First look: New Florida passenger train unveiled

(Source: USA Today)

From USA Today: “The two locomotives and four passenger coaches, collectively dubbed “BrightBlue,” arrived in West Palm Beach last month and were put on public display for the first time Wednesday. The set will soon be followed by four more – BrightOrange, BrightPink, BrightRed and BrightGreen – with the hopes of starting regular service by this summer … Click here to read more

Céline Dion lowers price of Jupiter Island estate to $38.5 million

(Source: Sothebys Canada)

From Market Wired: “Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec and Sotheby’s International Realty Palm Beach have exclusively listed Celine Dion’s luxurious Bahamian-inspired Florida estate. The newly priced property was reintroduced today at $38.5 million USD, adjusted from its 2016 price of $45 million USD. … Click here to read more

Florida Arbor Day tree giveaway

Arbor Day

In recognition of Florida’s Arbor Day, UF/IFAS Extension, Florida Master Gardener, Martin County and Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program volunteers will be offering free Pond Cypress tree seedlings on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 am to noon, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County 2614 SE Dixie Hwy Stuart, FL 34996 (North end of the fairgrounds) … Click here to read more

Homeless man found beaten in Stuart

(Source: WPTV)

From WPTV: “A homeless man was found severely beaten in Stuart Thursday morning, according to police. He was discovered in a wooded area in the 3800 block of SE Federal Highway … Click here to read more

WPTV: Box cutter used in Martin County CVS robbery

(Source: MCSO)

Two people armed with a box cutter robbed a CVS on Salerno Road Wednesday, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office … Click here to read more

Gave millions to help students and animals: Marti Huizenga, wife of Wayne Huizenga, dies at 74

Marti Huizenga (Source: The Miami Herald)

From The MIami Herald: “In 1999, the Huizengas donated $1 million to United Way organizations in Martin and St. Lucie counties, where the Fort Lauderdale couple had a private golf course. Born Martha Jean Pike in San Antonio, Florida, on Nov. 26, 1942, Marti Huizenga was working as a secretary at one of Wayne Huizenga’s companies when she became his second wife in 1972 … Click here to read more

Martin Commissioner Sarah Heard: ‘Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering’

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard

“Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse.The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart … Click here to read more

Message from MCSO: Auto burglaries throughout Martin County overnight

MCSO

“THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING A NUMBER OF AUTO BURGLARIES THAT TOOK PLACE IN COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTY OVERNIGHT. THOSE COMMUNITIES INCLUDE … Click here to read more

From Tiger’s blog: Prez-elect Trump; ‘Make Tiger Great Again;’ advice at Hobe Sound’s Medalist

From Donald Trump's Facebook: "Great playing with Tiger & being with my son Donald Trump Jr., and granddaughter Kai!"

: “I recently played with President-elect Donald Trump. What most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old. He takes a pretty good lash. Our discussion topics were wide-ranging; it was fun … Click here to read more

Vote would be Nov 2017: New towns in Martin County? Hobe Sound and Indiantown want in

Bridge Road, Hobe Sound. (Source: CaptainKimo.com)

From the Palm Beach Post: “Indiantown and Hobe Sound, two of Martin County’s oldest communities, want to be towns. Control of zoning and building codes is one of the main benefits of incorporation, say supporters from both areas … Click here to read more

Replumbing South Florida

Banana River, March 2016. Fish kills in the northern part of the Saint Lucie River and Indian River lagoons are caused by local septic, urban and lawn runoff. (Source: Fly Rod & Reel)

From Fly Rod & Reel: “After heavy rains last winter the Army Corps of Engineers protected cattle ranchers, dairy farmers and sugarcane growers in Lake Okeechobee’s watershed by dumping their polluted water on distant residents of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. This time at least 161 cities suffered … Click here to read more