When will Treasure Coast economy, employment be back to normal?
As he makes presentations from his office in Tallahassee to virtual audiences asking about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Florida economy and unemployment rate, Jerry Parrish always gets two questions: What signs do we look for to show life is returning to normal, and, when will be normal?
The chief economist and director of research at the Florida Chamber Foundation said his responses are also always the same: When college football games are played; and when an effective, widely available treatment for COVID-19 is found. Parrish, a bachelor’s and doctoral grad and football fan of Auburn University, expects a treatment this fall followed by a vaccine sometime in 2021.
Treasure Coast Hospice Certified as a Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work Institute has honored Treasure Coast Hospice with certification as a Great Place to Work®. The certification process considered employee surveys from across Treasure Coast Hospice’s two campuses. Great Place to Work®, an independent research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do in the organization.
This is the first year Treasure Coast Hospice has participated in the survey, with 83% of staff members saying that it is a great place to work compared to 59% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.
“Treasure Coast Hospice is honored to be recognized for being a Great Place to Work,” said CEO Jackie Kendrick, CHPCA. “Our team’s commitment to service and their dedication to delivering compassionate care to this community is what sets our organization apart. Hospice work is a calling that every member of our team takes to heart, creating a dynamic, collaborative environment where our staff members have the ability to truly make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”
According to the survey’s results, 97% of employees said their “work has special meaning” and they “feel good about the ways their work contributes to the community.” In addition, Treasure Coast Hospice was chosen as a top place to work because staff enjoy a sense of pride in their accomplishments, feel welcomed upon joining, and believe they are making a difference.
“We applaud Treasure Coast Hospice for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Kung of Great Place to Work’s senior care affiliate Activated Insights. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance.”
Mckee Botanical Garden recognized by the Florida Forest Service
Photos by JPR Images
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is celebrating 100 years with a Centennial Challenge Campaign, honoring the work of the association in providing a unified voice for state and private forestry in the United States since 1920, as well as the tremendous social, environmental, and economic contributions state forestry agencies have made nationwide for over a century’s time.
In celebration of the NASF’s 100th anniversary, the Florida Forest Service is honoring 100 forest landowners from across the state who have exemplified exceptional forest management practices, public outreach and conservation efforts. McKee Botanical Garden has been selected as an outstanding Florida Forest Landowner by our local county forester. “We want to recognize and thank McKee Botanical Garden for their stewardship and maintaining the integrity of Florida’s forests, ensuring they will be available for future generations,” stated Calin Ionita, Florida Forest Service (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services).
“We are grateful to the Florida Forest Service for selecting McKee Botanical Garden as the Indian River County recipient for this award. This award exemplifies our commitment to our mission statement to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all,” stated Andreas Daehnick, Director of Horticulture and Research.
For more information about McKee Botanical Garden visit www.mckeegarden.org or call 772-794-0601.
Enter to Win an Autographed George Thorogood Guitar from the Sunrise Theatre
You can be "Bad To The Bone" With A signed Epiphone guitar by George Thorogood with a letter of authenticity.
Tickets are 1 for $25 or 5 for $100 and are available online. Deadline is Monday, July 27th at 12pm.
Funds go to support YOUR community Sunrise Theatre during this time so we can keep the light on for you this upcoming season.
Dr. Dave’s Blue Beard Challenge
Former Environmental Learning Center (ELC) volunteer and staff Naturalist in the 1990’s, David Cox has been an avid supporter of the ELC for many years. The kids he enjoyed teaching as a Naturalist dubbed him Dr. Dave.
Now, Dr. Dave wants to continue his support and raise unrestricted funds for future successes of the ELC through the Dr. Dave’s Blue Beard Challenge. After ELC Executive Director Barbara Schlitt Ford’s success during her Blue Hair Challenge, David was inspired to continue the campaign.
As a longtime ELC enthusiast, Dr. Dave served on the ELC Education Committee and helped design the boardwalks and canoe dock. More recently, he was a member of the ELC Master Planning Group, conducted environmental surveys and currently serves on the ELC Landscape Advisory and Interpretive Plan Committees.
Dr. Dave’s goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of August.
“My reason for proposing Dr. Dave’s Blue Beard Challenge is that for over 20 years now I have worked to make the ELC a success, and this challenge is one more effort to add to ELC’s successes,” said David.
As Florida continues to experience daily growth in Covid-19 cases, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you how important it is to continue the reopening process. Double digit unemployment is not sustainable and contradictory to a healthy economy.
Our nation is facing formidable obstacles in the fight against this global pandemic. Risky behavior could result in a backslide of restrictions. With so much at stake, we want to encourage you to maintain minimum safety standards and are asking for cooperation of courtesy. Let’s err on the side of caution. Social distance, wash your hands, sanitize, and wear a mask. In a time where many of us are feeling helpless, there is something you can do. Protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your co-workers. It doesn’t matter what you believe, or what you are fighting for, you’re doing it for others, not for yourself! Let’s stay open St. Lucie!
Disposable masks, cloth masks and sanitizer are in stock and available through the chamber. Click here.
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
Prevent Identity Theft at Port St. Lucie’s Shred-A-Thon
With the threat of identity theft growing, the Port St. Lucie Police Department invites residents to bring their confidential documents for free and secure destruction to the City of Port St. Lucie’s Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, July 18, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, at the Port St. Lucie Police Department, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd. Building C, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984 (Vehicles should enter off Southwest Airoso Boulevard). This is an important step in protecting the community from identity theft by disposing of sensitive data securely.
Port St. Lucie residents can prevent identity theft by safely disposing of their personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts and any other materials that might contain sensitive data. This event is expected to draw a large crowd, so please have patience. Drivers will be directed to stay in their vehicles while volunteers collect the paper from the backseat or trunk. No walk-ups are allowed. If you are sick, please stay home and send someone to dispose of the documents for you. City employees will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment, keeping safety a top priority.
Residents can bring a maximum of three banker boxes full of documents to be shredded, free of charge. Please sort your documents and bring confidential papers only. Plastic or metal binders or electronic media will not be accepted.
St. Lucie County offers CARES ACT Funding to residents
The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners has received $13.8 million in CARES Act funding from the State of Florida with the potential to receive an additional $41.6 million in reimbursements. A portion of these dollars are being distributed directly to residents to help those facing financial difficultly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any St. Lucie County resident who has suffered an economic hardship caused because of COVID-19, and who earns less than 120 percent of the area median income (as shown in the table below) is eligible to apply.
Residents can received up to $4,000 in CARES Act funding from St. Lucie County to help with:
Rental Payments; Mortgage Payments (Primary Residence Only); HOA Payments (Primary Residence Only); Homeowners/Flood Insurance Payments (Primary Residence Only); Utility Payments; Car Payments; and Car Insurance
Residents will need to provide documentation of past due payments to support the need for assistance.
Those seeking assistance can apply online at www.recoverstlucie.org starting Wednesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the St. Lucie County CARES Public Information Line at 772-462-1705 or email [email protected]. The CARES Public Information Line will be open Monday through Saturday from 7 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 7 p.m.
St. Lucie County is allocating CARES Act funding in phases with the first phase going directly to residents. The second phase, which will include direct payments to the business community, is expected to be available later this month. Additionally, a portion of these funds will be available as reimbursements to local governmental agencies that spent funds on preventative measures relating to COVID-19.
As a service to readers and restaurants on the Treasure Coast, Indian River Magazine Inc. has created a website directory of restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries in St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties. The site includes hours of operation, if carryout/delivery is available, as well as popular dishes. See the site at treasurecoastrestaurants.com
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