Lawsuits meant to silence questions about development in Martin don’t pass smell test

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From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “It was skunk week in Martin County. Not to malign Florida’s real skunks, but their human imitators left an odiferous trail countywide last week. On the hit list: A respected environmental group, Martin County government and residents … Click here to read more

August 18: Public hearings on Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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On August 18, the Board of County Commissioners, beginning at 9:00 A.M., will conduct public hearings to consider transmittal to the Department of Economic Opportunity the following 2nd Set of Comprehensive Plan Amendments … Click here to read more

19 Haitian refugees land on Jupiter Island

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Nineteen Haitian refugees are in custody following an early morning landing Tuesday. The 16 adults and three children were found walking along Beach Road … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BOCC: It’s all about the money

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting is packed with costly requests buried in a 2,648-page agenda packet. The Parks Department wants to raid parks impact fees and ‘re-allocate’ funds … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida opponent takes aim at text messages about bond meeting

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The Palm Beach Post blogs that “an attorney fighting the All Aboard Florida project is taking aim at a series of text messages between a representative of the rail company and the chairman of the state board that will decide whether the project receives $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds … Steve Ryan, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who is representing Martin County in its battle to block All Aboard Florida’s express passenger trains, obtained the text messages … Click here to read more

PBPost: Negron, Abruzzo, Clemens seats could change in FL Senate redistricting

District 32 (Sen. Joe Negron-R Stuart) in orange; District 25 in purple (Sen. Joseph Abrusso -D Boynton Beach) picks up a strip of land between Negron’s seat and District 27 in pink (Sen. Sen. Jeff Clemens-D Lake Worth). [Source: FL Senate]

“Opponents of the current Senate map — the League of Women Voters and its allies — dinged the district of Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican and the rival of Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, for the Senate presidency following the 2016 elections … Click here to read more

Opening scheduled mid-August: Tiger’s restaurant passes first inspection with two health violations

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“Jupiter Island golfer Tiger Woods’ new restaurant passed its initial inspection, got its temporary liquor license this week — and is officially cleared to serve meals and booze in the heart of Jupiter’s new entertainment district,” accourding to Gossip Extra. … Click here to read more

7-ft, 412-lb grouper caught on paddleboard in Stuart

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From WPTV: “Cape Coral native Cpt. Ben Chancey caught a 7-foot Goliath grouper off the coast of Stuart and reeled it in while on a paddleboard … Click here to read more

Breaking news: Lawsuit filed against Martin County today re Pitchford’s Landing

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Breaking news from Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A lawsuit was filed against Martin County today on behalf of the Pitchford’s Landing developers by the same attorneys who are prosecuting the Lake Point rockpit lawsuit against Martin County and the SLAPP suit against Maggy Hurchalla … Click here to read more

Prevent identity theft: Stuart Police to host free shredding event, August 1

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On August 1, The Stuart Police Department, along with SelectShred, will be hosting a “Prevent Identity Theft” event at the Stuart Police Department, 830 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free shredding will be offered from 10am until 12pm (or until the truck is full). There is a limit of three- 30 pound boxes per vehicle … Click here to read more

$1M in gold artifacts, coins recovered from Treasure Coast shipwreck sites

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From WPBF: “Over $1 million worth of gold artifacts and a rare coin destined for the king of Spain have been recovered from the 1715 Treasure Fleet which sank along the Treasure Coast on July 31, 1715 … Click here to read more