Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?

Florida is one of only nine states with a strict closed primary system, which prevents independent and minor party voters from casting primary ballots. (Source: AP)

From The Associated Press: “It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge this November in his safely Democratic district. The state senator snared the votes of just 2 percent of the Orlando area district’s 750,000 residents … Click here to read more

MCSO marine deputies stop immigrant vessel at St. Lucie/Intracoastal intersection

(Source: MCSO)

From the Martin County Sheriff’s Office: While patrolling the area of the intersection of the St. Lucie River and the Intracoastal Waterway, MCSO Marine Deputies observed a 31-foot Sport Fish with no visible FL numbers displayed on the hull. Marine deputies attempted to stop the vessel to perform a registration check. The vessel had other plans and kept traveling west towards Sandsprit Park … Click here to read more

Charles R. ‘Cork’ Walgreen III 1935 – 2016

(Walgreen (SaukValley.com)

From SaukValley.com: “Charles R. ‘Cork’ Walgreen III, 80, of Lake Forest, IL, chairman emeritus of the iconic U.S.-based drugstore chain Walgreen Co., died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at his home in Lake Forest. He was 80 years old, and the grandson of Charles R. Walgreen Sr., who founded the 115-year-old pharmacy retailer. An avid sailing enthusiast and golfer, he was a member of Sailfish Point Club in Stuart … Click here to read more

JI’s Tiger leads tributes to fellow golf legend Arnold Palmer

Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87. (Source: Jose Lambiet's Gossip Extra)

From Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra: “There’s no golfing legend like the legendary Arnold Palmer who died Sunday night at age 87. Jupiter Island’s own legendary golfer Tiger Woods, led the tributes to the man … Click here to read more

Ready to play the Florida town name game?

(Source: Rivers Coalition)

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “US Sugar Corporation Presents Algae Bloom Acres will be surely be a popular tourist destination when Stuart is renamed Toxic Shock, Fla … Click here to read more

Dade burglars again target Martin: MCSO and other agencies takedown at PC’s Hammock Creek

Hammock Creek

From MCSO: “32- year old Finnie Verlantis and 34-year old Casey Jerry never knew MCSO’s Air 1 was overhead recording their every move as the pair broke into the Hammock Creek Community and burglarized the golf course pro shop. The thieves had no idea MCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division works closely with the South Florida Burglary Task Force. … Click here to read more

Martin County dropping water standards challenge


From WUSF: “Martin County is putting its legal challenge of the state’s highly controversial new water quality standards on hold – at least for now. County attorney Elizabeth Lenihan convinced commissioners to wait for an independent study before deciding … Click here to read more

FBI blood-test result won’t change face-biting charges, sheriff says

Austin Harrouff (Source: The Palm Beach Post)

From The PBPost: “The month-long wait for FBI blood-test results for Austin Harrouff, the Jupiter teen accused of fatally stabbing two Martin County residents, is not expected to affect the charges that the Martin County Sheriff’s Office will bring in the case … Click here to read more

Corps to increase discharges from Lake O

Lake O

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will increase flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries starting this weekend. Effective Friday (Sept. 23) – The new target flow for the St. Lucie is 1,800 cfs measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basin could occasionally result in flows that exceed targets … Click here to read more

Guess how this ended: Dade County thieves target Martin businesses, suspect punches K-9 Bingo


From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “A rash of burglaries targeting lawn equipment and maintenance businesses in Martin County ended around 3am Monday when 29-year old Cabrara Alvarez, and 27-year old Marteli Pintado tested the skills of Martin County Sheriff’s midnight shift deputies and K-9 Bingo … Click here to read more

Register to vote by October 11 for the upcoming General Election


From Vicki Davis, Martin County Supervisor of Elections: Voting is easy from our website:You can access a Voter Registration Application form. You can verify your current address reflects what we have on file. If you’ve moved recently, please make sure we have your new address.You can request a vote by mail ballot – and track your ballot.You can access information on early voting … Click here to read more