UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon. Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey) … Click here to read more

MCSO Special Investigation detectives shut down Jensen Beach drug operation

From MCSO: “It was clear that 28-year old Thomas Ray Lee spent a lot of time in his kitchen, but what he was serving up wasn’t a normal early bird special. Following an investigation into ongoing drug activity, members of the Martin County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Section executed a search warrant at a home on the 600 block of NE Spencer Street last week … Click here to read more

73 people treated at Martin Health System ER for possible algae-related illnesses

From WPTV: “In just over three weeks, 73 people were treated in the Martin Health System emergency room for what doctors believe to be algae-related illnesses, according to CEO Rob Lord. ‘Nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, shortness of breath, gout, achy limbs, joints, … Click here to read more

Mast, DeSantis tour St. Lucie River to observe algae emergency

From WPBF: “Rep. Brian Mast, who is running for his second term in Congress, said he invited Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis to tour the St. Lucie River to see the algae problems for himself Monday night. … Click here to read more

Pineland Prairie, wetlands/shoreline LDRs on BCC agenda; and a public demonstration v glyphosate

PLEASE NOTE: Residents will be demonstrating from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. before the BOCC meeting on Tuesday, August 21st, to encourage Martin County to ban the use of Roundup and other weed-killers that contain glyphosate … Click here to read more

NEW: Frustrated community told no easy fix for algae woes

From The Palm Beach Post: “A community filled Stuart City Hall on Friday, spilling into hallways where residents strained to hear what they hoped would be fast-track fixes for their algae-poisoned waterways. ‘In other words, this is a waste of time,’ someone yelled from the audience, which was 100-strong in the commission chambers with another estimated 100 outside … Click here to read more

Early Voting begins tomorrow at Elections Center in Stuart

Vote early at the Elections Center in Stuart, 135 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in Stuart, August 18-25, 8am to 5pm daily, including Sunday August 19 … Click here to read more

Dr. Rob Levy, candidate for State Senate District 25, officially launches general election campaign

 Dr. Rob Levy, candidate for State Senate District 25,  a 35-year resident of Martin County as well as a physician and small businessman, officially launches his general election campaign this evening at The Roasted Record, 724 S. Colorado Avenue, Stuart … Click here to read more

Martin County commissioners decide not to renew lease for Martin Girls Academy

From WPTV: The Martin County sheriff lead the charge to have the girls juvenile detention center shut down after years of concerns over safety and mounting costs to taxpayers. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday … Click here to read more

MCSO: Suspect forgets that body heat and K-9 are crime-fighting tools

“28-year old Evvard Rouse thought he had a warrant for his arrest. So instead of waiting for deputies to speak to him, he ran. Rouse was one of three people inside an SUV that was moving at a high rate of speed near Kanner Highway and Cove Road … Click here to read more

Reminder from Stuart Police: Traffic enforcement in school zones

Reminder from Stuart Police: Schools are back in session, so this means children will be walking, bicycling, and waiting at bus stops. The Stuart Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement in school zones. … Click here to read more