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Martin County Meetings ~ July 2021

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BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETINGS
July 19 & 20, 2021 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
Regarding: Fiscal Year 2021/2022 Budget
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
July 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
July 21, 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 ACTION COALITION
July 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
July 26, 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
July 28, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
July 21, 2021 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
July 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Location: Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

LOCAL MITIGATION STRATEGY
July 21, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Location: Fire Administration Building, 800 SE Monterey Road, 2nd floor, Stuart
Martin County's unified Local Mitigation Strategy provides the tools for the County, its municipalities, non-governmental agencies and residents to continue in ongoing efforts to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters. The LMS also provides for mitigation priorities and eligibility for mitigation funding when it becomes available.

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
July 15, 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.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
July 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Location: Indian RiverSide Park, second floor of the 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.
July 26, 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
July 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Vincent Bocchino Community Center, 2369 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
July 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

All Board of County Commission Offices and Libraries will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

August 2021 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 August 2021. 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.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
August 10 & 24, 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.

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
August 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY
August 11, 2021 at 8:30 am
Location: Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
August 25, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Location: Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
August 18, 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 ACTION COALITION
August 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
August 30, 2021 at 5:00 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.

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
August 18, 2021 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Community Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
August 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

LAW LIBRARY COMMITTEE
August 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Location: Trustees Room (2nd floor), Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
August 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Location: Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED PUBLIC WORKSHOP
August 30, 2021 at 1:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
August 30, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
August 19, 2021 at 7:00 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.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
August 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
August 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

Commissioner Doug Smith Presented with FAC Presidential Advocacy Award

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Stuart - Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith, District 1, recently received the Presidential Advocacy Award from the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), for his work during the 2021 legislative session.

The FAC Presidential Advocacy Award recognizes county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC during the 2021 session to advance the legislative agenda and preserve home rule.

"Every day, our Commissioners work hard to tackle complex challenges and respond to the unique needs of their local area," said FAC President and Palm Beach County Commissioner, Melissa McKinlay. "Their consistent drive and dedication for their constituents is the reason we're able to sustain our communities, and those that take the extra mile to advance the counties' legislative agenda play a leading role in improving quality of life for all Floridians."

Commissioner Smith has proudly served the Martin County community on the Board of County Commissioners for over 20 years and has represented Martin County with the FAC in various capacities throughout his tenure. "Moving local initiatives forward at the state level is critical to ensuring our community receives the financial and legislative support necessary to strengthen and adapt," said Commissioner Smith. "It has been my distinct pleasure to serve the FAC, Martin County residents and Floridians across the state, and I'm truly honored to have received the FAC Presidential Advocacy Award this year," he continued.

Strengthening the Community with American Rescue Plan Act Funds

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Stuart- The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic that provides funds and flexibility to jurisdictions to meet local needs. "County staff is carefully identifying existing gaps and evaluating rules and guidelines to determine the best use of funds," said George Stokus, Assistant County Administrator. "We're focused on taking time to evaluate all options to build a more resilient community by making optimal investments that strengthen our infrastructure and adhere to regulatory guidelines," he continued.

While the final rules have not yet been issued by the U.S. Treasury, interim guidance rules are in effect. Martin County's allocation is approximately $31 million and initial plans for the funds include:
• Expediting water quality projects including the county's Connect to Protect septic to sewer conversion program
• Implementing mental health programs
• Fostering economic development assistance
• Investing in broadband infrastructure
• Supporting nonprofit operations and assistance programs
ARPA represents the second large-scale effort to utilize federal funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are intended to provide government services that address critical infrastructure needs and positively impact overall community health, whereas CARES Act funds were focused on reimbursing necessary expenses in immediate response to the public health emergency.

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Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancies

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
1. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
2. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
3. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
4. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category 4. above.
Golden Gate meetings are typically held on the first Monday of every other month at 6pm at the Cassidy Community Center. The next meetings are August 2, October 4 & December 6.
Hobe Sound meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of every other month at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Community Center. Next meetings are July 14, September 8 & November 10.
Jensen Beach meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 5pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center. Next meetings are July 7, September 1 & November 3.
Old Palm City meetings are typically held the third Monday of every other month at 6pm at the Administrative Center. Next meetings are August 16, October 18 & December 20.
Port Salerno meetings are typically held the second Thursday of every other month at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center. Next meetings are August 12, October 14 & December 9.
Rio meetings are typically held on the fourth Thursday of every other month at 6pm at the Vince Bocchino Community Center. Next meetings are July 22, September 23 & November 18.

All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a twelve-month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for re-appointment by the Board.

Florida Law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 23, 2021. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to Donna.

Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Task Force Vacancies

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill three vacancies on the Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Task Force. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 23, 2021. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to
Donna.

The Task Force shall have the responsibilities as set forth in the Citizen Participation Plan concerning the Community Development Block Grant program and Section 73C-23.0041, F.A.C., as amended from time to time. The Task Force will meet to discuss community needs and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Task Force is to provide input relative to all phases of the project process and offer recommendations as it deems appropriate.

The Task Force shall be composed of five members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

Each member shall be a resident of unincorporated Martin County and no less than three members shall be from low to moderate income households as determined by income survey. The Task Force shall be representative of the community with regard to age, sex, race, and length of residence. None of the County Commissioners may be appointed to the Task Force, and only one member may be an employee of the County.

VACANT POSITIONS: Shall be a resident of unincorporated Martin County and shall be from low to moderate income households as determined by income survey.
The Task Force shall be representative of the community with regard to age, sex, race, and length of residence. None of the County Commissioners may be appointed to the Task Force, and only one member may be an employee of the County.

Members who miss more than 50% of regularly scheduled meetings in a given calendar year, regardless if such absence is excused or unexcused, will be automatically removed from the Task Force.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee Vacancies

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 23, 2021. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to Donna.

Powers & Duties:
The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee shall serve as an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners on issues relating to adult and youth substance and alcohol abuse in Martin County. The Committee will make recommendations on programs and services that impact the community. Meetings are held quarterly, or more frequently as directed by staff or the Committee Chair to discuss activities pertaining to substance/alcohol abuse among youth and adults in Martin County. Failure to attend three consecutive meetings is grounds for automatic removal from the committee.

Vacant positions: A Private Citizen who resides in Martin County and a Youth Member (non-voting).

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

Meetings are held quarterly at 3:00 pm at the Administrative Building, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for September 8 and December 8, 2021.

MAST Week In Review Week June 25 - July 1 | With Our Allies and Against Our Enemies

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WEEKLY UPDATE

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Dear Friends,

It was a privilege to be a guest panelist at the St. Lucie Legislative Luncheon this week. I was joined by fellow neighboring Florida House Representatives Erin Grall, Dana Trabulsy, Kaylee Tuck, and Florida State Senator Gayle Harrell. Together we vetted questions from moderator French Brown of Dean Mead Attorneys At Law, recapping our last session In Tallahassee. Amid the gathering, the Education Foundation of St. Lucie, a wonderful nonprofit organization, presented a donation of $70,000 to St. Lucie Public schools which is a part of their matching grant program.

As a sidenote the luncheon was partly sponsored by the Boys & Girls club of St Lucie County. A huge thank you and my gratitude is extended to the program directors and the fine boys and girls who welcomed and hosted this event.

A little interesting fact: the boys and girls club of St. Lucie is the currently largest boys and girls club program in our area.

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On Thursday I was humbled to present the Place of Hope, along with Representative John Snyder, with an official tribute which commemorated and honored their 20 years of dedication and service to South Florida. If you are not already familiar, Place of Hopes goal is to end the cycle of abuse, neglect, and human trafficking of children in South Florida in welfare and foster communities. Combatting Human trafficking as you well know is a personal agenda of mine, and I praise them for all the work they have done to make our community a better place.

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Additionally, this week I had the pleasure of catching up with golf legend and Martin County resident Chi Chi Rodriguez as well as presenting a proclamation celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

As always, we want to hear from you. If you have an issue or suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Have a wonderful week!

Toby

Town of Ocean Breeze Mayor Ostrand Appointed to Serve on Florida League of Cities Legislative Policy Committee

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Article Submitted by: Pam Orr - Town Clerk

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, announced that Town of Ocean Breeze Mayor Karen M. Ostrand was recently appointed to serve on the Florida League of Cities 2021-2022 Legislative Policy Committee, one of the League’s five Legislative Policy Committees.

Legislative Policy Committee chairs, vice chairs and members were appointed by the League’s incoming President, City of Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker.

As a Legislative Policy Committee member, Mayor Ostrand will help develop the League’s Legislative Action Agenda, which details priority issues that are most likely to affect daily municipal governance and local decision-making during the upcoming legislative session, as well as help League staff understand the real-world implications of proposed legislation. Committee members are also asked to serve as advocates for local decision-making throughout the legislative process.

“Only local governments know their local challenges.” ̴̴ Mayor Karen M. Ostrand

Mayor Karen Ostrand is originally from Long Island Queens, New York. She has been married to James H. Ostrand for 39 years, they have six married children and 13 grandchildren.

Mayor Ostrand’s career background is in motivation, sales, marketing, promotion, management and leadership. She moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida in 1989 and Ocean Breeze in August 2015 where she has served as Mayor for three terms. She is active on the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities Advocacy Committee as well as the Secretary for the Executive Board. She is on the Florida League of Cities Nominating Committee, Legislative Committee Land and Economic Development and on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Mayors.

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Pelosi Puppet Val Demings Announces For Senate

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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.”

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Ahead of Hurricane Season, Rubio Asks Biden to Cut Red Tape for Disaster Response

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to President Joe Biden “requesting that the administration conduct a thorough review of all existing federal regulations that can be relaxed to yield more effective and well-organized hurricane relief and response efforts.” Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. For more information on how to prepare for hurricane season, click here.

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Mr. President:

As the official start to the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1st approaches, I write to request that the administration conduct a thorough review of all existing federal regulations that can be relaxed to yield more effective and well-organized hurricane relief and response efforts. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season saw 30 named storms, 14 hurricanes, and seven major hurricanes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with their efforts to address the crisis on the southern border, and an active year of natural disasters present challenges to workforce readiness and disaster relief efforts. We must focus on addressing continuing bureaucratic inefficiencies to ensure a more robust federal response for the next disaster, particularly as the State of Florida returns to normalcy while simultaneously preparing for the 2021 hurricane season. Streamlined efforts across the federal government are of critical importance to the success and timeliness of disaster response, especially at this unique moment.

For too many Americans, the disaster recovery process is needlessly complex and disjointed, and the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic only make the process more difficult and harder to navigate. I urge you to work to cut unnecessary and duplicative regulations, which disadvantage communities and individuals recovering from natural disasters. Burdensome rules may impede rebuilding and recovery in the aftermath of natural disasters. Individuals, businesses, local governments, and nonprofit organizations in Florida must be free to focus on safe preparations and post-recovery activities without bearing the burden of arduous federal regulations that may inadvertently amplify obstacles to recovery.

In times of disaster, Americans come together to overcome daunting challenges to rebuild and recover. A thoughtful assessment and revision of bureaucratic mandates that impede disaster recovery efforts is necessary to address victims’ health and safety needs effectively. Some examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must improve coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) when a major disaster declaration is issued, and use its authorities to the maximum extent possible to efficiently provide aid to persons and populations in need.

The DOD should use existing authorities to rapidly repair damage to installations that are regularly impacted by natural disasters, and create a list of installations that are more prone to being threatened or damaged by natural disasters.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) should move to ensure that veterans living in rural areas, such as the Florida Panhandle and the Florida Keys, have a full suite of medical service options available to them in their own communities as roads and highways are impacted by debris, flooding, traffic, and emergency response activities.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should explore disaster policies whereby drone regulations can be temporarily and safely lifted during disaster declarations to facilitate emergency relief efforts, such as helping victims obtain medications when the roads to their homes are blocked.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should ensure that there are sufficient protections in place for residents of HUD-assisted properties to prevent them from being forced back into living conditions that may have been made unsafe and unsanitary following a disaster.

The Department of Labor (DOL) should look to provide more flexibility to ensure that business reporting requirements do not paralyze businesses and workers whose most immediate priority should be providing assistance.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should expediently delay filing deadlines when necessary and consider rule reforms that enable disaster victims to make penalty-free early withdrawals from 401(k) and other retirement accounts.

I respectfully request that your administration work directly with my office and the State of Florida to ease any other regulatory burdens associated with federal disaster relief and recovery that may require Congressional assistance

Thank you for your prompt attention and consideration on behalf of Floridians and all Americans that may be impacted during this year’s hurricane season.

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

Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing Wins 2021 Bronze Anvil Award From the Public Relations Society of America

21 May PRSA

The team won the top prize in the "Best Tactical Pivot" category for their "Missed Milestones" campaign

Stuart -The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has selected the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing as a 2021 Bronze Anvil Award Winner in the "Best Tactical Pivot" category. This is the first Bronze Anvil win for the team, which was awarded for the success and creativity of their "Missed Milestones" campaign.

"The PRSA Bronze Anvil is one of the premiere awards within the public relations industry and it is such an honor to be recognized by our peers," said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director of Martin County.

For more than 45 years, the PRSA's Bronze Anvil Awards have celebrated the best of the best in public relations tactics and strategies. Judging is performed by teams of PRSA members and other professionals with expertise across the 33 different award categories. This year's competition drew hundreds of entries from various industries, including tourism, finance, education, healthcare, entertainment, and more. Of those entries, only 37 organizations were named winners by the judges, demonstrating the high standards of the prestigious annual awards.

Hershey was named a runner-up in the Best Tactical Pivot category, and additional Bronze Anvil Award winners in other categories included Southwest Airlines, AT&T, The Home Depot, MUCINEX, Chase Bank, 3M, and other leading companies.

"To see Martin County recognized alongside world-renowned brands, with major marketing departments and advertising budgets, was very exciting for our small-but-mighty team," said Ian Centrone, Tourism Public Relations and Community Liaison for Martin County. "Bringing home the top prize in the Best Tactical Pivot category was especially meaningful, considering the fact that virtually every industry was affected by the pandemic."

The Best Tactical Pivot category was specifically created to celebrate organizations that successfully implemented creative campaigns to overcome unexpected challenges. The Martin County Office of Tourism submitted their recent "Missed Milestones" campaign, which was part of their ongoing tourism rebound efforts developed in response to COVID-19.

Through the Missed Milestones program, travelers who booked a two-night stay at participating properties in Martin County by December 31, 2020 received a complimentary night stay to redeem at any point in 2021 once they felt comfortable traveling once again. The concept behind the campaign tapped into the universality of missing important life milestones due to the unforeseen impacts of the global pandemic.

Everybody experienced some sort of missed milestone over the past few months, from postponed weddings and canceled birthday trips to virtual graduations and derailed holiday festivities. This innovative program allowed potential visitors to celebrate with an extra free night when the time was right-all while supporting the local hospitality industry and keeping the destination top-of-mind during unprecedented times.

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Supporting Our STEM Education And The Workforce

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Researchers in STEM fields are vital to our country’s economic success. The breakthrough scientific discoveries from this research often improve the world in ways we could never imagine before the research started. That’s why the House of Representatives just passed five bills with my support to help our country’s next generation leaders get their foot in the door in STEM fields:

The Rural STEM Education Research Act directs the National Science Foundation to support research regarding STEM education in rural schools through grants and pilot programs.

The Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act provides grants to young researchers to carry out independent research projects at higher education institutions.

The STEM Opportunities Act provides grants for underrepresented groups in STEM education at institutions of higher education and at federal science agencies.

The MSI STEM Achievement Act will improve the quality of undergraduate STEM education and enhance research capacity at underrepresented institutions.

The Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act seeks to combat sexual harassment in the STEM workforce.

These bills are a step in the right direction, and I will continue to fight for our future generation STEM leaders!

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Announces New Election Integrity Committee

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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.