Toxic algae blooms may be linked to fatal liver disease

From “Residents who live near large blue-green algae blooms are at a higher risk to develop fatal nonalcoholic liver diseases than those who don’t, according to a study from Ohio State University. Cyanobacteria blooms, such as the one last summer in Martin, Lee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties that prompted a state of emergency … Click here to read more

Could the city of Stuart be looking at its third mayor in just four months?

From WPTV: “City commissioners could vote to demote Mayor Tom Campenni from his current position following an age discrimination complaint filed against Campenni by a city employee … Click here to read more

WPTV: State moving forward on new VA facility on the Treasure Coast

“It was approved with much fanfare, but more than two years later, local veterans are wondering when a new VA nursing home will be built on the Treasure Coast. There are 280,000 veterans living in the service area that includes Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and seven other counties … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC has latest episode in ‘As the Sewage Flows’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will feature a vote on a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment that would more than double the maximum capacity allowed for commercial on-site sewage systems and authorize extension of public utility lines far outside the urban boundary … Click here to read more

Age discrimination complaint filed against Stuart Mayor Tom Campenni

From WPTV: “Tom Campenni has been mayor for more than three months. City leaders, not wanting to be named in this story, call the allegations ‘deeply concerning’ … Click here to read more

Detectives ask for public’s help: Vandalism at local business leads to heinous act of animal cruelty

Martin County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes Detectives are searching for the public’s help identifying the suspect(s) who vandalized a local business, then gouged the eyes out of a four foot alligator they found on the business property. … Click here to read more

All clear given after bomb threat, evacuation at Stuart Post Office

From WPTV: “The Stuart Post Office was evacuated for a time Monday morning after a bomb threat was called in shortly before 9 a.m. Stuart Police, Stuart Fire Rescue, and the Martin County Sheriffs Office secured the area … Click here to read more

Listings divide Jupiter Island estate into 3 parcels

The Real Deal reports that “the owner of a luxury estate in Jupiter Island listed the 12-acre property for sale in three parcels, each with a different listing agent and asking price. The asking prices for the three parcels are $8.5 million, $10.5 million and $32 million, or $51 million for all three. The owner, Frank Luppi, a retired businessman who resides in Europe … Click here to read more

Urban boundary threatened by new proposal

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Local Planning Agency meets at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, for further discussion of Comprehensive Plan Amendment 17-10, which would allow extension of water and sewer lines to certain properties outside the urban services boundary and would more than double the size of on-site sewage systems on rural lands. … Click here to read more

Bookkeeper arrested for stealing $14K from Martin County Little League

From MCSO: “A Palm City woman entrusted to manage the funds of a Martin County Little League, was arrested for stealing nearly $14,000 in league funds over a one year period … Click here to read more

Happy Mother’s Day in Martin County

A Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, and to all of us who gave moms reasons to celebrate today. … Click here to read more