Martin County encourages businesses affected by water crisis to access state and federal resources

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners encourages businesses affected by our local water crisis to visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Recovery Center (BRC) located at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Since its opening … Click here to read more

The incredible life of Jupiter Island’s superstar golfer Greg Norman and his third wife Kirsten

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From The Daily Mail: “The lavish lifestyle of champion Australian golfer Greg Norman and his designer wife has been revealed on Instagram. The 61-year-old married Kirsten, a 48-year-old interior designer from Sydney, in 2010 amid a wave of controversy … Click here to read more

BCC: Army Corps and SFWMD to address water issues

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The US Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District will make presentations at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting this week about local water issues, including the Lake Okeechobee discharge schedule that affects the level of pollution in our rivers … Click here to read more

To stop toxic algae, 10-year-old Stuart boy flies to D.C. to demand action

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From New Times: “Since January, toxic algae has polluted the waterways near 10-year-old Jack Benson’s home in Stuart. Frustrated with how adults were handling it, the soon-to-be fifth grader flew to Washington, D.C., to speak to Congress … Click here to read more

July 23: Let your voice be heard at Rally for the River

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From The Florida Oceanographic Society: “Let your voice be heard! Join us at 8:30 a.m. at Stuart Causeway’s East Island to learn about what’s happening with our waters … Click here to read more

Old will soon outnumber young in Florida

Newly released Census Bureau estimates pegged to last July showed Maine had just 2% more children under 18 than adults 65 or older. Florida had just 4% more. As recently as 2010, their margins were 30% and 23%, respectively. The U.S. margin was 54% last year, and 84% in 2010. (Source: BuilderOnline)

From BuilderOnline: “At the end of the year, it’s likely that both Maine and Florida will have more elderly residents than children, ‘a ratio that’s unprecedented in U.S. history but one that’s coming soon to several more states,’ … Click here to read more

From Board of County Commissioners: Public hearings on Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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From the Martin County Board of County Commissioners: “Please be advised that on July 26, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners, beginning at 9:00 A.M., will conduct public hearings to consider adoption of the following Comprehensive Plan Amendments … Click here to read more

BCC: Show me the money

The Board of County Commissioners begins budget workshop meetings this week for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2016.  Public meetings will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Commission chambers beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day.  At the conclusion of the workshops, Commissioners will establish a tentative millage rate for FY16-17.

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners should carefully examine budget requests for:Duplication (why do taxpayers pay private public relations consultants while simultaneously paying a full time public information officer to communicate with the media and the public?); Excess (why do taxpayers pay annual membership dues … Click here to read more

MCSO: Grief over mass killings of police officers and deputy sheriff in Baton Rouge

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From the Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “We have no words to adequately convey our shared feelings of grief, anger, and sense of betrayal over the mass killings of police officers and a deputy sheriff in Baton Rouge … Click here to read more

Request denied for federal state of emergency because of toxic algae

Algae blooms seen on Friday June 24, 2016, in the St. Lucie River estuary in Martin County. (Source: TCPalm)

“‘It’s unfortunate President Barack Obama has deemed Florida’s Treasure Coast worthy enough to play golf in, but not important enough to provide assistance to the Floridians dealing with the ongoing algae bloom crisis and poor water quality conditions,” Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) said Saturday in a prepared release,’ according to TCPalm … Click here to read more

Martin County launches interactive financial transparency platform

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“Martin County has launched a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials, and staff unprecedented access to the County’s finances and performance information.The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format … Click here to read more