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MARTIN COUNTY -- Supporting environmental issues wouldn't normally be included in United Way's role as an unbiased advocate for the community's needs.
However, the freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee have become much more than an environmental issue; it is also an economic, health and safety issue.
Many Martin County residents and businesses have been negatively impacted due to poor water quality in the St. Lucie Estuary. Some have lost thousands and others have gone out of business altogether.
Since financial stability is one of United Way's priorities, the local nonprofit agency has created a survey to quantify how much of a financial hit local residents and businesses have taken during the past few months in business revenue lost and requests for financial assistance from United Way agency partners.
The survey is brief and the results will be reported to elected officials, local chambers of commerce, community leaders, economic development organizations and residents.
Understanding the need for business confidentiality, this information will only be shared in an aggregate form, unless permission is granted to use it in another way.
Visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org to participate in the survey, or call (772) 283-4800 for more information.