MCSO on Hutchinson Island: Fisherman bitten by shark

(Source: MCSO)

Martin County Sheriff’s deputies are assisting Martin County Fire Rescue at Fletcher Beach, on Hutchinson Island, for a fisherman who was bitten by a shark he was trying to release after catching it on his fishing line. … Click here to read more

TCPalm: 11-year-old killed, parents injured in sailboat explosions near Roosevelt Bridge

Emergency personnel work the scene of a fire, Sunday, aboard a 42-foot sailboat on the west side of the Roosevelt Bridge between Sailor's Return restaurant and Shepard Park in Stuart. Two adults escaped and were treated for smoke inhalation. (Source: TCPalm)

Stuart police Monday were investigating the circumstances around a sailboat fire that killed an 11-year-old boy and injured his parents Sunday morning in the city’s marina near the Roosevelt Bridge. … Click here to read more

PBPost: ‘Big money’ PACs lose out in Martin elections, but likely will be back

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz, details the recent Martin County elections: “Clean water and careful growth trumped big money and ‘questionable’ attack ads in Tuesday’s primary election in Martin County. Sarah Heard, a 12-year incumbent, won another term on the Martin County Commission after surviving one of the dirtiest and most expensive smear campaigns in county history … Click here to read more

Report: It’s cheaper to live in Florida than the Northeast

(Source: Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: Contrary to some consumer perceptions, it’s cheaper to live in Florida than most of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, according to a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida opponents meet with state Transportation Secretary

Parking spots along South Flagler Avenue (left) in downtown Stuart is seen along side the Florida East Coast railroad tracks. The proposed All Aboard Florida passenger service would impact Downtown Stuart with its 32 trains daily along with the current freight train traffic and additional train tracks.(Source: TCPalm)

“Opponents of All Aboard Florida had what they called an ‘open and candid’ meeting with top transportation officials from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration,” reports TCPalm. “CARE FL (an acronym for Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida) represents the upscale gated communities of Mariner Sands Country Club and Loblolly in Martin County … Click here to read more

TCPalm: Hobe Sound restaurant owners file suit against Martin County

(Source: TCPalm)

Owners of the Flash Beach Grille restaurant in Hobe Sound filed a lawsuit Thursday morning against Martin County to stop officials from enforcing a conservation easement on its property. The lawsuit surrounds a 40-by-60-feet area in the backyard of their restaurant at 9126 S.E. Bridge Road … Click here to read more

Heard wins County Commission seat; Fielding moves on to Nov. 4 election

Martin County Commissioners Sarah Heard, Ed Fielding

TCPalm reports on the August 26 Martin County Commission primary with incumbents Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding emerging as winners in their respective races. … Click here to read more

Martin County primary election results (unofficial)

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With all 31 precincts reporting, here are the unofficial results of Tuesday’s Martin primary election. (Registered voters:104,687; ballots cast: 26,039; voter turnout: 24.87 %) … Click here to read more

Photo of Lake Okeechobee Locks: ‘… may be an indication of things to come’

Lake Okeechobee Locks (Photo: Paul Shidel)

This striking photo was taken Sunday by noted environmental activist and photographer, Paul Shidel of Jensen Beach. The location is the Stuart side of the Lake Okeechobee Locks. … Click here to read more

Vote Tuesday: Find your precinct; MCTimes candidate recommendations

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Where to vote? Just enter your address and find your precinct with this interactive tool from the Supervisor of Elections website, or call the Elections office at 288-5637. Also, Martin County Times’ readers have asked the MCTimes to recommend candidates for the August 26 primary … Click here to read more

Stuart-based attorney representing a Ferguson shooting victim

Marwan Porter (Source: WPBF)

WPTV reports that a Stuart-based attorney, Marwan Porter, is representing a woman who was shot during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., last week. Porter said his case is only one of the many factors fueling the frustrations in Ferguson. … Click here to read more