Real News rather than Fake News. There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there. In fact, we’re confident in saying we consider it FAKE NEWS. Check out the resources and links below to learn more about the facts regarding agriculture, farming, clean water, natural resources, economic and social issues and government in the sunshine.

How much do you know about Martin County, this special place that we call home?

Here are some facts, some food for thought, and some of the places that offer objective information.

Agriculture and Ranching

  • Farming and ranching are the bedrock on which Martin County was built.
  • 11% of jobs in Martin County are in farming.
  • If you include agriculture, natural resources and related industries, that jumps to 25.2% of full and part-time jobs.
  • Number of Farms in Martin County: 587
  • Land in Farms: 139,310 acres
  • Average Size of Farm: 237 acres
  • Market Value of Products Sold: $165,453,000
  • Crops grown in Martin County include: citrus, potatoes, beets, cabbage, spinach, sweet corn, sugar cane, tomatoes, peppers, melon, cucumbers, squash, green beans, basil, sod, and shrimp and clams through aquaculture.
  • Local farmers are active in the farm-to-table movement, and they donate hundreds of thousands of products to local food banks and non-profits each year.

Food for thought: How can Martin County preserve and sustain its agricultural heritage?

A Healthy and Sustainable Community

Food for thought: What businesses and industries could come to Martin County that would be compatible with our lifestyle? 

Links and Resources

Good Government

What makes Martin County different from other counties and communities?

  • A strong Comprehensive Growth Management Plan designed to maintain our lifestyle and to keep the rules fair for everyone.  Key pillars of the Comp Plan such as a 4-story height limit, a 15-unit-per-acre density cap, a strong urban services boundary and environmental protections, keep us from looking like the more urban areas to the north and south.
  • An engaged and informed citizenry.
  • A passion for the environment, for philanthropy, and for truth in government.

Food for thought: How can facts, not fear and misdirection, rule the deliberations as we face big issues about our future?