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No, the Commission serves the City At Large.
The terms of office were changed from 2 years to 4 years by Referendum, effective January 1, 2021, Charter Article VII. Sec. 7.05.
Commissioner Groups/Seats have 12 year term limits.
Newly elected Commissioners take office the first regular City Commission meeting following the Official Election results.
Yes, the City Commission receives a salary.
Water, like used motor oil, newspaper, plastic and aluminum cans, can be recycled. Reclaimed water is treated wastewater from local utility systems. The City of Stuart filters and treats reclaimed water with a high level of chlorine disinfection. This allows reclaimed water to be readily available for non-potable uses such as commercial and private landscape irrigation purposes.
Current Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) regulatory mechanisms are effective in encouraging and promoting water reuse. There has been a significant increase of reclaimed water usage the last ten years, and this reuse water has been an important component of water resources and wastewater management in the State of Florida.
Reclaimed water conserves drinking water normally used for irrigation in an environmentally economic manner. The State of Florida has adopted policies that recognize water reuse as an integral part of the comprehensive water management program. Water reclamation offers a valuable alternative water resource not requiring potable drinking water applications.
The use of reclaimed water in a non-potable application helps to ensure a long-term reliable water source even during times of drought. The City of Stuart, like other South Florida communities, are faced with the problem of a diminishing fresh water supply. Water restrictions are affecting the quality of life of every South Florida resident. Water reclamation is an important component of an effective water conservation program.
To protect the quality of valuable water resources, the City continues to make a conscious and continuous effort to protect the quality of water here in the City. With this in mind, the City's Wastewater Treatment Facility has been redesigned and constructed with advanced and sophisticated engineering to limit the amount of effluent to deep injection points, transforming it into a Water Reclamation Facility.
Reclaimed water undergoes a strict 24 hour a day monitoring process 365 days a year. Stringent water standards are set forth by the State of Florida. No health related problems have been associated with reclaimed water throughout the City. However, reclaimed water is not intended for human or animal use, it poses no threat to accidental contact.
Reclaimed water offers a variety of benefits to City residents and the environment:
Uses of reclaimed water include:
In Florida, up to 50% of a community's drinking water is used for irrigation. Much of this irrigation could be replaced with reclaimed water. In order to conserve our water supply, the City of Stuart intends to maximize the use of reclaimed water, allowing the community to grow while minimizing or even reducing the impact on water resources.
The City's Water Reclamation Facility provides reclaimed water for specific areas of Stuart and intends to expand its availability in the future.
If you have any questions regarding the use of reclaimed water, please contact City of Stuart Customer Service at 772-288-5317 or access Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website.
Generally, historically significant properties are at least 50 years old, possess architectural, aesthetic or historical value. That value is typically judged by an association with events that have taken place over the course of time, for example, an association with a person who has made contributions to history, whose work is of architectural distinction, or is likely to yield information about our history or prehistory.
For structures or landmarks deemed significant to the City's architecture and history, historic preservation encompasses a wide range of activities such as:
The historic designation can occur at the Federal, State, and local level. A property is historic if it is listed on the National Register, Florida Inventory of Historic Places, or a local list of historic places. In the City of Stuart, properties are reviewed and listed on the City of Stuart Historic Properties Survey (PDF) (initially completed in 1991 by Historic Properties Associates, Inc, St. Augustine, Florida) and are maintained and amended by the City Development Department.
National Historic Designation qualifies properties for federal grants, tax credits and deductions, and property consideration in the Federal planning process.
The State of Florida may provide grants through the Historic Preservation Grant Program to approved applicants. Buildings listed on the National Registry are considered highly competitive. Funds are allocated by the Florida Legislature.
Local Historic Designation by the City of Stuart and/or Martin County may qualify a property owner for a ten-year ad valorem tax exemption on the assessed value of pre-approved improvements to a historic structure. Eligibility for this exemption is determined by the Stuart City Commission and the Martin County Preservation Board. In addition, to promote adaptive re-use, locally designated properties in the City's Urban District may be eligible for a credit of up to a 50% against required off-street parking. From time to time, the City's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) may provide funding for historic preservation elements for those properties that qualify.
Historic preservation in the City is essentially voluntary. Property owners are provided with incentives to preserve and maintain historic structures. A waiting period of 30 or 90 days is applicable when a permit to demolish a historic building is sought, during which voluntary preservation options can be explored. As is the case with all buildings, owners of historic structures may not allow them to fall into disrepair.
Yes, all Business Tax Receipts expire on September 30; renewal notices are mailed out July 1st.