Martin County Commission Agenda: Comment before Tuesday on these important items

Local attorney and civic activist Virginia Sherlock provides a comprehensive look at Tuesday’s Martin County Commission Agenda. The public is urged to comment on these items; email addresses for the commissioners are provided below.

At the top of the list is Agenda Item 7D (pre-set at 11:00 a.m.) asking the BOCC to re-name Rocky Point Hammock Park to MAGGY’S HAMMOCK PARK in honor of Maggy Hurchalla! This request was approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and now requires BOCC approval. Please support this item and let your commissioners know how much we appreciate Maggy throughout Martin County.
At 10:30 a.m. Agenda Item 7B is pre-set to hear Maggy’s presentation on proposed revisions to Chapter 4, the Future Land Use element, of our Comprehensive Plan.  Proposed revisions were carefully crafted after numerous public meetings and private consultation with members of the business community, the environmental community, residents, County staff, and anyone and everyone who provided suggestions and comments via Maggy’s Comp Plan website.  Please support this remarkable effort to restore protections and important provisions in our Comprehensive Plan!
Residents of Gaines Avenue area neighborhoods return to the BOCC for a pre-set at 2:00 p.m. to press their appeal of a decision by the County Administrator to approve a development order to allow a RaceTrac gas station on the corner of Gaines and Kanner Highway to include an entrance/ exit onto Gaines Avenue.  Agenda Item 7C is worth watching, as there are a number of questions raised by the neighbors that Commissioners should want to have answered, including:  Why this 9.1-acre commercial project was treated as a “minor development” subject to approval by the County Administrator’s designee (the Growth Management Director) without notice to the neighboring property owners and without any public hearing.
A 3:30 p.m. pre-set, Agenda Item 8D1, is an interesting presentation by staff on the vulnerability of our area to future sea level rise.  The report was prepared as part of Martin County’s participation in the Seven50 regional planning organization that looks to the future.
Another airport sublease is on the agenda, Item 8C2, which is not pre-set but appears toward the end of the agenda.  This item requests approval of a sublease to authorize Galaxy Aviation to rent hangar office space to Dylan Dublin Airlines, LLC.  As usual, the BOCC is being asked to approve a sublease without disclosure of material terms, such as the amount of rent that Galaxy will collect from its subtenant.   The sublease appears to have been signed and put in place months ago.  In fact, it expires March 31 but has automatic renewals . . . in perpetuity.  There is no “end” to the term of the sublease.  This is a continuing issue for Martin County residents concerned about airport operations.  The Fixed Base Operators pay well below market rent for using Martin County Airport property with the opportunity to charge subtenants rent at whatever rate they choose.  Commissioners are routinely asked to approve sublease arrangements without being told what the arrangements are.
Finally, an update on the status of the purchase by the County of the Rio Mobile Home Village property is scheduled as Item 8C1.  No information has been provided with the agenda packet.  The County entered into a contract to purchase the property at a hugely inflated price with unknown clean-up costs.  There are “due diligence” periods during which the County has the ability to investigate the condition of the property as well as title issues.  It will be interesting to see what the County has learned about the property and whether this questionable transaction will be moving forward.
Please feel free to contact your commissioners with any questions, comments, suggestions, or opinions you have.
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