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Three Martin County commissioners
Arrested For Public Records Violations

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Heard, Fielding and Scott all charged with violating the law

Stuart — Two current Martin County Commissioners, Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding, and former commissioner Anne Scott of Jupiter Island, were arrested Tuesday and charged with violating public records laws, according to court records and sources close to the investigation.

Heard called in sick Tuesday, said County Administrator Taryn Kryzda. Within a few hours, Heard was arrested by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department for failing to respond to a public records request.

Had Heard not called in sick, she likely would have been at the dais of the Martin County Commission meeting, which spared her constituents the sight of a sheriff’s deputy escorting her out of the commission chambers during a live-streamed meeting.

Fielding’s arrest on two counts of public records law violations came after the meeting concluded. He was processed and released, according to sources close to the investigation. Scott, also charged with two counts of public records law violations, turned herself in and was released on her own recognizance.

Heard’s attorney, Barbara Wagner of Stuart, waived a formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty in writing to all charges on Heard’s behalf, asking also for a jury trial after filing a formal request with the Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court for a copy of the indictment or information filed in the case.

Thus far, only one count was filed by the State Attorney’s Office with the clerk in a non-criminal information, a formal document that begins a criminal proceeding in the court.

The information listed only one count of a public official violating state public records laws by failing to respond to a public records request, a non-criminal misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the grand jury was still in session, sources close to the investigation said, so more charges are expected in the case that stems from a public records request made by the Lake Point mining and water restoration project in February 2013.

Lake Point was seeking evidence in its breach-of-contract case against Martin County and the South Florida Water Management District, and asked for all emails on private email accounts between former commissioner Maggy Hurchalla and commissioners. As of Sept. 27, 2017, copies of commissioner emails were still being provided to Lake Point attorney Ethan Loeb, according to court testimony.

Lake Point also filed suit against Hurchalla for tortious interference in those contracts. Now that both Martin County and the SFWMD have settled with Lake Point, the only defendant in the case is Hurchalla. Her jury trial will begin Feb. 5.

Over the past four-and-a-half years that the case has been in the courts, Martin County has paid the fees of commissioners’ personal attorneys to defend them against Lake Point’s charges of public records violations.

A “mini” trial conducted in February by court arbiter Howard Googe found Heard, Fielding and Scott guilty of violating public records laws, which prompted the state attorney’s investigation.

Googe’s ruling, which was upheld by Circuit Court Judge William Roby, levied sanctions against Martin County that have totaled more than $500,000. More attorney fees are likely still to be awarded to Lake Point, should the company file for additional sanctions, because the first two awards for attorney fees and costs included the time only through July 2017; court hearings for public records were still going on as late as October.

After the Lake Point settlement with Martin County, however, the county no longer is paying private attorney fees for commissioners, and the joint defense agreement with Hurchalla also ended.

Heard’s attorney also requested all evidence in the case, including Heard’s grand jury testimony, wire taps, all emails, or any other investigative reports in the case in her request for the court to allow sufficient time to obtain evidence.

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, It’s the Best Event of the Year!

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Hobe Sound, FL (November 28, 2017) – Well, we don’t know if there’ll be snow, but we’ll have plenty of cheer for the 32nd annual Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade, presented by Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape. The Christmas Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 2nd with its biggest procession to date. The Parade route begins on Dixie Highway and travels north, turning west onto Bridge Road and ending by turning south onto Hercules Street.

This holiday tradition is a free community gift and shouldn’t be missed. More than 75 entries will march through historic Hobe Sound, traveling in every imaginable mode of transportation save sleigh and flying reindeer. Golf carts, go karts, limos, RVs, boats, antique fire trucks, horses, wagons—even the Martin County Sheriff’s Offices DUI taxi and a helicopter to start the event with a fly over.

Entries will hand out goodies in the parade while stores and offices remain open for holiday sneak peaks. Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape will be handing out their famous beach balls at the end of the parade. For safety and insurance compliance, the balls will not be inflated.

Lisa Dames, the 2017 Hobe Sound Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, is a woman of many talents, much distinguished service to Hobe Sound and a successful business woman. Along with helping her husband Aron Dames run his towing business, Lisa has served on many local committees and organizations, including the Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Board, The Hobe Sound Women’s Club, Toastmasters International, and the Martin County School Board Transportation Advisory Committee. Under Lisa’s leadership, the non-profit Banner Lake Club offers programs to serve area low income families and she oversees the year-round after school program for children from 5-18 years of age.

The Hobe Sound Centre Building on Bridge Road will serve again as the Grand Stand and Judging Station. From the balcony, enjoy holiday music by DJ DancenSound filling the streets of Hobe Sound. Jef Otten professional emcee with DancenSound will entertain while announcing each entry.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to reserve the perfect viewing spot. Attendees should arrive early and shop! Find those one-of-a-kind gifts at the craft stroll from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with local vendors filling the sidewalk starting at Taste.

Participating celebrities include Ronald McDonald, Smoky the Bear and of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. In addition to the numerous floats and 1,500 parade participants, we’re expecting as many as 5,000 spectators.
No matter how much it’s grown since its humble beginnings in 1986, the Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade—like the holiday itself—remains the same in its unique power to unite the entire town together in a spirit of joy, peace and thankfulness.

This year’s chairman, Richard Nash is diligently working to make this parade the best yet. “It gets bigger and better each year thanks to the sponsors and community support. Our parade is unique. It’s a gift with no charge to participate,” said Richard Nash.

Parade sponsors include Bridge Boat & RV Storage, Hobe Sound Soccer Club, Waste Management, Word of Mouth Computers & Electronics, DancenSound, and the Hobe Sound Bible College/ Academy. A special thanks to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for logistical support.
Scott Fay of Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape reflects on their many years of sponsorship; “Our founder, Roy S. Rood used to teach “it’s not what we get that really matters; it’s what we give that makes a difference.”
“We believe the Hobe Sound Christmas Parade is a great kick-off for the holiday season. It’s a great privilege to be the corporate sponsor for this event!” said Scott.

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TREASURE COAST HOSPICE FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM
DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY FOUNDATION TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

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STUART, Florida–Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation announced today that it received a generous grant from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation for Treasure Health’s flagship program, Treasure Coast Hospice, in support of hospice care as an important part of the health delivery system in our area.
The grant is part of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation’s support to local communities where employees and retirees live. The grant is made in recognition of the value of hospice in a community’s health care system and to honor the hospice volunteers for their special contribution.
“The Dow Chemical Company Foundation recognizes the valuable service hospice provides Treasure Coast residents,” says Dennis Kompare, Retiree Corps member, “and we also recognize the vital role volunteers play in providing these services. We are proud of the Dow and Dow subsidiary employees and retirees who dedicate their time as hospice volunteers.”
About Treasure Health
Treasure Health is a non-profit community organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to enable well-being through compassionate patient and family-driven care, professional support services and life-enhancing education. Founded in 1982 as a hospice organization, Treasure Health has grown to serve 3000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Today, thanks to the generous support of donors to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, Treasure Health offers a family of services that includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

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Library Announces Date for Annual BookMania!

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STUART, FL – The Martin County Library System is pleased to announce the return of BookMania!, the most prestigious literary event on Florida’s Treasure Coast. BookMania! takes place on March 3, 2018 at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center. Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions featuring prominent and emerging writers. Specific panel themes are Know Your Body, Know Your Food, A Dogs Tale, All in the Family: Writing Teams, The Spy Next Door: True Tales of Espionage and Intrigue, Relationships in History: Then and Now, and On the Edge of Your Seat.

BookMania! is free and open to the general public. As part of a collaborative effort with Barnes & Noble booksellers, the Martin County School District will be collecting books for their K-12 book drive in conjunction with this event. Additionally, a ticketed sponsors’ event, A Literary Affair, will be held on the evening prior to the festival.

This popular program has achieved national recognition for its stellar authors, record attendance, and impressive book sales. Now in its 24th year, BookMania! remains a favorite destination for a wide and diverse audience. Bookmania! is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.

For more information, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-288-5702.

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Helen Blake to be Honored at 2018 Kiplinger Luncheon

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In Photo: Helen Blake – 2018 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award

Stuart, November 22 – There is no name more closely associated with the Martin County Library System than Blake. On January 22, Helen Blake will be honored by The Library Foundation of Martin County as the 2018 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award.

The award will be presented at the Kiplinger Literacy Award Luncheon, a typically sold-out event, held at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. Knight Kiplinger, editor-in-chief of Kiplinger Publications, will be the keynote speaker.

“Helen and Pres Blake were instrumental in the success of the capital campaign to build new libraries for Martin County. The Blakes’ contribution to that campaign is memorialized with the name of our flagship library but their commitment goes so much further,” said Stacy Ranieri, president of the foundation’s board of directors. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize Helen for all of her past and current contributions to literacy in Martin County.”

“Literacy is not just about acquiring the tools to take care of the details of life, like filling out forms and following directions,” said Helen Blake. “It is about looking through windows into places you may never see in person and reading about ideas you might never hear otherwise. It’s about opening doors to new opportunities and a better life.”

The Blakes came to Martin County over 30 years ago and currently reside in Sailfish Point. Helen holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bates College and a master’s degree from Springfield College. She worked in radioisotope research, taught chemistry lab and mathematics. She also studied mathematics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Helen has served on the Library Foundation board of directors in the past and continues to support the organization’s events while spending time with her children, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Among her other activities, Helen is involved with the oversight of a scholarship program at Bay Path University in Massachusetts that her husband Pres funded in her honor. The scholarships are offered to women who wish to return to work but require further education to pursue a gainful career.

Keynote speaker Knight Kiplinger has deep roots in Martin County and an enduring connection to the Library Foundation. The Kiplinger family has been a part of the Treasure Coast since 1952 when Kiplinger’s grandfather was seeking a refuge from the “hubbub” of Washington, D.C. Among the family’s many contributions to the area was a plot of land on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart for the construction of the county’s first library and the Woman’s Club of Stuart.

Kiplinger’s remarks will offer attendees a unique ringside perspective on the leaders and policies that shape our future. The Kiplinger Letter is the most widely read and longest-published business forecasting publication in the world. Among the company’s many accolades, Kiplinger Publications was named one of America’s most ethical companies in 2009 by Ethisphere Magazine.

About The Library Foundation of Martin County
Founded in 1992, the mission of The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. is to acquire and administer funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to endow the library system for future generations. In addition to the Kiplinger Literary Award Luncheon, the foundation hosts the annual A Literary Affair dinner in March in conjunction with the Book Mania! Festival and a Young Literary Leaders awards event. For more information, visit http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org.

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Martin Youth LEADERship:
Students Gain Insight Into Martin County’s Economy

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Stuart, FL– On Tuesday, November 14, 37 students from this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship class held their third monthly session of the school year, ECONOMICS DAY. The day provided students with on-site visits and hands-on leadership activities incorporating the themes of how our local community is impacted by the economic decisions of Martin County businesses and residents, and what choices students will have as future professionals of the Treasure Coast. Special thanks go to Session Leader Ted Astolfi, President of the Economic Council of Martin County, for coordinating the visits and the speakers.

Students were welcomed at the Stuart Jet Center by George, Stokus, Assistant County Administrator and former Witham Field Airport Manager. Mr. Stokus spoke on the economic impact of the airport, giving a simple lesson in economics regarding the financial impact of primary businesses in our community. Students were also treated to a walking tour of local planes on the tarmac.

From there, it was a brief trip to Martin Health Systems (North), where students were greeted by Liz Bishop, Education Manager and Dr. Michael Romano, Hospitalist. Dr. Romano spoke about health-related careers, including not only the obvious choices such as doctor and nurse, but also the abundant career options available at the MHS and other hospitals nationwide:: technicians, computer support specialists, security personnel, food preparation workers, transportation workers, innovators of medical devices, and much more. Students learned a little about how to prepare for a career in healthcare, as well as the economic impact of MHS along the Treasure Coast.

Students then took a bus to tour American Stairs, a Stuart-based company that works with residential developments all over Florida. Students were introduced to a vocation which does not require an undergraduate degree, and were able to tour the warehouse to learn more about the intricacies of stair building and working with residential and commercial clients. Special thanks go to Jamil Mikati, owner of American Stairs, who also sponsored lunch for the students and teacher chaperones.

The day concluded back at MHS, with an informative presentation and exercise in local county politics from Marcela Camblor. Ms. Camblor, an urban planner, is working with Knight Kiplinger, to develop a 3400 acre parcel of land in western Palm City known as Pineland Prairie. Ms. Camblor gave a brief overview of the demographics of Generation Y, and the logic behind the planning of Pineland Prairie, before allowing students to present their own ideas to a mock County commissioner panel.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 21st year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and no more than 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Coordinator Jeanne Dunn, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or (772) 486-4695.

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Ranieri to Lead Library Foundation Board

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In Photo: Christine DelVecchio, left, Michael Kenny, Stacy Ranieri, Denise Erich, William Gilcher and Joan Amerling at The Library Foundation of Martin County’s annual meeting.
Photo by Liz McKinley

Stuart – Martin County public relations and marketing professional Stacy Ranieri was installed as president of The Library Foundation of Martin County at the organization’s 26th annual meeting.

Ranieri succeeds Noreen Fisher who led the board for three years. Also installed as officers were Denise Erich as vice president, Charles Cleaver as treasurer, and Pat Ditmars as secretary. Alishia Parenteau and Xenobia Poitier-Anderson were reappointed to a second term as directors. In addition to Fisher, Scott Konopka and Lois McGuire retired from the board.

“Noreen Fisher’s contributions to the Library Foundation and to our libraries are incalculable,” said Ranieri. “She served on the board for six years and as our president for three. Her leadership reinvigorated our fundraising and events and she served as our guiding light during the executive director search which brought Michael Kenny to the Library Foundation.”

Ranieri recapped the foundation’s successes during 2017: A 12.5 percent increase in contributions; an increase in membership to 800; the Founder’s Society reaching 126 people with lifetime contributions of $10,000 or more; excellent participation in the Gateway to the Arts project in Golden Gate; a sold-out Kiplinger Literacy Award luncheon; a noteworthy Literary Affair fundraising event.

The Library Foundation funds library system program needs not met through public funding, including literacy services, young literary leader awards, homework helpers, STEM, after-school and summer reading programs, as well as Dr. Seuss Day, Book Mania! Festival, Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series and the Gateway to the Arts project.

“This is an exciting time to take the helm as president of the Library Foundation board,” added Ranieri. “We have an engaged board of directors and a creative and enthusiastic new executive director. The Library Foundation is poised to increase its fundraising efforts and its positive impact on enhancing enrichment programs through our local library system that will benefit residents of all ages.”

About The Library Foundation of Martin County
Founded in 1992, the mission of The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. is to acquire and administer funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to endow the library system for future generations. In addition to the Kiplinger Literary Award Luncheon, the foundation hosts the annual A Literary Affair dinner in March in conjunction with the Book Mania! Festival and a Young Literary Leaders awards event. For more information, visit http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org.

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Junior League of Martin County Board of Directors Announce 9th Annual Reindeer Dash 5K & Tot Trot

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STUART, Fl- The Junior League of Martin County board of directors has announced the date of the 9th annual Reindeer Dash 5K & Tot Trot. The race will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 a.m. in Sewall’s Point Town Commons Park, SE Corner of Ocean Blvd and Sewall’s Point Road, in Stuart.

“I, along with the board of directors, are excited to host this event again this year,” said Rosi Shepard, president of the Junior League of Martin County. “Each year this event raises money that the League uses to fund projects for the local community.”

The 5K race starts at 7 a.m. and the registration fee is $30. Following the 5K race, young runners can participate in the Tot Trot. Awards will be distributed for overall male and female winners, the top three male and female runners per age category, the top three teams and the best-dressed team.

The 2017-2018 board of directors include Rosi Shepard, president and realtor with RE/MAX of Stuart; Dr. Teena White, vice president and professor of nursing at Indian River State College; Cecilia Deyo, executive vice president and founder of D-Dey; Lauren Moss, treasurer and realtor with Bourgois Real Estate Group; and Lee England, Junior League of Martin County sustainer director.

The League is currently accepting sponsorships for the event. For more information, contact JLMC5Krunners@gmail.com. To register for the race, visit https://jlmcflorida.org/events/.

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Tykes & Teens to Celebrate 10th Festival of Trees with New Events, More Holiday Displays

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In Photo: Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Festival of Trees & Lights via fire truck for free Breakfast & Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 8:30 a.m.

Stuart, FL November 8, 2017- The Tykes & Teens Festival of Trees & Lights has become the premier holiday kickoff event in Martin County, attracting more than 2,000 visitors last year. This year’s event will be bigger and brighter, with more trees, more lights, and several exciting new additions, including a free Family Day event and a silent auction that will run all week. The 10th Anniversary Festival of Trees & Lights will kick off on Sunday, November 26th and run through Saturday, December 2nd at Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Avenue in downtown Stuart. More than 75 decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces will be on display to inspire and delight visitors. The Festival is open to the public with no admission fee on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 12:30-5:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27-Friday, Dec, 1 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win your favorite tree or wreath, with select trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other items being offered for silent auction.

Ticketed events include Joy to the Girls! Ladies Night on Monday, Nov. 27, a VIP Cocktail Party and Live Auction on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and an Afternoon Champagne Tea and Tiny Tot Fashion Show on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Free special events include Family Day featuring music and dance performances plus treats and hot cocoa on Sunday, Nov. 26th from 12:30-5:00 p.m. and Breakfast and Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 8:30-10:30 a.m. All proceeds from the Festival of Trees & Lights will benefit Tykes & Teens, an award winning Martin County based non-profit that provided 31,000 counseling sessions and more than $600,000 in free mental health services to Treasure Coast children and families last year.

Carole & Pete Kozloski are the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s Festival, with other major sponsors including Sonas Home Health Care, Bolder Barre & Fitness and the Wolcott Family Foundation, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, Attorneys at Law, Harbor Community Bank, The Stuart News/TCPalm, Martin Health System, Two Men & a Truck, Mark Brechbill PLLC, Rick Carroll Insurance and Bart’s Blue Star Foundation.

To purchase special event tickets, or to view the complete Festival of Trees & Lights schedule, please visit www.tykesandteens.org or call 772-220-3439.

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Future of Historic Downtown Stuart Depends on Waterfront

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Preservation and Revitalization Group, Stuart Main Street, Supports Planned Projects Building on Unique Downtown Character

STUART, FL– What do curbside patios filled with diners, joggers winding their way around the downtown waterfront on the Riverwalk boardwalk, and weekly free concerts next to city hall and the Stuart Green Market, have to do with each other? They are all part of Stuart Main Street’s unique vision for the future of Historic Downtown Stuart – a future that revolves around an active outdoor and waterfront experience for all.

The Downtown preservation and revitalization group, now celebrating its thirtieth year, has been a driving force behind Historic Downtown Stuart since 1987. Early projects included restoring Woodmen Hall and organizing a celebration of the city’s 75th anniversary. “In recent years, Stuart Main Street has increasingly focused on downtown experiences that highlight the waterfront and outdoors,” says Board President, Michael Houston.

• A 2011 Stuart Main Street study by Marcela Camblor & Associates, Inc. led to converting underutilized landscape islands and parking areas to outdoor dining patios

• In 2014 Stuart Main Street hosted a public input workshop to look at the Flagler Avenue peninsula. With public input, the stakeholder group supported relocation of City Hall within the Downtown, extension of Osceola Street, and maintenance of public space on the waterfront.

• In 2015, as part of its partnership with the Downtown Business Association of Stuart, Stuart Main Street helped expand the Rock’n Riverwalk concert series to a year-round waterfront event. That Fall the Riverwalk extension officially opened, a new section of boardwalk connecting the Riverwalk Stage to a mini park at the foot of Colorado Avenue, thanks to a Stuart Main Street initiative to help secure riparian rights from property owners on Seminole Street to allow construction of the boardwalk extension.

• In 2017 Stuart Main Street polled over 300 community members and held two days of workshops as part of a 30 year planning exercise. The resulting community- and market-based transformation strategy focus on a Waterfront Outdoor Active approach to keeping Downtown Stuart strong.

“Now we are seeing those Stuart Main Street initiatives being matched by private developers,” Houston added. This year the Stuart City Commission approved two waterfront projects on Seminole Street in Downtown Stuart. Seminole Bluff, a 20 unit luxury waterfront property featuring traditional design is slated to begin construction later this year. Hollub Investments, a mixed use project featuring just over 4,000 square feet of retail space and 20 residential units

will be built on vacant land on southeast Seminole Street. A third residential project previously approved by the city commission is now in permitting; the 49 unit residential property, Azul, will be located on the site of the former Triangle Bar.

The future of a fourth project, NorthPoint, lies in the hands of Stuart voters. The project, located on 2.6 acres of city-owned property on the St. Lucie River just north of the old Roosevelt Bridge, would include offices, a restaurant, and a retail plaza. Other plans for a boardwalk, dock, and water taxi would add connectivity to the historic downtown. At its July meeting, the Stuart Main Street board unanimously passed a motion of support for the project. A referendum vote on November 7 asks city voters if the City should sell the property for at least its appraised value, in compliance with the City’s Community Redevelopment plan and providing tax relief to tax payers. Two other questions on the ballot ask if voters support long-term leases for other city-owned waterfront properties where Mulligan’s Beach House and the Pelican Café are currently located.

Stuart Main Street is a 501(c)3 historic preservation-based economic development program dedicated to creating and promoting a positive downtown experience for residents, businesses and visitors. First recognized as a Florida Main Street program in 1987, Stuart Main Street uses the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by Main Street America and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Specifically Stuart Main Street works to: Build

community consensus and use resources collaboratively; Maintain a distinctive appearance in keeping with downtown’s Old Florida charm; Stabilize the economic environment, strengthening and retaining existing businesses and filling vacancies; and Market a positive image of the downtown through advertising, public relations and digital media, and retail and special events. Recent projects include the Shop Local | Shop Smart program, expansion of the Riverwalk to Colorado Avenue, the downtown outdoor dining platforms, and the Rock’n Riverwalk free weekly concerts. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, call 772-286-2848 or visit stuartmainstreet.org.

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Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape Presents the 32nd Annual Christmas Parade

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Hobe Sound, FL (October 20, 2017) – The Hobe Sound Chamber will host its 32nd Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2017. In addition to the Parade, there will be a Holiday Arts & Crafts Stroll from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Dixie Highway next to Taste Restaurant. The Parade begins at 1:00 pm. And the route is along Bridge Road and Dixie Highway.

The Hobe Sound Christmas Parade is proudly sponsored by Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape and is free to the public. Supporting Sponsors include Bridge Boat and RV Storage and the Hobe Sound Soccer Club.

“Organizing a community parade is a huge undertaking from coordinating the floats, bands and special guests to arranging the line up and grand stand. We are happy to coordinate this special community gift each year as a special way to ring in the holiday season,” said Richard Nash, chamber volunteer and parade chairman.

Families are encouraged to come early and enjoy cool weather, holiday craft and treat vendors and the exciting holiday parade. The Arts & Crafts Stroll will feature fabulous locally made items that are sure to make great holiday gifts for friends and family members.

Floats and decorated vehicles are created by local businesses, schools and organizations. Hear musical selections from Dancensound DJ and local middle and high school bands. Kids can meet Ronald McDonald, Smoky the Bear, Clowns and Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus.

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LESSER LAW FIRM HELPING UNITE DOGS WITH HERO HOMES

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (November 11, 2017) – Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is partnering with Big Dog Ranch Rescue for “A Salute to Our Heroes”. This program honors our veterans and first responders by paying the adoption fees for the first 100 dogs adopted by these courageous heroes.

“We are honored to help Big Dog Ranch Rescue in their efforts to unite dogs with the heroic military families and first responders within our community. Our goal is to find a forever home for 100 dogs by Veterans Day,” said firm Managing Partner, Gary S. Lesser.

This Veteran’s Day, Big Dog Ranch Rescue and the Firm will host an event at the BDRR ranch in Loxahatchee from 2pm-5pm to celebrate our heroes and showcase the sweet, loving dogs that are in search of their forever home.

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith have been proud supporters for Big Dog Ranch Rescue for over 10 years. The Firm also sponsors another program with Big Dog Ranch Rescue, “Every Dog Deserves a Home”, created by firm attorney Glenn Siegel. This program highlights one special dog every month and pays the adoption fee for the lucky family that gives the dog a forever home.

For more information about Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith

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Martin County Launches Mooring Field Project;
Invites Public To Open House

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Stuart — To protect the environment and encourage boaters to enjoy all that Martin County offers, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces plans to establish a mooring field at

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Martin County Master Gardeners Host Library Lecture on Proper Pruning to Reduce Storm Damage

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Stuart – Properly pruned trees and plants are one of the best safeguards a homeowner has to limit damage to property during storms. When trees are pruned properly, they tend to be healthier and more eye-catching, thus enhancing the curb appeal of your property, along with increasing the property’s value.

Too often trees are “hat-racked” (cutting through the majority of branches to leave the tree with the appearance of a hat rack), and palms are often “hurricane-cut” (where all but a few fronds are removed). These and other improper pruning practices can jeopardize the health and structural integrity of trees and palms in the landscape.

At the next library lecture presented by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Martin County Program on Monday, December 4, Laurie Albrecht will discuss “Lessons Learned from Hurricanes: Preventing Future Tree Damage”.

Discover how to restore damaged trees and get tips on how to avoid future storm damage. Ms. Albrecht will also discuss wind-resistant trees and proper tree maintenance, including pruning. Find out the proper pruning techniques for your own use or when you hire a tree-trimming service.

Join us in the John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Room at the Blake Library, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by the lecture from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Laurie Albrecht is the UF/IFAS Extension Environmental Horticulture Agent for Palm Beach County. Before moving to Florida, she was an instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Ms. Albrecht has made numerous presentations throughout Martin and Palm Beach County.

The goals of the Master Gardener program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities. Volunteers share University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research-based information with Martin County residents, to help them to make informed decisions when designing and maintaining their landscapes.

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MAKE MAGICAL MEMORIES AT THE SIMON SANTA EXPERIENCE
AT TREASURE COAST SQUARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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JENSEN BEACH, FL – Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Treasure Coast Square. Children can whisper wishes and capture photo memories with Santa beginning Saturday, November 18th at 9 a.m. in the Old Navy Court.

After saying hello to all the good little boys and girls, Santa will lead the mini-parade of families through the mall, past the Food Court and into the Regal Theater (Regal Treasure Coast Mall Stadium 16) where families will be treated to a showing of the holiday classic “The Polar Express” at 10 a.m. for just $1 a ticket! All proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army of Martin County.

Save time, avoid the line with Santa by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at http://simonsanta.com.

Treasure Coast Square also provides children with special needs and their families with an opportunity to enjoy this time-honored holiday tradition through a sensory-friendly Caring Santa event in partnership with Autism Speaks. Caring Santa will occur on November 19th and December 3rd at 10 a.m. prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance at simon.com/caringsanta.

For local pet owners, the popular Pet Photo Night with Santa will occur on December 10th at 6:30 p.m.

The local presenting sponsor is Pediatric Dentistry of the Treasure Coast and Orthodontics – Dr. Arias, located at 1316 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. For more information, please visit www.DrArias.com.

The Simon Santa Photo Experience is again sponsored by GYMBOREE GROUP. The GYMBOREE GROUP is a specialty retailer operating stores selling high-quality apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 brands.

The 2017 Simon Santa Photo Experience is also sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment which is celebrating the highly-anticipated release of “Despicable Me 3,” available on Digital and Digital 3D November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand December 5. Come visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience and receive a fun-filled Despicable Me 3 activity sheet and watch highlights from the movie.

Festivities will also include weekend holiday entertainment, the Salvation Army Angel Tree program and bell ringers, and giftwrapping in support of local high schools.

“Each year we look forward to welcoming families to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Treasure Coast Square,” said Amy Morris, director of mall marketing at Treasure Coast Square. “The holidays are a magical time at the center and Santa makes the festive season complete.”

Caring Santa provides a sensory-friendly environment for families of children with special needs, to safely experience the time-honored tradition and magic of Santa on Sunday, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3rd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance at simon.com/caringsanta. Caring Santa events have expanded from seven Simon malls in 2011 to 108 Simon malls today, reflecting the positive impact of this unique program.

The popular Pet Photo Night returns to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Treasure Coast Square this year. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers. Pet Photo Night will be Sunday, December 10th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Guests to every Simon Photo Experience will have another opportunity to share Santa’s heart by making a donation via The Cherry Hill Programs to Save the Children. For nearly 100 years, this non-profit has given underserved children in the U.S. a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Since this program began five years ago, Cherry Hill Programs has collected over $1,000,000 largely due to the generosity of Simon shoppers.

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Local PR Pro Inducted Into College’s Media Hall of Fame

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In Photo: Stuart PR executive Doreen Poreba (right) displays the award she received after being inducted in to the Slippery Rock University Media Hall of Fame by her sister, Dr. Melita Schuster.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Doreen Marcial Poreba, APR, president of The PR Czar® Inc. in Stuart, has been inducted into the Slippery Rock University Media Hall of Fame (formerly the SRU Radio Hall of Fame). A 1980 SRU magna cum laude graduate, Poreba became the first female sports director of the college’s AM radio station, WRCK, and was the first woman to ever broadcast a men’s basketball game on the station.

The Slippery Rock University Media of Fame was established to recognize outstanding professional achievements by SRU alumni and former undergrad students who were members of the campus radio station and pursued a career in media including radio, TV, print, digital, public relations, marketing and education.

During the college’s homecoming weekend, Poreba and other honorees served on a media panel and provided tips to students majoring in various media fields. Later that evening, a dinner was held and the honorees were inducted.

Poreba selected one of her sisters, Dr. Melita Schuster, to be her inductor, who gave a lively introduction citing some of Poreba’s professional achievements through the years. These included her first career as a television news reporter through the founding of her own PR firm in 1998 and writing and publishing her first book in 2015, “Unlocking Your Creativity.”

The other Class of 2017 honorees are CNN and The Weather Channel editor and producer Barb Spryn; Forever Media WGTY (Froggy 107.7)/Gettysburg morning co-host Kim Cosden; Butler Media Group/Butler, PA program director/host Bob Cupp; and Hugh Slack, credited with saving student-run WSRU by moving it from carrier current to FM.

The inaugural Mike McHugh Media Undergrad Award For Excellence also was awarded to SRU senior Morgan Koziar for her work as anchor/reporter/social media director for the school’s WSRU-TV. The SRU Media Lifetime Achievement Award went to longtime radio personality Mark French and the inaugural Jim Aronson Founder’s Award recognized Aronson, the chairperson of the SRU Media Alumni Committee.

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Business Development Board of Martin County
Announces Winners of Business Appreciation Awards

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STUART, FL (October 2017) – The Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC) hosted its annual Business Appreciation Luncheon with Senator and Candidate for Governor Jack Latvala as the keynote speaker. The event drew over 200 members of Martin County’s business community to the Hutchinson Island Marriott. The BDBMC recognized Florida Power & Light Company as its Diamond Sponsor.

The BDBMC recognized the many contributions of local, existing companies from both targeted industry sectors and small business. These companies provide quality jobs, help expand the local tax base and, due to the contributory nature of their businesses, help drive positive economic activity in virtually all sectors of our local economy.

Winners of the 2017 Business Development Board of Martin County’s Business Appreciation Awards are:

Charlene Hoag Award: Ted Astolfi, CEO – Economic Council of Martin County

The Charlene Hoag award is presented each year to an individual whose characteristics include devotion to family and vocation, commitment to service to the community and leadership toward the goal of improving our quality of life. Mr. Astolfi demonstrates these leadership characteristics and shares Charlene’s commitment to involvement in the community.

Business Expansion of the Year: American Stairs

Entrepreneur of the Year: Candace Lopes – Skin Serenity Spa

Small Business of the Year: Kai Kai Farm

New Business of the Year: Burr Yacht Sales

Business of the Year: General Micro Systems

ABOUT THE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Business Expansion – American Stairs

ASP Stair Parts is a locally owned and family operated company dedicated to providing quality stair parts in a timely and affordable manner. Active in the South Florida stair industry (under American Stairs) for over 20 years, American Stair Parts offers the experience and quality needed for all your stair parts needs. http://americanstairparts.com/

Entrepreneur: Candace Lopes – Skin Serenity Spa

Skin Serenity Spa is the place to find the best skin care services, education and products. Founded in 2011 by Candace Lopes, Skin Serenity Spa has earned an outstanding reputation for providing results driven skin care and body services that are both unique and therapeutic. Skin Serenity Spa has also pledged to give back to the community with many charitable donations every month. https://skinserenityspa.com/

Small Business – Kai Kai Farm

Kai Kai Farm, established in 2003, is located approximately 9 miles west of Interstate 95. The husband and wife team of Carl Frost and Diane Cordeau, grow more than 50 varieties of vegetables at Kai Kai, which means “gathering food,” a phrase they heard on a sailing trip in the Solomon Islands. The farm also hosts many special events and tours throughout the year. http://www.kaikaifarm.com/

New Business of the Year – Burr Yacht Sales

Located just south of Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater, Maryland, with a new marina in Stuart, Burr Yacht Sales is the exclusive Fleming distributor for the US East Coast, Great Lakes, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. While Burr Yachts sales has been a highly-regarded boat dealer since it was established in 1963 by Arthur Burr, it was in 1990 that they became aware of the then relatively-new Fleming Yacht.

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License-Free Fishing for Florida’s First Responders and Electric Utility Workers

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Martin County Tax Collector, Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, and her staff want to express appreciation to our first responders, law enforcement officers, FP&L employees, linemen, and electric utility workers for their lifesaving work preparing, responding, and restoring conditions from Hurricane Irma. In recognition for their work, Governor Scott announced that Florida’s law enforcement officers, first responders, and utility workers will be able to enjoy LICENSE-FREE freshwater and saltwater fishing through June 30, 2018. FWC will accept official first responder or electric utility credentials in lieu of a Florida fishing license during that period.

For more information, please visit MyFWC.com/License/HurricaneIrmaGovernorRecognition.

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PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE SUPPORTS ENTIRE FAMILY, BRINGS HOPE AND HONORS BABIES

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Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release gives community a positive way to honor and celebrate babies who are no longer with us
Palm City, FL – On Sunday, October 15th at 4:00 pm the Forever in Our Hearts Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release took place at Forest Hills Funeral Home-Palm City Chapel, 2001 SW Murphy Road in Palm City, FL 34990.

Organized in recognition of National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the Forever in Our Hearts Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release was a free community event open to the entire public. Parents, Grandparents, Loved Ones and Friends were all welcome to attend this free community event. Anyone who has ever experienced such a loss at any time in their life was welcome and encouraged to attend. Those who have not experienced this type of loss were encouraged to attend in support of others.

The hour-long program included the opportunity to share and honor babies, a therapeutic activity for parents and grandparents, activities for siblings, a walk of remembrance, ribbon pinning ceremony, dessert reception and more. Each registered adult received a free awareness bracelet and lapel pin.

As an important part of the Remembrance, guests heard inspiration from local resident, Christina Stamper, founder of Madison’s Miracles, a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to grieving parents who have experienced still birth and infant loss and also local author, grief counselor and speaker, Harriet Vogel. Additionally guests experienced a video message from International Bereavement Speaker & Author, Sherokee Ilse. As a respected international speaker/trainer on grief and loss, Ms. Isle has written/co-written over 17 books and booklets on infant loss and bereavement as the result of her miscarriages and the full term stillbirth of her son. Ms. Ilse has been a guest on Oprah and many local, regional, and national radio and television shows.

Forest Hills Funeral Home Director & Manager, Susan Niemi said this, “On National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day we came together with our local community in memory of all the precious babies that have been lost during pregnancy or in infancy. Our desire is to create awareness and to support those who have experienced this type of loss.”

The Forever in Our Hearts Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release is part of many activities and events conducted throughout the year by Forest Hills Community Outreach, a program of Forest Hills Funeral Home-Palm City Chapel.

This remembrance was a joint effort between Forest Hills Community Outreach and local non-profit organization, Madison’s Miracles.

For information on free community events intended to enhance the overall well-being of the Martin County, FL community contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Karina Danessi at (772) 287-8484.

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Forest Hills Community Outreach is a program of: Forest Hills Funeral Home-Palm City Chapel 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL 34990 (772) 287-8484 foresthillspalmcityflorida.com

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Celebrating Kids and Culture with the Dyer Difference Award

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In Photo: Jonathan Holmes, Will and Tatiana Dyer, Raul and Mayra Irizarry, Mildred and Lucy Irizarry, and Christian Jiminez.

It’s natural for mothers-to-be and new moms to feel overwhelmed and nervous about the monumental responsibility ahead of them, so it’s nice to know there are resources available to help educate and guide women through pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. The Indian River Healthy Start Coalition does just that, providing referrals and support for pregnant women, helping to encourage and support pregnant mothers to quit smoking to ensure the health of their babies, and even to act as an advisor to help facilitate access to insurance coverage and healthcare for themselves and their bundles of joy. Healthy Start has helped encourage 83 percent of new moms in Indian River County to initiate breastfeeding and is responsible for education that has helped substantially decrease findings of child abuse or maltreatment in Indian River County. Because of these tremendous gains, the Indian River Healthy Start Coalition was honored with the October Dyer Difference Award and a $3,000 donation.

December 9th marks the date of the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade – a day filled with cultural activities, live music, dance, food, games, and fun in celebration of the Puerto Rican culture which is so rich and alive here on the Treasure Coast. This year, there is much need for celebration and festivities to recognize and pay homage to the strength and resilience of Puerto Rico, which is still rebuilding months after being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. As part of the free, daylong family event at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, the staff and management of Dyer Chevrolet recognized the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade organization for its efforts and honored the group with St. Lucie County’s October Dyer Difference Award, along with a check for $3,000.

Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, Dyer Chevrolet staff members at Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce and Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted in their respective counties and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and a $3,000 award in each county. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer staff, the award and the $6,000 in donations between the two counties are all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook.

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Celebrating Kids and Culture with the Dyer Difference Award

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In Photo: Will and Tatiana Dyer, Bob Savage, Eddie Branigan, and Jonathan Hardie.

It’s natural for mothers-to-be and new moms to feel overwhelmed and nervous about the monumental responsibility ahead of them, so it’s nice to know there are resources available to help educate and guide women through pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. The Indian River Healthy Start Coalition does just that, providing referrals and support for pregnant women, helping to encourage and support pregnant mothers to quit smoking to ensure the health of their babies, and even to act as an advisor to help facilitate access to insurance coverage and healthcare for themselves and their bundles of joy. Healthy Start has helped encourage 83 percent of new moms in Indian River County to initiate breastfeeding and is responsible for education that has helped substantially decrease findings of child abuse or maltreatment in Indian River County. Because of these tremendous gains, the Indian River Healthy Start Coalition was honored with the October Dyer Difference Award and a $3,000 donation.

December 9th marks the date of the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade – a day filled with cultural activities, live music, dance, food, games, and fun in celebration of the Puerto Rican culture which is so rich and alive here on the Treasure Coast. This year, there is much need for celebration and festivities to recognize and pay homage to the strength and resilience of Puerto Rico, which is still rebuilding months after being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. As part of the free, daylong family event at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, the staff and management of Dyer Chevrolet recognized the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade organization for its efforts and honored the group with St. Lucie County’s October Dyer Difference Award, along with a check for $3,000.

Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, Dyer Chevrolet staff members at Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce and Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted in their respective counties and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and a $3,000 award in each county. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer staff, the award and the $6,000 in donations between the two counties are all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook.

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Martin County Fire Rescue to Host Fire Demonstration to Spark Learning

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Treasure Coast – Martin County Fire Rescue is hosting a controlled burn demonstration Friday, October 13 at Station #16 for Jensen Beach Elementary School students. Utilizing two rooms, one will have a fire extinguished by fire rescue professionals and the second will be equipped with a residential sprinkler system. The demonstration will show how quickly a fire can cause serious damage.
Fire Safety and Prevention Week in Martin County kicked off with a proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners and continued with a social media campaign highlighting prevention and safety tips supporting the theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”. Martin County Fire Rescue will wrap up the week with the demonstration and a Q & A session for 100 fourth graders.

Fire Prevention Bureau Chief Doug Killane and his team provide a variety of community outreach events and educational opportunities throughout the year and hope this Fire Safety and Prevention campaign will further educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why residential sprinkler systems and home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.

For interviews with Chief Killane or to attend the demonstration, please contact Martha Ann Kneiss at 561-389-9266. For more fire prevention tips, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/ and Twitter @MartinCountygov. To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” and home escape planning, visit http://www.firepreventionweek.org.

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SFWMD Moving Forward Ahead of Schedule on Central Everglades Planning Project to Send More Water South

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District’s acceleration of construction of the new flood control structure and Tamiami Trail modifications are part of the plan to dramatically increase conveyance of water south through the Everglades

SFWMD is moving forward with design and construction of a new flood control structure next to the existing S-333 structure. When completed, the project will increase the amount of water that can be moved south out of Water Conservation Area 3A. This and the power-line relocation along Old Tamiami Trail are part of the congressionally approved Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) to move more water south. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today announced that it is moving forward with two major components of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), the congressionally approved plan to move more water south.

“We have the funds, we have the plan, what we don’t have is time when it comes to protecting these valuable resources,” said SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks. “As the state leader in Everglades restoration, this District must step up to protect the Everglades and complete components of CEPP that will ultimately send more water south to Florida Bay.”

Marks briefed SFWMD Governing Board members at their regular monthly business meeting on Thursday about the progress being made concerning the implementation of CEPP. Marks announced that the District will begin design of the new water control structure, which will be located next to the existing S-333 structure in western Miami-Dade County.

This additional structure will double the amount of water that can be moved south out of Water Conservation Area 3A into the L-29 Canal. Construction of this additional structure is expected to begin next year.

Heavy rainfall in 2017 has resulted in high water emergencies and wildlife endangerment concerns in Water Conservation Area 3A due to limitations in moving water out of the existing flood control gates. This project component will help address that concern.

Marks also announced that the District will begin working with Florida Power and Light (FPL) to expedite power-line relocation from

A nearly six-mile section of Old Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County will be removed. SFWMD will work closely with Florida Power and Light Co. to remove the power lines along the old roadway. The project will allow more sheetflow south into Everglades National Park. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Old Tamiami Trail. This is a crucial step in modifying the trail to remove barriers to flow. SFWMD would work with FPL to remove the power lines along nearly 6 miles of the former roadway. Restoration efforts would then be able to modify the stretch of Old Tamiami Trail, which acts as a dam inhibiting the natural sheetflow of water from the conservation area south into Everglades National Park.

“Along with bridging the Tamiami Trail, these two projects are essential to moving clean water south into Everglades National Park,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein. “We’re proud to partner with the District to accelerate yet another critical Everglades restoration project under the leadership of Governor Scott.”

The Central Everglades Planning Project is a $1.9 billion slate of storage and conveyance projects on land already in public ownership south of Lake Okeechobee. The southern components of this plan will allow additional water to be directed south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay and provide additional opportunity to reduce releases to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. CEPP is congressionally authorized and awaiting funding. Other elements of CEPP include increasing southern storage, degrading sections of several levees, backfilling more than 13 miles of the Miami Canal and modifying the S-356 pump station to increase pumping capacity.

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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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House of Hope Service Centers Open

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Treasure Coast — The House of Hope Service Centers Have opened offering assistance post-Irma.

House of Hope’s
food distribution
locations including Bonita Street, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, and Hobe Sound will open Thursday with the focus on food distribution. Clothing
distribution, financial assistance and case management services have also resumed.

The Golden Gate Center for Enrichment will re-open on Monday, Sept. 18 with the previously canceled classes being rescheduled for the upcoming weeks. To register for the new dates and times, the public is invited to visit Goldengatecentermc.org.

Not all House of Hope locations’ phone lines have been restored yet so House of Hope clients, volunteers, and​ ​anyone else needing service after the storms are advised to​ ​call the main number at (772) 286 – 4673,visit their nearest branch, or go online to check the website at hohmartin.org. Updates can also be found on Facebook and Twitter at @hohmartin.

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Martin County Tourism Manager Appointed to VISIT FLORIDA Committee

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Stuart – Nerissa Okiye, tourism and marketing manager for Martin County, was recently appointed to serve on VISIT FLORIDA’s promotions committee. This committee provides input on strategic matters related to VISIT FLORIDA’s consumer promotions programs, which include promotions with media partners on a market-specific, regional and national basis.

Committee positions consist of VISIT FLORIDA board members and partners who have an interest or possess strong knowledge in each specific committee’s discipline or product segment. All appointments are volunteer positions held by industry leaders and are key to providing insight, feedback and counsel on matters relating to Florida destination marketing.

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Facilities at Leilani Heights and Jensen Beach Causeway to Become Better Places to Play

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Jensen Beach – As of today, the Leilani Heights and Jensen Beach Causeway playgrounds are temporarily closed for renovations.

At the Jensen Beach Causeway playground, swings will be replaced. The Leilani Heights playground, also located in Jensen Beach, will undergo renovations with the replacement of rubber tiles. Work is anticipated to be complete by mid-September 2017. Both playgrounds will remain closed throughout the duration of the renovations.

Follow us on Facebook for details about what’s happening in your Martin County parks at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.

For more information about playground renovations, please contact Deb Werner at dwerner@martin.fl.us. Interested in volunteering for the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department? Contact Deanna at ddeakins@martin.fl.us.

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FEATURED POSTER ARTIST ANNOUNCED

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Hobe Sound — The Hobe Sound Chamber is proud to feature the work of a different local artist each year by choosing the official Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts poster image. The annual, outdoor, mixed-art event is presented by Martin Health System. Hobe Sound’s very own up-and-coming watercolor artist, Amber M. Moran will create a unique original painting for the 17th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts to be held February 3 and 4, 2018. Amber is the second… Click here to read the rest of the story

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MC Commission Opens The Way To Move Fair

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RUBIO-SPONSORED NASA BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

 

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) visited the White House today where he welcomed President Trump’s signing of the “‎National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act” ‎(S. 442), a bill Rubio and six other senators introduced in February. ‎The new law will provide stability for NASA to sustain and build upon existing national space investments designed to advance space exploration and science.

“This law will promote innovation, support NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion programs, improve collaboration between the agency and commercial space sector, and benefit thousands of workers across Florida, particularly at Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center,” said Rubio. “Florida continues to play a leading role in our nation’s space program, and I was proud to stand by President Trump’s side as he signed our bill into law.”

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Boys Club/Girls Club Hosts
Judge Michael Mukasey

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Stuart — Sailfish point — Monday for lunch comes the judge who presided over the “Blind Sheikh” trial and the first bombing of The World trade Center in 1993.

Here comes the judge, to coin a phrase, whose Southern District of New York is in the news as we speak with Attorney General Sessions asking for the resignation of Preet Bhrarara and all that that implies. When in 1992 it was Janet Reno who asked for Judge Mukasey’s resignation.

He admitted that of the past few years when he spoke before large audiences the subject was always the “Blind Sheikh” trial. Not today however, today we have President Donald Trump which gives the judge a whole new rage of material to discuss.

Michael B. Mukasey served as the 81st Attorney General of the United States, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, from November 2007 to January 2009. During that time, he oversaw the U.S. Justice Department and advised on critical issues of domestic and international law.

From 1988 to 2006, he served as a district judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, becoming chief judge in 2000. While on the bench, he handled numerous cases, including the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called “Blind Sheikh,” and others, convicted of a wide-ranging conspiracy that included the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and a later plot to blow up New York landmarks; and the case of Jose Padilla, arrested on a material witness warrant and believed to have returned to the United States to commit terrorist acts.

Judge Mukasey is currently in private practice in New York City.

With humble beginnings in the Hobe Sound Winn-Dixie Plaza, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County began with just 165 children. It has now grown to five Clubs — in Hobe Sound, Port Salerno, Palm City, Indiantown and Stuart, serving nearly 2,000 children and families within the Clubs and close to 3,000 through community outreach initiatives every year.

Times have changed and programs have grown since 1989, but the need identified by Peggy Cole and Hays Clark for affordable youth development opportunities remains strong. Today, parents agree Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is benefiting their children and preparing them for Great Futures!

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SpaceX launches Rocket
From NASA’s Historic Moon Pad 39A

 

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s historic moonshot pad is back in business.

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. It’s carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

Astronauts flew to the moon from this very spot nearly a half-century ago. The pad was last used for NASA’s final shuttle mission nearly six years ago.

This is SpaceX’s first launch from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer. As an extra treat for spectators, SpaceX aims to land the booster rocket back at Cape Canaveral following liftoff. That recycling feat has been accomplished only twice before.

SpaceX is leasing the pad from NASA for 20 years. The company hopes to launch U.S. astronauts from there next year.

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Airspace, President Trump, and the Destiny of
Our St Luice River/Indian River Lagoon, SLR/IRL

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Stuart — Witham Air Field in Martin County is north, just outside of the circles….the circles that designate “No Fly Zones”during Presidient’s Trump’s return home today to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Many Palm Beachers will be flying into Witham who can’t get into Palm Beach due to … click here to read the rest of the story

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HONOR FLIGHT READY TO CELEBRATE 20 WWII AND 61 KOREAN WAR VETERANS

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Stuart, FL (May 9, 2016) Twenty WWII veterans and sixty-one Korean War veterans are awaiting a trip of a lifetime on May 14th, the second of four Honor Flights in 2016 coordinated by Southeast Florida Honor Flight. This flight marks the first time the organization is flying predominantly Korean War veterans, who have been waiting years for this opportunity. The veterans will be flown to Washington, DC for a day dedicated to honor them and to visit and reflect at the memorials built to commemorate their service and sacrifices. The trip to Washington, DC is a powerful experience; however, the biggest surprise happens upon touchdown. The public is invited to attend the red, white and blue Welcome Home at Palm Beach International Airport the evening of the May 14th to cheer and thank the veterans upon their return.

Saturday’s Honor Flight begins very early with veterans and guardians arriving at Palm Beach International Airport about 4:00am to get checked in and loaded aboard a chartered American Airlines A321. The contingent arrives at Reagan National to a welcoming party of citizens anxious to extend their gratitude to the arriving veterans. With a police escort throughout the day, four motor coaches will transport the group to visit the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The flight is scheduled to return to West Palm Beach at 8:20pm, when Operation Welcome Home begins. The procession of veterans is traditionally welcomed home by hundreds of people from the local community, including members of the military, community and civic groups, family and friends, who amass in the airport, awaiting the veterans’ arrival to give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received years ago. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to the Nation’s veterans, shake hands and say thank you.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the homecoming, with signs of thanks or flags or simply with cheers. The Operation Welcome Home event congregates at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. Early arrival is recommended. For more information on Operation Welcome Home, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. With America’s WWII and Korean War veterans now in their later years of life, Honor Flight is truly in a race against time to honor these veterans by bringing them to see their memorials, especially the WWII memorial, which was not completed until 2004. Dates for the Fall 2016 Honor Flights are September 10th and October 8th.

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Martin County Confirms

Peacocks In Rio Have Not Been Disturbed

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Martin County has received multiple communications, including social media reports, about the welfare of peacocks along Sottong Avenue and Sage Drive in Rio. Martin County has confirmed the peacocks have not been disturbed.

For decades, nonnative peacock have established themselves in the Rio area near Jensen Beach. Because they are nonnative, these common peafowl are not protected under state law.

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3 County Study “Arts and Economic Impact”

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Treasure Coast — The Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Arts Council of Martin County and Art Mundo of St. Lucie County Join Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences

In Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties, The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Arts Council of Martin County and Arts Mundo of St. Lucie County, who announced they have joined Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences.

The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

As three of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the three Treasure Coast Arts Organizations will collect their county’s detailed financial data about their local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums and galleries, concerts, opera and orchestras, lectures, literary, and arts education organizations.

“Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Keith Kite, Managing Partner, Kite Properties LLC, “but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

The Cultural Council, Arts Council and Art Mundo will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

The Treasure Coast Art Councils believe that “This study will show that when we support the arts in our communities we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.”

According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenues. The $135.2 billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the fiscal year 2010 study are available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/economicImpact.

“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity series demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”

Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study is supported by the Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the arts’ local and statewide study partners are contributing both time and a cost-sharing fee support to the study. For a full list of the nearly 300 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study partners, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AEP5Partners.

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Fish Find Home at Treasure Coast Research Park

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission (FWC), in partnership with the Treasure Coast Research and Development Authority (TCERDA), is pleased to announce the initial stocking of 3500 Bluegill and Redear Sunfish into the seven acre created lake at the Treasure Coast Research Park.

“We are excited about this project which will provide both a new fishing opportunity and educational venue for Florida’s residents and visitors,” said FWC fisheries biologist John Cimbaro. Supported by Sport Fish Restoration and fishing license revenue, the stocked fish will grow and reproduce, providing a balanced sport fish community. The Bluegill and Redear Sunfish will provide forage for the Largemouth Bass which will be added in Spring, 2016. They will also provide a food source for wading birds like egrets and herons, helping to establish the aquatic community.

Once established, in addition to the sustainable aquatic environment being created through the partnership and the stocking, the lake is expected to provide a new, local fishing opportunity in the near future. Currently, the lake also provides Advanced Placement Environmental Students from Westwood High School an outdoor classroom and hands-on learning opportunity. The students, a diverse and talented group of Westwood High School students who have been chosen to participate in the program which is housed at Florida Atlantic University’s Oceanographic Institution, have been taking samples, doing monthly tests, and conducting research on site since September The Advanced Placement Environmental Science students has also been enjoying discussions and presentations from world-class research scientists during Lunch and Learn sessions.

Created in 2005 as a partnership between the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida, the Treasure Coast Research Park, located just off Kings Highway, less than a mile from Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 95, and less than five miles from St. Lucie County International Airport, was designed to spotlight and encourage bio-technological and agricultural research. In addition to creating an atmosphere conducive to research and education, the Treasure Coast Education Research Development Authority has created an infrastructure to encourage and support research in the areas of food, energy and water.

The collaboration with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (FCW), the St. Lucie County School Board, Florida Atlantic University, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) research facilities on site at the Treasure Coast Research Park just west of Kings Highway in Fort Pierce was a natural evolution of the mission of the facility and its leadership. Indeed, TCERDA CEO, Ben DeVries said, “TCERDA’s goal is to bring together the power of People, the power of Ideas, and the power of Place.

To learn more about the Treasure Coast Research Park and all the opportunities for research, development and commerce in St. Lucie County, or to schedule a meeting or presentation about the Treasure Coast Research Park and TCERDA’s initiatives please call 772-467-3107, or visit www.treasurecoastresearchpark.com.

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Why We Fear Sharks (And Why We Shouldn’t)

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Sharks have been receiving a lot of negative press lately. Despite the astronomically low odds of ever having a bad encounter with a shark (we’ve all seen the statistics showing that you have a better chance of being killed by vending machines, champagne corks, or falling coconuts than a shark), sharks still elicit a deep-seated emotional response in many people. Perhaps it’s a fear of the unknown that hits us when we move from the safety of land back into our watery origins – scientists know more about the surface of Mars than the deep sea floor. Maybe it’s the graphic nature of shark bites – no matter how rarely they occur – that causes people to hold onto an irrational fear of an animal they’ll most likely never have a run-in with. Like snakes and spiders, it’s possible that people are just hardwired to fear sharks. TV and the internet certainly haven’t helped the shark’s reputation. Thanks to a media that’s obsessed with the sensational, even relatively minor shark bites turn into horrific, fear-evoking

headlines on the national news. Then there’s the cable network that used to run a much-anticipated week of factual, science-based shark programming every summer. That week has now morphed into

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$1M in Gold And Treasure Recovered From Treasure Coast Shipwreck Sites

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Treasure Coast — Over $1 million worth of gold artifacts and a rare coin destined for the king of Spain have been recovered from the 1715 Treasure Fleet which sank along the Treasure Coast on July 31, 1715.

The artifacts were discovered in shallow waters about 15 feet deep off Fort Pierce, approximately 30 miles north of West Palm Beach, the release said.

A Sanford family of treasure hunters has found more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts off the coast of Fort Pierce.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that boat captain Eric Schmitt and his family made the find June 17 in about 15 feet of water off Fort Pierce.

Brent Brisben is the co-founder of 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels LLC, the company that owns the treasure’s salvage rights. He says the items recovered include

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What Are Those little Guys

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Tiger Shore– Hutchinson Island — Stuart– I went strolling on the beach one day… today as a matter of fact and what did I see, an Atlantic Black Sea Hare.

What is that you say, well look at the photo above and it will give you some idea.

With 18 hours of Biology on my school resume my guess was some kind of Leach. Then I saw the ink, the color of transmission fluid and I immediately decided it was part of the Mollusk family.

Since the Florida Oceanographic Society was simply down the street why not ask Mark Perry.

Atlantic Black Sea Hare, what the hell is that? It appears that was what I was dealing with.

This time of year beach goers may see the Atlantic black seahare out in the surf or washed ashore.

Classification: Marine gastropod mollusks related to snails, but lacking a shell

Description: Dark brown to black in color, with possible darker lines/stripes on head and sides. Mantle flaps, that look like wings, can spread widely for swimming. Two ten-tacles located on the mouth and a pair of rhinophones on the head.

Size: Up to 15 inches (40cm) long

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Habitat: Shallow intertidal areas abundant in algae but low in wave activity

Range: Known from Bermuda and the eastern USA from Rhode Island to Florida and Texas

Please help return them to the water if they exhibit signs of life.

Diet: Algae

Did you know?

Aplysia secrete a toxic purple ink for defense and waste removal.

Commonly used in medical research, due to a well understood neural circuit.

Due to a poor grasping ability, strong storms can cause the habitats to stir up and wash the seahares ashore.

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3D Arm Team Leader Speaks At Stuart Rotary May Luncheon

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Jensen Beach — Remember not too long ago (March) when Robert Downey, Jr presented a new arm to a 6 year old little guy from Orlando?

Since last summer twenty-two countries have contacted the team of engineering students at the University of Central Florida for more information of the 3D printer process making low coast prosthesys limbs a reality.

Tyler Petresky, Director of Resource Management for Limitless Solution and a sophomore majoring in computer engineering one of the leaders based at UCF spoke to members of the Stuart Rotary at the Dolphin Bar Wednesday.

Out2News.comSince then, the team has consulted on several dozen cases around the world via Skype and email. We have custom designed two hands and an arm, and in one case three team members drove straight through the night to Virginia so 7-year-old Madelyn Rebsamen could have her arm by Thanksgiving morning. They are also working on a 4.0 version of an arm with a more functional elbow to give Alex just in time for Christmas.

The busy team members often ask each other what day of the week it is and joke that sleep is “overrated.” Seeing the face of the children and their parents when the children receive an arm makes the long hours and hustle worth it, they say.

The team is now part of a League of Universities and Institutions that has pledged to share the knowledge to help their local communities. Some of the members include: Liberty University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, Humanitarian Prosthetists and Orthotists, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and Cleveland State University.

Meanwhile, team members at UCF continue to answer emails and troubleshoot with other volunteers – some professional, some students – across the country who have reached out for help

When the team receives an email the members first try to reach out to their partners to see if anyone is closer to the person asking for help. That’s the best-case scenario, said Tyler Petresky. If the team members can, they make the connection and move onto the next name on their list. In some cases, there is no one else and the team starts reviewing the situation and seeing what they can do and how quickly.

Click here for more information on the web at www.3dhope.com

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Water Farming as a Public Private Partnership

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A Proven Pilot Becomes a Real Solution to Limit Discharges

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Martin County — 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.

Out2News.comWater 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.

Out2News.comWater 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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Martin County Fire-Rescue Launches

New Beach Information Phone Hotline

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Martin County Fire-Rescue’s new Beach Information phone hotline is now operating and available for use by the public. This line is pre-recorded daily with beach information to assist patrons in planning their beach visits, such as tide times, surf and weather forecasts and the number of lifeguard towers open for the day.

The public may call (772) 320-3112 anytime to listen to the recording and may leave a message if they have specific questions. Daily reports are recorded each morning between 8:00-9:00 a.m. The number has been posted on the Martin County website www.martin.fl.us under “beach cam map” http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=254,4200900&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL and on beach conditions boards. Beach patrons are welcome to ask for more information from any lifeguard staff in their area.

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Local Honor Flight Getting National Attention:

‘Fox & Friends’  To Join Saturday’s

Flight Of World War II Veterans Bound For Washington

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STUART—When the next local Honor Flight departs Oct. 19 from the Martin County Administration building en route to Palm Beach International Airport—and Washington—the whole country will be watching.

That’s because the national talk show “Fox & Friends” will be aboard Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s flight Saturday.

Out of 141 chapters throughout the country, Fox News producers chose the chapter carrying veterans from the Palm Beaches, the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee for this trip—which takes place amid the backdrop of the federal shutdown and veterans groups challenging barriers blocking access to the memorials.

“We are super excited to have this attention for our veterans,” said Todd Tucker, vice chairman of the local Honor Flight hub and lieutenant with Martin County Fire Rescue. “The government shutdown and subsequent closing of the World War II and other memorials has generated a great deal of interest in what Honor Flight does. Like all Americans we think the situation in Washington is unfortunate but we appreciate the support of those who have helped ensure that the veterans are able to see their memorials.”

After arriving in Stuart at 4 a.m., veterans will board buses at 4:30 a.m. and convoy to Palm Beach International Airport, where they’ll take off for Washington at 6:30 a.m. First they’ll visit the U.S. Marine Memorial. After enjoying lunch provided by Honor Flight at a local Knights of Columbus, they’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Finally, they’ll make their way to the World War II Memorial.

“We are going to D.C. no matter what,” Tucker continued, “and we fully intend to get the veterans into the memorials that were built in their honor. Having ‘Fox & Friends’ onboard is an awesome way to spread the word about Honor Flight.”

Honor Flight is requesting a “warm welcome home” for the return of the veterans, asking the public to show up early for the 8:20 p.m. arrival Oct. 19 at Palm Beach International. Members of the homecoming party are encouraged to bring banners and flags to greet the returning veterans.

Honor Flight returns to Palm Beach International Airport on USAIR flight 9091.

“The whole country will be watching,” said Tucker, “let’s show them how patriotic our community is.”

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MCLS Offers Simplified Options For E-Books, Audiobooks

Available For Download Anytime, Anywhere E-Books

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STUART — The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is proud to announce it has expanded its services with eBooks and audiobooks! Available for download from the MCLS website using Freading™, OverDrive and TumbleBookLibrary (kids), registered library cardholders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting the Read, Watch & Listen webpage. These free services are made possible by funding from the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Freading provides a wide selection of over 23,000 fiction and nonfiction titles for patrons to choose from. All are free and available for checkout on demand, meaning there is no scanning a catalog of books that have already been checked out. Cardholders can download books, up to a weekly value of 10 tokens (each eBook has a token value which is set by publishers). Titles automatically expire after 14 days. Freading has its own apps for the iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ tablets and phones. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, Nook and Kobo devices.

OverDrive’s Next Generation Digital Library Platform of eBooks and audiobooks has been simplified! The new website uses ‘responsive design’ allowing the mobile and desktop experience to be the same and optimized for any size screen regardless of a user’s device. OverDrive Read is a brand new option allowing one-click access for instant reading on any tablet or smartphone, without the need for a download. OverDrive Media Console is a full-featured reading app, complete with customization tools, bookmarks and a built-in dictionary. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™ and others. Some audio titles can also be burned to a CD to listen on-the-go. Titles automatically expire after 14 days and there are no late fees. Hot new releases such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen and The Black Box by Michael Connelly are available at the click of a button!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books which children can read or have read to them. TumbleBookLibrary provides enrichment to students who are reading independently and also provides support to students who require skill building. Games, puzzles and foreign language titles are also available.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System and these exciting options, visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403.

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Library LEGO® Clubs Growing In Popularity

Blake Club Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

 

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January 2013 will mark the second anniversary of the LEGO® club at the Blake Library in Stuart. Three more of the Martin County Library System libraries-the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, the Hobe Sound Public Library, and the Robert Morgade Library in South Stuart-are now hosting LEGO® clubs.

While playing with these colorful building bricks is a fun way to spend the afternoon, it is also educational. LEGO® play supports STEM education. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math that is oftentimes expanded to STE(A)M in order to include the Arts. One of the objectives in the Martin County Library System’s Long Range Services Plan is to incorporate STE(A)M learning into “engaging library events, classes, and workshops.” In fact, fifty percent of our future events for youth will be focused on the exploration of STE(A)M topics.

The most recent LEGO® club held at the Blake library had 19 participants. The children are given a theme to build on, a cardboard base, a pile of building bricks, and the encouragement to use their creativity. Past themes have included such topics as castles, monsters, and space, and in this instance the theme was “dream machines.”

Candace Dinh, a frequent library user, commented that the “children are engaged,” while another parent, Rebecca Kozlov, pointed out that LEGO® club allows the children to “use their own imagination” and that LEGO® play is “not competitive.”

A recent article in the Stuart News revealed the generous endowment given by Clare and Molly Tyler of Stuart to the library. Their $100,000 donation will allow the Martin County Library System to provide STEM based programming, such as LEGO® robotics, for generations of children to come.

Be sure to keep checking the library calendar in order to find out about these educational yet fun opportunities. Sign up on the library’s website to receive the Online Connection for Kids, the weekly email newsletter detailing all that is happening at the Martin County libraries. To learn more about LEGO® play, visit http://www.lego.com/ and http://www.legoeducation.us.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Anchorage And Sailor’s Return

 

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Martin County Library System Now Offers

TumbleBookLibrary With E-books For E-kids(tm)

 

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Stuart — Martin County Library System now subscribes to the online collection of TumbleBooks offered by TumbleBookLibrary. TumbleBooks-animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love-are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of licensed titles from children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker & Company, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, among others.

Some of the many TumbleBook features are Language Learning, Read-Along Books, TumbleTV, Non-fiction Books, Puzzles and Games, TumbleBookLibrary En Espanol and TumbleBookLibrary en Francais.

The TumbleBookLibrary collection is available from inside any Martin County library or outside the library on computers and mobile devices through a direct link on the library’s website, http://www.library.martin.fl.us. For more information about TumbleBooks call 772-221-1407.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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