Florida is at high risk for the Zika virus


From Vox Science and Health: “In Florida, 12 individuals have tested positive for the Zika virus — the mosquito-borne disease that’s currently raging across Central and South America. Dengue fever — sometimes called ‘breakbone’ fever for its intensity … took hold in Martin County, on Florida’s Atlantic coast in 2013. Twenty-eight people were infected there … Click here to read more

Tiger Woods says No to Honda Classic

(Source: Jose Lambiet's Gossip Extra)

From Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra: “For the second year in a row, golfer Tiger Woods will not be playing in The Honda Classic, the late February tournament in Palm Beach Gardens that Woods considers to be his home turf. Jupiter Island resident Woods, who just turned 40 … Click here to read more

Martin County would rearrange emergency service to mitigate All Aboard Florida dangers

Florida East Coast Railway bridge over the St. Lucie River, Stuart (Source: bridgehunter.com)

From Mass Transit Magazine: “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office likely would rearrange its zones of service to provide lifesaving services on both sides of the railroad tracks should All Aboard Florida begin Brightline passenger rail service through the Treasure Coast. Sheriff William Snyder has long decried the dangers … Click here to read more

PBPost: Negron’s Lake O emergency measure splits Senate budget leaders

(Source: Palm Beach Post)

“Sen. Joe Negron, a powerful Stuart Republican who is slated to become the Senate president in November, offered an amendment to the Senate’s proposed budget to expand a water-storage project. The money would be used to expand what is known as the Caulkins ‘water farming’ pilot project, which involves pumping water onto fallow, privately owned citrus land in Martin County. … Click here to read more

WPEC: Gas leak closes Kanner Highway


“Martin County deputies closed Kanner Highway – near I-95 exit 101 – in nearly every direction after road crews who were expanding a turning lane broke a gas line. Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that this closure is causing very heavy traffic back-ups. Please avoid the area … Click here to read more

Lake O at highest level since 2005: Army Corps of Engineers increases flows

Lake O

From the Army Corps of Engineers: “Lake Okeechobee water level for Monday, Feb. 1 is 16.14 ft., up 0.06 feet since yesterday. This is the highest Lake Okeechobee has been since it peaked at 17.12 feet in Nov., 2005. With the rise in Lake Okeechobee accelerating, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced its intent to increase flows to higher levels … Click here to read more

MCSO Active Shooter Emergency Action Safety Training: Do you have a plan?


The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is offering on site Active Shooter Safety training to all local businesses, and organizations. MCSO will come to your place of business, and speak to your employees about planning for, and surviving an active shooter event. … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Call to Action before Feb 9 Martin Commission meeting


“CARE FL needs your help as soon as possible. It is imperative that each concerned citizen sends an email to the Martin County Board of Commissioners, expressing your support for additional funding to fight the All Aboard Florida project. The Martin County Commission will be meeting on Feb. 9. Decisions will be made on additional funding to protect residents. … Click here to read more

PBPost: Melzer has chance to change the script in Martin commission race

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “The race pits two former commissioners (Donna Melzer and Ed Ciampi) against one now in office (John Haddox)…Haddox, who ran as a supporter of careful growth, switched sides after he was elected … Click here to read more

Major milestone reached in the construction of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains

(Source: Brightline)

From Brightline and Siemens: “The first stainless steel passenger coach car shell for the new train service has been completed, reaching a major milestone in the construction of the trains. More than 70 employees at Siemens’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sacramento … Click here to read more

Enterococcus bacteria advisory: Avoid contact with water at Leighton Park and Roosevelt Bridge


Bacteria samples collected on Monday, January 25th, are still exceeding the acceptable level for enterococcus bacteria at the Leighton Park and Roosevelt Bridge locations. The advisory to avoid contact with the water in these areas is still in effect. The results from the remaining locations are within the acceptable range. Samples will be collected again on Monday, February 1 … Click here to read more