Stuart Dem Crystal Lucas files to challenge Representative Gayle Harrell in District 83

(Source: LinkedIn)

Stuart Democrat Crystal Mills Lucas has filed paperwork this week to challenge Republican state Rep. Gayle Harrell in 2016. Harrell faced no opposition this year in House District 83, which covers parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties, according to SaintPetersBlog. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin report a blueprint to mitigate All Aboard Florida’s impact

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Treasure Coast residents have had a chance to sound off about the devastating impacts All Aboard Florida will have on Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties these last few weeks. It’s hard to shake the feeling that no one’s listening.The intimidating formats of the public meetings are one reason. … Click here to read more

CBS This Morning video: Stuart bartender fighting craft beer jug ban


Craft beer fans love capped jugs known as “growlers,” and they’re an efficient way to carry fresh beer home. But filling a growler is a sobering thought at the Crafted Keg in Stuart, where bar owner Guy Piasecki would be breaking the law if he sold you one. … Click here to read more

JI’s Tiger: ‘Concocted article was below the belt … a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination’

(Source: The Players Tribune)

Jupiter Island’s Tiger Woods, was a recent guest contributor to The Players’ Tribune: “Did you read Dan Jenkins’ interview with me in the latest Golf Digest? I hope not. Because it wasn’t me. It was some jerk he created to pretend he was talking to me. That’s right, Jenkins faked an interview … Click here to read more

WPEC: From death, comes new life on the Indian River Lagoon


“Harmful algae continues to plague the Indian River Lagoon along the Treasure Coast. Biologists still don’t know why a diversity of fish suddenly died earlier this month. In an effort to revitalize these waters, the City of Stuart in partnership with the Florida Oceanographic Society … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Flooding leads to increased oversight at FPL St. Lucie nuclear plant

View of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant a twin nuclear power station located on Hutchinson Island, near Ft. Pierce, Florida in St. Lucie County, Thursday in Ft. Pierce. Both units are Combustion Engineering pressurized water reactors. Florida Power & Light commissioned the station in 1976 and continues to operate the station. Minor shares of Unit 2 are owned by the Florida Municipal Power Agency (8.81%) and the Orlando Utilities Commission (6.08%). The plant contains two nuclear reactors in separate containment buildings. However, the plant does not have the classic hyperboloid cooling towers found at many inland reactor sites; instead, it uses nearby ocean water for coolant of the secondary system. In 2003 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) extended the operating licenses of the St. Lucie units by twenty years, to March 1, 2036 for Unit 1 and April 6, 2043 for Unit 2. (Source: The Palm Beach Post)

“The incident is part of three violations of Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations the agency cited in its decision to ramp up the oversight and inspection of the Unit 1 reactor. Florida Power & Light Co.’s St. Lucie Unit 1 nuclear reactor is under increased federal oversight after the company’s failure to comply with stricter post-Fukushima regulations … Click here to read more

Latest Martin County BOCC comments on the AAF Draft Environmental Impact Statement


View and download the latest comments (November 18, 2014) and supporting photos from The Martin County Board of County Commissioners on the impacts of the proposed All Aboard Florida high-speed rail service … Click here to read more

Martin County Sheriffs shut down sixth meth lab in 18 months

(Source: MCSO)

Martin County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Detectives, in conjunction with the DEA Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, have shut down another meth lab operating out of a small apartment in the town of Rio … Click here to read more

Stuart Police Department warns of IRS phone scam alert

Stuart Police

Recently, a Stuart resident received a phone call from 941-275-8157 stating that he was from the Department of the United States Treasury. The caller claimed that the resident had $5400 of taxes that were not reported to the IRS in his 2011-2012 taxes. … Click here to read more

Martin County seeks user feedback for new website to be launched in 2015


Residents and visitors are encouraged to take a few minutes to respond to a brief survey to help Martin County build a new county website. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin officials fete centenarian enviro Louise Carnevale

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Not everyone remembers Lousie Carnevale today. But they have her to thank for the survival of the Environmental Studies Center. Every Martin student spends time at the center, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Its mission: To teach children in kindergarten through eighth grade about Florida’s and Martin’s woods, waters and wildlife. … Click here to read more