CRA, reservoir plans on County Commission agenda



From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: Tomorrow’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will feature presentations on the Community Redevelopment Plan and options for a proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce harmful discharges from the Lake into our rivers and estuary.

Agenda Item 6A is pre-set at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation by a consultant who was hired by the County to prepare an update to the 2001 Countywide Community Redevelopment Plan.

Agenda Item 7A is a 3:00 p.m. pre-set presentation by Joseph L. Gilio and Jay O’Laughlin on options for the reservoir proposal in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

The usual agenda items seeking approval of various expenditures will be considered, along with Agenda Item 8A2 requesting approval of $98,614.00 for a one-time payout to Martin County Fire Rescue employees to eliminate accumulated leave time for hours worked during hurricanes and other emergency events.

Several board and committee appointments are on the Consent Agenda to fill vacancies on the Animal Care and Control Oversight Board (re-appointment of a current member whose initial term is expiring) and the Construction Industry Licensing Board along with a number of official proclamations.

Agenda Item 6B is a proposal to transmit a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to change the future land use from Low Density Residential and Commercial Limited to Conservation for the Hamm parcel in Hobe Sound which is the site of a significant amount of rare scrub habitat.

A request by staff to continue discussions with the City of Stuart regarding an interlocal agreement for collection of impact fees will be considered as Agenda Item 8B1, and the County Legal Department is recommending in Agenda Item 8C1 that Commissioners direct staff to draft a new County sign ordinance to comply with US Supreme Court decisions striking down local ordinances that regulate signs based on content rather than size, type, and location.

In other matters on Tuesday’s agenda:

– Consent Agenda Item 4C1 seeks approval for staff to apply for a mangrove trimming permit to trim mangroves that are extending from County-owned wetlands into an adjacent canal, impacting navigation;

– Item 6C is a request for a zoning change from Agricultural to Rural Estate residential on a 2+ acre parcel in Indiantown for the Indowntown VFW hall;

– Item 6D and 6E are requests for site plan approval for the Treasure Coast Commerce Center and Island Way Auto Spa; and

– Item 6F seeks approval of a deed conveying County property on Bayou Avenue in Stuart to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.

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Attend the meeting at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Administration Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, to express your views on these or other issues or e-mail commissioners at,, and, with copies to the County Administrator and the County Attorney at and





































































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