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

‘Coffee with a Cop’: Building community relationships one cup at a time

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” McDonald’s and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office are inviting community members to Coffee with a Cop, a national initiative supported by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.The informal events, hosted by local McDonald’s in July and August, aim to help build relationships between officers and the communities they serve. (See locations, dates and time … Click here to read more

US EcoGen: Hurry, hurry . . . oh, never mind

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A few weeks ago, proponents of the US EcoGen biomass project presented a planned renewable energy facility to the Board of County Commissioners with a plea for the BCC to initiate rush-rush Comprehensive Plan Amendments to allow the project to move forward. Instead of saying ‘hurry up’, US EcoGen is now saying ‘never mind’ … Click here to read more

TCPalm: Gov. Rick Scott has no plans to visit Stuart to see algae

Gov. Rick Scott addresses a crowd flanked by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, (left) and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, on March 11 in Tallahassee. (Source: TCPalm)

“Gov. Rick Scott apparently has no plans to visit Stuart to see the algae and address his angry constituents in person. When asked about it Thursday, Scott said he is “continuing to travel around the state” to work on the issue. … Click here to read more