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Independence Day Observance

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Martin County Public Transit (MARTY) will not be in service on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Service will resume on Tuesday, July 5. For more information, call (772) 463-2860 or visit www.martin.fl.us/transit.

Semi- Annual Free Chlorine Maintenance

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Martin County Utilities, t h e City of Stuart and South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to ensure the future safety of the water. The Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the period of July 3, 2022 through July 17, 2022.

These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should contact your local tropical fish store for advice and take appropriate action to ensure that you have properly treated the water before adding it your aquarium.

The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for our customers.

For more information contact Martin County Utilities Customer Service at (772) 221-1434, the City of Stuart Customer Service at (772) 288-5317 or (772) 288-5318 or South Martin

"KISAKI & ANGEL" OUT2NEWS PETS OF THE WEEK

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Would you like your pet to be the Out2News "Pet of the Week?"

Just send us your pet's name & photo to: rshall@out2news.com and we will notify you by email when they have been selected.

Palm City Chamber of Commerce June Business After Hours Sponsored by Ocean Republic Brewing

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Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Stuart - On Thursday, June 23, 2022 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had a Business After Hours sponsored by Ocean Republic Brewing. Board members, Ambassadors and many members of the chamber attended. Ocean Republic served a beautiful array of tasty food that they have on their menu. Plenty to drink too! Ocean Republic Brewing is Martin County's only local micro brewery and craft kitchen! They are family owned and operated, Ocean Republic Brewing has that laid back gastro pub that specializes in easy drinking flavorful craft brews, inspired by our Florida lifestyle complemented by their elevated pub style food fare! They are located at 1630 SE Federal Hwy., in Stuart. For more information call them at:772-600-5596.

SpeakLife End Bullying was in attendance to advertise their Speak Life End Bullying....Click here for more photos from this event!

Board Passes Landscape Watering Ordinance to Protect Water Resources

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Stuart – More than 50 percent of the water used by South Florida residents in urban settings is for landscape irrigation. To protect our water resources and ecosystems for future generations, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners passed a new landscape watering ordinance joining other counties and municipalities in implementing the South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) mandatory year-round Landscape Irrigation Conservation measures. Learn more about the county’s ordinance at www.martin.fl.us/waterwisely.

The South Florida Water Management District’s year-round Landscape Irrigation Conservation measures (Chapter 40E-24, Florida Administrative Code) are designed to ensure the efficient use of landscape irrigation to conserve water resources. With billions of gallons of water used every day, Martin County is working to ensure we do our part.

The year-round ordinance applies to landscape irrigation within the unincorporated portion of Martin County, which includes Hobe Sound, the portion of Hutchinson Island within Martin County, Jensen Beach, North River Shores, Palm City, Port Salerno and Rio. Residents who reside in local municipalities are encouraged to check with their local authority for any landscape irrigation restrictions. The ordinance permits landscape watering for existing landscaping as follows:
• ODD number addresses ending in the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or the letters N-Z are permitted to water on Wednesday and/or Saturdays only
• EVEN number addresses ending in the numbers 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, or the letters A-M are permitted to water on Thursday and/or Sundays only
• Installations with irrigation systems that water both even and odd addresses within the same zones such as multi-family units, homeowners' associations, rights-of-way, or other locations with no address, are permitted to water on Thursday and/or Sundays only
Landscape irrigation and lawn watering are NOT permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as evaporation is highest during that time period.

Detailed information about the ordinance can be found at www.martin.fl.us/waterwisely. Residents are encouraged to visit www.martin.fl.us, Martin County’s online resource for services, news and information, and connect with us on social media. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Palm City Chamber of Commerce June Lunch & Learn Sponsored by Martin County Supervisor of Elections

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Article & Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News

Palm City - On Tuesday, June 15, 2022 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce held their June Lunch & Learn at Sandhill Cove Retirement Living. The luncheon had approximately 45 guests that attended the luncheon. Choice for lunch included Salmon or Chicken dishes. Which were outstanding. Service was provided by a great serving staff as well.

Sandhill Cove Retirement Living is located in Palm City at 1500 SW Capri Street. Healthy living is their passion. They offer senior living residents a rich array of services and amenities, diverse programs for a fulfilling lifestyle, wellness and fitness classes, and countless opportunities for socialization, entertainment and education. With gourmet dining, beautiful apartment homes and a full continuum of care on campus, they create an inspired lifestyle that runs on happiness. They are owned.... Click here to view additional photos of this event.

Martin County Board of County Commissioners Passes Ordinances Protecting the Community

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Stuart – At the June 7 meeting, the Board adopted two ordinances through the public hearing process, adding further protections for our community. The County has a substantial interest in maintaining the quality of life and protecting the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors.

Restrictions on Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators
The Board was asked to consider the adoption of an ordinance by the Martin County Sheriff, requiring residential and other restrictions on sexual offenders and sexual predators. The Board adopted the ordinance that will take effect 90 days from June 7. The ordinance prohibits sexual offenders from:
• residing within 2,500 feet of a public or private kindergarten, elementary, middle or secondary (high) school or child care facility
• knowingly accessing County and municipal parks when children under sixteen years of age are present, with an exception for an offender who is the parent or legal guardian of a child present in the park
• accessing child care facilities, with an exception for an offender picking up or dropping off his or her child at the facility and the facility is supervising
• knowingly being within 300 feet of any child safety zone – schools, child care facilities, parks and school bus stops when children under sixteen years of age are present

Prohibition of the Sale of Rabbits, Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores
With Board direction, staff drafted language amending Martin County code to prohibit the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores. Martin County has now joined counties throughout Florida protecting animals and residents. By legislating these protections, the path forward for adoptions is clear, as pet stores may still collaborate with animal shelters and/or private nonprofit organizations to show adoptable rabbits, dogs and cats.

To hear public input and the Board’s discussion on these topics, watch the June 7 meeting on the County’s YouTube Channel. Residents are encouraged to visit www.martin.fl.us, Martin County’s online resource for services, news and information. 

Media Contact: Martha Ann Kneiss | Office of Communications
Office: 772-463-2810 | Mobile: 772-214-2790 | mkneiss@martin.fl.us

Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce May Business Before Breakfast

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Article & Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Jensen Beach - On May 26, 2022, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their May Business Before Breakfast at the Chamber office.

The sponsor for the breakfast was Dan Burd, Visionary Founder for SpeakLife. Mr. Burd spoke about many ways of partnering with the communities, schools, and many other organizations in the community regarding Mental Health Month,  May is  Mental Health Month. Connecting with the communities... Click here for additional photos of this event.

Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Hosted by Tiki 52 Bar & Grill

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Article & Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News

Tequesta - On May 25, 2022 The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce had their May Business After Hours at Tiki 52 Bar & Grill. They served a beautiful array of different foods to all the members of

the chamber who attended the Business After Hours. Tiki 52 Bar & Grill is an open-air restaurant and bar with woven tiki

huts, with a Caribbean feel it is a great spot to enjoy live music from both national acts and some South Florida local bands. For additional photos of this event click here!

Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club Hosts Palm City Chamber of Commerce May Breakfast

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Article & Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Palm City - On May 25, 2022, The Palm City Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a wonderful breakfast hosted by Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club. Embrace Florida as it is meant to be with Piper's

elegant yet unpretentious lifestyle. Enjoy your golf game at the stunning landscape of a private, championship golf course. Set sail from the calm waters of their naturally protected yacht

basin or try your hand at the Har-tru tennis courts and Pickleball courts. Piper's Landing is a unique equity member-owned, private Club. For more information call them at: 772-283-7000.

There were three sponsors for today's breakfast - Tykes and Teens, SpeakLife and Boys and Girls Club of Martin County. Click here for additional photos of this event.

School Board Gives Green Light to Indiantown High School

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Fort Pierce — Indiantown, Florida, officially has its own high school. At the May 17, 2022, meeting of the School Board of Martin County, members approved the Superintendent's recommendation to accept Indian River State College's application to establish Indiantown High School (IHS). The charter high school will serve students in grades nine through twelve, predominantly from the Village of Indiantown, providing a high school core curriculum focusing on career exploration and workforce development. Click here for additional information.