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  • Martin Together Planning for Our Recovery

Page last updated: May 29 at 7:55 p.m. —

We remain steadfast in our resolve to make Martin County a safe and healthy place to call home. As we move into the recovery phase, protecting the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors remains the county’s primary goal. Collaborating with federal, state and local partners, we will provide guidelines for our community with a data-driven approach. Together we will approach new challenges with resilience and sustainability to protect that which is most precious to us. Together we can get through this. Together we can move our community forward. Martin Together.

REOPENING FLORIDA

The following section features information related to the measured and strategic reopening of Florida.

Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

On April 29, Governor DeSantis released Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan for Florida’s Recovery, which outlines a phased approach to reopening and is based on these guiding principles:

  • Focus on the health and safety of the public
  • Continued priority of protecting the vulnerable
  • Protecting residents’ civil liberties
  • Continued partnership with local communities
  • Ensuring public confidence
  • Planning for economic recovery and our healthcare system readiness

Highlights of Phase I include:

  • Organized youth activities, including sports leagues, clubs, programs and summer camps, may operate
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating, with increased indoor seating at 50% capacity beginning May 18
  • Retail can operate at 50% of indoor capacity beginning May 18
  • Museums and libraries may operate at 50% of indoor capacity beginning May 18
  • Hair and nail salons can operate but must follow established guidelines
  • Schools continue with distance learning
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
  • Elective surgeries statewide can resume
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside of their home

View Executive Order 20-131
View Executive Order 20-123
View Executive Order 20-120 | FAQs
View Executive Order 20-112 | FAQs 
View Guiding Principles for Reopening
View the Task Force Report

COVID-19 DASHBOARDS

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COVID-19 UPDATES

Below you can view the daily report for Martin County, as well as the county's weekday update videos which provide highlights of the day’s local and state information related to COVID-19. The report and video will be posted each day below, as well as on the county’s social media outlets.

View Daily Report

Click or tap the image below to view the daily COVID-19 report for Martin County.

Friday, May 29, 2020:

May 29 COVID-19 daily report

For previous reports, view the COVID-19 Report Archive

View Weekday Update Video

View the latest Martin County COVID-19 update video below.
 
Friday, May 29, 2020:
 
 
For previous update videos, please visit Martin County's YouTube Channel.

TESTING & PREVENTION

Testing Locations

Drive-thru Testing:

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is performing drive-thru testing for COVID-19 by appointment only at Martin North Hospital in Stuart and Tradition Hospital in Port St. Lucie.

Anyone over the age of 16 who has a fever and respiratory illness (such as cough, runny nose, sneezing) or any patient with a fever and gastrointestinal illness (such as diarrhea, vomiting) is eligible for testing. 

For an appointment, individuals who may have symptoms of COVID-19 must call (772) 419-3360, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, visit martinhealth.org.

Directions and hours:

Martin North Hospital
200 SE Hospital Ave.
Stuart, Florida 34994

Testing Hours:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Tradition Hospital
10000 SW Innovation Way
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987

Testing Hours:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc.

FCHC is performing drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at their Indiantown Center location, at 15858 SW Warfield Boulevard, by appointment. Individuals are requested to call to setup an appointment for screening, evaluation, and testing at (772) 597-3596. Telehealth appointments are also available. For more information, visit fchcinc.org.

Prevention Guidance

CDC Prevention Guidance:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

View additional prevention information from the CDC.

Face Coverings:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. 

A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. The cloth face covering should be used in combination with social distancing.

View additional mask information from the CDC

County Updates

The following section features information on county facility closures and service adjustments, as well as specific details related to recreational activities and facilities such as boat ramps, golf courses, parks and beaches.

Facilities

COUNTY FACILITY REOPENINGS

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners has been making plans and preparations to reopen offices to the public in a phased approach.

MARTIN COUNTY UTILITIES:

Beginning Monday, June 1, Martin County Utilities will reopen to the public with access by appointment only to limit the number of people in the office.

To make an appointment, customers should call (772)  221-1434
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Measures such as protective barriers and increased sanitization have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of employees and the public. Residents are encouraged to wear face coverings when entering the building. Customers are encouraged to continue to use online, email and by phone options for conducting business whenever possible. 

Ways to make a utilities payment:

  • Pay online 
  • Mail payment to: Martin County Utilities, P.O. Box 9000, Stuart, FL 34995
  • Leave payment in a secure envelope in blue dropbox located in parking lot at 3473 SE Willoughby Boulevard. 

COUNTY FACILITY CLOSURES

Although some county offices remain closed to the general public, the county will continue to provide services with altered modes and methods in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to use online, email and over-the-phone resources to conduct county business.

ADMINISTRATION:

The Administration Building is closed to walk-in traffic.
For assistance, call (772) 288-5400
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT:

The Building Department is closed to walk-in traffic.
For assistance, call (772) 288-5916
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All permits are being extended for an additional 90 days (or longer) during the crisis as needed and as of last week Code Enforcement is only enforcing Health Safety and Welfare issues.

LIBRARIES:

All branches of the Martin County Library System are closed to the public. In addition, all events, programs, and classes will be cancelled.

All material due dates have been extended to June 16, 2020 and no fines will accrue. Although our buildings are closed we will still be honoring holds at all library locations except the Robert Moragde Library.

You can pick up your hold by going up to the front entrance with your library card and a staff member will retrieve it for you. If you have additional questions, staff is available at (772) 288-5702 x5.

While libraries are closed, the following services will be provided: 

  • Hold pick-up at each location (during normal library hours)
    • From May 5, the Robert Morgade Library is closed for hold pick-up
    • Unless otherwise requested, these holds will be availalbe for pick-up at the Blake Library in Stuart: 772-288-5702 x5
  • Receive item returns in outside book drops
  • Email and telephone reference (during normal library hours)
  • Online classes and downloadable eBooks and eAudio (24 hours a day/7 days a week)

UTILITIES & SOLID WASTE:

HazMobile: Beginning Thursday, March 26 the HazMobile program will be suspended until further notice, and we will no longer be going to the designated Public Safety/Fire Station locations throughout the County for residents to drop off their household hazardous waste. Residents will still have the option to drop off hazardous materials at the Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 9155 Busch Street in Palm City.

Reminder: Short on toilet paper during the COVID-19 outbreak? Don’t flush paper towels and wipes down the toilet. Flushing alternatives like paper towels and sanitizing wipes can cause big problems for sewer systems.

These bulkier products can accumulate in sewer lines and cause sewage backups and spills that are bad for human health and the environment. Learn what not to flush and what to put in the trash to help protect the sewage system and your health.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:

No walk-in customers are currently being accepted with the exception of drug testing. Please call our office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (772) 288-5785 for more information. In addition, no cash will be accepted and payments must be made online or with credit cards.

VETERANS SERVICES:

Veterans Services is closed to walk-in traffic and will be performing phone-in interviews only. Please call (772) 288-5448.

Services

COUNTY SERVICE CHANGES

MARTY PUBLIC TRANSIT:

MARTY, Martin County's public transit service, will continue to provide service for riders performing essential activities. Increased cleaning and disinfecting will continue to be performed on all vehicles and at bus stops with seating. 

Individuals utilizing public transit shall adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regards to social distancing. Passengers should make every effort to sit or stand at least six feet from any other passenger and the bus operator. Individuals that are sick are asked NOT to board MARTY vehicles.

To minimize interaction between patrons and bus operators, MARTY is suspending the sale of on-board bus passes and fare box collection until further notice.

TRASH & RECYCLING:

Collection of garbage, yard waste, bulk trash and recycling will continue without interruption based on regular schedules for Waste Management customers. For the latest information, visit Waste Management

Beaches, Parks, Boating, Golf

BEACHES

As of Wednesday, May 20, all Martin County-owned and operated public beach access points (including Hobe Sound Beach) are open to all. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow social distancing and CDC guidelines. Patrons are required to park in marked areas and parking will be strictly enforced. As a reminder, Bathtub Beach remains closed due to erosion issues.

PARKS

Social distancing and group size restrictions at all Martin County parks and facilities, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are required.

FACILITY/AMENITY STATUS

All County Boat Ramps

OPEN

RV & Primitive Camping (Phipps)

OPEN

Racquet Sports (Tennis, Pickle ball etc.)

OPEN

Pathways/Trails/Boardwalks

OPEN

Fishing Piers

OPEN

Restrooms

OPEN

Pavilions

OPEN

Lap Swimming*

OPEN

Beaches

OPEN

Disc (Frisbee) Golf

OPEN

Sand Dune Café

OPEN

Playground / Fitness Areas

OPEN

IRSP Water Playground

OPEN

Skate Parks**

OPEN

Basketball Courts

CLOSED

Equestrian Arena

CLOSED

Water Fountains

CLOSED

Adventure Tents

CLOSED

Volleyball

CLOSED

Baseball/Softball Fields

CLOSED

Multipurpose Fields

CLOSED

Athletic Parks

CLOSED

Roller Hockey Rink

CLOSED

Futsol Courts

CLOSED

Sailfish Splash Waterpark

CLOSED

Special Events

CLOSED

Summer Camp

CLOSED

Recreation Centers

CLOSED

County Golf Course

CLOSED

 

**Skate Park Restrictions:

To ensure social distancing, the number of skaters allowed on the ramps will be limited to 10 at a time, and skate time will be limited to 90 minutes if there is a wait. Spectators will be limited to 2 per skater.

*Lap Pool Restrictions:

The 50-Meter Lap Pool at Sailfish Splash Waterpark has reopened for lap swimming, as of Monday, May 4. The rest of the facility remains closed to the public until further notice. During this phase of reopening, the lap pool will be open during the following hours:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Swim time reservations are required and available online only. Must show receipt of the reservation to access the facility (no printing necessary). CDC guidelines for social distancing will be required and only one person per lane will be allowed, no exceptions.

BOATING

All restrictions for all Martin County-owned boat ramps have been lifted as of Friday, May 1.

GOLF COURSES

Effective Friday, May 1, public courses are now open to everyone including out of county residents and can allow two (2) golfers per cart, as long as they belong to the same household. 

  • Courses will need to create a system in which they will check that golfers are in the same household 
  • Courses will need to have a system to identify two-person carts have been checked and can be visibly recognized from a distance. A ribbon or 8.5”x11” piece of paper taped to a window would suffice. Other courses have used flags, pendants, or magnetic dots. 
  • Courses will still need to follow PGA, USGA, CDC, and NGCOA COVID-19 guidelines. 

Emergency Order 20-04: Restrictions for Golf Courses

Community Resources

The following section features information for businesses and individuals on assistance resources, links and updates related to constitutional offices, links to the websites for local municipalities, Martin County School District updates and information from local service providers in response to COVID-19.

Information Resources

Community Information Center: Martin County’s Community Information Center is staffed to answer questions regarding county business, closures, services and general information from our elected and constitutional officers and community partners. 

Community Info Center: (772) 287-1652 
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Florida Department of Health: For all health-related questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

24/7 State Hotline: (866) 779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov 
Website: floridahealthcovid19.gov

DOH Martin County: (772) 221-4000
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

FEMA Rumor Control: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has created a Rumor Control webpage to help distinguish between rumors and facts in response to COVID-19. 

Individual Assistance

CRISIS SUPPORT

If  you are in need of crisis or mental health resources, counseling and/or emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic, view the following link for a list of available COVID-19 crisis resources.

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE

Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated funding to provide direct financial relief to American families as we deal with the impacts of the coronavirus. The IRS has issued updated guidance on how to ensure that you receive your payment in a timely manner.

FINANCIAL STABILITY

211: 

211 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect residents with resources for food, paying housing bills, mental health services and more. For assistance, dial 2-1-1, (561) 383-1112, or text your zip code to TXT211 (898211). Service is free and confidential. For more information, visit the 211 website.

BASIC NEEDS:

If you are unable to meet basic needs like housing, food and healthcare:

HOME ENERGY NEEDS:

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. Apply online via the Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc., ALPI website.

UNITED WAY OF MARTIN COUNTY:

To assist Martin County individuals and families who are impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Martin County is launching the COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund and has authorized up to $200,000 from their emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts.

United Way of Martin County is working with local direct service organizations to disseminate emergency funds with the appropriate sense of urgency. Learn more via the United Way Martin County website.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF MARTIN COUNTY:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is providing meals to children under the age of 18, regardless of whether or not they are club members. Free, ready-to-eat meals for families are also available. Meals provided will include dinner and a snack, and can be picked up drive-through style outside from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily at the following locations: 

  • Meals are available for pick up at:
    • Cole-Clark Club, 11500 SE Lares Ave., Hobe Sound
    • Bill & Barbara Whitman Club, 17375 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown
    • H. Wayne Huizenga Club, 1150 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City
    • John & Marge Bolton Club, 4731 SE Flounder Ave., Stuart
    • Hobe Sound Mobile Village, 11411 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT:

The Martin County School District's Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Department is serving hot and cold meals to all students aged 18 and under. Each bagged meal served will have a ready-to-eat lunch and breakfast for the next day. Meals will be served 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the locations listed below while schools are closed. 

  • Hobe Sound Elementary School
    11555 SE Gomez Avenue, Hobe Sound
  • J.D. Parker Elementary School
    1010 E. 10th Street, Stuart
  • Jensen Beach Elementary School
    2525 NE Savannah Road, Jensen Beach
  • Port Salerno Elementary School
    3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart
  • Warfield Elementary School
    15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown

**FNS is also providing meal service to St. Lucie Mobile Village in Indiantown.**

Parents/guardians and/or students can drive, bike, or walk to these locations. Effective March 27, 2020, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will not require students to be present to receive meals, but parents/guardians should be prepared to provide one of the following documents to receive a meal for their child(ren) who are not present: 

  • School ID (any school - MCSD-operated school, charter or private)
  • Birth certificate/passport/religious record
  • Daycare record

Hours of operation at each site are subject to change depending on community participation. Additional questions should be directed to Food & Nutrition Services at (772) 223-2655 or via email: AskFNS@martinschools.org.

DIAPERS AND FORMULA:

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition: (772) 463-2888 | mchealthystart.org

FOOD PANTRIES: 

FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:

The Florida Department of Children and Families' Food Assistance Program helps people with low-income buy healthy food. To apply for the Food Assistance Program (SNAP), please visit the Florida Department of Children and Families website.

HOUSE OF HOPE FOOD DISTRIBUTION:

House of Hope is distributing prepackaged food directly into client’s vehicles. Clients on foot and bicycle will also be served. Those new to the House of Hope will need to bring the following information to access the service:

  • Picture ID
  • Proof of Martin County residency (current lease, mortgage or utility bill)
  • For questions, call (772) 286-4673

MEALS ON WHEELS:

Are you in need of meal delivery due to COVID-19? Call Meals on Wheels at (772) 223-7826 or (772) 223-7825. The Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program provides hot, noontime meals for those who are unable to shop or cook. 

Although Meals on Wheels primarily serves seniors, it is available to all Martin County residents who have a need for this service, whether on a permanent or temporary basis (for example, following surgery). For more information, visit the Kane Center website.

PREPARED MEALS FOR HOMELESS:

Love and Hope in Action: (772) 781-7002lahia.org

TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK:

Treasure Coast Food Bank supports a network of local emergency food assistance programs. If you are in need of food, please contact one of our agency partners listed on the Stop Hunger website.

For further assistance, contact the Treasure Coast Food Bank Partner Relations Dept. at (772) 489-3034 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

The Council on Aging of Martin County has many resources for Martin County seniors in need. For more information related to home-delivered meals, the emergency food pantry, 24-hour hotline, caregiver counseling, case manager navigator and the Day Medical Center, call the Kane Center at (772) 223-7826 or visit the Kane Center website.

RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

The Florida Veterans Foundation has teamed up with the American Legion of Florida to create the COVID-19 Project Vet Relief Fund. This will help with emergency assistance for those veterans who are affected by this pandemic around the state of Florida. Learn more via the Florida Veterans Foundation website.

UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has extended the unemployment benefits hotline hours to better serve individuals seeking assistance. The hotline is now available seven days a week at (800) 681-8102.

Governor DeSantis has waived the eligibility requirements for claimants currently seeking unemployment. Claimants do not need to register with the state job search portal (Employ Florida) and do not need to submit the number of employers they contact each week.

The suspension of these requirements has a retroactive start date of March 15, 2020 through May 2, 2020 pursuant to Governor’s Order 20-52. For more information, visit the Florida DEO website.

If you do not have internet access and need assistance completing the online application, please contact Martin County Health and Human Services at (772) 288-5785. Paper copies of the application can be found at participating FedEx locations. In addition, if you need help with finding employment, please visit www.careersourcerc.com or contact Career Source at (866) 482-4473.

PRICE GOUGING

Price gouging can be reported by calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

FREE TAX FILING

Tax Day has moved from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. Through United Way's partnership with H&R Block, every household with a simple return can file their taxes for free at www.myfreetaxes.com

Business Assistance

BUSINESSES

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD:

The Martin County Business Development Board (BDB) has created a centralized online resource, Martin County BIZHub, to help meet the ever-changing needs and interests of local businesses.

It features announcements, updates, links to state and federal business loan programs, connections to small business, job and workforce development partners and more. Businesses can also call the BDB at (772) 221-1380 or email info@bdbmc.org.

  • If a company needs help determining if they are essential, they can contact the BDB: 
  • If an individual needs to file a complaint about a business not complying with the Governor’s Executive Order, they can contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation:

In addition, businesses affected by COVID-19 are asked to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey.

STIMULUS BREAKDOWN FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:

The stimulus breakdown for small businesses includes the funding available, the four policy initiatives included in the federal stimulus package and FAQs to help walk small business stakeholders through this process. View the stimulus breakdown here

TOURISM, DINING, INDUSTRY

The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing offers resources for our local tourism industry, resources for small businesses and more at their Discover Martin website

We encourage you to support our local businesses by ordering from area restaurants that are offering take-out, delivery and curbside pickup services. For a list of restaurants offering amended services, visit Discover Martin's Dining at a Distance page.

Constitutional Offices

CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICES

Martin County Tax Collector: As of Tuesday, May 19, the Willoughby and Hobe Sound Tax Collectors’ offices will be open for driver licenses only Other transactions are still available online, by phone, by mail and curbside pick-up. Please note the following safety measures will be in place:

  • Clients will temporarily be limited to Martin County residents
  • Only the person conducting business will be allowed in the office
  • A face mask or shield must be worn while in the office
  • We ask residents to NOT pay by cash, if possible (payment can be made by check or E-check, credit or debit card, or Apple, Samsung or Google Pay
  • Please call (772) 288-5600 to schedule appointments for learner’s permits and printing licenses from passed driving school road tests

For more information, please visit the Martin County Tax Collector's website.

Martin County Clerk of the Court:  The Martin County Clerk of the Court’s facilities are closed to walk-in visitors until further notice; however, essential services remain in place for protective injunctions, Baker and Marchman Acts, judicial waivers and Risk Protective Orders. Marriage licenses and ceremonies are also available. Other services will be provided by phone or email and a drop box is available at the Courthouse Complex from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

The Clerk announced that all jury trials have been cancelled by the Florida Supreme Court through July 2; limited court hearings will be held pursuant to court administrative orders. The Florida Court’s e-Filing Portal is fully operational for court case filings.

In addition, the Clerk would like to remind residents that many services and records are available online and that court fees and traffic tickets can be paid online or by phone. Also, E-notify is a great, free way to get reminders about court hearings. For more information, please visit the Martin County Clerk of the Court’s website.

Martin County Property Appraiser: The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office will open to walk-in traffic on Monday, June 1. The Martin County Property Appraiser’s office would like to remind property owners that many services can be done online:  

For more information, please call at (772) 288-5608, email at info@pa.martin.fl.us, or try out our “Live Chat” available on the website. Get your questions answered instantly by clicking the chat bubble icon.  A representative will happily assist you.

Martin County Supervisor of Elections: The Martin County Supervisor of Elections' Office is closed to walk-in traffic. If you would like to vote by mail in the upcoming primary and general elections, register to vote or update information, please visit the Martin County Supervisor of Elections website, call the office at (772) 288-5637 or email elections@martinvotes.com.  Elections staff will be available to assist you. Spanish assistance is also available.

MUNICIPALITIES

Service Providers

AT&T:

All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. Eligibility for Access from AT&T has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Visit the AT&T website for more information. 

COMCAST:

Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. View a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots.

Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

FPL:

For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL has resources available to help, and to the extent they are available, will continue to connect customers with resources from federal, state and local authorities.

For now, FPL is suspending disconnections through May 31. For more information, visit the FPL website.

Schools

MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOLS

All Florida school districts will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. All Martin County School District and school-related events, programs, athletic events and activities have been canceled for the same time period, with the exception of high school graduation ceremonies. The district continues to collaborate with health and safety experts to tentatively plan traditional graduation ceremonies in late July. More information will be released as it becomes available. Continue to monitor the Martin County School District's website.

ACTIONS & MEETINGS

The following section features local and state actions taken related to COVID-19 including news releases, local emergency orders, Board of County Commissioners special meetings and Governor DeSantis' executive orders, as well as other county actions taken to protect employees and residents.

County Actions

LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDERS:

EO 20-09: Lifts Restrictions on Beaches
EO 20-08: Restrictions on Beaches
EO 20-06: Temporary Outdoor Dining
EO 20-05: Partial Reopen of Beaches
EO 20-04: Golf Course Restrictions Update
EO 20-03: Golf Course Restrictions
EO 20-02: Continuity of Business
EO 20-01: Beach Closures

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY:

5/25: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

5/18: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

5/11: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

5/4: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

4/27: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

4/20: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

4/13: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

4/06: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

3/30: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

3/23: Declaration of continuing Local State of Emergency

3/16: Declaration of Local State of Emergency

ADDITIONAL ACTIONS:

  • Participating in daily conference calls with regional, state, and federal health officials
  • Reviewing and updating pandemic preparedness and response plans
  • Coordinating with FDOH Martin, local, county, state, federal, and non-profit partners regarding preparedness actions
  • Monitoring CDC and FDOH websites and social media outlets for updated guidance
  • Taking proactive steps to maintain a safe workplace for employees and residents conducting business with us, including increasing full-service cleaning in county-owned facilities to disinfect high-touch surfaces with a focus on high-traffic areas
  • Putting new procedures in place to limit in-person interactions and encourage residents to utilize online and over-the-phone resources
  • Sharing information via all available communication channels including social media, the county website, Martin County Television, AlertMartin emergency alerts and local media, to keep the community apprised of personal preparedness information and current county actions

Executive Orders

GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS:

EO 20-131: Expanding Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
EO 20-123: Full Phase I: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery
EO 20-122: Re: Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
EO 20-121: Extends Executive Order 20-94 re: Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
EO 20-120: Re: Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery | View FAQs
EO 20-114: Re: Emergency Management – Extension of Executive Order 20-52 – COVID-19
EO 20-112: Re: Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery | View FAQs
EO 20-111: Limited Extension of Essential Services and Activities and Vacation Rental Prohibition 
EO 20-104: Emergency Temporary Action Related to Unemployment Compensation – COVID-19
EO 20-103: Extends Executive Order 20-87 re: Vacation Rental Closures
EO 20-95: Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans
EO 20-94: Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
EO 20-93: Reemployment Assistance Program
EO 20-92: Amends Executive Order 20-91 re: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency
EO 20-91: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency | View FAQs
EO 20-90: Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
EO 20-89: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County Public Access Restrictions
EO 20-88: Re-employment of Essential Personnel
EO 20-87: Vacation Rental Closures
EO 20-86: Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida
EO 20-85: Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance
EO 20-83: Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce
EO 20-82: Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida
EO 20-80: Airport Screening and Isolation
EO 20-72: Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
EO 20-71: Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
EO 20-69: Local Government Public Meetings
EO 20-68: Regarding Bars, Beaches, and Restaurants
EO 20-52: Public Health Emergency
EO 20-51: Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency

News Releases

5/29/2020:   Martin County Utilities office to reopen on June 1

5/29/2020:   County adds additional public comment option for meetings

5/19/2020:   Board lifts restrictions on beach access, reopens skate parks

5/19/2020:   Martin County works with legislative delegation to correct COVID-19 data reporting

5/15/2020:   Martin County community update: May 15, 2020

5/8/2020:     Martin County community update: May 8, 2020

5/8/2020:     Martin County restricts access at county-owned beaches to residents

5/4/2020:     Martin County increases public comment options for BOCC meetings during COVID-19

5/1/2020:     Martin County community update: May 1, 2020

4/28/2020:   Martin County Board to meet Friday, May 1

4/24/2020:   Martin County community update: April 24, 2020

4/21/2020:   Martin County Board allows single player racquet sports

4/17/2020:   Alternative public comment option available for County Commission meetings

4/17/2020:   Martin County community update: April 17, 2020

4/10/2020:   Martin County community update: April 10, 2020 

4/09/2020:   Golf courses may remain open to residents and members, parks open to passive recreation only

4/08/2020:   Martin County Board of County Commissioners schedules special meetings

4/07/2020:   Martin County-owned boat ramps open on weekdays, some park facilities closed

3/31/2020:   Martin County BOCC to hold emergency meeting

3/28/2020:   Martin County Board of County Commissioners to hold emergency meeting

3/27/2020:   Martin County to close boat ramps for the weekend

3/27/2020:   Martin County Community Update

3/24/2020:   Martin County recommends self-isolation for multiple Martin County firefighters

3/21/2020:   Martin County to close county-owned beaches

3/21/2020:   Martin County to close Hobe Sound Beach

3/20/2020:   Martin County taking precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, sharing community resources

3/19/2020:   First positive case of COVID-19 confirmed in Martin County

3/19/2020:   Martin County Officials to hold 2 p.m. press conference

3/17/2020:   Public Transit updates

3/16/2020:   Select park facilities, libraries and programs to close

3/16/2020:   Martin County issues a Local State of Emergency

3/14/2020:   Martin County to provide COVID-19 update

Special Meetings

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has scheduled special meetings to discuss COVID-19 related issues. Meetings will be held in the John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, to allow for social distancing. 

Meetings are open to the public and the Board has established two ways to allow members of the public to provide comment remotely – via online Public Comment Form or via Zoom (phone/electronic device). These procedures will remain in place until the local state of emergency has expired. 

HOW TO WATCH:

Meetings are available on Comcast Channel 20, U-verse Channel 99, and streaming on MCTV online and Facebook.

SPECIAL MEETING DATES:

  • Friday, 5/29 at 9 a.m.
  • Friday, 6/12 at 9 a.m.
  • Friday, 6/26 at 9 a.m.

For all other regularly scheduled BOCC meetings, view our meetings calendar.

PREVIOUS SPECIAL MEETINGS:

VIDEO: 5/15 – Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 5/8 – Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 5/1 – Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 4/24 – Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 4/17 – Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 4/09 – Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 4/03 – Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 3/30   Special BOCC Meeting
VIDEO: 3/18   Special BOCC Meeting

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