First public glimpse into viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans: 5.3 million riders expected by 2020

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From The Sun-Sentinel: “The planned passenger rail service, set to begin running in 2017, would initially see about 1 million riders a year, ramping up to 5.3 million a year by 2020 and 7 million by 2030, according to the report prepared by the Louis Berger Group…The numbers offer the first public glimpse into the viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans … Click here to read more

Martin County’s website revamped at cost of $275K, plus cloud hosting @ $45K annually

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From The Palm Beach Post: “‘Martin County’s website is getting a cleaner, sleeker look that is scheduled to launch on June 15,’ said Kevin Kryzda, the county’s chief information officer. It also will be more user-friendly for people with mobile phones and tablets…Those difficulties started the year-long journey paying Promet Solutions Corporation to revamp the site, a project that cost $275,000 plus the cloud hosting costs of $45,000 annually … Click here to read more

CBS Miami: Environmentalists optimistic over Everglades reservoir money

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“Environmentalists will be pushing to get money from Florida lawmakers for a reservoir in the Everglades this upcoming special legislative session and they’re optimistic about getting it,” according to CBS Miami. “But so far, only a handful of legislative leaders have proposed such funding as they prepare to return to Tallahassee on Monday to work on the state budget. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: Taken for a ride on the Boondoggle Express aka ‘All Appalled Florida’

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“All passenger trains in this country operate deep in the red, and couldn’t exist without heavy government subsidies. AAF wants Floridians to believe that it will be the sole exception, magically turning a profit where all others have failed. In the parlance of the business world, this is known variously as ‘a crock,’ or a ‘steaming crock.’ … Click here to read more

Martin County health officials offer ‘Healthy Summer Tips’: Naegleria, Vibrio among health risks

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“Residents are urged to avoid contact with visible algae in the water. Cyanobacteria, a type of blue-green algae, can release toxins that can be harmful to people and pets,” according to Outbreak News Today. “As temperatures rise in freshwater lakes and ponds, so does the threat of the parasite,Naegleria fowleri … Click here to read more

Hobe Sound’s Burt Reynolds: ‘Friends fear Hollywood legend could have just weeks to live…’

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“Friends fear Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds could have just weeks to live as he battles health and money woes,” according to The National Enquirer. “The 79-year-old ‘Deliverance’ star looked startlingly frail, and hobbled along with a cane during a rare appearance … Click here to read more

Suspect photo: Palm City TD Bank robbed

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Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that the suspect is described as a black male, around 5′-7″ tall. He was wearing a bandana at the time of the robbery, but a witness reports the suspect had long dreadlocks once that bandana was removed. … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Scott signs 44 bills into law, including concealed carry, body camera legislation

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Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday afternoon, including one allowing concealed weapons to be carried without a permit during emergency evacuations and another that will shield police body camera videos from public record laws. The concealed carry bill is a favorite project … Click here to read more

Martin County crime rate drops more than 14%

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s newly released Uniform Crime Report, reflects that the overall crime rate in Martin County is down 14.8%. It is the largest overall drop in Martin County’s crime rate in more than 5-years. Notably, burglaries are down 17.2%, while Larceny crimes such as shoplifting and theft, dropped 19.2% from last year. … Click here to read more

WPTV video: Martin residents sound off to All Aboard Florida representative in town hall meeting

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“More than 150 Martin County residents packed the Stuart City Hall Tuesday night to voice their concerns about All Aboard Florida in a rare opportunity to directly address All Aboard Florida representatives. ‘We are moving forward with the project until we’re told otherwise,’ … Click here to read more

Must-see video: ‘No Plan B’ for South Florida Water Management District’s misinformation

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The Indian River Lagoon and the Everglades got kicked in the stomach last Thursday by the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. This short video by Kenny Hinkle Jr captures … Click here to read more