District Three: Southern Martin County is represented by Commissioner Harold Jenkins and includes Hobe Sound, as well as, a portion of Tequesta and Indiantown. Commissioner Jenkins is the current Vice Chair of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners.
In the late 1920s, Harold Jenkins’ grandparents moved from Indiana to Palm Beach County to farm during the winter months. By the mid-1930s, they made Jupiter their permanent home, growing squash in Jupiter until the beginning of World War II. When Harold was 7 years old, his parents settled in Hobe Sound.
Today, Jenkins and his wife of 35 years, Susan, who together have three children and four grandchildren, still live in the home of his childhood. Graduating Martin County High School in 1979, Harold attended Lake City Community College (now Gateway State College) and studied landscape horticulture, design and sales. In 1987, Jenkins assumed ownership of the family business, Jenkins Landscape Company, started by his father in 1959.
Ever since, Jenkins has been involved with the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), a trade organization that represents a $16 billion industry to the Florida economy. He was chair of the Certification Division for 10 years and is an active member of the FNGLA Board.
Jenkins is past president of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, and remains active and involved in the local community. He is one of the founding principles of Preserve Martin County, where he worked to inform residents on the impacts of sprawl in rural areas and the importance of diverse economic development and community redevelopment.
In addition to driving and fixing muscle cars, Jenkins is a boater, fisherman and a fierce advocate for clean water and protecting our natural resources and quality of life. Bringing a business owner’s viewpoint to county government, his goals include increasing accountability and improving customer service.