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A Message from
Commissioner Heard
District 4 Newsletter 9/25/2020
Contact Information
Commissioner Sarah Heard
Executive Aide: Teresa Wortman

(772) 221-2358
Dear Friends,
It has been a challenging year, but we will persevere together.
Keeping our residents informed has always been a top priority for me. This pandemic has shattered all our norms. While we have steadfastly adhered to our requirements of government in the sunshine, health precautions have dramatically altered and reduced how we conduct public meetings. Your Board of County Commissioners felt it was vital to continue to hold public meetings during this pandemic. We have followed protocols for social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing surfaces while meeting in very different circumstances in the Armstrong Room of the Blake Library. We will continue to follow these rules as we meet and until our emergency order expires. Until then, when you feel safe to join us in person, our meetings are televised on Martin County Television (MCTV).
Please know that we always strive to protect the residents and resources of Martin County and it is our pleasure and privilege to serve you and our community. I will be sending out a newsletter periodically to continue to keep you updated. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or need assistance please don't hesitate to contact my office.
Sarah Heard
Board of County Commission Actions
On September 15, 2020 the first budget public hearing was held. The Board of County Commissioner (BCC) majority approved Martin County's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. The FY21 budget millage rate was set at 6.7618, an increase from FY20's millage rate of 6.6928. Total ad valorem raised will be $214,925,767, an increase of $11,178,708 from FY20. The total FY2021 budget is $491,460,013.
Commissioners Ciampi, Hetherington, Jenkins, and Smith approved. Heard opposed.
In other action, the BCC majority (Commissioner Ciampi, Heard, Jenkins and Smith) voted to allow our staff to negotiate a contract for collection of solid waste and recyclable materials with Waste Management. Hetherington opposed.
The contract term is for 8 years, with renewal options for up to 6 years.
The BCC unanimously approved contracts to construct the Golden Gate septic to sewer project. This vacuum assisted gravity sewer system will provide service to approximately 766 parcels, which will each pay an estimated $11,561 assessment, or an annual payment of $633.48 amortized for 20 years.
The Board unanimously approved acceptance of a Florida Department of Transportation grant of $390,674 to aid in the funding of a construction project on Dixie Highway from SE Jefferson Street to Indian Street in Golden Gate. The project includes roadway milling, resurfacing, new signage, construction of 5 raised median areas in the turn lanes to allow for pedestrian crossing with refuge areas, 5 striped crosswalks, installation of flashing pedestrian warning lights, new street striping, street lights, street-scaping, and landscaping. The total estimated cost of the project is $2,324,377.
The majority Board approved the master site plan for Publix at Kanner Highway and Pratt Whitney Road. Commissioners Ciampi, Hetherington, Jenkins and Smith voted to approve the motion. Heard opposed. This project approves a master site plan for the development of a 48,387 square foot Public supermarket and an additional 9600 square feet of general retail. Until May 5, 2020 the land upon which the project is proposed was outside of our Urban Services Boundaries and was land-used and zoned for agricultural uses only.
The BCC unanimously approved construction of new 15,000 square foot Fire Station in Hobe Sound. Cost of the project is $3,313,764.
The Board unanimously approved a contract for $30,000 for installation of public art at the Peter and Julie Cummings Library in Palm City. The installation will consist of 7 sculptures with colorful polycarbonate lenses to line the sidewalk from the front of the library to its outdoor pavilion. Pictures of the art below.
Art Installation
Art Installation
Art Installation
Great American Outdoor Act
is now law
This summer the U.S. House and Senate overwhelmingly voted (75% support in both Chambers) to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, and President Trump signed the bill. In addition to funding maintenance and restoration of national parks, it will also fund the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) programs at $900 million every year.
Created by Congress in 1964, the LWCF was a bipartisan effort sparked by a simple idea: use revenues from the depletion of one natural resources (oil and gas leases) to support the conservation of another precious resource – our land and water. This money is intended to protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges from development, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks, conservation and recreation projects. The LWFC is a competitive program and local governments are encouraged to apply for grants. Martin County will be actively pursuing eligible grants. Click here to learn more:
Coyotes in Florida
The BCC heard an informative presentation by a Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) Conservation Commission employee on Coyotes in Florida.
To learn more visit FWW:
Video Clip:
Corona Virus 19 Update Information and links
Martin County Corona Virus-19 Updates
If you have been affected by Corona Virus 19 and need CARES assistance, Please click here for more information on CARES Act:
Businesses affected by Corona Virus 19 click here for more information:
The daily snapshot is shareable with the community and interactive at:
Mask Mandate / Face Coverings Info - Click Here
Hurricane Season is here - Stay Prepared!
Hurricane Season is here, are you ready?
To learn more about hurricane preparedness, knowing your zone, emergency shelters, evacuation assistance and more. Please click the link below.
Click here for Hurricane Information
Upcoming Martin County Board Meetings
Temporary Location
Blake Library, Armstrong Room
2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, FL 34996
September 29, 2020 @ 9:00
October 13th, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
October 27th, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
November 10th, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
November 17th, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
MCTV Television Information - MCTV Links and Info
Martin County YouTube Chanel: YouTube Channel Click Here
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