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The Martin Grade by Thomas Winter

Just half an hour west of Stuart, Florida, is an amazingly beautiful road that time seems to have forgotten.

This is the Martin Highway, County Road 714 between Allapattah Road and State Road 710, but the locals simply call it: 

"The Martin   Grade."  

The Martin Grade Scenic Highway Project
Protecting the Trees 

This historic, 12-mile road is shaded by a canopy of hundred-year-old oaks and is surrounded by pastures, groves, swamps, and woods just as it was when it was carved out of the wilderness by the region's earliest settlers.  

Sustaining Community Lands is proud to be participating in

 "The Great Give Martin."

 

 This community-wide event will cellebrate the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community while raising critical funds for local nonprofits.

 

Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization through www.GreatGiveMartin.org

 

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Corridor Advocacy Group Meeting

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What is the Martin Grade Scenic Highway Project?

It is a community-wide effort to designate County Road 714 in western Martin County, Florida, a Scenic Highway in accordance with the Florida Scenic Highway Program.   The main emphasis of this project is to protect the tree canopy that covers much of the corridor and to preserve the rural nature of the area for generations to come.

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Art Photographer Thomas Winter donates art print of the Martin Grade.  Left to right: Amanda Farinos, Keren Carmel, Rob Dawson, Mona Schwall, Wilson the Dog, Thomas Winter, Judy Roberts, Mary Dawson (Lto R) . Photo by Steve Martine.

Help Draft the Martin Grade Corridor Management Plan!

Active Community involvement is a key part of the Scenic Highway application process.  You can play a major role in planning for th efuture of the Martin Grade tree canopy and its community.  Please contact us with your hopes and ideas for this special place. 

Award winning Martin County photographer, Thomas Winter, has jump started the Community Participation phase by donating a presentation art print of his renowned image of the Martin Grade and allowing SCL to use his Martin Grade images in promotional materials for the Scenic Highway Project.

Thank you, to Volunteers:

Donita Enright

Ewa Lewinger

Welcom to the Martin Grade Team!

 
 

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News and Updates

The Martin Grade Participated in

FOCUS 2020 - The FSH Statewide Workshop - June 8-10, 2011

Topics included the following:

·         Harnessing the Power of Visit Florida
·         Principles of Place Branding to establish Tourism Destinations
·         Social Media and Websites
·         Funding for corridor improvement projects through the Transportation Enhancement Program
 

 
MARTIN GRADE SCENIC HIGHWAY
ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION ACCEPTED!

The Martin Grade is now a Candidate Florida Scenic Highway!

 On October 13, the Florida Scenic Highway Advisory Committee approved the Martin Grade Scenic Eligibility Application and authorized us to go forward with the next phase of the project!

Now we must craft a Corridor Plan.

Please help us design the future of this beautiful roadway!

Click to Read the Martin Grade Scenic Highway Eligibility Application

What's Next?

Creating a Corridor Management Plan

Protect and Enhance the Tree
Canopy and the Character of the Community.

Support New and Traditional Rural Enterprises.

We Need You to Help Create the Plan!

Follow the Martin Grade Project on facebook/martin grade

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

How did the Scenic Highway Project begin?

Several years ago, a group of concerned citizens realized that widening the road would destroy the trees.  They started working to have the Grade designated a Florida Scenic Highway so that the people of Martin County can protect the trees for generations to come.   We need your help.

 

Why is  the Martin Grade worth protecting?

The Martin Grade Tree Canopy is the iconic image of Western Martin County.  It is the symbol of the quality of life Martin County residents have chosen for their community,  and protecting it is a commitment to the concept that Floridians do not have to choose between the things that give their communities beauty and value and Progress.   Through planning and commitment, we can have both.