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    Vol. 16, No. 42 www.HometownNewsSLC.com Friday, March 16, [email protected] @hometownnewsslc @HometownNewsSLC

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    Photos by MaryAnn KetchumThe Treasure Coast Food Bank’s held its 11th Annual Empty Bowls at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market. Event Chair Heather Blackmon, art teacher at Fort Pierce Central HS helped collect over 500 bowls from local public and private schools for last weekend’s event. A bowl of homemade soup was included with the $15 purchase. While this event raises funds, it also helps increase awareness about those in the community struggling with hunger. Here, eight year-old Ben Skiles of Fort Pierce tells 6 year-old sister Avery what he likes about the handmade bowl he’s selected.

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    ST LUCIE COUNTY – An organization that got its start toward the end of 2017 already is having an impact in the county. Youth Leadership of St. Lucie County was begun as a way to get youths from various school actively involved in their community, and the organization has swelled to solid membership that is consistently working with many county officials to communicate young people’s concerns.

    Kim Reid serves as the Kids at Hope School and Community Liaison for the organization’s round-table, and she said the youths are working together splendidly and standing up for the peers while simultaneously advancing in their communication and networking skills. Ms. Reid also said in her advisory role she encourages advocacy from the group in a variety of areas.

    “We contact the high schools and reach both alternative and public high schools and have branched out in the Boys & Girls Clubs and tell them about the opportunity for youth leadership,” Ms. Reid said. “We let the whole team of youths decide what projects they want to work on, and we try to enhance the qualities they already have and expand upon them. We also try to instill some new qualities in them that they feel they lack.”

    There are about 20 youths involved in the Port St. Lucie region of the group and about 15 in Fort Pierce. The current project they are focusing on pertains to advocacy for mental-health awareness and drug use, and the team is trying to get a grant to record a video public service announcement pertaining to the issue.

    “The project they’ve chosen so far this year for the Port St. Lucie group is about mental health, but we started with a focus on substance abuse and let-

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    St. Lucie County youth making stridesBy Gaylon [email protected]

    FORT PIERCE -- The County Com-mission held its first public debate March 6 on the issue of altering the current one-size-fits-all impact fee schedule to one based more on square footage but found its members divided over rate increases for single family-home construction.

    The St. Lucie County Planning and Zoning Commission previously recom-mended Jan.18 that the Commission approve an 8 percent across the board increase on the fees, which would raise the current rate of $4,988 that developers now pay to construct a single-family home. The county’s consultant on the matter, Dennis Murphy, of Fort Pierce-based Culpepper & Terpening, admitted he’d come up with other options since that meeting for the County Commission to consider.

    “The initial calculations revised that fee upward to $5,407,” he said. “In our discussions with the Realtors Association and other community interest groups, the question came up why do we have to have a one-size-fits-all and can we not have a variable-size program like the City of Fort Pierce does. We came up with an idea that would take our first cut at break-ing it up into three categories.”

    Mr. Murphy suggested commissioners consider dividing the current residential, commercial and industrial impact fee schedules into different rate tiers accord-ing to square footage, beginning with the residential sector. Instead of paying the same fee for any size home, developers or individual property owners under the first option would pay less for a sin-gle-family home up to 1,500 square feet;

    County may alter impact feesSt. Lucie County Commission wrangles over dismantling one-size-fits-all impact fee schedule

    See IMPACT, page 2

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    2.15%APY 1slightly more for one up to 2,500 square feet; and the highest fee for one greater than 2,500 square feet. The second option would only include two tiers, dividing them at the 2,000 square-foot size, and a third choice would separate them at 2,500 square feet.

    The latter, the consultant explained, came after he and his staff did research into sin-gle-family home permits pulled in the coun-ty over the last three years.

    “Of the approximately 600 permits issued, the average size was in the 2,000 to 2,500 square-foot range,” he said. “We’re trying to find a way to balance the concerns that have been expressed to us by the builders to try to fit that lower end of the market and yet still address the long-term needs of the commu-nity. And it’s going to wind up someplace in-between option three and option two in terms of the numbers we pick.”

    Mr. Murphy also offered suggestions for altering the fee categories of commercial development, which are currently tiered from zero to 100,000 square feet, 100,000 to 500,000 square feet and anything larger than 500,000 square feet. He believes lowering the bar would enable smaller businesses to be more competitive.

    “In our discussions, it’s been weighed back and forth that we were looking for some-thing that would come in and try to help the smaller free-standing commercial business that would give them some recognition and not lump them into the big-box category,” he explained. “There are a number of small businesses that could use a little assistance in an impact fee charge, so we came up with looking at a division from zero to 6,000 square feet and then 6,000 to 100,000.”

    Mr. Murphy offered a second option for commercial as well.

    “There are a number of commercial build-ings that are coming in about the 8,000 square- foot level, the Dollar General and auto-part stores,” he added. “They were coming in just above 6,000 [square feet] but were less than 8,000. It was just kind of where the triggers were for various commer-cial development.”

    Commissioner Cathy Townsend began the Board discussion questioning Mr. Mur-phy on why his proposed impact fees for sin-gle-family homes showed rates higher for North Hutchinson Island than South Beach in the City of Fort Pierce. She said logic should dictate the latter homes would gener-ate more trips, one of the criteria for estimat-ing impact fees.

    “North Hutchinson Island is going to have less trips, it’s more snowbirds, winter resi-dents that come there,” she said. “So to me, I would think it would be the reverse: South Hutchinson Island would be higher than north because you have your families and your residents that live year-round on South Island.”

    The consultant said the rates were calcu-lated from a complicated formula that might prove too time-consuming during a public hearing to explain.

    “It’s a combination of trips, trip rate and trip length,” he said. “When you do the cal-culations for the fees, you’re looking at both the trip length for the particular land-use site and trip-generation rates. We can go down into the details of the weeds of the for-mulas if you wish, and I can get you that information between now and the next meeting.”

    Most commissioners hesitated to commit to a single-family fee format until Chair-woman Frannie Hutchinson and Planning & Development Services Director Leslie Olson

    explained that staff needed something to put into a draft resolution before the next public hearing on April 3. Commissioner Townsend hesitantly leaned toward the sec-ond option but worried about the fees nega-tively impacting individual property owners wanting to build their own homes.

    “As you know, I’m not a proponent of hav-ing any increases -- I think our impact fees are way too high right now,” she said. “There are a lot of ranchers out west of town that their family has had the property for two or three generations and they’re handing that down to their children now and their chil-dren are being forced to put manufactured homes on the property because it’s only $15,000 in impact fees versus $30,000 to build an home.”

    Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky tried to negotiate with Commissioner Townsend, saying her concern only affected a small per-centage of county residents.

    “I’m suggesting to not put the burden on current taxpayers and put the burden on future development to pay their fair share and take advantage of what’s already been paid for by current taxpayers,” he said.

    For her part Chairwoman Hutchinson also opposed the size of the increases and worried the Commission might struggle with making a decision by early April.

    “Like you Commissioner Townsend, I’m not a huge fan of impact fees,” she said. “They have their place and they are needed, but I question the rate of the increase. But I have to say, historically it’s been one style with no breakdowns, so we’ve come a long way in at least sitting here and having options.”

    After further discussion with Mr. Murphy, the majority of the Commission including Commissioner Townsend settled on his third option because it would signify a lower increase for the most common size home in the county.

    “If we take option three, $2,400, it’s an increase of $36,” the latter said. “If we keep it at option one, it’s an increase of $419, and if we do option two, it’s an increase of $865. So for the average person coming to do a 2,400-square-foot house, the best savings then would be option three.”

    The majority of the Commission also favored separating commercial construction at the second tier of 8,000 square feet or less, and capping impact fee increases for indus-trial construction at 25 percent. Only one member of the public spoke during the hear-ing, Government Affairs Director of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Bryce Sartory, who said he had previously met with staff last August. He opposes any increase in impact fees and believes St. Lucie County should place a priority on infill develop-ment.

    “The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale is opposed to this increase,” he said. “We hope the Commission does look to creative ways to generate infill development. Between east to west, from Bayshore Boulevard to Green River Parkway, [and from] Prima Vista to Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard, there are 2,700 vacant residential lots. That is a lot of empty tax revenue that you guys could be seeing if we were to try to get a reduction of at least a few of these infill residential lots.”

    Both Ms. Olson and Mr. Murphy told commissioners that trying to differentiate impact fees between infill and other devel-opment could lead to a legal quagmire.

    “One of the challenges that you have is, if you’re charging, it has to be equalized,” Ms. Olson said. “We’ll work with the consultants to make sure that we have that answer for you at second hearing.”

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    Community calendarFRIDAY, MARCH 16

    • March Homeschool Day: 10 a.m., Oxbow Eco-Center, 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. Students will learn how to become a hero to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. The Oxbow is partnering with several local research organizations for an informative and interactive workshop on water quality. Participants will move through learning stations on watershed issues, living shorelines, citizen science projects and more. The program starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m., so bringing a lunch is suggested. This event is designed for age 8-12, but older children are welcome to attend. Younger children are welcome with one-on-one parent participation. The cost is $5 per child, and registration is required by

    calling (772) 785-5833.• Coffee with CoHorts – Volunteer

    Orientation: 10 a.m., Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. Learn how volunteers sustain Heathcote to help maintain collections, growing plants, Garden Gift Shop/Admissions & special events. Everyone makes a difference! To RSVP, call (772) 464-4672.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 17

    • Secluded Scrub Hike: 9-10:30 a.m., Walton Scrub Preserve, 10809 South Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. Found between the biodiverse habitats of the brackish Indian River Lagoon and the Savannas freshwater basin marsh, lies a 30-acre hidden scrub area that offers a refuge to some very unique

    “isolated” plant and animal species. As we explore, we’ll see how many of these species we can find and learn how they use their specialized adaptations to survive in such a harsh environment. Free, reservations are required, space is limited. Ages 12+; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Proper footwear and water are required; please, no pets. For more information or to register, call (772) 462-2526, email [email protected], or visit www.slchikes.org.

    • Community Gardens Series: Setting up your garden, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Registration required. For more information, call (772) 337-1959.

    • Tours of the Oxbow: 11 a.m., every Saturday through April 14, Oxbow Eco-Center,

    5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. Thirty minute tours are meant for people of all ages and abilities, and include a brief history of the 225-acre property, an introduction to the exhibit hall, a walk through the gardens and a short stroll through the beautiful preserve. Free. Drop-ins are encouraged; no reservations required. For more information, call (772) 785-5833 or visit www.oxboweco.com.

    • Manatee Center 5K: Tenth annual 5K is a fundraiser for the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation; proceeds benefit programs offered at the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce. USATF certified course, awards for overall winners and medals for top three men and women in all age

    them vote,” Ms. Reid added. “We let them brainstorm and come up with ideas and they narrowed it down to a top-three. … They feel that youths are often misunder-stood when it comes to mental health and those that are suffering with a mental illness have it written off to hormones or a phase and it’s not taken seriously.”

    Famyrah Lafortune, who is the Port St. Lucie group’s chairperson, said the organi-zation so far offers the opportunity to be youth activists and work with city officials to encourage change. They also want to pro-

    mote the recovery aspect of substance abuse or mental illness and teens can spring back after difficulties.

    “It’s never too late to become a better per-son, and reach your full potential,” Ms. Lafortune said. “(Port St. Lucie Police) Chief John Bolduc comes to almost every meeting and supports us in various ways and we were able to meet (Fort Pierce) Mayor Linda Hudson and work with various commis-sioners and also work with the Children’s Services Council and get their support and advice on the aspects we want to tackle in this community.”

    Ms. Lafortune, 17, is a Treasure Coast High School student and she said the orga-nization also hosts teen dialogues with

    members of law enforcement, and they dis-cussed issues such as police brutality and open communication between officers and youths. She added that the organization is giving her public speaking skills that will serve her well as she heads to college and beyond.

    “I’m really grateful for that, and the dynamics of the group have changed now that I am a chairperson because I have to make the agendas and start off the discus-sions,” Ms. Lafortune said. “So, I think how we work and how we function is really good, and we can help teens find their voices.”

    Jar’Necia Frierson is the Fort Pierce group’s chairperson and she added much of the same sentiments and touted the experi-

    ence because she has opened up more in her new leadership position. She said the chance to help the community and be a voice for students.

    “Being able to talk to the commissioners and talk to the mayor is a very big step, because not everybody can just talk to the mayor and city manager and that’s a great start,” Ms. Frierson. “We can makes changes by listening and maintaining the focus on what young people want to pursue, and we include the adults’ perspective and try to put those two together to make it great for both sides.”

    For more information about Youth Lead-ership of St. Lucie County, visit the Face-book.

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    • Amazing Bird Adaptations Hike: 10 a.m. to noon, Indrio Savannas Preserve, 5275 Tozour Road, Fort Pierce. Birds come in all sizes and colors and their unique traits are what help them to survive and thrive in particular environments. We’ll spot some of these amazing avian adaptations in action as we meander along the site’s upland and wetland habitats. Free, reservations are required, space is limited. Ages 12+; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Proper footwear and water are required; please, no pets. For more information or to register, call (772) 462-2526, email [email protected], or visit www.slchikes.org.

    • Caring Bunny visits at Treasure Coast Square: 10-11:30 a.m. on March 11 and March 18 only, in the Old Navy courtyard at Treasure Coast Square mall. Families with children with special needs can visit with the Easter Bunny and take a souvenir photo in a more subdued environment with reduced sensory triggers, guided by AbilityPath.org. For more information, visit http://Treasurecoastsquare.eventbrite.com.

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    • Genealogy workshop: 1:30 p.m., Kilmer Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. Celebrates Women’s History Month

    with a special lecture presented by Treasure Coast Genealogical Society (TCGS) president Carolyn Lancaster, “Two Forces to Reckon With: Sarah Josepha Hale and Brooke Schreier Ganz,” focusing on two influential women. The former made history in the 19th Century as a writer, philanthropist and advocate, while the latter is making history now as an activist and advocate for open public access to archival records held by government agencies and libraries. If you can’t get to this free lecture, members of the Treasure Coast Genealogical Society offer individual help three days a week: every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Genealogy Section on the second floor from 9 a.m. - noon. Learn to use Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest and more. More information is available at www.treasurecoastgenealogicalsociety.org.

    • Writers Group: Moves from first and third Thursdays to first and third Tuesdays. 1-3 p.m., Lakewood Park Branch Library, 7605 Santa Barbara Drive, Fort Pierce. Get together with other writers to read and provide feedback on each other’s work at this program, scheduled for the first and third Tuesday of each month. This informal writing support group is organized by community volunteers and is free and open to anyone interested in writing. Writers of all genres and skills are welcome to drop in and participate. For more information, contact the staff at (772) 462-6870, email [email protected] or visit http://library.stlucieco.gov.

    • Weekly Storytime Jam: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. Designed for ages 2-5, this interactive program will have your young ones clapping,

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    Fort Pierce Police Department

    Lehman Wood, 60, 701 N.W. US 1 Suite 101, Stuart, aggravated assault with a deadly weap-on without the intent to kill.

    Julio Cuervo, 58, 5705 Spanish River Road, Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine.

    Melvin Villata, 29, 601-10 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce, arrested on a violation of probation for possession of cocaine.

    Teresa Kirchman, 60, 1 Indies, Port St. Lucie, arrested on an active out-of-county (Martin) fel-ony warrant.

    Julio Ruiz, 29, 609-3 Ixoria Ave., Fort Pierce, arrested on a St. Lucie County felony warrant for vehicular homicide, driving under the influ-ence with manslaughter, child neglect with great harm (two counts), driving under the influ-ence with serious bodily injury (two counts), driving under the influence with damage to property and driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction.

    Johnny Jones, 41, 2202 28th St. Court E, Palmetto, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and larceny – grand theft of more than $300 but less than $5,000.

    David Dawson, 40, 2019 Oleander Blvd., Fort Pierce, arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    Cedric Anderson, 28, 3996 Kings Place, Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine (two counts) and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

    Charles Sheats, 37, 3107 Mura Drive, Fort Pierce, possession of a controlled substance

    without a prescription.

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    Alex Clark, 22, 1872 S.E. Ranier Road, Port St. Lucie, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure.

    Ramario Rondono, 23, 5758 S.W. 166 Court, Miami, larceny between $20,000 and $100,000, counterfeiting of pay instrument with intent to defraud, fraud – swindling or defrauding a financial institution and fraud – uttering a false bank bill, note, check or draft.

    Kerron McCarthy, 19, 8301 N.W. 32nd Ave., Miami, larceny between $20,000 and $100,000, counterfeiting of pay instrument with intent to defraud, fraud – swindling or defrauding a financial institution and fraud – uttering a false bank bill, note, check or draft.

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    Roberto Blanco, 23, 4740 Kelly Drive, West Palm Beach, arrested on an outstanding amended felony warrant for child neglect.

    Molina Cook, 43, homeless, Fort Pierce, arrested on an outstanding out-of-county (Polk) felony warrant for possession of cocaine.

    Charles Baker, 32, 3824 Saint Marks Drive, Fort Pierce, arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for an order revoking pretrial for a new arrest.

    Ralph Plescia, 49, 1053 S.W. Biltmore St., Port St. Lucie, arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony warrant for criminal use of per-sonal identification information of a deceased person for less than $500 and a violation of probation for possession of cocaine.

    Edward Stines, 36, 2808 Avenue B, Fort

    Pierce, arrested on a felony warrant for third-degree grand theft.

    Shannon Putnam, 36, 2808 Avenue B, Fort Pierce, arrested on a St. Lucie County felony warrant for dealing in stolen property and grand larceny.

    Michael Delprete, 49, 2421 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for filing a false insurance claim of between $20,000 and $100,000.

    Nathaniel Allen, 34, 1360-D Carlton Court, Fort Pierce, possession of marijuana of more than 20 grams.

    Timothy Wardle, 32, 2855 S.E. Wiltshire Terr., Port St. Lucie, arrested on a n out-of-county (Palm Beach) felony warrant.

    Mario Knight, 27, 3301 Avenue J, Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine.

    Anthony Garcia, 29, 4285 US Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine.

    Noel Gonzalez, 22, 402 S. 24th St., Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine.

    Jeremy Warren, 29, 3104 Avenue Q, Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine.

    Melvin Villata, 29, 601-10 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine.

    Christopher Keehn, 22, 4884 N.W. North Macedo Blvd., Port St. Lucie, battery on a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT.

    Colby Efinger, 28, 823 E. Weatherbee Road, Fort Pierce, arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony warrant.

    Freeman Pinder, 27, 1206 N. 26th St., Fort Pierce, assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill.

    Kyle Smith, 24, 871 S.W. 10th St., Pompano Beach, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and smuggling contra-band into a detention facility.

    Jake Smith, 29, 6597-1 N. US Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce, arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony capias warrant for felony petit theft.

    Moryl Auxillaire, 28, 1600-12 N.W. 10th Cir., Pompano Beach, arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony warrant for possession of marijuana of more than 20 grams.

    Enrique Cruz, 29, 5232 Deanna Lane, Fort Pierce, domestic battery by strangulation and obstructing justice by tampering in a first-de-gree felony proceeding.

    Darrell Barton, 54, 7405 Salerno Road, Fort Pierce, arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony warrant for a violation of probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    Elliot Longworth, 22, 446 S.E. Lamon Lane, Port St. Lucie, arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony warrant for attempted first-de-gree murder with a weapon.

    Glenn Simpson, 28, 775 E. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie, arrested on a St. Lucie County felony warrant for grand theft of a motor vehi-cle, third-degree grand theft, providing false ownership information to a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property.

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    Guns in schoolsInsisting that weapons be brought in to

    our schools increases the chances that our kids get caught in a hail of bullets from two directions instead of one is not my idea of looking out for the safety of our children, it is looking out for the NRA's gun manufac-turer's profits. It has now become abundant-ly clear that the NRA has purchased our Republican Party, including the president and Marco Rubio. I and most of the people I know, along with the vast majority of teach-ers and school faculty do not agree with the president's proposal, backed by the NRA, to bring more guns into our kid's schools. Our thoughts and prayers are now, after dozens of school shootings and AR-15 massacres, that we all show up and vote accordingly, to vote the Republicans, purchased by the NRA, including Florida governor Rick Scott, out of office this voting season. May God have mercy on their souls.

    Imagine what life would be like if everything was perfect

    Did I hear correctly that we just added one trillion to our debt? Who loaned us this money? Who holds the deeds to the USA?

    Imagine a world without walls, open bor-ders, all beings treated equally, health care for all, focus on children, elderly education and homelessness. an end to hunger and clean water for all. Jobs in infrastructure, not war mongering and more protection for our natural resources.

    Did I hear open drilling allowed in the Alaskan wilderness included in the tax bill?

    As John Lennon sang "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

    Action on gunsI want to commend Sheriff Ken Mascara

    for his quick response to the demand for action on gun buys. His requests to the licensed dealers in St. Lucie County and their response is heartening. Also, a great thank you to the dealers who went beyond the call and are taking automatic rifles off their sales shelves.

    Now let us look at our personal gun stock - do we know anyone owning an assault rifle? Does he really need it? If so, keep it locked in a gun safe, hidden from anyone looking for these weapons. Everyone's life is at stake here.

    Misappropriated taxpayer dollars just washing out to seaBeach renourishment. How many mil-

    lions have our county commissioners already wasted on this futile battle?

    It is underway yet again, or will be soon.Why not just scatter dollar bills on the

    beach? Where is all that sand bought with those millions? Right. Back in the ocean, waiting to be pumped ashore. Again. For fresh millions.

    Last night, people heard the ocean is ris-ing, by more than one foot in the short term, and eventually by 5 feet. Major roads will be compromised, even without a hurricane.

    How much longer do they plan to watch more millions of tax dollars wash into the sea before they wake up? There is no excuse for this sheer stupidity.

    While this utter waste continues, children must bring their own supplies to county schools. Teachers are grossly underpaid, while millions of dollars are tossed at the sea? What about this picture does not add up? Organizations must have fundraisers to ensure students have the school supplies they need? What kind of nonsense is this?

    Taxpayers are subsidizing beachfront mega-rich hotel chains and individuals to protect buildings from the sea. Meanwhile, children must fend for themselves to gain an

    education? Taxpayers first get to pay school taxes, then are invited to donate to cover basic school supply costs for students?

    Something here doesn't add up. Taxpay-ers better speak up. County commissioners and school board members need to get their acts together. Fast.

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    Dog lovers should follow the rules like everyone else

    I almost never take my beloved beach walk these days without encountering dogs on the beach — some on leashes, most not.

    I am not a dog lover so it seems they dear-ly love me! I have been jumped on, scratched, once nearly pushed over when a pony sized mongrel surprised me from behind. Last Wednesday a person was walk-ing four (on leashes) at the same time.

    I do not like dogs even a little bit. I do respect the fact that a lot of people do. Nonetheless the rule stating "No Dogs on the Beach" should be obeyed by all.

    Photos by MaryAnn Ketchum The Treasure Coast Food Bank’s held its 11th Annual Empty Bowls at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market. Here, Colleen and Kalihan Smith, 8, of Port St. Lucie choose from the remaining bowls that are available

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    Teressa Graves, 31, 510-B S. 32nd St., Fort Pierce, arrested on a St. Lucie County felony warrant for filing a false statement for public aid.

    Barbara-Ann Starcher, 27, 600-104 Marsh Isle Cir., Port St. Lucie, arrested on an out-of-county (Orange) felony warrant for a violation of probation for possession of heroin.

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    • Ocean Science Lecture Series: Joshua Voss of FAU Harbor Branch will present "Southeast Florida's Coral Reefs: The Fine Line Between Survival and Devastation" at 4 p.m., Johnson Education Center, Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. Free. For more information, contact Jill Sunderland at (772) 242-2506 or email [email protected]

    • Diabetes Academy: 3-4 p.m., Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Free class on diabetes for people who have just been diagnosed or have had diabetes for years but may have difficulty managing it. For more information, call educator Noreen Williams at (321) 615-1901.

    • Care for Caregivers support group: 6:30-8 p.m., third Wednesday each month, Suncoast Mental Health Center, 2814 S. U.S. 1, Suite D4, Fort Pierce. For more information, call 772) 577-4024.

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    Grove XXIII is under construction on a 240-acre tract just east of I-95, on a former citrus grove adjacent to Hobe Sound Polo Club. The course is on schedule for completion within the next 12 to 13 months.

    Bobby Weed is the course architect and it was his unique design that caught Jordan’s eye during the selection process.

    “MJ and his buddies love to play fast,” said Weed. “Our design has several places where holes intersect allowing you to skip holes and come back to them later if you’ve caught up to another group.”

    The idea also allows players to change up the routing and play a different course so to speak. Jordan and his friends like to play more than 18 holes in a day. This makes it easy to change up the course so that you do not play the same course twice in the same day.

    “He likes the course to play hard and fast,” added Weed. “We’ve added a lot of additional irrigation to our plans so that the water doesn’t stay too long and saturate the fairways."

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    Weed has used a golf data base of shots to assist in his design. This data shows how far players hit their tee shots, where they miss greens and fairways and so forth. He has integrated that into his design to help defend the course and to not beat up the lesser skilled players.

    The practice area will be the envy of even the most exclusive of private clubs. In addition to a huge practice range with tees at both ends, there will be a short game practice area, and a pair of putting greens.

    Water only comes in to play on seven holes and of those on only four does it guard the green. With few trees and not much water, golfers will be encouraged to hit it as hard and as far as possible. They will need to.

    The course will play to a par of 72 and feature just three sets of tees. Grove XXIII will play long from the tips, coming in at nearly 7,500 yards long. Even the shortest set of tees is plenty long for most of us at over 6,700 yards.

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    The second hole looks like it could be fun. The short par-4 has a bunker in the center of the fairway, tempting you to hit to the narrow side for a better angle on your approach. Staying safe, puts you at an angle that forces an approach over sand to a narrow view of the green.

    As Weed mentioned, there are several places where multiple holes intersect allowing golfers to mix up their round if they so choose. At the third green you can continue to four or jump over to 17. At the fourth, you can head to the ninth or 14th tees instead of the fifth.

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    Fort Pierce Athletics is excited to announce that registration is now open for the new Fort Pierce Firehawks Youth Football and Cheer League. The Firehawks welcome ages 5 – 14 for football and cheerleading.

    A meet and greet along with registration will be held at Ilous Ellis Park, 1200 Ave. M on March 17, March 24, April 7, and April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register online, please visit Facebook.com/FortPierceFirehawks.

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    The Susan Broom Kilmer Branch Library cel-ebrates Women’s History Month with a special lecture presented by the Treasure Coast Gene-alogical Society (TCGS) on Tuesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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    for open public access to archival records held by government agencies and libraries.

    If you can’t get to this free lecture, members of the Treasure Coast Genealogical Society offer individual help three days a week: every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Genealogy Section on the second floor from 9 a.m. - noon. Learn to use Ancestry.com, Heri-tage Quest and more. More information is available at www.treasurecoastgenealogicalso-ciety.org.

    These programs are free and open to the public. TCGS membership is not required.

    The Fort Pierce Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 101 Melo-dy Lane. For more information about library programs, call (772) 462-1615 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/Library.

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    Through the years, the Market’s anniversary bag, with its artwork depicting the Bounty of St. Lucie County, has become a sell-out collect-ible.

    The Market is open from 8 a.m. until noon each Saturday, rain or shine, and greatly pro-motes local agricultural businesses, com-merce, trade, and healthy shopping choices at its downtown. Sixty vendors sell their finest selections of locally grown produce, plants, fresh and ready-to-eat foods. Other items sold include breads and pastries, jams and jellies, pickles, kettle corn, olives and tapenade, crab cakes, fish, poultry, spices, natural body care products, fruit smoothies, coffees and specialty teas, and more.

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    HoroscopesNative-American association hosts annual Powwow

    ST LUCIE COUNTY – One of the most historical events on the Treasure Coast is headed to the St. Lucie Fairgrounds from March 23 to 25, with the 53rd Annual Native American Powwow. The event will be hosted all weekend, and features food, music, dancing and Native-American trade vendors from all over the country.

    “It basically allows the public to see Native-American dancing and song,” said President Richard Gallant of the Florida Indian Hobbyist Association. “We also have a Vietnam veterans group called Project 425 out of West Palm Beach that has col-lected a large volume of equipment over the years, and they will be out there with their Huey and the have a deuce-and-a-half and jeeps from the Vietnam era.”

    Among the many aspects of the festivities will be Native-American drums, dancers, and a live Saturday night auction. The fami-ly friendly event offers attendees the chance to come out for the day or camp for the entire weekend at one of the full hook-up camp sites. The FIHA powwow attracts between 6,000 and 8,000 participants and spectators over the weekend, many who travel specifically for the occasion, accord-ing to the organization.

    “The drummers are both Native-Ameri-can drummers, and we will also have Aztec dancers from Mexico who live in Miami,” Mr. Gallant said. “We will have craft ven-

    dors there and different Native-American foods. We also will have a Tipi set up so peo-ple can experience what they look like – inside and out – and actually touch one and see the setup inside.”

    There will be a pan flute player, who is known as Sicanni, and the drummers will include Medicine Horse on the Northern Drum – from Oklahoma – and Ottertrail on the Southern Drum, who is from Maryland. Some tribes represented may include Kiowa, Seminole, Cherokee, Ojibwe, Seneca, Nanti-coke- Lenni Lenape, Sioux, as well as other

    various tribes from the Southern Plains. Entry to the Powwow is $8 per person in

    advance and $10 at the gate on the day of the event. Children ages 7 to 14 get in for $5 and children under 6 can get in free. There also are special rates for Boy Scout groups.

    On Friday, March 23, gates open at 4 and close at 10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday gates are open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

    For more information about hours and times, please call 772-519-7888 or the web-site www.fiha.us. Interested individuals also can visit the Facebook page.

    By Gaylon [email protected]

    Photo courtesy of the Florida Indian Hobbyist AssociationFrom March 23 to 25, the 53rd Annual Native American Powwow will be at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds.

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    • Celebrating Spring at Heathcote: Reception with Anita Prentice from 5-7 p.m. at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. Drawing at 6 p.m. for the winning ticket for "The Sunny Side." Light snacks and a Spring sangria. For more information, call (772) 464-4672.

    • Food Truck Invasion: This event is hosted at Tradition Square on the first and third Friday of the month from 5-9:30 p.m. This is a huge outdoor picnic where food trucks of different origins, cuisine and menus prepare food that is cooked to order. Bring your folding chairs or blankets to picnic on the lawn at Tradition Town Hall.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 16 — FRIDAY, APRIL 20

    • Juried photography competition: “Through the Eye of the Camera” will be at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery with an opening reception on Friday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be open from March 16 through April 20. (The museum is accepting entries from Feb. 21 – March 10 during regular hours.) The Backus Museum is located at 500 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 465-0630 or visit www.backusmuseum.com/services.html.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 16 — SATURDAY, MARCH 17

    2• St. Patrick's Day Festival: Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department and the Friendly Sons & Daughters of Ireland

    invite you to join in a salute to St. Patrick and Irish culture at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. The St. Patrick’s Parade opens the Saturday festivities at 11 a.m. and marches right into where the festival begins at noon. Traditional Irish cuisine, other culinary delights, beer, and music will be accompanied by Irish dancing, displays, arts and crafts, carnival rides and fun for the whole family. Our featured entertainment includes the The Rowdy Micks and many more. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. All ages welcome. For more information, call (772) 878-2277.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 17

    • Creature Safe Place benefit auction: 12th annual benefit will be held at the St. Lucie County Shriner's Club, 4600 Oleander Ave. (just north of Midway Road), Fort Pierce. The building will be full of unusual items and goodies, prizes, entertainment, simple food and cookies, all to benefit the rehabilitation facility that helps injured, orphaned, and in-need wildlife and exotic animals. Doors open at 11 a.m. and you can start browsing and dropping tickets into containers for the items you'd like. $10 admission fee for a hotdog, soda, chips, and $5 worth of auction tickets. Additional ticket available for each donation of a can of dog or cat food, or a packet of seeds. To donate items for the auction (or to schedule pickup for your donations), call the Wild Bunch of volunteers at (772) 468-6616.

    Help us celebrate one of the Treasure Coast’s most popular pastimes by submitting a photo of your most recent catch – straight from local waters.

    Email a photo of you with your fish that is at least 1 MB or 300 dpi in size to [email protected]wnnewsol.com.

    Write “CATCH OF THE WEEK ” in the subject line, and in the body of the email, please include the following information:

    • Your name• City you live in• Age (if 18 or younger)• Type of fish• Approximate size of fish• Area you caught the fish• Phone number in case we have questions (will not be printed)

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    Bill Riggins, from Vineland, N.J., caught this 25-inch large mouth bass in a pond in Savanna Club in Port St. Lucie.

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    • St. Patrick's Day Block Party: 1 p.m. to midnight, Sailfish Brewing Company, 130 N. Second Street, Fort Pierce. Live music, food, games and plenty of beer releases. Free brewery tours from 1-4 p.m., limited to 20 people at a time, and will last approx 30 minutes. Sign up at the bar, first come first serve. 2nd Street Bistro will serve corned beef sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd's pie. Live entertainment from The String Assassins, Paddy King, Custard Pie, Come Back Alice, and a special surprise at the end of the evening. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1598575333498898/

    • Got Beer? St Patrick's Day Pub Crawl 2018: 4 p.m. to midnight, at participating bars in Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Hutchinson Island, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach. Four busses will take people around. Hosted by Treasure Coast Event Management. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/got-beer-st-patricks-day-pub-crawl-2018-tickets-41715663673

    • Manatee Center 5K: Tenth annual 5K is a fundraiser for the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation; proceeds benefit programs offered at the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce. USATF certified course, awards for overall winners and medals for top three men and women

    in all age groups, refreshments after the race, and a raffle for runners. For details or to sign up, visit runsignup.com/Race/FL/FortPierce/TCMFManateeCenter5K or www.tcmfinc.org.

    SUNDAY, MARCH 18

    • Spring Equinox Drum Circle: Fifth annual event celebrates life and renewal with drummers, dancers, hoopers, poi spinners, the spiritually minded and spectators. Experience an authentic Native American ceremony honoring the Mother Earth and Father Sky and learn about the significance of the Spring Equinox to our ancestors. 7-9 p.m., Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 S.E. Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. Extra drums will be available for those who don't have one; please bring drums, shakers, tambourines, etc., if you have them. Also please bring bug spray and a chair suited to outside seating and drumming. Park entrance fee is waived due to $5 cover; children under age 12 admitted free, children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21+. Family friendly community event will be held rain or shine. Bring your own drinks, no alcohol, no drugs. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.friendsofsavannas.org.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 20

    • Tuesday Night Jazz Jam: Presented

    by the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society from 7-10 p.m. at the Black Box at Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce. Call (772) 460-5299 or visit www.jazzsociety.org.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

    • Jazz Jams at the Gardens: Presented by the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. All are welcome. $6 donation, $5 for members. For more information, call (772) 337-1959 or visit www.pslbg.org.

    • Weekly Latin Dance: Every Wednesday

    night, 8-11 p.m., Midtown Grill & Bar, Fort Pierce. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata. $5. For more information, (703) 402-3645.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 22

    • Dance: 7-9:30 p.m. every Thursday, Polish American Club, 343 Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. $8 per person. BYOB and soda. For reservations, call Cindy, (508) 287-3370.

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    ST LUCIE COUNTY – A group of research organizations will get together on Friday, March 16 for an educational oppor-tunity directed at home-schooled children. The “Oxbow Homeschool Day; River Res-cue” will teach youths “how to be a hero,” to protect area waterways and will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    “It’s targeted for homeschooled children because it’s on a Friday, but others are wel-come,” said Wren Underwood, who is the program coordinator at the Oxbow. “We have multiple organizations that are com-ing, including South Florida Water Manage-ment District, Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserve, ORCA (Ocean Research Camp), the Manatee Education & Observation Cen-

    ter and Oxbow staff.”The informative and interactive work-

    shop will focus on water quality, and partic-ipants will move through various learning stations to discuss watershed issues, living shorelines, citizen science projects and more. Students will be divided up and will get to participate in the learning stations, which will all be about the health of the Indian River Lagoon.

    “We will be discussing ‘leave-no-trace principles,’ but we’ve also got organizations doing indicator species for a healthy or unhealthy lagoon,” Ms. Underwood said. “We’ve got an organization doing exotic invasive species and there is stormwater runoff and point-source and non-point-source pollution and that kind of thing.

    “It’s very concentrated.”Participants are encouraged to bring a

    lunch, and the event is designed for children ages 8 to 12, but older children can attend as well. Younger children are welcome with one-on-one parent partici-pation. The cost is $5 per child, and registration is required by calling the center at 772-785-5833. 

    “We’ve been planning it for months, and there is still plenty of room because we’re doing rotations, and we can accept more participants than a regular program,” Ms. Underwood said.

    The Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County environmental learning center located at 5400 N.E. St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie.

    Oxbow hosts ‘River Rescue’ for home-schoolersBy Gaylon [email protected]

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    Alexandrea Borges, from Jacksonville hosted a family reunion with Jayne Borges from Fort Pierce, Teresa Goings and Zach Haga, from Port St. Lucie, Angela Borges, Paul Man-gus, Austin Mangus and Dylan Mangus, from Freder-ick, Maryland, and Laura and Christine Styles, from Savannah, Ga. Jayne Borges took along her copy of Hometown News while they visited the Jacksonville Zoo and everyone got together for this great family picture. Thanks for taking us along!

    Are you a fan of the Hometown News? Well, we are inviting you to take us along on your next adventure.

    Each week, we will feature a different reader-submitted photo that showcases one (or more) of our Treasure Coast residents reading the Hometown News in a unique

    or exotic place. Whether you take a trip to the Grand Canyon or a cruise to the Bahamas, bring your Hometown News with you and have someone snap a picture.Email your photo (at least 1 MB in size) to [email protected] and include

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    • Native American Powwow: 53rd annual event from the Florida Indian Hobbyist Association will be held at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds all weekend. Enjoy food, music, dancing, and Native American trade vendors from all over the country, along with a live Saturday night auction. Family-friendly. Spend a day or camp for the weekend at the site. Entry is $8 per person in advance, or $10 at the gate; children ages 7 to 14 are $5 and children under 6 admitted free. Special rates for Scout groups. For more information about hours and times, call (772) 519-7888 or email [email protected], or visit fiha.us

    FRIDAY, MARCH 23

    • Wonderful World of Butterflies: 10:30 a.m., Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. Learn how to create safe zones for butterflies and ways to lure these important pollinators to your garden. Free for Heathcote members, $10 for non-members. Call (772) 464-4672.

    • Juried photography exhibit opening: “Through the Eye of the Camera” will be at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery with an opening reception on Friday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be open from March 16 through April 20. The Backus Museum is located at 500 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 465-0630 or visit www.backusmuseum.com/services.html.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 24

    • Missionary Flights Family Day: 9 a.m.

    to 4 p.m., 3170 Airmans Drive, Fort Pierce. Family-friendly day with tours of the Missionary Flight hangar, plus a bounce house, games, lunch and airplane rides. Requested contribution for airplane rides is $20 per person or $40 per family. For more information, call (772) 462-2395.

    • Bamboo Painting Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. Join Ginny Piech Street and Anita Prentice for a creative day of art. $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Advance registration is required. Call (772) 464-4672.

    • Movie Matinee: Showing 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at 2 p.m., Lewis Library, 2950 S.W. Rosser Blvd., Port St. Lucie. t For more information, call (772) 462-6870. email [email protected], or visit www.stlucieco.gov/library.

    THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 25

    • ‘The Boys Next Door:’ Comedy/drama by Tom Griffin will be presented by the Pineapple Playhouse, 700 W. Weatherbee Road, Fort Pierce. From the daily lives of four developmentally challenged men, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy. With touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the challenged, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they are allotted on this earth. Show runs March 8 through March 25. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Individual tickets are $20. Student, group prices and season tickets available. For tickets, call (772) 465-0366 or visit www.pineappleplayhouse.com.

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