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Stuart -Commitment to enhance the lives of others by promoting friendships, providing community service and applying our skills, talents and resources toward the betterment of women and their families.

It is an association of executive business and professional women. Categories for nominations are Business, Civic,Volunteer and Rising Star. The event will take place on April 10th at Mariner Sands Country Club.

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CRYSTAL LAKE ELEMENTARY TEACHER PATRICK FARLEY
2017-18 MARTIN COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF TEACHER OF THE YEAR

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Stuart, FL – The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) and the Martin County School District (MCSD) are proud to announce that Crystal Lake Elementary fifth grade teacher Patrick Farley…Click here to read the rest of story.

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STUART/ MARTIN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Installation of  New Officers & PRESENT AWARDS

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In photo : First Row: Amber Woods, Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart; Laurie Gaylord, Superintendent Martin County Schools; Amy Brunjes, Florida Power & Light; Past Chairman Janice Norman, Century 21 IRP Realty /Norman-Page Team; Vice Chairman Kelly Bond Pelletier, Just Gold Jewelers, Inc.; Lisa Satur, Harbor Community Bank/Stuart

Second Row: Ian Cotner, AT&T Florida; Treasurer Gordon Proctor, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors; David Smith, Atlantic Aviation-Stuart LLC; Dan Hulen; Fifth Third Bank Merchant Services/Vantiv; David Armellini, Armellini Express Lines, Inc.; Chairman Rob Gluckman, Esq., Treasure Coast Urgent & Family Care; Kelly Johnson, R.V. Johnson Insurance; Chairman Elect William G. Carson, Forward Electric & Air Conditioning; Eric Kiehn, C&W Technologies; Vice Chairman Jeff Sabin, Waste Management; Joseph A. Catrambone, Chamber President/CEO

Not pictured: Jay Finnegan, St. Lucie Medical Center; Beth Gaskin, Indian River State College; Lisa Grassam-Smith, Grassam Spine and Wellness Center; David Heaton, Children’s Services Council of M.C.; Richard Kolleda, Spherion; Scott Osteen, Ace Hardware; Nimesh Patel, Best Western Downtown Stuart; Elliot Paul, Elliot Paul & Company; David Ross, Stuart City Manager; Doug Smith, Martin County Board of Commission

Stuart — Award Recipients were recognized on Satuday evening at the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation and Awards Dinner at Mariner Sands Country Club.

James Crocker from Waterblasting Technologies, Inc. was awarded the … Click here to read the rest of the story.

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Palm City Fall Festival

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Palm City – This year’s event will took place on Saturday, October 28, from 10 am to 4 pm, and it was free for all to attend! There was lots of food, arts & crafts, community booths, live performances, a children’s area with pumpkin decorating and so much more!

The Palm City Fall Fest is a family friendly outdoor extravaganza featuring fun food, arts & crafts, a classic car show, and activities to please kids of all ages. To see more of what the Palm City Fall Festival had to offer Click here: https://out2news.com/martincounty/human-interest-2/

 

 

Palm City Fall Festival

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Palm City – Look who’s ready for the Palm City Fall Festival!  Colorado Pawn & Jewelry will be there will you?  Visit them at the Festival. Citrus Grove Community Park  10-4. Free to the entire community!

Lots of fun things to see and do, bring the kids and come on over!

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Business Development Board of Martin County
Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC) won a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its “Martin County Business Page, a project in the category of Ad Campaign from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Business Development Board of Martin County. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also … Click here to read the rest of the story

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Hunting Mullets On The Treasure Coast

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In photo: (L to R) Rose Patterson/Veria and Bary Britton

Tiger Shores — These people come from all over the world to the Treasure Coast to follow the Mullet.

Rose the researcher and Barry the cameraman, working for … Click here to read the rest of the story

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Introducing 2017/2018 Class 20 Martin Youth Leadership

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In photo: The Martin County Youth Leadership for this year

Port Salerno – Martin County Youth Leadership experienced “Leadership Day”, their first of nine activities for the year at The Kane Center today.

“Leadership Day” is more or less a get to know you day for this years’ 40 student participants.

Martin Youth LEADERship is an exciting, education program designed for… click here to read the rest of the story

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U.S. Customs Facility
Groundbreaking Celebration At Witham Field

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Stuart – Commissioner Doug Smith and Congressman Brian Mast spoke on behalf of the U.S. Customs Facility groundbreaking project

Local, State and federal officials with U.S. Customs and … Click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos.

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PROPOSED NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT AT CONFUSION CORNER

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READING TO THE KIDS

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In photo: Mary Ellen Costa reading to the preschoolers at the Gertrude Walden Center

Stuart — The Woman’s Club of Stuart began 103 years ago, when Stuart was a new town. The club comprises women united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service.

Mary Ellen Costa, chair of the Education Committee of the Woman’s Club of Stuart, reads to preschoolers every week at … click here to read the rest of the story

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Stuart Named #1 “Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living

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The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is pleased to announce that Stuart has been selected as #1 in Coastal Living’s fifth-annual, top-ten list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” This is the first time Florida has won the prestigious number one spot.

“This is a huge win for our area and with our passionate residents and dedicated ambassadors were able to edge out the competition.” said Stuart Mayor Jeff Krauskopf, who also serves on the Martin County Tourist Development Council.

The top 10 finalists were selected by magazine editors’ assessments of each town’s “coastal vibe,” as well as factors including the number of sunny days, air quality, commute times, crime ratings, and standard of living.

“It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place memorable and unique this just validates what we have known all along. Martin County is a very special place, and this is why we work hard to protect and preserve what we have.” said Martin County Board of Commissioner Chair Anne Scott

The final, ranked, top 10 list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” will be featured in the May 2016 print issue of Coastal Living. The ranked towns will also be featured in an online gallery on www.coastalliving.com.

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Annual Single Fin Showdown

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Stuart — Stuart Beach was the location for the seventh annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown Surf and Skim Festival presented by Ohana Surf Shop for United Way. For the past six years, the Stuart Single Fin Showdown has produced a solid ground swell of support for United Way of Martin County and helped build awareness of the community’s most critical needs, while raising more than $30,000 to create long-lasting solutions to these issues.

The Stuart Single Fin Showdown has also raised more than $8,000 for Team Brooke, a charity created for Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana Surf Shop family and former Single Fin Showdown competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2012. The accident left Thabit paralyzed from the chest down and funds raised help cover the cost of her rehabilitation.

What started in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single fin surfboards for bragging rights has now evolved into the largest, one-day surf and skim festival in Florida, attracting nearly 200 competitors and thousands of spectators annually.

“When we started we really had no idea how people would react or if anyone would sign up,” said Jordan Schwartz, contest director and owner of Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart. “The first year was small, but those who were part of it appreciated the ‘just for fun’ atmosphere that we were trying to create. It gets better each year and the best part is we continue to raise money for charity through surfing.”

What makes the Stuart Single Fin Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single fin surfboards that are selected at random minutes before each heat begins. The challenge is to then ride their chosen single fin well enough and advance onto the next round of competition. At the end of the day, division champions are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind Single Fin Showdown embroidered sports coat and a prize pack loaded with surf related gear.

Although the entire event revolves around the Single Fin division, other divisions include Longboard, Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Invitational and the Skim Pro/Am. Competitors are welcome to compete in one or more divisions, but additional fees apply.

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Caulkins Water Farm At Work

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In photos: top photo  Caulkins Water Farm 3rd week of Jan., bottom photo Caukins Water farm today

Indiantown — With concerns by environmentalists over the imminent fresh water pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee it might be of interest to see ow the latest experiment is working out in western Martin County.

The experiment is the Caulkins Water Farm.

Just two (2) weeks ago Stuart martin County Youth Leadership had the opportunity to view the Caulkins Water Farm u close and personal and I am sure to many it interesting as a theory but will it really work. Today after the rains of last week and the announcement by the Army Corps that pulse releases from lake Okeechobee will be necessary

In August 2013, SFWMD approved the Water Farming Pilot Project known as “Caulkins”, located in Indiantown, Florida, a public/private partnership with Caulkins Citrus Company. The Caulkins property is uniquely located adjacent to C-44, below the Okeechobee locks, but above the S-80 discharge facility.

Since becoming operational in February 2014, this project has stored 20,000 acre-feet (and acre foot is 327,000 gallons), or 6.5 billion gallons, of water taken from the C-44 canal across its 413 acre footprint, removing this water and its pollutants, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, from the basin and reducing discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.

Water Farming is an alternative water storage method. The “Caulkins” pilot program has proven to be a highly efficient, cost effective method of collecting, storing and “farming” water through transvaporation, percolation and evaporation. It is an alternative water storage facility that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand its existing 413 acre “pilot project”, already operating successfully on a portion of the fallow citrus groves that comprised Caulkins Citrus Company, to its entire 3300 acres. This expansion will create a large, shallow water storage facility, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-44 reducing the need to discharge, or waste the water to tide. Based on scientific monitoring, it can be estimated that approximately 70-80,000 ac-ft of water could be “harvested” from the C-44 and treated and captured within the 3000 acres available for expansion of the pilot.

The St. Lucie River Watershed Protection Plan estimated that 200,000 ac-ft of storage are needed within the basin to reduce discharge events by 90% annually. An expanded “Caulkins” satisfies almost 50% of that need.

In 2015 Army Corps of Engineers releases from Lake Okeechobee averaged 300 million gallons per day. An expanded Caulkins Water Farm could receive 100 million gallons per day, even when “full.” Because of evaporation and percolation, the water in the water farm recedes a tenth of a foot per day. That means Caulkins could reduce those damaging discharges by 30 percent. Every day.

The expansion of the Caulkins Water Farm will require twelve months of construction. This compares with multi-year or decade long lead times for construction of public projects.

As part of a Public-Private Partnership, Caulkins proposes to finance the entirety of the construction budget. Caulkins proposes that SFWMD enter into a ten year “Payment for Environmental Services” (PES) contract with Caulkins.

Water sent to the Caulkins Water Farm is not lost. The majority of the water diverted to Caulkins percolates through the sandy soil, with no constrained water table and recharges the aquifers. Further, in a low water year, the surface water stored on Caulkins can simply be released back into the C-44. This amount could be 20,000 ac-ft (6.5 billion gallons).

The Caulkins Water Farm Expansion represents a unique opportunity for water managers and environmentalists to take a bold step to reduce the damaging discharges into the St Lucie River in a Public-Private Partnership with a credible, dedicated, and willing partner.

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