WPTV: Fertilizer giant funding pollution study of Indian River Lagoon

internationally recognized deep-sea explorer Dr. Edith Widder founded the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, a scientific based conservation nonprofit. (Source: www.teamorca.org)

From WPTV: Dr. Edie Widder with the Ocean Research & Conservation Association was skeptical at first when Scotts Miracle-Gro offered to fund a $500K study of pollution in the lagoon. Widder introduced Tuesday a seven member committee made up of environmentalists, government, and agribusiness to oversee the research. “A lot of really good people we can be confident that won’t be influenced by industry,” she said. … Click here to read more

Lindsey Vonn is close friends with Jupiter Island boyfriend Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren

Lindsey Vonn and Elin Nordegren	Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods' ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, have become close friends, sources tell Us Weekly, noting that "they talk all the time." (Source: US Weekly)

According to US Weekly, one insider says that Nordegren, 34, originally wanted to get to know Vonn, 29, because she knew the Olympic gold medalist would be around her children a lot. (The Swedish model and her pro golfer ex-husband, 38, have two kids together, daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5.) … Click here to read more

What is Great Give Martin?


Great Give Martin is a 24-hour online giving event. It is led by the Community Foundation and United Way to raise as much money as possible for local non-profits in a single day, May 6. Great Give Martin is part of the largest online giving event in history. … Click here to read more

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch: Surprise visit by Governor Scott to the St Lucie/IR Lagoon

Governor Rick Scott, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, and Lt. Governor,  Carlos Lopez Cantera. (Photo Kevin Powers, 2014)

I was looking towards the front door that had just opened, cocked my head and said, “that looks like Governor Rick Scott…that is Rick Scott.” To say I was surprised is an understatement. No one had told me the governor would be coming. … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Embattled All Aboard Florida responds to Q&A

All Aboard Florida: Track speed for passenger trains ranges from 60-110 mph through Hobe Sound and Stuart, depending on the track geometry. (Source: Sunshine State News)

All Aboard Florida, the proposed higher-speed rail service set to operate along Florida East Coast Railway, has erupted in controversy along the Treasure Coast…it would not stop in Martin, St. Lucie or Indian River counties. Residents there say they will get zero benefit while their quality of life is diminished considerably. … Click here to read more

Deliberate curfew violations at our community airport reflect disrespect for Martin County citizens


Local attorney and civic activist Virginia Shelock addresses curfew violations at Witham Field: “Curfew violators are among proponents of the Customs Facility who assure us that increased operations won’t negatively impact nearby residents or turn our community-friendly airport into an international noise- and fume-fest.” For a list of violators … Click here to read more

Martin County Sheriff’s Office busts alleged drug house on Indian Street

(Source: MCSO)

The Martin County Sheriff’s SWAT Team along with the Special Investigations Section executed a search warrant on a home at 2594 SE Indian Street in Stuart, shutting down an active drug house and making three arrests. … Click here to read more

Wall St Journal: Historic Mediterranean in Stuart for sale, built by Carnegie family

(Source: Wall St Journal)

The owners, Kay and John Ziegler, bought this 1920s Mediterranean-style home in Stuart for $1.8 million in 1995, according to public records. The roughly 8,170-square-foot home sits back from more than 220 feet of water frontage and a deep-water dock. The property was listed for $4.995 million in February with Debra Duvall of Water Pointe Realty Group. … Click here to read more

MCSO Deputies assist in apprehension of fraud suspect eluding law enforcement on Bridge Road

a concerned citizen called to report a suspicious vehicle driving recklessly on SE Bridge Rd. around Becker Tree Farm. 

Martin County Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found the vehicle matching the description given by PBGPD, abandoned on Becker property. (Source: MCSO)

A concerned citizen called to report a suspicious vehicle driving recklessly on SE Bridge Road, around Becker Tree Farm. Martin County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found the vehicle matching the description given by Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, abandoned on Becker property. Deputies then found the suspect driver walking on Bridge Road. … Click here to read more

CMS reveals Medicare physician pay data: FL eye doctor received almost $21 million

Dr. Salomon Melgen (Source" Melgen Retina Eye Center)

Modern Healthcare reports on the data that comes from the first-ever publication of Medicare Part B payments to individual physicians and physician practices by the CMS. Topping Medicare’s list was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, with offices in West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, who received almost $21 million from Medicare. … Click here to read more

Stopping All Aboard Florida may prove as challenging as stopping Lake O discharges


Stuart News opinion columnist Rich Campbell writes: “A polluted river. A noisy, busy rail line. What do they have in common? More than you might think. Treasure Coast residents are awaking to the fact their lives will be disrupted by All Aboard Florida — the high-speed rail service whisking passengers on 32 daily trains (16 each way) between Miami and Orlando … Click here to read more