Miami Herald: Scott signs 44 bills into law, including concealed carry, body camera legislation

(Source: Office of Governor Rick Scott)

Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday afternoon, including one allowing concealed weapons to be carried without a permit during emergency evacuations and another that will shield police body camera videos from public record laws. The concealed carry bill is a favorite project … Click here to read more

Martin County crime rate drops more than 14%

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s newly released Uniform Crime Report, reflects that the overall crime rate in Martin County is down 14.8%. It is the largest overall drop in Martin County’s crime rate in more than 5-years. Notably, burglaries are down 17.2%, while Larceny crimes such as shoplifting and theft, dropped 19.2% from last year. … Click here to read more

WPTV video: Martin residents sound off to All Aboard Florida representative in town hall meeting

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“More than 150 Martin County residents packed the Stuart City Hall Tuesday night to voice their concerns about All Aboard Florida in a rare opportunity to directly address All Aboard Florida representatives. ‘We are moving forward with the project until we’re told otherwise,’ … Click here to read more

Must-see video: ‘No Plan B’ for South Florida Water Management District’s misinformation

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The Indian River Lagoon and the Everglades got kicked in the stomach last Thursday by the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. This short video by Kenny Hinkle Jr captures … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida foe K.C. Ingram Traylor considers GOP congressional bid

Will breakfast buddies K.C. Ingram Traylor (left) and Rebecca Negron become Republican primary foes?(Source: Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: “K.C. Ingram Traylor, a leading opponent of the All Aboard Florida train, is considering a Republican bid for the U.S. House seat that Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy is giving up to run for Senate … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin should just say ‘no’ to beach parking meters, limited hours

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From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Every few years, someone who doesn’t know how much Martin County residents love their beaches comes up with a new plan. Now the Martin County Commission, prompted by the Parks and Recreation Department and Sheriff Will Snyder, is toying with plans to add parking meters, limit beach hours and ban alcohol at county beaches … Click here to read more

Nineteen Haitian refugees taken into custody near Sailfish Point

(Source: MCSO)

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office took 19 Haitian refugees into custody after an early morning landing near Sailfish Point. MCSO Uniform Road Patrol responded to a call of trespassers just before 2:00am. … Click here to read more

Cell tower plan delayed, biofuel moratorium on BOCC agenda Tuesday

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Renowned local attorney and civic activist Ginny Sherlock on the May 19 Board of County Commissioners agenda: “A proposal to erect a controversial cell phone tower at Sailfish Marina on the Manatee Pocket is being continued until June 23 to accommodate the schedule of an attorney hired by Martin County staff to review the application. Commissioners will also consider a moratorium on biofuel facilities … Click here to read more

US Sugar land buy rejected

Environmentalists have said the land could be used as a reservoir for lake water and send discharges south rather than into the St. Lucie Estuary. (Source: WPBF)

WPBF reports that “despite protests from environmentalists and concerned Treasure Coast residents, officials have voted down an option to buy US Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee. The South Florida Water Management District board voted unanimously against … Click here to read more

Company says regardless of bond vote, All Aboard Florida will move forward

(Source: The Palm Beach Post)

The Palm Beach Post reports that “All Aboard Florida’s express passenger rail line will move forward regardless of whether it receives $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds, according to court documents filed Monday. In opposition to Indian River County’s federal lawsuit (see copy of lawsuit here: … Click here to read more

The real reason they split: JI’s Tiger cheated on skier girlfriend Lindsey Vonn

(Source: MailOnline)

“When [Jupiter Island's] Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn split more than a week ago, the Olympic skier claimed that ‘both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart.’ MailOnline can now exclusively reveal that during one of those ‘times apart’ Tiger cheated on Lindsey … Click here to read more