Bond issue for All Aboard Florida still pending


From The Real Deal: “Fortress Investment Group, the company behind a planned passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando, is still seeking investors for a $1.75 billion tax-free bond issue that Florida officials approved two months ago. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is leading underwriters … Click here to read more

PBPost: Spotty cleanliness at Martin Memorial, despite good doctor, nurse care

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “A retired Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), who recently spent a week as a patient at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, confirms that I’m not the only one who’s noticed the hospital is dirty — really dirty. …So I was not surprised to receive the LPN patient’s emailed photos, showing brown spots she said were blood and feces, on the floor of her hospital room at Martin Memorial Medical Center … Click here to read more

NYTimes: Judge picks voting map in Florida


“Florida’s long battle over congressional districts approached its finale on Friday when a state judge rejected maps drafted by the Republican Legislature and approved one drawn by the challengers in the lawsuit — a coalition of voter-rights groups and Democratic-leaning individuals. The lawsuit, brought by the League of Women Voters … Click here to read more

TCPalm, Stuart News sold

Gannett's headquarters in McLean, VA (Source: Florida Today)

From Florida Today: “Gannett, the publishing company that owns USA Today, Florida Today and media businesses in more than 90 local markets, said it has agreed to buy Journal Media Group for about $280 million … Florida properties acquired are the Treasure Coast Newspapers based in Stuart and … Click here to read more

Former youth pastor at The Grace Place charged with enticement of a minor over the internet

Mobley mugshot

From The Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida: A former youth pastor at The Grace Place in Stuart was charged with enticing a minor over the internet, to engage in sexual activity. … Click here to read more

PBPost: Will proposed upscale ‘row houses’ benefit whole Hobe Sound community?

HS Village

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “A newly proposed gated community of 92 upscale ‘row houses,’ priced from the high $200,000s to the middle $300,000s, has south Martin County residents talking. The townhouses would be built between U.S. 1 and the predominately African-American neighborhood of Banner Lake … Click here to read more

Stuart Jet Center gets new building to be used for aviation training


The new building will be used by Sikorsky for aviation training services, according to … Click here to read more

MSN: Why this private passenger rail faces heavy opposition

"There's a historical irony to these communities' opposition to passenger rail--it was Flagler's and other passenger trains, after all, that enabled Florida's development in the first place. AAF's station in Miami, in fact, will be located on the same land where Flagler's Miami Grand Central Station once stood." (Source: MSN)

“If it stays on track for a 2016 opening, All Aboard Florida will be the first private passenger railroad line built in the U.S. in decades. But the project has its detractors–a coalition of quiet communities along the route who question its safety, its impact on quality of life, and the ethics and motivation behind its financing. Based in the Treasure Coast region … … Click here to read more

October 6: ‘Spell-binding’ Board of County Commissioners’ agenda


From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting features an unusually light agenda that should give Commissioners and the public a welcome break from wrestling with weighty and controversial issues. So let’s take a moment to consider spelling … Click here to read more

#149 on Forbes 400 is Jupiter Islander

(Source: Forbes)

J. Christopher Reyes, 61, of Jupiter Island, is married with four children. He is ranked at No.149 and worth about $3.8 billion. He and his brother, Jude, oversee global food and beer distributor Reyes Holdings. Earlier this year the company signed a deal with Coca-Cola … Click here to read more

Burt Reynolds pays off divorce debt to ex-wife Loni Anderson — 17 years after judgment

(Source: Jose Lambiet)

The “Smokey and the Bandit” star, who’s 79, recently sold his Hobe Sound home for $3.3 million earlier this month then used $150,000 from the proceeds to pay off the lien that “WKRP in Cincinnati” hottie Anderson still had on the property, according to Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra … Click here to read more