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History of the Martin Grade Scenic Highway Project

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August 10, 2011:   The Martin Grade Project will be making a presentation to the Tourist Development Council’s Grants Committee in support of the Grant Application.
June-July 2011:   The Martin Grade Project submitted a grant application to the Martin County Tourist Development Council for a grant to help complete the Martin Grade FSH Designation Application.

June 28, 2011:  The Martin Grade Project made a presentation to the Okeechobee Economic Council on how the promotional tools available as a result of the Florida Scenic Highway designation can help develop a strong multi-county tourism presence that builds on existing programs and amenities in Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties.

June 8-10, 2011:  Representative of Martin Grade Project attended FOCUS 2020, the biennial conference held by the Florida Scenic Highway Program.  Learned how other Florida Scenic Highways have used their designation to increase tourism and improve amenities along the roadways for local residents.
February 2011:  Thank you to the Langford Foundation for providing a small grant to support the Martin Grade SCenic Highway Project!
November 3, 2010:   The Florida Department of Transportation provides formal notice to proceed with the next phase of the Martin Grade Scenic Highway Project - drafting the Designation Application - which requires the community to adopt a Corridor Management Plan for the Martin Grade. 
October 15, 2010:    Rhonda Umbrecht, an employee of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, acquires a $1,000 grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation for the Martin Grade project!
October 13, 2010:   Florida Scenic Highway Advisory Committee agrees that the Martin Grade is a beautiful, scenic roadway and accepts eligibility application.
September 10, 2010:    Martin Grade Scenic Highway Eligibility Application was submitted to the Scenic highway Advisory Committee.
August 17, 2010:   Over 150 people show their support by attending the  "Gathering for the Grade" at Wahoo's on the River in Stuart.  A wonderful time was had by all!
August 14, 2010:    Initial version of Martin Grade Video is posted on website and YouTube.
August 12, 2010:   First draft of the Martin Grade Eligibility Application is submitted to Florida Scenic Highway Advisory Committee for Review.
August 10, 2010:   
  • Martin County Commission votes to sign the Martin Grade Scenic Highway Eligibility Application.
  • Martin County Commission adopts language that protects and supports the Martin Grade Scenic Corridor as part of the AgTEC Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
July 20, 2010:   First draft of the Martin Grade Eligibility Application is available for review and comment.
July 2010:    Groundswell of support develops for Scenic Highway designation, as evidenced by petitions and letters from numerous individuals, civic, environmental, business and governmental groups that come flooding in.
July 8, 2010:   CAG Meeting
  • Commissioner Ed Ciampi (Martin County Commissioner District V)  and Brian Powers join the Martin Grade Corridor Advocacy Group. 
  • CAG agrees to submit the Eligibility Application to the Scenic Highway Advisory Committee for review at their meeting on October 13, 2010.
June 2010:    Photographer, Thomas Winter, donates giclee art print of iconographic Martin Grade photo and grants use of his art in promotional materials.
June 2010: 
  • Community Participation program begins.
  • The Martin County Native Plant Society submitted a formal Letter of Support to be included in the Eligibility Application.
May, 2010: 
  • The Martin Grade Video is in production!
  • Local photographers Paul Strauss and Tom Claud contribute nature photos for use in Scenic Highway project.
  • Research and writing of Eligibility Application continues.
  • The Martin County Audubon Society has been conducting quarterly bird counts to be used in the application.
2008:  The Scenic Highway Advisory Committee approved the Letter of Intent and authorized the CAG to complete and submit the application.
2008:  Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties supported the Scenic Highway Application Project wiht a $20,000 Grant in 2008.

Press Release: Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties awards grant for Scenic Highway project!

2007:  The Martin Grade CAG was created and SCL started collecting the data and information required to complete the Eligibility Application.