Brightline fatality: Woman killed on tracks in Boynton Beach a day before train’s public debut

From The New York Post: “Melissa Lavell, 32, was on the tracks of the Brightline train around 6:25 p.m. Friday, after the gates were already in the down position, The Sun-Sentinel reported. She had apparently tried to make it across — ducking under the guard rails — before the train approached. … Click here to read more

CEO of SAP lists Jupiter Island house that he bought from country singer Alan Jackson

From The Real Deal: “The chief executive officer of German software company SAP has listed the Jupiter Island house at 617 South Beach Road that he bought from country singer Alan Jackson. SAP CEO Bill McDermott listed the five-bedroom house for sale with an asking price of $16.75 million … Click here to read more

Comm. Sarah Heard atty: ‘ Act of retaliation’ will be answered by full vindication at trial by jury

Stuart attorney Barbara Kibbey Wagner, representing Commissioner Sarah Heard, has released the following statement: “Commissioner Sarah Heard, for more than 15 years, has been a tireless advocate, seeking to protect and preserve the environment and special community of Martin County that we all enjoy. This has made her the target of attacks … Click here to read more

Reuters: Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

“President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. Zinke said in a statement, ‘As a result of discussion with Governor (Rick) Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms … Click here to read more

Avoid monkeys in Florida because they could give you killer herpes

From Gizmodo: “As many as 30 percent of feral rhesus macaque monkeys living in and outside of Florida state parks are infected with a strain of herpes that’s exceptionally dangerous to humans. Wildlife officials are now calling for the total removal … Click here to read more

‘A top lieutenant’ of Senate Prez Negron (R-Stuart) in extramarital affair with Senate Minority Leader

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Braynon is the Senate Minority Leader, and Flores is a top lieutenant of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. She is chairwoman of both the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Negron did not address the statement … Click here to read more

Martin Emergency Operations Center partially activates in wake of natural gas leak

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “The Martin County Emergency Operations Center has gone into partial activation to service the citizens of Martin County in wake of the natural gas leak that has affected approximately 450 TECO customers. Here is what you need to know: … Click here to read more

New year, same old BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The first meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 offers no new hope for residents looking for fiscal responsibility and accountability from the same old Commission majority. It remains to be seen whether the Chair will carry out his threat to censor citizens who step up to the podium to offer public comment at Tuesday’s meeting … Click here to read more

MCSO: Western Union settles claims re wire transfer system scam, how to file a claim

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “If you lost money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can now file a claim to get your money back. You must submit a claim by February 12, 2018 … Click here to read more

MUST READ: Politics and Money in Martin County

From Maggy Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point … Click here to read more

Call for Action from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida

From CARE FL  (Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida): “It has come to our attention that during their next meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at 9:00AM, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners plan to take up an update from staff related to All Aboard Florida/Brightline. It is important to encourage our commissioners to stay the course related to the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida/Brightline project. … Click here to read more