New Rural Lifestyle Amendment Holds Promise

Article Posted on August 30, 2022


Note: It's our goal at One Martin to provide reliable, fact-based information so citizens can be better informed about our government and our community. 

Good morning!

This town we live in has a lot of passionate people who want to protect what we all love about Martin County. The conflict occurs when we disagree on the best approach to achieving the goal of keeping Martin County low density and green. 

There's been a lot of confusion and debate about a proposed new planning tool that can achieve those goals. It's called the Rural Lifestyle Amendment and it's important that you have the facts about it so you can make your own decisions on its merits.

Below is an open invitation from Tom Hurley, CEO of Becker Holding Corp., inviting the public to learn about the updated proposed Rural Lifestyle Amendment at one of the upcoming information sessions taking place over the next two weeks.  It's an opportunity for you to hear first-hand what the updated version is all about.   

We believe the Rural Lifestyle Amendment provides a way for a limited number of property owners to:

  • permanently preserve significant amounts of natural lands and open space
  • help create a green buffer between our urban and agricultural areas 
  • reduce sprawl
  • contribute greatly to our tax base while needing very little in the way of public services
We encourage you to attend one of the meetings and please let us know your thoughts.



 Rick Hartman
President, One Martin


Residents of Martin County,

I hope this note finds you and your loved ones well. I’m reaching out directly in hopes that you’ll consider attending one of the four informational workshops we’re hosting—beginning next week—at public libraries across Martin County. The program will address the proposed Rural Lifestyle land-use designation, as well as the Atlantic Fields project proposed for our property at Hobe Sound Polo Club.

Over the last nearly two years, my team and I have had the great privilege of speaking with and hearing from hundreds of Martin County residents—supporters, skeptics and undecideds—about the Atlantic Fields project and the amendment that could enable it. The input—including, if not especially, the criticism—has been comprehensive, compelling, insightful and frankly, helpful.

We’ve listened closely and taken everything under very careful consideration. The feedback has heavily informed our amended proposal, which builds upon and strengthens the safeguards we initially included. More importantly, the community input has directly produced a proposal that we believe far better reflects and addresses our shared priority of preserving the character of the western lands.
In short, our amended proposal reduces the footprint of proprieties that might quality for the amendment by 90 percent.

The upcoming informational sessions will expound on this point—and others—in detail. The presentation will be moderated by Nicki van Vonno of Vonno Consulting, LLC. The dates are as follows:

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 S.W. Adams Ave., Indiantown
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Hobe Sound Library, 10595 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave., Palm City

We’re also offering refreshments. We do hope you’ll join us. If able, please RSVP at

Thank you,
Tom Hurley
Chairman and CEO
Becker Holding Corporation

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