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Hobe Sound is an unincorporated village within Martin County. Because it is unincorporated, it does not have its own mayor or town hall. Instead, it is governed by the Martin County Board of Commissioners.

The Board of County Commissioners is made up of five members, each with their own district within Martin County. Hobe Sound falls under District 3. Commissioners are elected by voters in the county, and those elected serve a four-year term.

The Board of County Commissioners acts as the main, local governing body for Martin County. As such, it is responsible for providing local laws and programs, disaster and emergency services, construction and maintenance of infrastructure and other governmental services.

All meetings of the Board of County Commissioners are open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to attend. Meeting schedules, agendas and minutes are available online at www.martin.fl.us.

Along with the Martin County Board of Commissioners, the Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) oversees issues of community redevelopment within the Hobe Sound Redevelopment Area. This committee is made up of volunteers chosen by the board of commissioners. Volunteers must live or operate a business in Hobe Sound in order to be considered for a seat on the committee.

Hobe Sound Community Redevelopment Area
A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a public entity that finances redevelopment within focused areas. These areas tend to be older neighborhoods where there is a need to reverse deterioration, create jobs, revitalize the business climate, increase property values and encourage active participation and investment by citizens.

Plans to enhance Bridge Road between US-1 and Dixie Highway officially began in 2000 with the establishment of the Hobe Sound Community Redevelopment Plan. Precursor goals for the corridor were identified as early as 1994. Bridge Road was highlighted as the No. 1 focus area in the 2010 NOW Visioning community report.

The vision for Bridge Road is that of a sustainable neighborhood “Main Street” setting that will support a vibrant downtown for all. Objectives of the Bridge Road project include increasing the amount of on-street parking, improving vehicular and pedestrian safety, undergrounding overhead utilities, improving drainage, reducing speeds, and promoting walkability through sidewalk additions and landscape enhancements.

County staff has worked closely with the Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) and the community on the corridor design since early 2011. Participation by the NAC, residents, business owners and property owners ensures the design will meet the individual needs of each business along the corridor and align with the vision as outlined in the Hobe Sound Redevelopment Plan.

Engineering drawings are nearly complete, accounting for the needs of the property owners and businesses along Bridge Road. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners previously approved the acceptance of any right of way needed to complete the project. Staff will be coordinating with property owners and Martin County’s Property Management department to accept additional right of way needed to make the project a reality.

A component of Phase I of the project, the A1A Service Road, is currently under construction and a second component is in final design. The Board of County Commissioners has recently directed staff to move the project forward and will be considering funding options to construct the project.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Hobe Sound NAC, you must submit an application for appointment and either be a resident, business owner or a senior manager of a business located within the respective area or within a half mile of the redevelopment area. Call Donna Gordon at (772) 221-1352 or e-mail dgordon@martin.fl.us. For more information on community redevelopment in Martin County, visit www.martin.fl.us/cra or call the Office of Community Development at (772)-463-3253.

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