Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce November Luncheon Hosted by Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar

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Jensen Beach - On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their November Luncheon at Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar. Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar is not just a restaurant with classic dishes reimagined for an exciting new experience. They are very fond of the historical influence boat building has had on the beloved town of Stuart. Step into their restaurant for cocktails, oysters, flavorful food, and the area’s largest selection of rum. Be ready to learn a little something about this quaint town we live in. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye! Located at: 3754 SE Ocean Blvd. in Stuart. Call them at: 772.210.2876 for more information or reservations.

Approximately 80 people attended the luncheon which was a buffet served by the restaurant.

The speaker for the Luncheon was David Heaton - Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Services Council of Martin County. Children’s Services Council of Martin County is an Independent Special Taxing District created by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in June 1988. Mr. Heaton did a short power point presentation with questions for the membership and guest, showing different areas that the organizations help the community. The Children's Service of Martin County is located at 101 S.E. Central Parkway in Stuart. For more information call them at: 772-288-5758.

The Chamber and Assistant Principal Ms. Jamie Law recognized Jensen Beach Elementary School Teacher of the Month MS. Donna Vojcsik, who is Jensen Beach Elementary Teacher of the Year. Ms. Vojcsik teaches music. Jensen Beach Elementary student nominee or Student of the Month is Luka Villarroel. Luke is a fifth grader and a safety patrol.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce stands as the advocate for the development of the business community, tourism and resource center that promotes member success." The Chamber is in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops, and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses. For more Information contact them at: (772) 334-3444.

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Tykes & Teens November Breakfast at Flagler Center Sponsored by Colorado Pawn & Jewelry

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Stuart - On November 16, 2021 Tykes & Teens had their annual breakfast with combined chambers. The sponsor for the breakfast was Steve and Evie Klaassen, owners of Colorado Pawn and Jewelry with two locations in Port St. Lucie and Stuart. The breakfast was catered by Berry Fresh in Stuart. Lots of yummy food and plenty of coffee!

Colorado Pawn and Jewelry is located in Stuart at: 1168 SE Port St Lucie Blvd, Port St. Lucie and 2275 S Kanner Highway, Stuart. The Klaassen's have been very generous throughout the community, with volunteering and many generous donations.

This is the 14th year for the Festival of Trees & Lights. This year the event is November 14th - November 20th at the Flagler Center located in Stuart at 201 SW Flagler Avenue. The festival is free and open to the public to enjoy.

The festival also has Does and Deers that work very hard to support and volunteer throughout the event. Donations of trees, wreaths and centerpiece are also donated by many businesses on the Treasure Coast. The final night is on November 19, 2021 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The theme of the night is "A Not So Silent Night" which will be a live auction & Cocktail Party. Cost of the event is $150.00 per person.

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Miles Grant Country Club Host Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce Special Monthly Breakfast

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Hobe Sound – On Wednesday, November 10, 2021 The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce had a special Breakfast at Miles Grant Golf & Country Club to recognize all veterans in the community. ear your most patriotic attire while helping us honor our military veterans. This breakfast is sponsored by the Hobe Sound Community Chest .The Community Chest is the major contributor to human services in Hobe Sound. It funds social service agencies meeting the diverse needs of resident of all ages. The event was well attended with approximately 100 attendees. Breakfast was served by staff of the country club. Miles Grant is located at: 5101 SE Miles Grant Road in Stuart. For more information contact them at:772.286.2220.

The Sponsor for the breakfast was Community Chest. Many members wore their your most patriotic attire while helping honor our military veterans. The sponsor for the breakfast was Hobe Sound Community Chest.

The Chest is the major contributor to human services in Hobe Sound. It funds social service agencies meeting the diverse needs of resident of all ages.

The guest speaker was Congressman Brian Mast of the 18th District of Florida. Mr. Mast spoke about several things happening in Washington and answer several questions from the members.

The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce plays a significant role in the Martin County and northern Palm Beach County business community. The Chamber is a business organization financed entirely by membership investments. It provides opportunities for members to stay connected, network, advertise, receive continuing education, business support and always gives back to their community. They are located at: 8958 SE Bridge Rd, Hobe Sound. Contact them at: 772-546-4724

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Elliott Museum Host Martin County Council of Chambers Business After Hours

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Stuart - On November 4, 2021 The Elliott Museum hosted a Council of Chamber After Hours with all five Chambers in the area. This is event was launching celebrate of FAU Harbor Branch. The theme for the event was 50 years of Ocean Science for Better World.

An exclusive look at their newest exhibit featuring the famed Johnson-Sea-Link submersible and HBO's rich history and current research. President & CEO of the Elliott Museum Robert Steele spoke about the new exhibits showing in the museum at the present time. He also thanked many of the sponsors and contributors in their support for the all their efforts. Martin county Commissioner Doug Smith, District 1 also spoke.

Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., of the FAU Harbor Branch Executive Director also did a brief presentation.

The event was well attended by all members of the chambers. For more information about the Elliott Museum contact them at: 772-225-1961. The Elliott Museum is located at 825 NE. Ocean Blvd.,in Stuart.

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Historical Society of Martin County Names New Development Director

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Stuart - Linda Prange is the new development director at the Historical Society of Martin County (HSMC), which manages the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge Museum in Stuart.

Prange is responsible for raising funds through memberships, donations, fundraising events and sponsorships, and developing community relationships. She also has created and now manages sustained giving and planned giving programs.

Prior to joining the HSMC, she served as The Lyric Theatre’s development director for almost nine years, building relationships, increasing donations, creating innovative fundraising campaigns and a planned giving program, and expanding a sustained giving program. Her career also includes 14 years working for Knight Ridder newspapers.

She is a graduate of Ball State University in Indiana, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and English secondary education, and a Master of Arts degree in journalism and English.

She has served as president of the Martin County Historic Preservation Board and Realtor Association of Martin County and was named Realtor of The Year in 2010.

“I’m thrilled by the challenges, very impressed by the incredible team and leadership and look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of The Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge,” said Prange.

She and her husband, Randy, reside in Jensen Beach.

For more information, call the museum at 772-225-1961 or visit the website, www.hsmc-fl.com.

South Fork Kitchen & Bar Host Palm City Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting

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Stuart - On Thursday, October 28, 2021 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had a Business After Hours. Newly opened South Fork Kitchen & Bar hosted the event with over 25 members, Board Member and Ambassadors attending.

One of Stuart's best happy hour Tuesday through Saturday 4-7 at the bar and 4-6 in the dinning area - Sunday 4-9 for the entire restaurant. Happy Hour includes 1/2 our raw bar including cold water oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, seasonal crudo, clam chowder and our crispy tuna sushi!! They are located at: 900 SE Indian Street in Stuart. Call them at 772.247.7382 for reservations.

Top Notch Home Inspections had a ribbon cutting during the event to celebrate their new membership with the Palm City Chamber. Top Notch Home Inspection Services is a full-service home inspection company providing residential home inspections, wind mitigation, and four-point inspections. Top notch is owned by a local Floridian Mike who is a state-licensed and InterNACHI Certified Home Inspector. They service the Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties. For more information call them at: 772-404-2573.

The mission of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce is to serve as the principal advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs and improving the quality of life. They can be reached at: 772.286-8121.

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All Saints Episcopal Church Hosts Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Before Business

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Jensen Beach - On October 28, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their October Breakfast Before Business at All Saints Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach. What a lovely breakfast which was served by the people who are involved in the church. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Holder, Rector of All Saints' gave such a feeling of warmth and welcome to all of the members of the Jensen Beach Chamber!

The parish is made up of individuals who come from varied backgrounds and have diverse life experiences. They gladly welcome new members to All Saints’. For more information call them at 772-334-0610. The church is located at 2303 NE Seaview Drive

Jensen Beach. All Saints’ Episcopal Church worship is their historic “Church on the Hill” overlooking the Indian River Lagoon in Jensen Beach, Florida. The parish was founded in 1893, and is the oldest church in Martin County, the third oldest in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, and the only church in the Diocese to be surrounded by a cemetery.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce stands as the advocate for the development of the business community, tourism and resource center that promotes member success." The Chamber is in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops, and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses. For more Information contact them at: (772) 334-3444.

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Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club Host Palm City Chamber of Commerce October Breakfast

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Palm City - On October 27, 2021 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had their October Breakfast at Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club. Approximately 80 members of the chambers attended.

It's been awhile since the chamber has had an event at Piper's Golf and Country Club so this was a welcomed reunion for the members. Breakfast was outstanding as it always is at the country club. Brian Reich is the general manager of the country club.

Piper's Landing Yacht & Country Club is a private community, they provide all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury country club in a neighborhood with only 302 residences, nestled among 600 acres of lush, natural preserve areas. For more information about them contact them at: 772.283.7000. They are located at 6160 SW Thistle Terrace in Palm City.

Sponsor for the breakfast was Arati Hammond with Keller Williams Realty of Palm City and The Education Foundation of Martin County. Ms. Hammond updated the members about the housing market in the area. For more information contact them at:772-342-5599. They are located at 2650 SW Matheson Avenue in Palm City.

Tyson Waters, president of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce and past president of The Education Foundation of Martin County spoke about exciting things happening in the schools that The Education Foundation help to get started for the schools. Missi Campbell, Executive Director for the chamber also spoke on the teacher side and outlook as to the need in the schools for the teachers.

The mission of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce is to serve as the principal advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs and improving the quality of life. They can be reached at: 772.286-8121.

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Miles Grant Country Club Hosts Stuart Martin County Chamber of Commerce October Luncheon

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In Photo: Chelsea Matheson - The Kane Center; Brian Langworthy - VIP America and Jesse Bell - Warehouse Supplies Direct, Inc.

Stuart - On October 13, 2021, Martin County Chamber of Commerce had their October Luncheon at Miles Grant Country Club. Miles Grant is located at: 5101 SE Miles Grant Road in Stuart. For more information contact them at:772.286.2220.

Sponsor for the Luncheon was Stuart Airshow. With so many things happening at the airshow this year it was just another great time hearing about what will be going on throughout the weekend of the show. For more information:772.837.9954.

The Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce plays a significant role in the growth, business climate and economy of our area. Martin is one of the most respected counties in the state. The programs and activities of the Chamber are vital to our lifestyle. The Chamber is proud of the benefits and services we provide to Martin County and our 1,400 plus members. The Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce is a member of the countywide Council of Chambers, an organization consisting of the five county Chambers of Commerce, formed to discuss common issues, provide unified effort in speaking out to represent business interests of the area. They are in Stuart at 1650 S. Kanner Highway. For more information contact them at: 772-287-1088.

Photos by Sue Hedgepath – Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce

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In Photo: Bill Cate - D.C. Jupiter, Inc. and Bill Hachmeister - The MilCor Group, Inc.

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In Photo: Orgen Martinez - CTM Customs and Lynda Murtaugh, Anissa Brown - Dominion Payroll

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In Photo: Chamber Trustee Kim Melzer - Colonial Life; Anna Valencia Tillery - White Glove Moving; Kimberly Brock - Plantation Storage; Christina Stamper - Madison’s Miracles and Mette Biglin - Biglin Photography

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In Photo: Pat Miles - Harbor Place at Port St. Lucie; Trustee Steven Shultz - Edward Jones Investments; John Niemeyer - Geiger; Robin Dustman - Interstate Express; Ashley Rukeyser - Visiting Nurse Association and Amber Strand - Colonial Life/Kim Melzer

Martin County Announces American Rescue Plan Act Programs

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Stuart – The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. Within the package, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund contains approximately $65 billion allocated for direct funding to all counties. With direct federal aid and a broad range of use of the recovery funds, Martin County created programs designed to bring about long-lasting, positive outcomes to residents and the community.

Martin County's $31 million allocation is divided into installments, with a partial disbursement of $15 million received. Programs are set to launch with a staggered rollout this fall and are focused on community and partner support as well as increasing food availability to residents in need. Detailed program information can be found at www.martin.fl.us/ARPA. The county’s dedicated webpage also contains links to state programs that include rental, utilities and mortgage assistance.

“Our strategic use of ARPA funds allows us to increase our capacity to effect long lasting positive change to the residents negatively affected by COVID-19, and increase economic impact within our community,” said George Stokus, Assistant County Administrator. “By working with partner agencies, we can capitalize on their expertise in specific areas to strengthen and expand workers’ educational opportunities in local industries that remained strong throughout the pandemic,” he continued.

Community Assistance Program
Nonprofit agencies are encouraged to apply for assistance with innovative programs geared toward mitigating the negative social and economic impacts of COVID-19 experienced by Martin County residents in communities most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The maximum award is $500,000 per program. Visit www.martin.fl.us/ARPA.for full eligibility requirements, detailed program information and to apply. Community Assistance Program funds are subject to eligibility and availability.

Community Partner Relief
This grant program is designed to respond to the negative economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as costs incurred for salaries and payroll, spoiled inventories, rent and mortgage payments and other operational costs related to COVID-19. The maximum award is $50,000, subject to funding availability and fulfilment of eligibility requirements. Visit www.martin.fl.us/ARPA for details.

Martin County’s dedicated ARPA webpage also includes a visual representation of fund allocation for all county programs utilizing APRA funds, including capital infrastructure, economic development, food & sundries assistance and library assistance. This dynamic chart will expand as programs launch and funds are dispersed.

The City of Fort Pierce Launches FPRA Commercial Façade Grant

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The City of Fort Pierce is pleased to announce the launch of the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency (FPRA) Commercial Façade Grant. The pre-application period is now open until November 24, 2021. The intent of the Commercial Façade Grant Program is to support the revitalization of the commercial corridors in the FPRA district by stimulating private investment in improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards. This program is designed to encourage redevelopment of the FPRA by enhancing its visual aesthetics which will lead to increased property values, tenant occupancy, economic development, and job creation.

The grant is a reimbursable dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $25,000. To be eligible the building must be located within the FPRA District and be commercially zoned. To apply and for a complete list of eligibility requirements, please visit: 
https://choosefortpierce.com/969/FPRA-Incentive-Program

This will be the first of several grants that were recently approved by the FPRA Board.
To request a paper application in person or in the mail, or for more information about the Commercial Façade Grant program, please call 772-465-4170 or email fpra@cityoffortpierce.com

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Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce October Luncheon Hosted by Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House

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Jensen Beach - On Thursday, October 21, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their October Luncheon at the Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House. Approximately 70 people attended the luncheon all wore masks before lunch was served.

The Sponsors for today's luncheon was O’Donnell Impact Windows & Storm Protection, and CPR Investments Inc.

The Stuart Middle School Teacher & Student of the Month were: Student of the Month - Minh "Leslie" Ngo and Teacher of the Month - Daniel Boyle

Jensen Beach High School Teacher & Student of the Month were: Student of the Month -Ashley Genge and Teacher of the Month - Nicole Lavelle.

The speaker for the Luncheon was Alex Anzalone, IRSC Chastain Campus President. As a special treat for the membership Mr. Anzalone sang a brief sample of opera. Your never know the talent of individual when you look at someone. There was a brief Q & A after Mr. Anzalone's presentation.

Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House is waterfront dining that offers more than just a deliciously unique menu! Located in Jensen Beach at 1401 NE Indian River Drive. Contact for more information at: 772.781.5136.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce stands as the advocate for the development of the business community, tourism and resource center that promotes member success." The Chamber is in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops, and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses. For more Information contact them at: (772) 334-3444.

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October Premier Women's Network

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Stuart - On October 20, 2021 the Treasure Coast Women's Network met for their October meeting at Harbor Chase Assisted Living in Stuart. They served a wonderful buffet for the luncheon. HarborChase of Stuart in Stuart, Florida, features assisted living, memory care, and respite care services. Their community provides personalized care, tailored to each resident’s needs and goals. They are located at: 650 NW Fork Road

in Stuart. Contact them at: (772) 261.2320. Featured member for the month was Vanessa Sticker with Accurate Home Inspections of South Florida. Contact her: 772-919-1005.

The Speaker for the Luncheon was Amy Whitlach with Pathfinder Financial Group Thrivent. Contact her at: 772-408-0771 for more information.

Created by Anna Tillery, the mission of the Treasure Coast Premier Women’s Network is to Uplift, Encourage and Inspire all women in business and career seekers to achieve their highest capabilities through networking and education.

As a brief overview, there are three meetings each month for women looking to network and promote. The Vero Beach Women’s Networking meets the 2nd Friday of each month. The Stuart luncheon meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and the Port St. Lucie luncheon meets the 1st Tuesday of each month. Each meeting opens for check-in at 11:30am and runs through 1:30pm with the program starting promptly at 12pm. The event host is Anna Valencia Tillery of White Glove Moving & Storage. To ensure your spot, one must pay online using Eventbrite and all questions can be sent via email to AnnaV@WhiteGloveUSA.net. Subsequently, our hostess will be your main contact before, during and after the event. For more information contact Anna:AnnaV@WhiteGloveUSA.net.

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Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing Wins Two Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

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Stuart – Travel Weekly recently announced the winners of the 2021 Magellan Awards, and the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing was honored to receive two of the esteemed awards.

The team won gold in the “United States/Canada - Overall Destinations: Cultural/Arts” category for the development of the Martin County Arts & Culture Trail. Additionally, the team was awarded a silver in the “Destination Marketing Campaign” category for their successful “Missed Milestones” campaign.

Both award-winning marketing campaigns were developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to inspire future travel while showcasing the diverse range of attractions the destination has to offer visitors.

International destinations such as the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Macao Government Tourism Office, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, and Atout France were also honored with gold award wins, along with domestic destinations including the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Each year, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards celebrate the top efforts across the global tourism industry, so it is truly an honor to see Martin County recognized on such a competitive, international level,” says Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director of Martin County.

With entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Magellan Award winners represent the best in the travel industry and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all. The Magellan Awards honor outstanding design, marketing, and services in a broad range of industry segments including Hospitality, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators, and Ground Transportation.

The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all.

“Martin County is such a special destination and our team is constantly developing innovative ways to effectively promote the destination,” says Ian Centrone, Tourism Public Relations and Community Liaison for Martin County. “It’s extremely gratifying to see our ongoing efforts recognized alongside such revered destinations and travel brands across the industry.”

The 2021 winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Travel Weekly that will include a section dedicated to this year’s awards. For a complete list of winners, please visit www.travelweeklyawards.com.

Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Sewall's Point, and Hutchinson Island, this hidden gem is a place for unwinding and reconnecting. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is the official tourism marketing arm of Martin County, Florida, whose goal is to provide information to those interested in Martin County and to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind destination.

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Fort Pierce Police Department Awarded Project Safe Neighborhood Grant

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Fort Pierce - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) received a Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) award from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to be used to provide funding to entities to reduce violent crime within their jurisdiction. FDLE is passing through a portion of this funding as sub-awards to DOJ's U.S. Attorney's Offices (USAO) Districts. The City of Fort Pierce is within the Southeastern U.S. Attorney's Office District.

The PSN program is designed to create and foster safer neighborhoods by funding efforts to address criminal gangs, and felony possession and use of firearms. The success of the program requires coordination, cooperation, and partnership between state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies.

The US Attorney's Office (USAO) Southern District of Florida has identified the following Targeted Enforcement Areas (TEAs) for the Federal Fiscal Year 2019 funding to reduce short-term and long-term rates of homicide and other serious violent crimes, including aggravated assaults, robberies, and firearm
offenses:

. City of Lake Worth;
. City of Pompano Beach;
. City of Miami Gardens;
. City of Miami;
. South-end of Miami-Dade County; and
. City of Fort Pierce

The City of Fort Pierce (through Anita Cocoves, Grant Writer for the Fort Pierce Police Department) submitted an application requesting grant funds totaling $366,000.00 for the purchase of needed law enforcement technological equipment and overtime for selected Officers and Support Staff. After a competitive review, the Fort Pierce Police Department was awarded $70,000 that will be utilized in our crime reduction efforts.

Annual Meeting, New Board Members for Helping People Succeed

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In Photo: Heidi Bosley, John Cresswell, Lee Borellis, Lorenzo Williams, Rosie Portera, Sherry Plymale, Stacy Ranieri

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Helping People Succeed

Jensen Beach - The annual meeting of Helping People Succeed recently took place at the nonprofit’s headquarters in Jensen Beach.

Suzy Hutcheson, Chief Executive Office and Glenna Parris, Gift Planning Officer, discussed the challenges and accomplishments of the past year, as well as outlining the organization’s plans for the future.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and the board – which participated at a 100-percent giving level – Helping People Succeed will be transitioning from its Capital Campaign to actual capital renovations.

An important piece of business was the nominating and naming of new officers and members to both the Helping People Succeed Board of Directors and the Helping People Succeed Foundation’s Board of Directors.

For the former, new members Heidi Bosley, Rosie Portera, Lorenzo Williams and Sherry Plymale will join officers Barbara Essenwine, Chair; Michael Borlaug, Vice-Chair; Cher Fisher, Secretary; Jenny Yingling, Treasurer; and members Allen Herskowitz, Bonney Johnson and Shaun Kogut.

The Foundation Board will welcome the addition of Stacy Ranieri, John Creswell and Lee Borellis to the current team of Bonney Johnson, Chair; Mary Rose Bressman, Vice-Chair; Dale Forbes, Secretary; Claire Nash, Treasurer and Beth Prinz.

Both Barbara Essenwine and Bonney Johnson recognized outgoing board member Phyllis Gillespie and they, themselves, were recognized for their past year of service as board chairs continuing on into a second year of board service.

Like all nonprofits, Helping People Succeed’s fundraising capabilities were severely impacted by Covid-19.

The cancellations of the White Shirt Night event in both 2020 and 2021, as well as the signature fundraiser, Pinot & Picasso in 2020, were challenging to navigate.

However, Pinot & Picasso is back bigger and better than ever in 2021 – on November 20 – and everyone at Helping People Succeed is gearing up for a major success.

For more than 57 years, Helping People Succeed has been transforming lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, training and employment.

To learn more, visit www.hpsfl.org.

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Martin County Property Appraiser Office Cautions New Property Owners About Solicitation Letters

21 Sept Jenny Fields MC Property Appraiser

Stuart – The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office cautions property owners about solicitation letters periodically mailed to residents. These letters encourage property owners to pay a service fee for a Property Assessment Profile, which includes property information such as values, exemptions, comparable sales, legal descriptions and building characteristics.

Below is a sample solicitation letter. In this instance, a $95.00 service fee is charged for this information.

IMPORTANT: All this property information can be obtained for FREE from the Martin County Property Appraiser’s website (www.pa.martin.fl.us). You do not have to pay for any property information.

“With such an active real estate market, new property owners may feel this is a necessary expenditure. It is not.” said Martin County Property Appraiser Jenny Fields. “In addition, I caution property owners that these data reports can be inaccurate. It is always best to call, visit or email our Office if you have questions about your property and we will be happy to provide you the information you need.”

For more information about the Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office, please visit their website at www.pa.martin.fl.us, call (772) 288-5608, or email at info@pa.martin.fl.us.

Below is a sample solicitation letter. 

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Martin County Tourism Launches Treasure Coast Kids Quest Program

20 Nov MC Florida

The exciting new program offers an immersive way to learn about Martin County's various family-friendly attractions and win unique prizes
Stuart - The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing has officially debuted the Martin County edition of the Treasure Coast Kids Quest, a new experiential learning program geared to children who visit and live in the region.

The immersive program is geared toward children ages 2-12 years old and combines entertainment and educational elements at some of Martin County's favorite family-friendly attractions, including the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast, the Elliott Museum, the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, the Hobe Sound Nature Center, the House of Refuge, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, and Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Children are tasked with visiting each attraction this summer and completing the various challenges outlined in the Activity Passport (such as "visit the stingrays at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center" and "explore the pirate ship at the Children's Museum"). After completing each highlighted activity, children will receive a stamp for that location (or they can take a photo completing the activity for a touch-free option).

After earning 6 of the 7 stamps, program participants will be rewarded with a special prize: an explorer's backpack filled with treasures such as a plush sea turtle stuffed animal, coral reef-safe sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and a certificate of completion. Prizes can be collected from the last location stamped on the Activity Passport, or from the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing. Participants are also encouraged to share their photos on social media by tagging @tckidsquest and using the #tckidsquest hashtag.

The Treasure Coast Kids Quest was developed in partnership with the three regional Treasure Coast tourism offices, comprised of Indian River County, St. Lucie County, and Martin County. Each county offers its own edition of the Treasure Coast Kids Quest program and the team is currently developing a special prize for any participants that complete all three county editions.

Activity Passports can be acquired at most participating attractions or from the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing (2401 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, FL 34996). Visit www.TreasureCoastKidsQuest.com to learn more, see updates, and ask questions about the program.

"We are truly fortunate to enjoy such a diverse array of family-friendly attractions along Florida's Treasure Coast," says Nerissa Okiye, the Martin County Tourism Director. "We saw a collaborative opportunity to develop an engaging program that will inspire children to get out and explore these unique destinations all summer long."
Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Sewall's Point, Rio, and Hutchinson Island, this hidden gem is a place for unwinding and reconnecting. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is the official tourism marketing arm of Martin County, Florida, whose goal is to provide information to those interested in Martin County and to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind destination. For more information, please visit DiscoverMartin.com and follow @DiscoverMartin on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.