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STATEWIDE - Earlier this year, 10 homeowners across 10 Florida counties were chosen to have either their front yard or their back yard “flipped” into a Florida-Friendly paradise.

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INDIANTOWN – The Village Council here nearly got bogged down in the weeds Aug. 4 when Village Manager Howard Brown requested a $63,000 change order to the Booker Park stormwater project being funded by a $2 million state appropriation.

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TREASURE COAST - Listed below are the candidates who have qualified for each statewide race. Only those who have opposition within their party will appear on the August ballot.

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STUART - In an effort to hire highly-qualified professionals and finalize staffing levels, the Martin County School District will host several job fairs prior to start of the 2022-2023 school year.

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STUART — Guests can expect to be moved, literally, with “The Lightness in Being” art exhibit at the Elliott Museum by video installation artist and photographer Cheryl Maeder. The museum will host an opening reception in the Flex Gallery from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. The receptio…

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STUART — It’s a time for pups and people to come together for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s 8th Annual Pup Crawl, the Treasure Coast's original Pup Crawl since 2015. This month-long event, presented by Wagnolia’s and sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Monda…

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MARTIN COUNTY - The Stuart Air Show announces the appointment of Inez van Ravenzwaaij to the position of Executive Director. The news comes immediately after the organization scored a massive success with its Top Gun-themed Salute to Stuart pre-air show event, which took place on June 25.

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STUART – Rapidly rising housing costs putting the clamps on service sector employees and much of the middle class here prompted a handful of local residents to urge Martin County commissioners July 12 to consider taking bold steps to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the future.

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STUART – The City Commission announced the receipt July 11 of half a million dollars in state appropriations via its Legislative Delegation, whose members in turn presented the city with a giant novelty check for $500,000, the latest installment of the $2.25 million awarded to-date for the c…

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TREASURE COAST - The 15th annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup takes place Sat., July 23, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There is also an option to participate anytime during the week of July 16-24.

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STUART – The Martin County Commission here voted unanimously June 21 to award the $1.3-million Old Palm City Vacuum Sewer System & Water Main Project to the Southwest Florida firm of Giffels-Webster Engineers, Inc. of Inglewood but not before some commissioners expressed concerns about t…

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PALM CITY – The unique fusion of stormwater management and artistic endeavors here known as the Ripple Stormwater Eco-Art Project is now in the home stretch, with Martin County staffers putting final touches on its infrastructural pieces over the next few months.

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STUART – The City Commission here voted 4-0 June 27 to amend the wording of its new ordinance intended to prevent the unauthorized removal of trees to align with Florida statutes designed to keep local municipalities from restricting such tree removals by single-family homeowners when those …

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TREASURE COAST - According to The American Humane Association, over 10 million dogs and cats are lost in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. One of the worst days of the year to lose pets is always the Fourth of July.

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STUART – The Stuart Local Planning Agency voted unanimously June 9 to recommend the City Commission change the future land use on 4.8 acres on the north side of Central Parkway from commercial to multifamily residential so a developer can build 60 two-story townhomes in front of the Towne Pa…

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TREASURE COAST - Dr. Carey Minteer is a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist leading a state plan to control 700,000 acres of invasive Brazilian peppertrees through the introduction of insects that feed on the tree in its native Brazil.

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TREASURE COAST - Last week we reported on a lawsuit filed by three of the nation’s leading environmental groups to protect manatees who live in the Indian River Lagoon.

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SEWALL’S POINT – The majority of the Town Commission here came to an informal consensus May 24 on a proposed salary range, vacation days and potential benefits as part of a new town manager employment package for which they had yet to interview any of the four final candidates.

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STUART – The Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency here got a presentation May 23 on the county’s traffic strategies for new development in the redevelopment areas due to their frustration with traffic jams provoked by the closure of the Jensen Beach roundabout for double-tracking of …

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PALM CITY - Argos Homewatch has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association for the eighth year. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Can…

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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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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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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 - 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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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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Arpege is a 2.5 year old Maltese. Arpege loves to lick constantly, especially owner, Amelia Ferrari, husband's feet. She only knows how to sleep with mom and dad. Our two dog sitters are OK with that. She loves going to stores, restaurants and visiting friends with mom and dad. Of course she…

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On Aug. 3, 2022, St. Lucie County Habitat For Humanity provided a brand new home to Tameshia Martin. Ms. Martin is the first home buyer to benefit from purchasing a home from St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity using their new Community Land Trust model of homeownership.

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Here, a Deputy Sheriff explains to a young mother how out in the open objects in a room can actually be drug use items. This was inside their portable room used for teaching parents what to look for if they suspect their kids may be using drugs.

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Here, an attendee receives her lunch offered by the Woman’s Club who provided water, sodas, burgers, chips and other items free of charge.

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Here, the kids were relentless with their water guns chasing each other all over the area. They were having a great time soaking each other most of the day as the heat rose into the 90's.

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Here, two children learn about how mosquitoes breed in water and also may spread disease to animals and humans. In the tank on the table were minnows, a natural enemy of mosquitoes.

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Here, younger participants work with their mentors to design and create their individual robots.

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Here, Thatch works on his robot as his mentor, Andy talks through some steps and design techniques.

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Here, Charles and Xanio do some delicate close-up work on their robot design.

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On Aug. 1 2022, S.P.A.M. (Speed, Power, And Maneuverability) provided a summer camp for members of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Community.

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Here, Freddie Woolfork, Director of Public Relations & Facilities Operations for the Gifford Youth Achievement Center draws raffle numbers for cash prizes.

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On Aug. 5, 2022, the Sebastian Police Department held a Back to School Fun Day at the Barber Street Sports Complex. The festivities included several local vendors and city organizations offering food and other amenities. A splash zone with a giant water hydrant and water guns was also on sit…

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On July, 30, 2022 The Iron Knight Gym of Port St. Lucie, hosted the Iron Nightmare Powerlifting Competition at the Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. There were over 100 participants in the various stages of the competition.