OM Newsletter: Support Civility In Martin County. Call To Action! Attend The 4/23 BCC Meeting

Article Posted on April 19, 2019

Dear Friends,

This Tuesday, April 23, Martin County Commissioners will decide whether to add a civility policy into their rules of procedure.  We applaud Commissioner Jenkins for taking the lead on this important issue and are pleased he used some of our suggested language in crafting the policy recommendations:

Here’s what’s being proposed as added language within the county’s Rules and Procedures:

  1. Treat everyone courteously
  2. Give open-minded consideration to all viewpoints
  3. Listen to others respectively
  4. Focus on the issues and avoid personalizing debate
  5. Exercise self-control
  6. Embrace respectful disagreement and dissent as democratic rights, inherent components of an inclusive public process, and tools for forging sound decisions

Establishing a policy on civility is in no way an attempt to infringe on anyone’s right to free speech. Rather, it is an attempt to remind individuals who are engaged in public discourse to be courteous and respectful.

Other county and city governments statewide and nationally have adopted a civility code, including the City of Stuart and the new Village of Indiantown.  Martin County should do the same.  Having a policy on civility will serve as an important reminder to all of us – commissioners and residents alike - to be the best version of ourselves.

Do you care about civility? Here’s what you can do!
Please join One Martin in support of a Martin County civility code by attending the Commission meeting on Tuesday, April 23 and speaking during public comment which begins sometime after 9:05 AM. The County Commission Chamber is located at 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.
If you can’t make the meeting, you can send a simple email in support of a civility policy to the Board of County Commissioners at

Or you can email or call them directly at:
Ed Ciampi, Chair   772-221-1357
Harold Jenkins   772-221-2357
Doug Smith   772-221-2359
Stacy Hetherington  772-288-5421
Sarah Heard   772-221-2358
Taryn Kryzda, County Administrator   772-221-2360

For more information check out the links below:
Martin County Commission Meeting Agenda for April 23
Agenda item 19-0432 – Adopt a Policy on Civility

ICYMI - Below are One Martin’s two recent e-newsletters encouraging Martin County to create a civility code:

Rick Hartman

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