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Martin County Inauguration and Board Reorganization

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Stuart - The Martin County Board of County Commissioners began today's meeting by swearing in Commissioner Stacey Hetherington for her second term serving District 2 and Commissioner Sarah Heard who is beginning her sixth term serving District 4. The Honorable Judge Brett M. Waronicki officiated over the ceremony, swearing in both commissioners before a crowd of family and friends, staff, local business owners and constituents.

Each year, commissioners elect a chairman to preside over the county commission meetings and to serve as ceremonial head of the county. A vice chairman is also selected to assume these duties in the absence of the chairman. Agenda items included a board reorganization with commissioners agreeing to nominate and approve Commissioner Ciampi, District 5 as board chairman and Commissioner Jenkins, District 3 as vice chairman. Commissioners also reviewed and assigned appointments to boards and councils which require commission membership and carried out the remaining scheduled departmental agenda items.

The County Commission is comprised of five members, elected to a four-year term by voters. Exercising their legislative powers, the County Commission adopts ordinances (local laws) and resolutions to establish policies and programs to protect the health, safety and general welfare of Martin County residents.

Board meetings are regularly held in the commission chambers at the Administrative Center, located at 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, and the public is invited to participate in the process. Meeting information and agendas can be found at www.martin.fl.us/agendas. To have Martin County Board agendas emailed to your inbox, sign up at https://bit.ly/MCGovDelivery.

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

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Rubio Surveys Damage from Hurricane Ian

22 Oct Rubio Airplane 1

As rescue operations, debris removal, and power restoration continue on the ground, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is preparing to push a major disaster supplemental spending measure through Congress. He and U.S. Representative Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) joined the U.S. Coast Guard to survey the catastrophic damage in Charlotte and Lee Counties. Video from the flight is available

Prior to the flight, Rubio sent a letter to his colleagues on the Senate Committee on Appropriations emphasizing the importance of a “robust and timely federal response … to ensure that sufficient resources are provided to rebuild critical infrastructure and public services capacity, and to assist our fellow Floridians in rebuilding their lives.”

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Rubio, Scott Request Disaster Supplemental for Hurricane Ian Recovery

22 Feb Rubio Photo a

On Wednesday, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida as a Category 4 major hurricane, resulting in catastrophic damage along its path through Florida.

To ensure Florida has the critical resources it needs, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) requesting the committee’s support to develop a disaster supplemental that will provide the necessary assistance for Florida to recover from this devastating hurricane.

“Hurricane Ian will be remembered and studied as one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the United States. Communities across Florida have been completely destroyed, and lives have been forever changed. A robust and timely federal response, including through supplemental programs and funding, will be required to ensure that sufficient resources are provided to rebuild critical infrastructure and public services capacity, and to assist our fellow Floridians in rebuilding their lives. These provisions must be made a priority and considered at the earliest opportunity.”


22 Sept Ruth Piet

Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, enjoyed the annual City of Stuart Constitution Read and hobnobbed with Thomas Jefferson and Dolly Madison. Reviewing the articles in our Constitution reminded us how “wise before their years” our forefathers really were.

God Bless America!

22 Sept Ruth

November 2022 Meetings ~ Martin County

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Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for November 2022. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

November 22, 2022 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.

November 17, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

November 23, 2022 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.

November 28, 2022 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.

November 16, 2022 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

November 16, 2022 at 8:30 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

November 28, 2022 at 1:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

November 16, 2022 at 4:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

November 17, 2022 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.

November 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

The Community Development Agency sits as the Public Art Advisory Committee.
November 28, 2022 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.

November 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Location: Vincent Bocchino Community Center, 2369 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

All Board of County Commission Offices and Libraries will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday and again on Thursday and Friday, November 24 & 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

This notice dated: October 24, 2022.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Administrative Services Program Coordinator, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.

November 2022 Meetings ~ St Lucie County

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City Council 11/28/2022 6:30 PM
*Meeting to Follow the 6:00 PM CRA Meeting*

Community Redevelopment Agency 11/28/2022 6:00 PM Council Chambers, City Hall
*Meeting to Follow the 5:30 PM Board of Zoning Appeals*

Board of Zoning Appeals 11/28/2022 5:30 PM Council Chambers, City Hall

Site Plan Review Committee 11/23/2022 1:30 PM Building B, 1st Floor Training Room

Public Art Advisory Board 11/21/2022 6:00 PM City Hall, Room 188

Special City Council 11/21/2022 6:00 PM Council Chambers, City Hall

Oath of Office for Newly Elected Officials
Special City Council 11/21/2022 9:30 AM Council Chambers, City Hall

Budget Advisory Committee 11/16/2022 1:30 PM Room 366, City Hall

Special Magistrate Hearing 11/16/2022 9:00 AM City Hall, Council Chambers

City Council 11/14/2022 6:30 PM Council Chambers, City Hall


22 Aug CRA lOGO

BOCC Commission Chambers
2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
3:00 p.m. unless noted


Monday, November 28, 2022
Monday, December 19, 2022

Cassidy Community Center
2895 SE Fairmont Street, Stuart
6:00 p.m. unless noted


Monday, December 5, 2022

BOCC Commission Chambers (temporary meeting site)
2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
6:00 p.m. unless noted

Monday, December 19, 2022

Port Salerno Civic Center
4950 Anchor Avenue, Port Salerno
6:00 p.m. unless noted

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Vince Bocchino Community Center
2369 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach
6:00 p.m. unless noted


Thursday, November 17, 2022

President Obama was Right???

Rubio Praises Court Decision to Protect Faith-based Schools

22 June Rubio New a

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Carson v. Makin, which found a prohibition against students using student-aid programs at private, faith-based schools to be unconstitutional.

“The Supreme Court sent a strong signal that discrimination against private schools because of their faith is unconstitutional,” Rubio said. “For far too long the government and courts have chipped away at protections for people of faith. I pray that today marks a turning point for our nation, which was founded on God-given rights.”

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Arrest Warrants Used as IDs for Illegal Immigrants

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Article by: Christina Knight
It is hard to believe that arrest warrants issued to illegal immigrants are being used as IDs to board commercial flights and are being accepted by TSA for flights to anywhere in the United States. According to Fox News’ reporters, Adam Shaw and Bill Melugen, TSA confirmed through their spokesperson that “For non-citizens and non-U.S. nationals who lack an acceptable form of ID to present at security checkpoints TSA may accept certain DHS issued forms including ICE form 1-200 (warrant for arrest of an alien).” The objection to this according to Senator Crapo states, “it violates the security of our immigration laws and the safety of law-abiding travelers.”

Thankfully, Senators Marco Rubio, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo have introduced the “Strengthening Enforcement to Curtail Unlawful Risky Entrance to Flights Act of 2022”. This Act will prevent Homeland Security and TSA from allowing illegal aliens to use immigration enforcement documents to board commercial flights. TSA would be required instead to notify ICE, Customs and Border Control, or local law enforcement if an arrest warrant is used for identification purposes.

This is so non-sensical, how does anyone know who is coming through our borders? The real answer is…no one knows who is coming through our southern border. This begs the question, “Why do we have open borders?” I believe that most Americans can figure that one out.

Rubio, Grassley Introduce Bill to Sanction All Russian State-Owned Enterprises

22 Mar Marco Rubio

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Halting Enrichment of Russian Oligarchs and Industry Allies of Moscow’s Schemes to Leverage its Abject Villainy Abroad (HEROIAM SLAVA) Act, which would impose sweeping sanctions on all Russian state-owned enterprises. The HEROIAM SLAVA Act, named after the iconic Ukrainian rallying cry and symbol of national resistance, would deny companies controlled or owned by Moscow, such as Rosneft, Gazprom, Rosatom, Aeroflot, and RT, access to critical American capital as they fund Vladimir Putin’s war efforts.

“Putin is actively fueling the Russian war machine through funds generated by Moscow’s state-owned corporations,” Rubio said. “No Russian state-owned enterprise should have access to American capital while a bloodthirsty dictator is waging an invasion against Ukraine.”

“As Putin continues indiscriminately bombing Ukraine and murdering innocent civilians, the U.S. must take every possible step to ensure Russia is completely cut off from American capital,” Grassley said. “Russia’s state-owned oil and gas companies fund Putin’s war machine. Our bill will make sure American companies play no part in that.”

Rubio is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Rubio, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prohibit Federal Purchasing of Crack Pipes and Needles for Illicit Drug Use

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the bipartisan Preventing Illicit Paraphernalia for Exchange Systems (PIPES) Act to prohibit federal funding from being used to purchase drug paraphernalia, such as crack pipes or needles for illicit drugs, that can exacerbate substance use disorder.

“Everyone knows someone who has struggled with addiction, and unfortunately, many have lost a loved one from the disease,” Rubio said. “Addiction is crippling, not only for the individual, but also for the family and communities throughout our country. We need to do more, but sending drug paraphernalia to addicts is not the answer.”

“Every American and West Virginian has been impacted by the drug epidemic that killed over 101,000 Americans from April 2020 to April 2021,” Manchin said. “While this is a heartbreaking issue that must be fully addressed by the federal government, using taxpayer funds to buy paraphernalia for those struggling with substance use disorder is not the solution. Our bipartisan PIPES Act will ensure that American Rescue Plan funds can’t be used to buy illicit drug paraphernalia, and I look forward to passing legislation to address this issue quickly.”

The PIPES Act:
Maintains the bipartisan, bicameral precedent that prohibits federal funding from being used to purchase needles or syringes for the injection of any illegal drug, unless there is a significant risk of hepatitis infection or HIV outbreak due to injection drug use.
Clarifies that federal funds cannot be used to “procure, supply, or distribute pipes, cylindrical objects, or other paraphernalia that can be used to smoke, inhale or ingest narcotics.”
Clearly applies these restrictions to American Rescue Plan funding, in accordance to annual Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations language.

Rubio efforts to end illicit drug use:
On February 10, 2022, Rubio introduced the Cutting Rampant Access to Crack Kits (CRACK) Act. The bill would amend Section 2706 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2) to prohibit any funds from directly or indirectly purchasing, supplying, or distributing crack pipes or similar drug paraphernalia.
On December 16, 2021, Rubio introduced the Domain Reform for Unlawful Drug Sellers (DRUGS) Act (S. 3399) to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to suspend websites run by criminal networks that traffic fentanyl, counterfeit medications, and other illegal drugs.
On December 21, 2020, Rubio voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133), which appropriated $4 billion – an $85 million increase – to prevent opioid addiction, help those struggling to receive treatment, find alternative pain medications, meet workforce needs, and improve behavioral health.
On October 3, 2018, Rubio voted to pass the Senate’s Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271), which included two Rubio provisions: the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act and the Sober Home Fraud Detection Act.

Reforming Our Immigration System

20 Apr 4 Brian Mast Logo

There is no question that our immigration system is broken, and for far too long, Congress has ignored its responsibility to fix the problem. The time has come for Congress to lead on this issue.

First, we must secure the border and improve our methods of preventing people from overstaying their visas. We are in the midst of a war on terror and continue to be the target of radicals who want to do our country harm. Ensuring we know who is entering our country and why they are here is critical to national security. Beyond the threat of terrorism, securing our border is critical to preventing drug and human trafficking.

Second, our legal immigration process must be reformed. Right now, it is very easy to come to the United States illegally but very hard to enter the country legally. This backwards system provides a perverse incentive to break the law. We must crack down on instances where employers engage in fraud and manipulate the visa system to replace American workers with cheaper labor, but we also should make it easier for highly-skilled foreign students and workers to legally enter our country when they will help our economy and won’t displace American workers.

Here’s the bottom line: America is a nation of immigrants. We should be welcoming to those who genuinely want to be in the United States and follow our laws, but we must protect American citizens above all else by preventing people from entering our country illegally and taking advantage of our country’s goodwill.

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Mast Introduces Legislation to Fund Clean Water Projects

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Washington – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) introduced legislation to provide additional funding to be used for projects that address water quality. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Amendment Act would amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund to increase flexibility and allow water quality projects to tap into this existing resource.

Under current law, the LWCF is used exclusively to conserve lands and protect recreational opportunities, but cannot be used for projects specifically related to water quality improvement. Expanding eligibility to include these projects would allow Florida to use the federal money for projects to combat harmful algal blooms, including regulating discharges and converting septic systems to sewer.

“In Florida, water quality and recreation go hand-in-hand. Toxic algae often keeps people from enjoying our waters and beaches, so expanding eligibility to water quality projects is completely in line with the LWCF’s mission,” Rep. Mast said. “Florida taxpayers contribute to this fund, we should be able to use it to address the most pressing issues in our communities.”

In 2019, the Department of the Interior issued a rule that allowed the LWCF to be used for water quality projects. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Amendment Act would codify that guidance. Moreover, to be eligible for the funds, states will be able to submit existing Basin Area Management Plans (BMAPs) to the Department of the Interior in addition to the Environmental Protection Agency. In Florida’s 18th Congressional District projects like the Howard Creek stormwater treatment area construction in St. Lucie County may be eligible for funding under this bill.

In Florida’s 18th District, these projects that may be eligible include:

Stormwater system rehabilitation in Sewall’s Point in Martin County
1,121 septic to sewer conversions in Martin County
Control structure to regulate discharge levels from the E-8 canal into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River in St. Lucie County
Howard Creek stormwater treatment area construction in St. Lucie County
Senator Marco Rubio has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Boosting Jobs and Economic Growth

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Around our community, the issues that I hear about most frequently are the basics needed to make life work—a job to put food on the table, savings to pay for retirement or college, and affordable healthcare. I am committed to fighting to ease the financial burden on families, while also creating an environment that allows American businesses to be more competitive in the global marketplace.

Making life easier for 18th District families starts with reducing government interference in every-day life and slashing government-imposed costs. Passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was major progress so Florida families can keep more of their hard-earned pay. It’s estimated that the average 18th District family will save more than $2,000 per year as a result of this historic change in law and filing taxes will also be much simpler. But there is more work to be done, such as making these tax cuts permanent. The government must do more with less by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse so that hardworking families can keep more of their paycheck.

In order to create an economic environment that allows for job growth, we also need to reduce regulations on small businesses. Excessive red tape makes it harder for small business owners—the true backbone of our economy—to turn the key in their door every day. Moreover, an explosion of government-imposed regulation is weighing down the economy and hurting families. I’m committed to working in a bipartisan way to undo over-burdensome, job-killing red tape.

In addition to changes to the tax code and efforts to reduce regulation, improving infrastructure is critical to the economy in our area and across the country. Locally, we need to resolve the water issues stemming from Lake Okeechobee. The waters surrounding our community are absolutely essential to sustaining and improving the quality-of-life on the Treasure Coast and in Palm Beach. Cleaning our water and improving the infrastructure in our area is one of, if not the most, important steps that we can take to improve our local economy.

Here’s the bottom line: the government needs to get back to work for Americans across the country. Sadly, the reverse has become the status quo. Together we can reduce government intervention in our lives, grow the economy and get Americans back to work.

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Rubio, Risch, Colleagues Call Out Sham Elections in Nicaragua

Mar Rubio

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in issuing the following statement after the sham elections in Nicaragua yesterday:

“We strongly condemn the Ortega-Murillo regime’s fraudulent attempt to maintain power in Nicaragua through the sham elections on November 7, after arresting and imprisoning members of civil society and the political opposition. These elections were neither free, nor fair, and as such the results do not represent the will of the Nicaraguan people.

“Democratic nations in our hemisphere and around the world must recognize the regime as the crude dictatorship it has become. The United States must use every diplomatic and economic tool at its disposal in support of the Nicaraguan people’s quest for freedom and to hold the Ortega-Murillo regime, and its enablers in Nicaragua, accountable. Member states of the Organization of American States must live up to their commitments to defend democratic governance in the region under the Inter-American Democratic Charter.”

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

Tomorrow’s Outcome in Nicaragua Will Not Be a Surprise

Mar Rubio

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement ahead of the sham elections in Nicaragua. Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed the Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER) Act, co-authored by Rubio.

“Tomorrow’s outcome in Nicaragua will not be a surprise,” Rubio said. “The corrupt Ortega-Murillo regime has done everything in its power to undermine, disrespect and disregard the democratic process in Nicaragua. Today, we honor and pay tribute to courageous leaders like Félix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, and Cristina Chamorro, who remain unjustly detained for seeking to run against dictator Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo.

“As the Ortega-Murillo authoritarian dynasty aspires to perpetuate its grip on power, the United States and the international community must be adamant in their condemnation of tomorrow’s results. Democratic allies cannot turn a blind eye at multilateral bodies like the Organization of American States (OAS) and be accomplices in tomorrow’s sham.”

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

Rubio Joins Cotton, Cortez-Masto, and Bipartisan Colleagues to Support Taiwan’s Standing in Global Health Community

Mar Rubio

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in introducing the U.S.-Taiwan Public Health Protection Act to establish a U.S.-Taiwan Infectious Disease Monitoring Center within the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to partner with Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

A companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Michael Waltz (R-FL).

“We should not be surprised that the Chinese Communist Party’s genocidal regime has willingly withheld information on the COVID-19 pandemic, causing devastating effects around the world,” Rubio said. “We need a reliable and transparent partner in the Indo-Pacific that will provide us with accurate information in order to prevent and mitigate future health crises. Taipei has a comparative advantage in global health and is a trustworthy democratic ally and a valued friend. I am glad to support this effort, which will strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations and benefit global health.”

“Beijing’s efforts to exclude Taiwan from the global health community have had deadly consequences. Our bill will ensure the United States has the resources it needs to monitor health threats emerging in the Indo-Pacific and will allow Taiwan to share its knowledge with the world,” Cotton said.

“Taiwan’s response to the pandemic has been incredibly successful, and it is unacceptable that the Chinese government is excluding them from global efforts to combat infectious diseases,” Cortez-Masto said. “This legislation will allow the U.S. to partner with Taiwan to safely monitor health threats and help prevent future pandemics.”

“For too long, the United States has been myopically focused on traditional national security issues and it has hurt our ability to promptly respond to new threats like the COVID-19 pandemic. We must learn from countries like Taiwan that grasped the dangers of this pandemic early on and had success in suppressing it,” Khanna said. “By establishing a U.S.-Taiwan Infectious Disease Monitoring Center, Congress can help prevent future pandemics and ensure important knowledge sharing can take place between the U.S. and Taiwan.”

“Taiwan has been a global leader in monitoring infectious diseases and developed one of the most successful responses in fighting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Waltz said. “By establishing a joint disease monitoring center with Taiwan, we can safely monitor the impacts of infectious diseases, share best practices, and develop responses so we can effectively combat the next global pandemic.”

The bill is supported by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) and Taiwan’s CDC.

The U.S.-Taiwan Public Health Protection Act would:

Establish a U.S.-Taiwan Infectious Disease Monitoring Center within the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to partner with Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control.
The center would monitor infectious diseases originating in the region, engage in people-to-people contacts with medical and health officials in the region, and provide expertise on health threats to the U.S. and Taiwanese governments.
The center will be staffed by U.S. government detailees, including at least three Health and Human Services (HHS) infectious disease experts and at least one staffer from other federal departments, and may employ local Taiwanese staff and employees of Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Require a one-year study and report to Congress to determine the Center’s funding and staffing needs and its level of cooperation with Taiwanese health authorities.

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.

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