthy during these challenging times.

What does a Property Appraiser do?

The Property Appraiser is an elected constitutional officer (yes, you hire and fire this individual every four years, as this position appears on your ballot).

Responsibilities include:

Determining the value of all property within the county. This includes real property (such as residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural) and tangible property.
Maintaining property ownership records and parcel ownership maps.
Administering tax exemptions such as homestead, widows/widowers, disability, veterans and non-profit.

A local with deep roots. I was born and raised in Martin County, graduated from Martin County High School in 1988, and I am proud to call Martin County my forever home.

31 year veteran of the Martin County Property Appraiser's office and currently serving as the 2nd in command of the office. I earned that title by accumulating an in-depth knowledge of every aspect of the office.

Trusted by current leadership. I have been endorsed by our current Property Appraiser, Laurel Kelly, who has done an outstanding job as your Property Appraiser. You can click here if you'd like to read her endorsement.

Most importantly - I am committed to producing fair appraisals, protecting you from over assessment and providing outstanding customer service you deserve and expect. I realize that if elected, I work for YOU and I am in the position to serve YOU.

-Jenny Fields
Candidate for Martin County Property Appraiser

SENATE APPROVES ROBERT LEVINSON HOSTAGE RECOVERY AND HOSTAGE-TAKING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

Mar Rubio

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in releasing the following statements after the Senate unanimously approved the Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act (S.712).

Named in honor of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, whose unlawful detention by the Iranian regime is recognized as the longest-held hostage in American history, the bipartisan legislation bolsters U.S. government resources to bring back Americans held hostage or unlawfully detained abroad. Levinson is presumed to have died in Iranian custody earlier this year.

“Earlier this year we received the tragic news about Bob Levinson, the longest held American hostage. It is our hope that no American family will ever have to endure what the Levinson family went through. This important bipartisan bill will help ensure that American hostages are brought back home safely and able to reunite with their families,” Rubio said. “I urge my colleagues in the House to take swift action and pass this important bill and send it to the president for signing.”

“I was honored to lead this fight in the Senate, but this important day belongs to the family and friends of Bob Levinson,” Menendez said. “Year after year, they fought valiantly and with great tenacity and devotion, to gather information about Bob’s whereabouts and to bring him home. It is their determination and sacrifice that served as the foundation for this legislation, which will address both the wrongful imprisonment of Americans like Bob Levinson, and the hostage-taking of Americans like James Foley.”

"This is an important step in our efforts to prevent the unlawful detention and hostage-taking of American citizens abroad,” Coons said. “This bipartisan bill honors Bob Levinson, who was held hostage in Iran for over a decade, by strengthening our ability to bring Americans like Bob home and hold their captors accountable."

“Any time an American citizen is held unjustly, it demands the attention and full weight of the United States government to secure their freedom,” Shaheen said. “This legislation reaffirms our country's commitment to bring Americans home safely and bolsters diplomatic powers for the President and administration to use to compel their release. I'm pleased we were able to pass this bill in the Senate on a bipartisan basis and hope it will soon be considered in the House and sent to the President’s desk."

The Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act sets out criteria for the Secretary of State to determine whether U.S. nationals are being detained unlawfully or wrongfully, and places responsibility for resolving such cases of unlawful or wrongful detention with the State Department’s Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs. In addition, it establishes into law the highly effective Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, and Hostage Response Group created by Presidential Executive Order, and authorizes the President to impose sanctions on any person the President determines is responsible for or complicit in hostage-taking or unlawful detention.

St. Lucie County Cultural Allicance Announce New Board Chair & New Communications Manager

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In Photo: Ms. Alyona Ushe - Executive Director and Ms. Dieulanie Claude - Communications Manager

St. Lucie - It is with great enthusiasm and as Board Chair on behalf of the St. Lucie County Cultural Alliance, that I introduce Ms. Alyona Ushe, our new Executive Director! Following a national search with an incredible number of highly qualified applicants, Ms. Ushe proved to be the right candidate for our organization. With her background in the business of cultural arts and her rich experience with municipal, county and Arts non-profits while leading in the development of arts programs always specializing in propelling good ideas to fruition, we believe Ms. Ushe to be a fantastic fit for this county. Ms. Ushe comes to us from South Florida and knows our local landscape well. Please join us in welcoming her to our wonderful St. Lucie County!

I’m happy to welcome Ms. Dieulanie Claude, our new Communications Manager, who joined our organization in February of this year. Ms. Claude is off to a terrific start and has already transformed our social media presence in her short time with the SLCA. Her work with the new normal that COVID presents has been absolutely fantastic. She is a wonderful resource for this county and we are very pleased she is on our team!

I would also at this time like to thank our Interim Director, Dr. Neil Levine who has served this organization through our transition assisting us in building the platform that our county and organization needed to attract such terrific candidates. Dr. Levine will be leaving us at the end of this month and we wish him well in his next adventure! Neil, we thank you for your excellent service, friendship, guidance and expertise.

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RUBIO STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF HOUSE PPP BILL

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Washington — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement after the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010):

“I am glad Congress came together to provide much-needed flexibility for small businesses owners to use their PPP loans as our economy begins to re-open,” Chairman Rubio said. “I appreciate the Administration’s flexibility and commitment to address the bill’s inadvertent technical errors that could create unintended consequences for small businesses as they seek forgiveness.”

“If the Administration cannot address these issues, Congress will need to fix them through additional legislation, which will be made even more difficult given House Democrats’ decision to recess for the entire month,” Chairman Rubio continued. “The PPP is a pro-worker, bipartisan program that has been hugely successful in protecting 50 million employees and helping small business owners endure this crisis. I will continue to work with the Administration, and my colleagues, to ensure the PPP continues to benefit millions of small businesses and workers.”

The bill now heads to the President for signature.

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A TRIO OF LOCAL ST. LUCIE COUNTY LEADERS ENDORSE DANA TRABULSY FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

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Fort Pierce – Dana Trabulsy announced three more endorsements from elected leaders in the St. Lucie community with the addition of County Commissioner Cathy Townsend, Port St. Lucie Vice-Mayor Shannon Martin, and Port St. Lucie City Councilman John Carvelli.

“Dana has a heart for people. She is a compassionate and smart businesswoman. She works well with others and is going to make an amazing leader for St. Lucie County,” Commissioner Townsend said.

“Our community will have a passionate, effective, and dedicated advocate in Dana Trabulsy. Dana’s passion for local businesses, non-profits, and community organizations will serve us well in Tallahassee and I am proud to support her for State Representative,” Vice-Mayor Martin replied.

“I’ve known Dana Trabulsy for many years and she will be an asset to our local legislative delegation. She is knowledgeable and hardworking and someone who cares deeply about this community, its residents, and businesses,” Councilman Carvelli said.

“Our campaign is blessed to have the support of so many of our elected leaders throughout St. Lucie County. The strength of this campaign is rooted in the growing list of supporters and volunteers who want to see effective, results-oriented leadership in Tallahassee,” Dana Trabulsy finished.

Contact:Dana Trabulsy (772) 475-3883