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October 2021 Meetings ~ Martin County

19 July MC Commissioners logo

Board of Zoning Adjustment

10/28/2021 7:00 PM Commission Chambers

Construction Industry Licensing Board

10/27/2021 4:00 PM Commission Chambers

Community Redevelopment Agency

10/25/2021 3:00 PM Commission Chambers

Local Planning Agency

10/21/2021 7:00 PM Commission Chambers

Board of County Commissioners

10/19/2021 9:00 AM Commission Chambers

Port Salerno Neighborhood Advisory Committee

10/14/2021 6:00 PM Port Salerno Civic Center

Board of County Commissioners

10/14/2021 9:00 AM John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library

Joint Meeting with the Stuart City Commission, School Board & Village of Indiantown Council

Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee

10/11/2021 6:00 PM Cassidy Community Center

21 Sept Fest of Trees Flyer

October 2021 Meetings ~ St Lucie County

20 Aug St Lucie FL

Site Plan Review Committee

10/27/2021 1:30 PM Building B, 1st Floor Training Room

Special Magistrate Hearing

10/27/2021 9:00 AM City Hall, Council Chambers

City Council

10/25/2021 6:30 PM Council Chambers, City Hall
Meeting to follow the 6:00 PM GFC

Governmental Finance Corporation

10/25/2021 6:00 PM Council Chambers, City Hall

Infrastructure Surtax Citizens Oversight Committee 10/22/2021 3:00 PM City Hall, Room 366

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 10/21/2021 2:00 PM City Hall, Room 366

Safety Review Board

10/21/2021 9:00 AM Virtual

Budget Advisory Committee

10/20/2021 1:30 PM Council Chambers, City Hall

Special Magistrate Hearing

10/20/2021 9:00 AM City Hall, Council Chambers

Political Writing Made Easy

21 Jan Republican Logo

Nancy Smith is remembered fondly in Martin County wearing hats as former city, editorial page and managing editor of the Stuart News from 1977 - 2005. More recently she was an editor and writer for the Sunshine State News which offered a conservative online voice on Tallahassee politics. Nancy is a past president of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. She has won numerous awards for her political writing. If you have ever wanted to voice your political opinion in words, this is the presentation to attend!
Attendee’s questions will be welcomed.

Where: REC Headquarters - 2153 SE Ocean
Blvd. (Smithfield Plaza) Stuart, FL 34996
When: Oct. 20th at 5:30pm
Cost: Free
Contact Darlene at 772-286-0615 for further information.

The City of Fort Pierce Celebrates City Government Week: "What Makes My City Great?"

21 Sept City of Fort Pierce

The City of Fort Pierce will celebrate Florida City Government Week-themed, "What Makes My City Great?" the week of October 18 and 24 by hosting a photo contest, Commissioner Spotlight series, and sharing fun facts about what makes Fort Pierce great!

About the Photo Contest:
Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are encouraged to enter their best images that celebrate, “What Makes My City Great?” The contest will run from Monday, October 18 through Sunday, October 24. Entering is free and easy and is done online at: https://bit.ly/2YQPPpK

The focus of this contest is to celebrate Fort Pierce from the perspective of our residents. All photos must be taken in Fort Pierce. The top 5 photos will be featured on the City's website, the City's social media pages, and in the City Manager’s Report.

About the Commissioner Spotlight Series:
During City Government Week, residents and visitors will get an inside view from the City Commissioners from their perspective on what makes Fort Pierce great.

The spotlights will be featured on the City’s Facebook randomly through the week of October 18-24. Stay tuned at: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

About Florida City Government Week:
Florida City Government Week, held annually in October, is a time for cities across the state to celebrate and bring awareness to the role city government plays in enhancing the quality of life for residents through civic engagement activities.

Please note that some events are subject to change. For more information, please contact the Communications Division at 772-467-3031 or visit: City Government Week | Fort Pierce, FL - Official Website (cityoffortpierce.com).

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Board Approves Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

21 Sept MC Logo

Stuart – The Board recently received the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) tentative budget presented by staff. Striving to achieve the highest level of efficiency and accountability, the Board cut nearly $4 million, realizing a reduction in the overall Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSTU) to keep the millage rate or ad valorem below the previous years’ level. The Board approved the budget with changes, investing heavily in public safety, setting legislative priorities, strengthening the county’s fiscal health and funding a comprehensive program to address infrastructure.

Public Safety
Providing for the safety of our residents remains a top priority for the Board. Fire rescue and emergency management make up 22 % of the overall ad valorem taxes and law enforcement services (Martin County Sheriff’s Office) 35%, for a total of 57% toward public safety.

Legislative Priorities
The Board establishes legislative strategies at the state and federal levels and works across county lines to advocate for projects of regional interest.
Requested appropriations for the septic to sewer and funding for two stormwater treatment area projects

Requested funding to buy land for conservation in Pal Mar, dedicated funding for Indian River Lagoon South projects and funding for beach nourishment projects
Adopted policy statements on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)-Indian River Lagoon South components, coastal resiliency (reauthorization of the Coral Reef Conservation Act), Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), National Estuary Program, Pal Mar land acquisition, sand acquisition, Nourishment and Development Act and the Endangered Species Petition.

Strengthening the County’s Fiscal Health and Financial Transparency
Martin County’s fiscal policy establishes debt ratios for borrowing activities. These ratios are intended to monitor the county’s adherence to financing limitations as set by policy and to allow for transparent and detailed reporting of debt levels to the public. Martin County continues to be in a strong debt capacity position.

The county endeavors to manage infrastructure priorities in an efficient, cost-effective manner to ensure public facilities serve county residents’ needs, and we continue funding critical water quality projects.
Building a more resilient community by replacing and upgrading roads, bridges and drainage in neighborhoods throughout the community
Converting 10,000 septic systems to county sewer in communities where continued use of septic systems negatively impact our water quality

The Board’s responsibility to residents is to account for all public funds, manage county finances wisely and plan for adequate funding. Providing services to 85% of the county, (unincorporated Martin County, or those areas not part of a municipality) every effort is made to provide services in the most efficient manner while establishing annual and long-range guidelines for fiscal stability.

Review the tentative FY22 budget at www.martin.fl.us/budget or view budget highlights on the following pages with the "Budget At A Glance infographic. To gain further insight into the operations and performance of Martin County, the public is invited to utilize the online financial portal for past and current budgets. Visualization and analytics tools bring the county budget to life at https://bit.ly/FinancialTransparencyPortal.

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Biden's Message: America Last

21 Sept mast

Over the weekend, tens of thousands of immigrants flooded across the border in Del Rio, Texas. As of today, the number of immigrants huddled under the International Bridge is equal to one-third of the population of Del Rio. This is a crisis the magnitude we have not seen in over two decades, and it is a crisis of President Biden’s own making.

Now, hundreds of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents are being sent to Texas to clean up the President’s latest mess. In just eight months in the White House, that’s become the pattern: President Biden’s policies lead to disaster, and then he relies on hardworking Americans to fix the problem. First it was thousands of troops deployed to Afghanistan, now it’s border patrol agents.

Will this President ever learn from his mistakes? I can tell you one thing for sure: I’ll keep fighting every day to hold President Biden accountable.

Has Anyone Seen Nancy Pelosi?

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Lake O Fact Check #34 - Trying to Have It Both Ways

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Pelosi Puppet Val Demings Announces For Senate

21 Jan Republican Logo

Demings would put Nancy Pelosi’s socialist agenda ahead of Florida families.

Pelosi Puppet Val Demings’ hurts Florida families with her dangerous record of supporting radical policies that would make us less safe and would push us in a dangerous direction. Florida voters deserve the truth about the Real Val Demings’ record.

RPOF’s executive director Helen Aguirre Ferre issued the following statement:

RPOF Quote: “Val Demings is a political opportunist who went to Washington, became a puppet of Nancy Pelosi, and consistently places Pelosi’s socialist agenda ahead of the best interests of Florida families. Just look at her voting record.. The Real Val Demings has voted with Pelosi 100% of the time, and like Pelosi would defund our police, lockdown our economy, close our schools, raise taxes on working families, gut the 2nd amendment, and let the crisis at our border get worse. Demings is clearly delusional about what is good for the Sunshine State. She thinks Pelosi knows what is best for Florida families. While Senator Rubio consistently delivers results for Florida, Val Demings will always prioritize her political ambitions and liberal socialist agenda over the needs of Florida families.”

Visit FloridaDems.com to learn more.

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Rubio Praises Senate Passage of Seminole Tribe of Florida

21 May Rubio

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised Senate passage of S. 108, his bill to allow the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s investment fund to purchase, lease, and sell commercial real estate properties to create generational wealth for the Tribe and its members. U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) was an original cosponsor.

“Removing this paternalist, decades-old restriction on the Seminole Tribe is long overdue,” Rubio said. “I hope the House will quickly pass this bill to provide the autonomy and flexibility the Tribe needs and deserves as it works to secure a strong future for their members.”

"This bill is necessary in order to create additional economic opportunities for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its members," said Seminole Tribe Chairman Marcellus Osceola, Jr. "Senator Rubio’s leadership in moving the bill through the Senate is invaluable in our efforts to diversify and provide for future generations of Seminole tribal members.”

Rubio, Booker Introduce Resolution Supporting Continued U.S. Leadership in Expanding Global Access to Quality Education

21 May Rubio

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), both members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced a resolution supporting U.S. efforts through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to improve access to quality education for the poorest and most marginalized children and youth worldwide.

The bipartisan resolution reaffirms U.S. leadership and commitment to increasing access to quality education for children worldwide, supports the mission of the Global Partnership for Education, recognizes that U.S. investments in basic education are complemented by GPE’s efforts, and encourages increased commitments by the U.S. and other donors to ensure children throughout the world attend school and gain the education and skills they need to succeed.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), established in 2002, is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that helps to strengthen education systems in developing countries to increase the number of children who are in school and learning. The GPE brings together developing countries, donors, international organizations, civil society, teacher organizations, the private sector, and foundations. The United States has contributed more than $198 million dollars to the GPE since joining.

Specifically, the Resolution would do the following:

Affirm the leadership of the U.S. to improve access to quality education for the poorest children and adolescents in the world

Support the goals of GPE 2025 to mobilize partnerships and investments that transform education systems in developing countries

Recognize that the U.S. participates in bilateral funding and through the GPE

Call on the U.S. to engage in multi-year pledges to the GPE

Call on the Secretary of State and USAID Administrator to commit to promoting children and adolescents attending school