The 25th Treasure/Research Coast annual Legislative Conference was held in Tallahassee on March 13-15, 2013. Thirty-five representatives from St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties attended the event.
We visited legislators to discuss issues and legislation specifically related to our region as well as the state.
This year we met together in a conference room in the Capitol, and our legislators and others visited us rather than meeting separately in their respective offices. It was well received by all.
We discussed and lobbied for issues pertaining to the region. We discussed financial aid for beach nourishment and inlet repair due to super-storm Sandy and economic development issues proposed by the Governor to eliminate sales tax on capital equipment purchased by manufacturers.
St. Lucie County had an issue with their school-year calendar. Another issue discussed was allowing local control of where people can smoke.
For the most part, we believe it was a productive few days spent in Tallahassee seeking legislation or actions to benefit the area.
There were Chamber of Commerce representatives from the three counties, city council members from Port St. Lucie and Stuart, school board representatives from St. Lucie County and county commissioners and staff from Martin County. The remainder was made up of businessmen and businesswomen interested in benefitting our communities.
We extend a special thank you to everyone that participated.
Joe Catrambone is president of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce.