Martin County, Florida
|Martin County, Florida|
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||May 30, 1925|
|Named for||John W. Martin|
|Largest city||Palm City|
|• Total||752.79 sq mi (1,950 km2)|
|• Land||555.62 sq mi (1,439 km2)|
|• Water||197.18 sq mi (511 km2), 26.19%|
|• Density||263/sq mi (101.68/km²)|
Martin County is a county located in the Treasure Coast region in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 126,731. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county is 138,660. Its county seat is Stuart, Florida.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Cities, towns and other places
- 6 Libraries
- 7 Attractions
- 8 Historic areas
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Martin County was created in 1925 with the northern portion coming from St. Lucie County and southern portion coming from Palm Beach County. It was named for John W. Martin, Governor of Florida from 1925 to 1929.
When the county was created, the western contour followed the shore of Lake Okeechobee, as did the borders of Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties. Palm Beach County had historically claimed all of the surface of the lake as part of its area, to its benefit for the distribution of state and federal highway funds. The state representative of Martin County, William Ralph Scott of Stuart, initiated a bill to divide the lake among its adjacent counties, creating a more equitable distribution of state funds for road creation and maintenance. All bordering counties confirmed the justice of this change and supported its ratification, with the exception of Palm Beach County. Representatives from Palm Beach County later presented Representative William Scott with a jug of water, signifying "all the water Bill Scott left Palm Beach County." The jug is in the possession of Stuart Heritage.
The unusual feature of the point of the meeting of five counties in the largest freshwater body of water in the South may be the only one of its kind. It has been popularly called the "William Scott Vertex," and may be unique in world cartography.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 752.79 square miles (1,949.7 km2), of which 555.62 square miles (1,439.0 km2) (or 73.81%) is land and 197.18 square miles (510.7 km2) (or 26.19%) is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Okeechobee.
Martin County is part of the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Interstate 95
- Florida's Turnpike
- U.S. Highway 1
- U.S. Highway 98
- U.S. Highway 441
- Florida State Road A1A
- Florida State Road 76
- Florida State Road 707
- Florida State Road 710
- Florida State Road 714
- Florida State Road 732
- St. Lucie County, Florida - north
- Palm Beach County, Florida - south
- Hendry County, Florida - southwest (only point of contiguity is in the center of Lake Okeechobee)
- Glades County, Florida - southwest (only point of contiguity is in the center of Lake Okeechobee)
- Okeechobee County, Florida - northwest
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 126,731 people, 55,288 households, and 36,213 families residing in the county. The population density was 228 per square mile (88 /km2). There were 65,471 housing units at an average density of 118 per square mile (46 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.88% White, 5.27% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.72% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 7.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In 2000 there were 55,288 households out of which 21.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.71.
In the county the population was spread out with 18.60% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 28.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,083, and the median income for a family was $53,244. Males had a median income of $36,133 versus $27,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $29,584. About 5.60% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 5.20% of those age 65 or over.
Martin County is a non-chartered county and its form of government is prescribed by the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes, as follows:
Board of County Commissioners
The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative body of the county and has charge of all county executive and administrative functions, except those assigned by the Constitution to independent county officers or to the independent school district. The board also has some quasi-judicial functions. Some of functions exercised by the board are county-wide, while others are applicable only in the unincorporated areas of the county, where the board has many of the functions of a municipality. The county commissioners are elected by county-wide vote, but each one represents a specific district. The board appoints the county administrator who is responsible to it for the day-to-day operations of the county government. The current county commissioners by district number are:
- 1. Doug Smith
- 2. Ed Fielding, Vice Chair
- 3. Anne Scott
- 4. Sarah Heard, Chair
- 5. John Haddox
The elected Constitutional Officers are:
- Clerk (Clerk of Courts, County Clerk, etc.): Carolyn Timmann
- Property Appraiser: Laurel Kelly
- Sheriff: William Snyder
- Supervisor of Elections: Vicki Davis
- Tax Collector: Ruth Pietruszewski
The independent Martin County School District has an elected Superintendent of Schools and elected School Board, as follows:
- The Superintendent, Laurie Gaylord (R), is the chief administrator of the district.
- The School Board is the legislative body of the district and also exercises quasi-judicial powers. School Board members are elected county wide but each one represents a specific district. The current board members by district are:
- 1. Michael Busha, Co-chair
- 2. Marsha Powers
- 3. Rebecca Negron
- 4. Maura Barry-Sorenson, Chair
- 5. Michael DiTerlizzi
Cities, towns and other places
- Hobe Sound
- Hutchinson Island part
- Jensen Beach
- North River Shores
- Palm City
- Port Salerno
- Port Mayaca
The Martin County Library System has 7 branches.
|Elizabeth Lahti Library||Closed||10:00-5:30||12:00-8:00||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||Closed|
|Hobe Sound Public Library||Closed||12:00-8:00||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||Closed|
|Peter & Julie Cummings Library||Closed||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||12:00-8:00||10:00-5:30||Closed|
|Robert Morgade Library||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||12:00-8:00||12:00-8:00||10:00-5:30||10:00-5:30||Closed|
- Audubon of Martin County: Possum Long Nature Center, Palm Beach Road, Stuart
- Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island
- Jonathan Dickinson State Park in South Martin County
- Martin County Fair held every February.
- Martin County Public Beaches:
- Hobe Sound Public Beach on Jupiter Island
- Jensen Sea Turtle Beach, Stuart Beach and many beach strips on Hutchinson Island.
- Savannas Preserve State Park (extends into St. Lucie County)
- St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park on Long Island east of Port Salerno and north of Jupiter Island
- Hobe Sound
- Hutchinson Island
- Seminole Inn, 1926
- Jensen Beach
- Jupiter Island
- Gate House, 1927
- All Saints Episcopal Church, Waveland (Jensen Beach, Florida), 2377 N.E. Patrician Street, 1898,
- Bay Tree Lodge (Kiplinger House), 143 S. River Road (originally 104 S. Sewall's Point Road), Sewall's Point, 1909
- Dudley-Bessey House, 110 S.W. Atlanta Avenue, Stuart, 1909
- Dyer Homestead, 1006 S.W. St. Lucie Crescent, Stuart, 1904
- Feroe Building, 73 S.W. Flagler Avenue, corner of St. Lucie, Stuart, 1913
- France Apartments, 524 St. Lucie Crescent, Stuart, 1927
- Golden Gate Building, 3225 S.E. Dixie Highway in Golden Gate south of Stuart, 1925
- Kitching House, 210 S.W. Atlanta Avenue, Stuart, 1894
- Stuart Feed Store, 101 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart, 1905
- Sunrise Inn, S.E. Old St. Lucie Boulevard, Port Sewall. ca. 1925 (demolished)
- John E. Taylor House, 204 S.E. Atlanta Avenue, Stuart, 1914
Other places listed in 2012 by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in its Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.
- Beach Road 2, Jupiter Island
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties of Florida: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". US Census Bureau. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Audubon of Martin County: Possum Long Nature Center
- A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, 1989, Gainesville: University of Florida Press, p. 137, ISBN 0-8130-0941-3
- Current standings: Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places
- Board of County Commissioners
- Constitutional officers of Martin County
- School district
- Multi-county Districts
- Judicial branch
- Martin Memorial Health System (Hospitals)
- Stuart-Martin County Chamber of Commerce
- 1964 Stuart, Florida, Travelogue by E. W. Dutton
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