Saturday, July 3, 2010

A BBQ showdown and the making of an 'Old Florida' scenic designated highway

Once again broadcasting from the Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island, Florida, pirate radio Talkin' Tourism on Florida’s Treasure Coast covered a lot of ground this week.

What does a campaign to receive a scenic highway designation in Martin County and the Hobe Sound BBQ Festival 2010 have in common? Well, the common ground is not that hard to find but you will have to listen to the show to find out. Jennifer Ferrari, executive director of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, and guest, Don O’Steen, a competitor in the upcoming BBQ festival shed some light on how serious this competition is to its participants. Are there rules? How far away do some of the competitors come to compete? How is the event judged? Is it only for professionals or can amateurs compete? You’ll find out the answer to these questions and more when you listen to the show. Thanks Jennifer and Don!

The second half of the show featured Mary Dawson, a former Martin County Commissioner and chair of the board of the Sustaining Community Lands, the organization spearheading the effort to have the Martin Grade in Western Martin County designated as a Florida Scenic Highway, as well as Rob Dawson, the project manager spearheading the Martin Grade Florida Scenic Highway designation..

For those not familiar with the effort, Mary provided a clear explanation as to the current state of the effort and the reasons behind it. When, and if successful, Mary and Rob outlined the environmental benefits, the economic benefits for saving the road, and whether or not a road and 100-year old trees can provide cultural benefits. The first phase of the process is to demonstrate community based support for the requested designation. Mary also told listeners how to help, why they should help, and how easy it is to help.

As usual, time went by exceedingly fast and the reason why Radio Man was spotted at the West End, Grand Bahama Police Station was not revealed (but it's all good). However, Talkin' Tourism host Gary Guertin did share some details of his first ever crossing on the Discovery Cruise ship, and a newly constructed convention and meeting facility in Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama that would be the perfect size and design for Martin County.

If you missed Friday's show, you can listen to it here---our 76th live show! Enjoy the infotainment!! And remember, send in your suggestions for show topics and guests to

'See' you next week!
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