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STATEWIDE - At FPL, safety is the cornerstone of our commitment to customers and employees. Thirty years after the season that brought the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Andrew and five after the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, it is more important than ever to proactively plan…

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INDIANTOWN – The original $350,000 Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program grant the Village won in mid-2020 to fortify the Civic Center for use as a hurricane shelter recently grew to more than half a million dollars after the Department of Economic Opportunity offered $200,000 …

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STUART – It’s easier than ever for visitors and locals alike to experience the Treasure Coast Wine & Ale Trail, thanks to a brand-new digital version of the popular program. The launch is strategically timed ahead of American Craft Beer Week, celebrated May 16-22, 2022.

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STUART – Staff suggestions for improving the current economic climate at Witham Field here and saving money by removing the expensive Engineered Materials Arrestor System installed at the ends of both runways divided the County Commission on May 3 and sparked painful memories of massive citi…

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SEWALL’S POINT – The majority of the Town Commission here voted April 26 to amend the city code so dock owners with non-compliant dock roofs will have a way in which to permanently legalize those structures.

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STUART – The ARC of Martin County was presented with a large check today in Stuart, Florida, from Treasure Coast Provisions, the main purveyor of Boar’s Head products throughout the Treasure Coast. The $50,000 gift is earmarked for a new program called the Caring Café, a store-front-deli tha…

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TREASURE COAST - If you spend any time outdoors on the Treasure Coast, you will at some point encounter an alligator. The experience can be both terrifying and exhilarating, depending on the circumstances.

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STUART – Members of the Community Redevelopment Board and the City Commission here serving in the latter’s dual role as the Community Redevelopment Agency voted unanimously April 25 to authorize the final version of the conceptual design of the multimillion-dollar rehab of Martin Luther King…

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TREASURE COAST - The American Lung Association is calling on the country to move to zero-emission electric vehicles. Florida, in particular, stands to gain over $85 billion from such a transition, with the metro area that includes Port St. Lucie near the top of the regions to benefit.

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STUART – The April 19 decision by the Martin County Commission majority to postpone amending the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan to include the controversial Rural Lifestyle Future Land Use effectively halted the proposed Atlantic Fields project and set the stage for future divisive deb…

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STATEWIDE - In a closely watched federal case with broad implications for upcoming elections, a federal judge has ruled that provisions of Florida Senate Bill 90 violate the U.S. Constitution. The judge prohibited enforcement of the most contentious of the sweeping package of amendments to t…

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TREASURE COAST - It’s a game of numbers that begins with one basic starting point: One gram of dog waste (equivalent to the weight of small paperclip) contains 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. That’s nearly twice as much as human waste!

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STATEWIDE — U.S. manufacturers rely on recycled materials to create the new shipping boxes, toilet paper and tissues, and aluminum cans and bottles that keep the supply chain moving. While people across the nation have gotten into the recycling habit since the first Earth Day in 1970, approx…

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TREASURE COAST - This is a world more sorely in need of heroes than ever before; Heroes that can stand up to the tyrants, bullies, and abusers that threaten the smaller, weaker, and more vulnerable among us.

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TREASURE COAST - Nesting season is underway for sea turtles and waterbirds in all three Treasure Coast counties. Treasure Coast beaches are among the most important nesting spots in the world for sea turtles and waterbirds. Each spring and summer, thousands of sea turtles, shorebirds and sea…

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TREASURE COAST - Bat maternity season starts April 15, after which it is illegal to exclude bats from your home or other building until Aug. 15. Therefore, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission urges people to check homes and other buildings for roosting bats before maternity…

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CRA staff added new criteria to Real Estate Development Accelerator program to include additional properties

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TREASURE COAST - Most of the time when we hear the words ‘medical examiner’, we envision a stodgy, older man working in a cold and dreary environment, someone unlikely to get many dinner party invitations.

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TREASURE COAST - Spring is an active season for Florida wildlife, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding residents and visitors how to help native species and reduce conflicts with them.

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STATEWIDE - The Walt Disney Company is struggling to find its messaging sweet spot following backlash to the company’s perceived silence on Florida's Parental Rights In Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

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TREASURE COAST - The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is urging Treasure Coast residents to pay attention to water conservation during April, which is Water Conservation Month.

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FORT PIERCE - One of the most famous and accomplished animal protection activists in the world has taken a leadership position at Save the Chimps, a Fort Pierce sanctuary with 221 chimpanzees retired from medical labs, the U.S. space program, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade.

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STUART — The 19th annual Mutt March Festival is returning this year as a live, in person event after a two-year run as an online event due to the pandemic. The event, which benefits the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, will be held on Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Memoria…

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STATEWIDE - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has approved regulation changes to help diamondback terrapin conservation by preventing them from being collected from the wild.

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TREASURE COAST - Learning about Black history should not be limited to one month each year. Florida Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has built a web page of useful resources that shares the history, literature, culture, and personal stories of Bla…

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STUART -- Back by popular demand is Peter Fogel’s hilarious show, “’Til Death Do Us Part... You First!,” the multimedia comedy about all his romantic disasters. Directed by Academy Award Nominee Chazz Palminteri, writer and star Fogel is bringing his show to A.C.T. Studio Theatre one weekend…

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FORT PIERCE - Students at Indian River State College will soon have access to a state-of-the-art, 60,000-square-foot facility that will be equipped with the technology and tools needed to prepare them for high-demand, high-paying jobs.

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Florida Rep. Erin Grall of Vero Beach supports HB 1557, saying it “allows parents to sue if the school district violates the law.”

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TREASURE COAST - A bill that limits what teachers can discuss with students regarding gender identity and sexuality has passed the Florida House of Representatives and is scheduled to be taken up by the Senate this week.

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TREASURE COAST - On Feb. 17, The Humane Society of St. Lucie County posted on Facebook “It’s that time of year, the Christmas puppies keep rolling in.” The HSSLC was referring to the traditional animal sheltering position that dogs adopted or purchased around Christmas get surrendered to she…

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Here, Selma Love Taylor performs several songs and slight burlesque dancing during her stage time for the audience.

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On May 7, 2022, The Mid-Florida Event Center in Port St. Lucie hosted a Pride Festival provided by the Pride Alliance of St. Lucie County. Hundreds of people attend this event and enjoyed representing the LGBTQ+ community. Several different musicians, DJ tracks and drag performers were featu…

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Here, we see the remote door popper in action to release the K-9 for an emergency response re-enactment. Incidentally, these remote door poppers were invented by a Stuart entrepreneur.

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On May 7, 2022, Powerhouse Gym of Stuart was the host of the Providing for our Protectors event to raise funds for our local Police and Sheriff’s departments K-9 sections.

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On May 7, 2022, the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course held a tournament for the Sebastian Chamber of Commerce. The tournament was for fellowship of the Chamber and its many members to get out of the office for a day and have fun while enjoying a round of golf.

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On May 6 2022, the Vero Beach Book Center re-started Miss Erin’s Story Hour on a weekly basis after having to stop for a long period of time due to Covid concerns. The parents, nannies and children were very happy to attend and enjoyed seeing Miss Erin again.

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Here, Miss Erin reads “Can I be your dog” about a dog that doesn’t have a home and travels to different places to finally find a farm that takes him in.

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Bruce is a 7-year-old, male pup who recently arrived at our shelter due to his owner not being able to afford his care. He was very loved in his previous home and is confused as to why he ended up at the shelter. His previous owner states that he does very well with children and all animals,…

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Here, Brian Harrison drives his ball towards the first hole green. The ball landed pretty close to the green.

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Here, Logan Yarborough chips his ball onto the green for a one putt finish on hole 9. His father and a friend look on.

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Here, a competitor putts his ball into the 9th hole on a curved mound as his teammates watch his tricky putt land in the cup.