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MARTIN COUNTY — It looked like a possible violation of open record and open meeting requirements, called “Sunshine Laws.” A missing handwritten note raised questions about whether the Martin County Commission accidently violated those rules and the Constitution’s prohibition against government showing religious preferences, what’s known
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NOTE from page 1 as the “Establishment Clause.” In May the commission quietly declined to issue a proclamation for the Humanists of the Treasure Coast connected to World Humanist Day, June 21. At the center of the denial was that missing note which ostensibly influenced at least one commissioner’s decision on whether to support the proclamation. County and city governments issue proclamations at almost every meeting. They use the proclamations to recognize and promote everything from National Child Abuse Prevention Month to the accomplishments of local students. A proclamation usually gets little fanfare — the recipients get a reading of it at a meeting, followed by a bit of applause, handshakes, and a photo with smiling commissioners or council members. But proclamations sometimes help raise the awareness of local issues, programs and charities. Martin proclamations have inspired Your Voice stories, such as a recent one about the county’s Drug Court. The new county attorney, Michael Durham, said after speaking to numerous people he’s confident that there were no violations of Sunshine Laws, or promotion of religion over secularism. Rather, he said, the missing note was in the center of
a comedy of errors that exposed problems with how the commission does one of its usually most innocuous jobs — issuing proclamations. “We will be taking a look at this and seeing what changes need to be made,” he said in a telephone interview. Joe Beck, founder and president of the Stuart-based humanist organization, said he understands errors leading to unintended consequences, but would still like that proclamation. “They say there was a mistake, and I say let’s accept that,” he said. “Let’s work together to get a Humanist Recognition Week.” He said that there are other events and dates the commission could use to proclaim a local Humanist Recognition Week. In Beck’s view, it’s a matter of fairness. For the last 12 years, the commission has proclaimed Bible Reading Week for local churches in connection with the annual Bible Reading Marathon at Stuart’s Memorial Park. Last year, the proclamation came with the statement, “Whereas, the Bible has been the foundation for the many blessings from God that we have enjoyed in the United States …” Chairwoman Sarah Heard, Port Salerno, speaking for the commission, declined to issue the requested proclamation for the
local humanist group. David Graham, Martin’s director of administration, told Beck the news. “It is with regret that I inform you that there is a lack of support among the County Commission to support your proclamation request and I have been instructed by the Chairman to withdraw the item from the agenda,” Graham wrote in an email to Beck. “I received no specific reason why the request was denied; but that is the prerogative of the Commissioners.” Turned out that the reason had a lot to do with the handwritten note no one at the county could find by press time. Commissioner John Haddox, Palm City, said he would have signed the proclamation — he’s signed all presented to him since taking office in November. But this one came with the now missing note, which gave him pause. Haddox, who saw the note weeks before he gave a comment, recalled thinking it was written by fellow commissioner, Ed Fielding, Stuart. “The proclamation came across my desk with a note from (a commissioner),” he said in a phone interview. “It was basically saying, ‘I don’t support this resolution.’ I returned (the proclamation) and said, ‘Let this thing run its course.’” He continued, “Before I put my signature on it, I gave it to my
aide and said, ‘Bring it to me last.’ I never saw it again.” Sam Morley, general council of the Florida Press Association, said the missing note raises questions about the commission’s adherence to Sunshine Laws. “In this case the sticky note reflected the views of a board member on an issue pending before the board,” he said in an emailed response to queries. “It was circulated to other board members and another board member acted on the note and indicated his disapproval. The note was part of the deliberations that led to the official action of the board and using the note to avoid deliberating the issue publicly seems to be a violation of the Sunshine Law.” Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said in an email that with or without the missing note, passing proclamations for signatures before meetings seemed to steer the commission dangerously close to a legal cliff. “However, the fact that commissioners were to sign the proclamation as a signal of support — and the fact that the proclamation wasn’t put on the agenda due to the lack of sufficient signatures — could be a violation of law,” she wrote. “On page 17 of the ‘2013 Government in the Sunshine Manual’: “Thus,
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Emailed response from county attorney Thank you for giving me some time to look into this matter and gather some facts. I know it is a little late, but I wanted the information to be correct, and this took so more time. I will just bullet point the information, you have the context based upon our discussions. As to the sunshine matter involving the sticky note. After talking to several staff members, it is clear that a staff member wrote the note and put it on a folder in order to communicate with another staff member regarding the proclamation. The folder with the proclamation was then provided to that staff member who was not available to receive it and to remove the
NOTE from page 3 a procedure whereby a board takes official action by circulating a memorandum for each board member to sign whether the board member approves or disapproves of a particular issue, violates the Sunshine Law.’” She added, “This would seem to be the case here, correct? The county employee told the group that the commission ‘declined to support the proposed proclamation’ — in other words, the commission took action by circulating the proposed proclamation among themselves. Based on the Blair opinion, this would appear to be violation of the Sunshine Law.” Which goes to the heart of why Heard declined to put the pro-
sticky note. The folder with the sticky was then provided to another Commissioner. As a result there was the appearance that a Commissioner was communicating with another Commissioner through a sticky note about a proclamation. However, in fact, the communication was between staff members not Commissioners. The Commissioner in receipt of the folder with the sticky note inadvertently got the message. Additionally, no Commissioner saw anyone draft the note. Thus based upon the facts there is no impression of a sunshine violation. As to the public record matter regarding the sticky note. The sticky note would be a public
posed proclamation on the June 4 agenda. “It came to my attention, two commissioners refused to sign it,” she said in a telephone interview. “It was my decision that lackluster approval for a proclamation was worse than none. I decided we wouldn’t issue a proclamation.” That note, Durham said after interviewing numerous people, was written by a county employee, not a commissioner as Haddox recalled, for other county employees, not commissioners. Therefore, he said, the action is well clear of violating Sunshine Laws. He said county employees who remember seeing it have verified the note indicated that Fielding wouldn’t sign the proclamation. Durham also said that Fielding
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record as it was intended to communicate information from one staff member to another staff member about public business. In this context the sticky note would be considered a transitory public record because it primarily communicated information which was of short-term value based upon the content and purpose of the sticky note. Therefore, the sticky note should be maintained as a record until the information becomes obsolete, is superseded or its administrative value is lost. Once the sticky note was passed from one staff member to the other, the communication value become obsolete or otherwise its communication value was lost.
told him his refusal to sign the proclamation was for reasons apart from religious sentiments. Fielding is unusual among Martin’s commissioners in that he sometimes won’t sign proclamations. Heard said that in her 10 years on the commission, she’s never seen it decline a proclamation presented in time to make an appropriate meeting. Graham said he’s never seen it happen in 12 years. “It’s never happened before with me,” he said. “I can’t speak to (what may have happened) before my time.” However innocuous and perfunctory, proclamations are official acts that go on commission agendas and require votes. Under Sunshine Laws, elected officials can’t discuss with each other items that will be on meeting agendas, although one-way communications about them are generally allowed. For example, a commissioner could send a memorandum to others about a fact-finding tour he or she took of a property in the center of a rezoning question. Those communications are generally available for public examination. Durham, who started as the county attorney in April, said that current proclamation procedures have been around for awhile, but do seem to steer uncomfortably close to the appearance of Sunshine violations. “By passing them among themselves and signing them, they’re telling each other how they’ll likely vote,” he said in the telephone interview. And there’s the question about whether the commission accidently violated the First Amendment’s prohibition against showing religious preferences by supporting Bible Reading Week,
Therefore the sticky note was disposed of accordingly. Your inquiry has raised a procedural matter involving proclamations, specifically, Commissioners reviewing a proclamation, signing a proclamation, then transmitting a proclamation through staff to another Commissioner. I understand the reason for this practice is so that when a proclamation is presented to the receiving entity during a Board meeting it has all the necessary signatures. The second Commissioner and subsequent Commissioners do see the signatures of the previous Commissioners and this
See RESPONSE page 12 but not Humanist Recognition Week. Baylor Johnson, media relations manager for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said the proclamation refusal seemed to have taken the commission possibly close to that edge. “Just with the facts you’ve given me, it certainly raises concerns that they’re making determinations about promoting certain viewpoints over others, which is problematic,” he said in a telephone interview. “It would depend on whether or not they were allowing other religious viewpoints to be treated the same. The reason we have the Establishment Clause is the idea of religious liberty.” But while humanism might have theological implications, it isn’t a religion. Durham said Fielding was aware of that fact when he declined to sign the proclamation. In a previous interview, Beck said that most secular humanists are either agnostic or atheist, but not always. “Humanism is basically a rational, compassionate, human-centered way of life,” Beck said. “Humanists strive to live fulfilling lives that aspire to help humanity without reference to a god, supernatural creatures, or religion.” However, Beck said the commission’s willingness to proclaim Bible Reading Week compels it to recognize humanists’ requests. “It would be wiser for cities and counties not to be involved in Bible Reading Week, or National Prayer Day, but since they’re involved the Constitution requires they give equal treatment to all others,” he said. Haddox, who is a moderate Catholic, said the incident makes
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NOTE from page 6 him wonder whether the commission should have a policy against making proclamations for religious organizations and events at all. “Does the Martin County Board of Commissioners want to get into the business of proclamations of all religions, or uphold separation of church and state?” he said. He wondered aloud if the commission would have supported a World Catholic Day, or World Muslim Day. Heard said she worries about limiting proclamations on religious criteria. “That’s a slippery slope,” she said. “I think we represent all people and there is a clear separation of church and state.” Your Voice asked if she believes the commission represented area humanists in recent events with the requested proclamation. “I concur, we didn’t,” she said. In an email, Durham said the commission will likely discuss
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Jamie Chapogas Financial Focus carbohydrate-type benefits — in other words, investments with the potential to fuel a long-term investment strategy. Such a strategy usually involves owning a mix of high-quality stocks, bonds, government securities and certificates of deposit. By owning these vehicles, in proportions ap-
propriate for your risk tolerance and time horizon, you can help yourself make progress toward your financial goals — and lessen the risk of running out of energy “mid-stream.” Of course, competitive swimmers have to be diligent not just in what they do eat, but also in what they don’t. That’s why they avoid sweets, such as sodas and desserts, when it’s close to race time. These items do not provide lasting energy — in fact, they actually sap energy once the sugar wears off. As an investor, you, too, need to avoid the temptation of “sweets” in the form of high-yield or “hot” investment vehicles. You may find some of these investments to be alluring, but you will need to carefully weigh the extra risks involved. For many people, these types of investments may not provide the long-term stability needed to help maintain a healthy, productive investment portfolio. While what swimmers eat, or don’t eat, is important to them, their drinking habits are also cru-
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students in grades 4 to 10, math for those in grades 4 to 8, science for those in grades 5 and 8, along with end-of-course assessments for algebra 1, geometry, biology 1 and U.S. History. Statewide, students made gains in all areas, particularly in biology and geometry. Martin’s ninth- and 10th-graders had the third-highest reading scores in the state for their respective groups. The seventh-graders were fifth-highest and eighth-graders sixth in reading. Additionally, all of the county’s middle-school students who took the Algebra I end-of-course assessment passed. Statewide, 64 percent of students taking the algebra 1 assessment for the first time scored achievement level 3 or higher. In other words, passed the test. That’s up from 58 percent last year. Ninety-nine percent of the district’s middle-school students who took the geometry end-ofcourse exam passed, too. Statewide, 64 percent of students taking the geometry exam for the first time passed, an 8 percent increase over last year. In biology, the school district ranked seventh. There are 67 counties and school districts in the state. Tracey Miller, executive director of instructional services, said Martin has implemented several programs to help students with reading, which increases performance in all subjects. “Any time you put an emphasis on something, you’re going to improve,” she said. Miller said Martin also uses a lot of progress monitoring, repeatedly giving students the same exams throughout courses. If students don’t improve on exams as their classes cover the subject, teachers know early on to seek remedies. Miller compared it to regularly stepping on a weight scale to measure the effects of food and exercise habits.
Tracey Miller, executive director of instructional services, said Martin has implemented several programs to help students with reading, which increases performance in all subjects. “Any time you put an emphasis on something, you’re going to improve,” she said. “Getting on the scale doesn’t make you lose weight,” she said. “You have to use that information.” DiTerlizzi — whose district includes Palm City, Citrus Grove and Bessey Creek elementary schools, along with Hidden Oaks Middle — said he believes a number of things contributed to Martin’s good performance in the state’s evaluation tests. He said parent volunteerism is an important one. DiTerlizzi said they gave many of the 165,000 volunteer hours at Martin’s schools this school year. “That all goes to tell you the mindset of our community,” he said. “Parent involvement in their child’s education is paramount.” The state is phasing out the FCAT as it’s implementing the Common Core standards and increasing emphasis on end-ofcourse assessment exams. In the 2014-2015 school year, the test that was started in 1998 will be almost completely replaced by one meeting standards for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Some students will still have the science portion of the FCAT. The FCAT replaced the State Student Assessment Test and High School Competency Test. The FCAT became an important component in the state’s formula for grading districts. The department of education has given Martin an A rating for more than a decade. Martin has about 19,000 students in 22 schools, including two charter schools.
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tion in and of itself. As to the proclamation not moving forward, it appears, to some degree to be a procedural matter that resulted in this discussion. It would appear the Humanists should reach out to individual commissioners and have conversations directly regarding the matter. Often more dialogue is better than less. It is apparent that each Commissioner recognizes that the federal and state establishment clauses respectively were and are intended to protect against government sponsorship, financial support, or active involvement of government in religious activity.
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Saturday, June 22 The Boys & Girls Club of Martin County will have its second annual Retro Game Show Night starting at 6:30 p.m. It’ll be at the Star Struck Performing Arts Center and Theatre, 2101 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart. ESPN 106.3 FM’s Josh Cohen will emcee as auctioneer Reed Hartman announces the evening’s game shows. Among other games will be “Name that Tune,” and “The Price is Right.” Tickets, which include hors d’oeuvres and an open bar with beers from Sailfish Brewery, are $75. For tickets or information, call Juliet at (772) 545-1255, or e-mail email@example.com. The event is open to those 21 or older. The Lego Club will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave, Palm City. Lego enthusiasts are invited to show up for creative building time with other kids. Make creations based on a theme and share masterpiece with the group. Pictures of the Lego creations will be posted on the library’s online photo gallery. Lego Club is for kids ages 4 and up. The library will provide Legos, and gently-used donations are always welcome. Cummings’ number is (772) 288-2551. Master gardeners from the St. Lucie County Extension Services will be on hand from 9 to 11 a.m. to answer questions and look at plants, or photos of problem flora, at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 S.E.
Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Information about the services is at stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu, or by calling (772) 337-5654 or (772) 462-1510. Morningside’s number is (772) 337-5632. Join Miss Sarah for Storytime at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Storytime includes books, music, creative movement and more. All ages are welcomed. For more information, contact Sarah Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (772) 337-5632.
Monday, June 24 Camp Gan Israel of Martin & St. Lucie County will start at the Chabad Jewish Center, 2809 S.W. Sunset Trail, Palm City. The day camp includes several activities, sports, crafts and field trips to help campers develop greater confidence and a sense of fair play. For information, call (772) 288-0606, or visit cgimsl.com. The camp continues until July 19 in two sessions.
Tuesday, June 25 Learn American Sign Language with Marion Ross’ “Sign Along With Me” from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave, Palm City. Families will learn American Sign Language and how it encourages language, social, cognitive and literacy development in children. Sponsored by the Friends of the Martin Coun-
ty Library System, the classes are free and open to the public. This class includes music, play, books and activities. Learn signs for food, clothing, a park, pets, bath- and bedtime. Baby sign language class for newborns to 3 years old. Registration required. Call (772) 288-2551 or visit any library to register. Seating is limited to 25 children. From 1 to 2 p.m., award-winning local author Marianne Berkes will present her latest children’s book “What’s in the Garden?” at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave, Palm City. Berkes’ interactive program features a game and craft. The event is for all ages with a focus on children ages 3-8. “What’s in the Garden?” helps children make a connection between the natural world and what they eat. The book features vivid illustrations, recipes and information on plants and cooking that can begin a lifetime of healthy eating. Berkes, a Hobe Sound resident, has spent much of her life as a teacher, children’s theater director and children’s librarian. For more information about Summer Reading events throughout the Martin County Library System, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit library.martin. fl.us, or call (772) 221-1403. Cummings’ number is (772) 288-2551.
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CALENDAR from page 14 The American Association of University Women, Stuart Area Branch, will have a reading group at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave, Palm City, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The branch is on the web at stuart-fl.aauw.net/. Cummings’ number is (772) 288-2551. Nelson Merchan-Cely, Hispanics in Action, will teach advanced Spanish at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Morningside’s number is (772) 337-5632. Master gardeners from the St. Lucie County Extension Services will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions and look at plants, or photos of problem flora, at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Information about the services is at stlucie. ifas.ufl.edu, or by calling (772) 337-5654 or 462-1510. Morningside’s number is (772) 337-5632. Learn to Read of St. Lucie County will have an adult literacy class at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. It’ll be from 2 to 5 p.m. For information, call Luz Ma Carnacho at
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Wednesday, June 26 The Palm City Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with Benefits will be 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Monarch Country Club, 1801 S.W. Monarch Club Drive, Palm City. Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is sponsoring the event. Members pay $15, and others $20. The chamber is at 800 S.W. Martin Downs Blvd. Its number is (772) 286-8121. It’s on the web at palmcitychamber.com. The Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave, Palm City will host Family Jazzercise from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Family Jazzercise instructor Katie Dyer will focus on teaching simple movements, beginning with body stretches. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity. Cummings’ number is (772) 288-2551.
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AARP will have a driver’s safety program at The Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave, Palm City, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cummings’ number is (772) 288-2551. Basic Computing: PC Thursdays will be at 3 p.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave, Palm City. Learn more about Windows computers at the Idea Lab. Instruction will be provided on basic computer operations such as managing files, surfing the Internet and emailing. Bring a laptop or use a library computer. Call to register, (772) 288-2551.
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MARTIN COUNTY —Seacoast National Bank has partnered with the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center to collect donations of pet food. All Martin County Seacoast branches are participating throughout the summer until Aug. 30. Pet food donations will be distributed to homebound seniors who receive Meals on Wheels through the Council on Aging.
“For many seniors, their pets are their only family and their beloved daily companions,” said Cathy Knowles, manager of Meal Services for the Council on Aging at the Kane Center. “Those who are on limited incomes or those who have no transportation often struggle to buy pet food. We want to ensure that the seniors and their pets receive proper nutrition.” Martin County branches of Seacoast National Bank have donation boxes in the lobby
available to the public. All types of cat and dog food are being accepted. Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF). With more than $2 billion in assets and 34 branches from Orlando to Palm Beach Gardens and south central Florida, it is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida. For more information, visit the bank’s website at www.SeacoastNational.com.
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Saturdays Crush Wine Bar DJ 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 100 S. Dixie Highway, Downtown Stuart. For more information, call (772) 600-5853.
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Rockin’ Riverwalk Music Series 1-4 p.m. Variety of live music in Historic Downtown Stuart. October through May. For more information, call (772) 288-1010.
Crush Wine Bar DJ 9 p.m. until whenever. 100 S. Dixie Highway, Downtown Stuart. For more information, call (772) 6005853. The Sailor’s Return Live music 8-11 p.m. 625 S.W. First St., Stuart. For more information, call (772) 8727250. Conchy Joe’s Seafood Live music by Rainfall 8 p.m.-midnight. 3945 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 334-1130. Musicfest Downtown Stuart, second and third Friday of the month, 6-10 p.m. Free. 121 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. For more information, call (772) 286-2848.
The Sailor’s Return Live music 8-11 p.m. 625 S.W. First St., Stuart. For more information, call (772) 8727250. Conchy Joe’s Seafood Live music by Rainfall 8 p.m.-midnight. 3945 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 334-1130. Sundays Charlie’s Bar and Grill Karaoke 7:30 p.m. 4695 S.W. Kanner Highway, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 288-4326. The Sailor’s Return Live music 4-8 p.m. 625 S.W. First St., Stuart. For more information, call (772) 8727250.
Events Friday, June 21 Darrell Gwinn at Wahoo’s Riverhouse. 4-7 p.m. 915 N.W. Flagler Drive, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 692-2243. Random Play at Wahoo’s Riverhouse. 8-11 p.m. 915 N.W. Flagler Drive, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 692-2243. Bowl your Brains out Blazer at Jensen Beach Bowl. 8 p.m. to midnight. All you can bowl $11 per person. 2303 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. For more information call (772) 225-2695 or visit jensenbeachbowl.com
(772) 872-7250. Category 5 at Crawdaddy’s. 7 p.m., 1949 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 225-3444. Saturday, June 22 Hot Rod Band at The Sailor’s Return. 8 p.m. 625 S.W. First St., Stuart. For more information, call (772) 872-7250. The Shakers at Wahoo’s Riverhouse. 8-11 p.m. 915 N.W. Flagler Drive, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 692-2243. Bowl your Brains out Blazer at Jensen Beach Bowl. 8 p.m. to midnight. All you can bowl $11 per person. 2303 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. For more information call (772) 225-2695 or visit jensenbeachbowl.com Hawk and the Invaders at Crawdaddy’s. 7 p.m., 1949 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 2253444.
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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer An order of Scallops served with broccoli at Palm City Grill is popular fare at the restaurant located on Martin Downs Boulevard.
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Frederick and I would love to tell you about our newest addition to Diamonds By Terry. Our beautiful Diamond Tea Room & Bistro. We promise friendly service, warm ambiance and simply great food. The setting is best described as “classy casual” with a menu that features unique flavors. Specializing in fresh organic Soups, Salads, Boston Lobster Cakes , Pizza in a bowl, Tuscany bread ,Tarts or our Itsy Bitsy Burger with caramelized Spanish onions or daily specials like, Chicken Piccata, Lobster Ravioli, Maryland Crab Cakes, Sea Food Stew, Italian Clams, Chicken Risotto or homemade Chicken Pot Pie, just to name a few and of course our Afternoon Tea featuring 6 courses. I am lover of fine teas and traditional English High Tea with our real homemade “Devonshire Cream” and Lemon Curd on fresh baked English Scones, not to mention the hand painted Ladybug Truffles, cookies, tea sandwiches and our fabulous Desserts from around the world, baked here. A quilted maple bar with its granite top all add to the charming ambiance. Not to mention we have a fine wine, Beer & Champagne list. The Dining Room seats 45+ including tables set with Antique crystal and Limoges China and our signature “black tablecloths”. Our Menu changes daily. Come have Tea, lunch and a glass of wine with us soon. We have had Several request for private affairs, we will be happy to accommodate your group or family. I have listed some that you have mentioned to me and we will be happy to help you with your special event.
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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Escargot at the Palm City Grill is served as a delicious appetizer encased in a mushroom caps and a covering of cheese at the restaurant located on Martin Downs Boulevard.
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Steven Beers and the establishment’s five owners with instilling its staff of 50 with stellar customer service values. The five also own and run Palm City Grill in St. Lucie West, Prawnbroker Grill, Shrimpers and the Black Marlin, as well as five additional restaurants on Florida’s west coast. “We don’t view our clientele as customers, they’re extended family members that just come home to visit, that’s all,” Rhine said. In fact, regulars receive birthday and anniversary cards with discount coupons. And anyone who’d like to keep up with seasonal appetizers and entrees are included on an emailing list, so they can drop by to dine on their favorite dish. One of those menu rarities customers are alerted to is the mouth-watering Palm City Chowder, which was created right in the back kitchen. The soup is made with shrimp, cream, a splash of sherry and imitation crab meat. Rhine describes it as a seafood bisque with mushroom and dill. A must-try starter is the Palm City Escargot baked in mushroom caps with artichoke heart, roasted red pepper, brandy, garlic butter and mozzarella cheese. The delicacy doesn’t get much better than the Palm City way. One of the restaurant’s most popular entrees is the Horseradish Crusted Grouper. One bite and it’s obvious why. The dish comes with a hearty serving of pan-seared grouper with horseradish, panko crumbs, lemon, orange and lime zest, then topped with vanilla rum butter and flash-fried leeks. The fruity zest makes the dish a great summer meal. The locally caught grouper comes straight from New England Fish Market in Jensen Beach, Rhine said. Other fish on the menu always comes from a 100-mile radius, Rhine said. A recommended side with the grouper is the Tropical Sweet Potato made with whipped sweet potatoes, vanilla, butter, brown
sugar and pecans. Another great entree is the Scallops Beurre Blanc made with pan-seared diver scallops, which are bigger in size than sea scallops. The scallops are served on sautéed spinach, capers, a lemon buerre blanc sauce and diced tomatoes. The colorful dish is also a visual treat. The restaurant also offers an array of craft beers and an exotic wine list. Two years ago, Palm City Grill began hosting a wine tasting once a month during the seasonal months of October through March. Guests are treated to a five-course dining experience paired with different, international and domestic wines for $60$75 per person, service included, said beverage program director, Jason Daniels. Daniels said he uses his Ph.D. in history to educate guests about the process of growing and producing wine. Daniels also teaches guests about the geographic regions each wine originates from. The successful program was launched to broaden the palettes of patrons. The restaurant served strictly California wine before the program was introduced, Daniels said. “It was both in part to broaden our perspective on wine and the staff’s perspective on wine and also to kind of broaden our clientele’s perspective,” Daniels said. Palm City Grill now offers red and white wines from regions including Northern Italy and Australia to South Africa and New Zealand. For more information on Palm City Grill, visit www.prawnbroker. com or call (772) 220-GRIL. Palm City Grill is located at 3208 S.W. Martin Downs Blvd. in Palm City. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Daily Happy Hour is from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunset Specials are offered from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Reservations are available for parties of seven or more.
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Arts leagues join forces for summer STUART — Creating art can be a solitary pursuit. One of the great joys for artists is to know that others have enjoyed their work. For the last few years, several arts organizations in Martin County, including the Palm City Art Associates, Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Art Associates of Martin County and the Jensen Beach Art League, have joined forces to produce a juried exhibition of the best works of their members. The show, entitled “Color Me Creative,” will be on display at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart from June 14-Aug. 16. The summer show was conceived three years ago when Sharon Ferina of the Art Associates of Martin County, Nancy Steinberg of the Palm City Arts Associates and Carol Kepp of the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League met and decided to coordinate their efforts. They met with the Arts Council of Martin County and became members of the Gallery Committee. A summer art show was planned with members of the three groups; the Jensen Beach Art league joined in the following
Photo courtesy of Jane Blatt ‘Color Me Creative’ is the theme of the summer art juried art exhibition, featuring works by members of the Palm City Art Associates, Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Art Associates of Martin County and the Jensen Beach Art League. The show runs from June 14-Aug. 16 at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart. Blatt, who does publicity for the Palm City group, belongs to each of the member organizations. She said that they provide a valuable service for artists. “Each has a demonstration at their monthly meeting,” she said. “It’s a great learning experience and the money goes to scholar-
ships. We were able to award four instead of three this year because of (money collected) from the demonstrations.” “Color Me creative,” a juried exhibition of works by artists from
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