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County boundary to change
Rating: 2.59 / 5 (54 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Aug 24 - 00:56

By Dawn Krebs

dkrebs@hometownnewsol.com

ST. LUCIE COUNTY - With the primary elections completed, Martin County residents will see some northern boundaries move.

The residents of the community Beau Rivage, who have been lobbying for more than a year to be part of Martin County, got their day at the polls on Aug. 14.

Of the 300 residents who voted, 283 or 94.33 percent, voted in favor of becoming part of Martin County.

The 129-acre community is currently part of St. Lucie County, but is surrounded by Martin County properties.

In 2011, State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, held a town hall meeting and later supported the residents' request to place the annexation matter before voters on the primary ballot.

There was high turnout in the community on this issue, since only 550 residents who live in the area were allowed to vote.

The boundary change will take place by July 1, 2013. Currently, both Martin County and St. Lucie County officials are beginning the complex process of working out all the details that will go into making the change, which will result in a loss of $1.2 million in property tax revenue for St. Lucie County over a 10-year time period.




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