Former Martin schools superintendent Frank Brogan to be Trump’s asst secretary of education

From The Tampa Bay Times: “Brogan, 64, a former Martin County fifth grade teacher and schools superintendent who served as Bush’s lieutenant governor from 1998 to 2002, will be in charge of K-12 policy at the agency that is being reworked by Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos … Click here to read more

2 Martin County men indicted for production, distribution of child porn

From CBS12: “Two men from Stuart are facing indictments from a federal grand injury for producing child pornography, the state attorney’s office said. Joshua Lane Rogers, 34, and Richard William Lockley, 34, have been detained pending trial because they’re considered a ‘danger to the community,’ … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: ‘A welcome return to what will likely be more orderly meetings…’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The new chair of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners has brought pre-sets back to meeting agendas, scheduling items for specific times to allow interested members of the public a better opportunity to participate.  Four items on Tuesday’s agenda have been assigned a specific time to be heard in a welcome return … Click here to read more

Brightline rail service bonds get noninvestment grade

From Miami Today: “The startup luxury Brightline rail service that is now expected to link Miami with West Palm Beach by the end of March 2018 has received a non-investment grade rating on about $600 million in revenue bonds that are to be issued by the Florida Development Finance Corp. on behalf of the line’s owners … Click here to read more

Health advisory lifted for the Stuart Causeway

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. Martin County beach sites are sampled every other week. All sites will be tested again on Monday, December 11. … Click here to read more

Brightline to start simulated service this week

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. Brightline is expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this month … Click here to read more

At Hobe Sound’s Medalist: Greg Norman’s Crocodile Dundee themed Christmas Party

“Kristen and Greg Norman celebrated ‘an absolutely crazy great company Xmas party last night at The Medalist in Hobe Sound.  Crocodile Dundee themed!!’ According to Startsat60, Norman will come out of retirement for a one-off professional appearance with his son … Click here to read more

‘Christmas Lights Grinch’ costing victims money, holiday spirit

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Department: “It’s that time of year, the sights and sounds of Christmas fill communities throughout our area. But someone is snuffing out the sparkle of the holiday cheer by stealing or damaging Christmas lights at homes and community entrances … Click here to read more

Save the date: Jan 11-14, 33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference to be held in Stuart

“The conference is attended by decision-makers from federal, state, local and tribal governments, agency representatives, stakeholders and a vast array of public and private interests including scientists, educators, contractors, conservationists, the media, students and the general public. … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: December 2017 update

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE) continues to actively pursue all appropriate legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project … Click here to read more

December 1st: 57th Annual Stuart Christmas Parade, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’

A treasured Martin County tradition since 1960, the theme of the 57th Annual Stuart Christmas Parade is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” … Click here to read more