Public meetings scheduled for Treasure Coast
By Samantha Joseph
TREASURE COAST - Residents of the tri-county area will have a chance to give input to planners of an economic development plan for Southeast Florida during public workshops this month and next.
Martin, Indian River and St. Lucie counties will become the central focus as the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership, South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council host a series of work group meetings in the area.
The organizations are hosting the road show as part of an effort to gather public input about Seven50, a long-term plan for economic and civic growth across seven southeast Florida counties.
They say the 50-year plan is a blueprint for prosperous communities, a cleaner environment, improved education systems, more efficient transportation and stronger economies for the participating areas: Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
"This is a great opportunity for the seven-county region. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, project director of the sustainable communities initiative at
Southeast Florida Regional Partnership, a collaboration of hundreds of public, private and civic groups from the southeast Florida region. "It's the most expansive, comprehensive, long-term planning that this region has ever engaged in."
The plan focuses on education, workforce and economic development, environmental protection, climate resilience, preserving natural resources, agriculture, creating healthy communities, culture, inclusive regional leadership and equity, protecting community assets, and controlling development patterns in housing and transportation.
Seven50 planners say the goal is to examine factors that impede growth and then seek solutions to these problems.
They want public input in identifying focus areas and key factors.
"This doesn't promise a job; it doesn't promise educational opportunities, but it lays the ground work to make these things happen. It all amounts to becoming a more economically competitive region," Ms. Camblor-Cutsaimanis said.
"This is everybody's opportunity to express their concerns and their hope for the region."
In Martin County, the workshop is set for Oct. 24 at Indian River State College, located at 2400 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart.
In Indian River County, it's scheduled for Oct. 25 at the county commission chambers, 1801 27th St., Vero Beach.
St. Lucie County's session is set for Nov. 14 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
All meetings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and are free of charge. Organizers will serve breakfast and refreshments.
For more information, visit www.seven50.org.