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A Message From Your Tax Collector Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski

21 Apr Ruth

Look for the Gold Star

If you have a gold star on the upper right hand side of your driver’s license you are REAL ID compliant. The deadline for REAL ID compliance has been extended to
MAY 3, 2023.

If you are not REAL ID compliant, you will not be able to fly on a commercial airline unless you have other acceptable proof of identity, such as a passport.

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Martin County Meetings ~ May 2021

19 July MC Commissioners logo

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
May 11 & 25, 2021 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 5, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
May 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY
May 12, 2021 at 8:30 am
Location: Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
May 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Location: Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 5, 2021 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
May 19, 2021 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
May 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
May 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
May 19, 2021 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DRUG FREE YOUTH COALITION
May 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
May 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Location: Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
May 6 & 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
May 17, 2021 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
May 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Location: Indian RiverSide Park, second floor Frances Langford Dockside Pavilion, 1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

PUBLIC ART ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Community Development Agency sits as the Public Art Advisory Committee.
May 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Vincent Bocchino Community Center, 2369 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 3, 2021 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
May 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

St. Lucie County Meetings ~ April 2021

20 Dec City of Port St Lucie Logo
21 Mar MC Sheriff Flyer

Army Corps Must Seize Once In A Decade Opportunity To Stop Discharges

20 Sept Brian Mast

Anybody who has lived through a lost summer thanks to discharges from Lake Okeechobee can viscerally remember the look of guacamole thick algal blooms in our waterways and stench of rotten eggs mixed with skunk that accompanied the algae. We remember being forced indoors to avoid the stench, the loss of jobs as businesses that rely on our waterways were shuttered and our children having no place to swim or fish.

Lurking beneath the surface, however, is an even more dangerous impact. At my urging, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that the water discharged into our community by the Army Corps was many times too toxic for human contact. According to their scientists, exposure to the toxins in our waterways can cause serious illness, liver or kidney failure, and even death. The Army Corps was later forced to admit in Congressional testimony that they knew this and discharged the water into our community anyway. In other words, repeated yearly discharges of toxic water from Lake Okeechobee into our community is an unmitigated health disaster for the State of Florida.

Now, the Army Corps has a once-in-a-decade opportunity to solve this public health crisis. They must seize the opportunity to demand of themselves that they no longer poison our community.

In 2018, I wrote and passed a new law mandating that the Army Corps rewrite their regulation schedule that determines if and when discharges from Lake Okeechobee occur. This process is now underway, and this summer, the Army Corps will choose the new plan that will determine when discharges happen for the next decade.

As part of this process, they’ve released modeling data showing what kinds of results are possible not just for our community but for communities all across the Greater Everglades area. This data definitively proves that it is possible for them to eliminate regulatory discharges in the lake’s operational band to the St. Lucie while also increasing water supply, improving recreation and navigation on Lake Okeechobee, and benefiting the environment across Florida.

In other words, the federal government’s current operations willfully poison Floridians despite their data scientists having proven it’s not necessary. How can the Army Corps justify poisoning us now?

The answer is they can’t. It would be unconscionable if the Army Corps selects a new management plan that does not eliminate these discharges. So, with this once in a decade opportunity in front of us, the Army Corps must not settle for incremental progress but rather should take the bold action needed to protect Floridians and stop government-sanctioned poisoning.

Our community has been used as Florida’s septic tank for far too long, and now the Army Corps is soliciting feedback from the public. I have told them to select what they call a “4C-1” plan, which is the option that eliminates regulatory discharges to the St. Lucie. You can likewise share your thoughts with them by emailing LakeOComments@usace.army.mil.

In the meantime, I will keep fighting to get water managers in Florida to choose science and public health above political expediency and corporate greed!

21 Mar Lake O

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Announces New Election Integrity Committee

21 Jan Republican Logo

Washington – Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced the formation of the new Committee on Election Integrity dedicated to restoring election transparency and ensuring voters have confidence in future election processes.

“Election integrity is one of the most critical issues we face as a Party and as a country. What we saw this past election – states undoing important safeguards, bypassing the proper legislative processes, and changing election laws in the eleventh hour – was deeply troubling and brought chaos and uncertainty to our sacred democratic processes. As RNC Chair, I will not sit idly by and the Party will respond. The RNC will play a crucial role in restoring confidence in our elections, promoting election integrity, and recommending best practices to ensure that future elections are free, fair, and transparent.” – RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

This past cycle, the RNC ran its most comprehensive legal strategy to date, spending more than $30 million on election protection efforts in battleground states across the country. The Committee on Election Integrity represents a renewed focus on continuing this important work and fighting Democrats’ unprecedented attempts to change election laws. This committee will work closely with state parties and other stakeholders in our elections across the country on voting policies and best practices, such as ensuring poll watchers are allowed to properly observe counting processes, meaningful voter ID laws are codified, and all Americans have faith in our elections process.

The RNC Committee on Election Integrity will be chaired by Florida Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters, with Ashley MacLeay, National Committeewoman from the District of Columbia, serving as Co-Chair. The full temporary RNC committee will consist of 12 men and 12 women, representing the RNC from 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Mast Calls On Army Corps To Seize Once-In-A-Decade Opportunity To Stop Discharges To St. Lucie

20 Apr 4 Brian Mast Logo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) is urging Colonel Andrew Kelly of the Army Corps of Engineers to eliminate regulatory discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie estuary as part of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The modeling presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District over the last several months proves definitively that it is possible to eliminate discharges in the operational band while also benefiting performance for water supply and the other Congressionally-authorized project purposes. The Army Corps is expected to tentatively choose the discharge schedule that will be used for the next decade by July 2021.

“I think it would be unconscionable if the Army Corps selected a final plan that does not eliminate regulatory discharges to the St. Lucie given that the Army Corps’ own modeling proves it is not only possible but actually beneficial to other Congressionally-authorized project purposes,” Rep. Mast wrote in the letter. “We have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to solve a debilitating public health crisis. The Army Corps must not settle for incremental progress but rather should take the bold action needed to protect Floridians and stop government-sanctioned poisoning.”