911 call leads to arrest of reckless driver who injured a bicyclist on Bridge Road

A motorist concerned about the driving pattern of another car worked diligently to try to prevent a serious crash, but the actions of 24-year old Nicolas Barahona-Neira, who was impaired and behind the wheel of the reckless vehicle, were too out of control … Click here to read more

Tiger Woods entered into DUI first-offender program

From The Standard Republic: “Tiger Woods has been entered into a DUI first-offender program, according to Mike Edmondson, executive assistant for the 15th Judicial Circuit. Woods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, met with court personnel Wednesday to enter the pro golfer and Jupiter Island resident … Click here to read more

BCC: Still no cuts in sight, just more spending

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Any hope that Martin County Commissioners will spend tax dollars wisely if a 1% sales surtax is approved at the end of the month is dashed in Tuesday’s meeting agenda. Unless five big-spending items are pulled from the Consent Agenda, the Commission will approve more than $3 million in expenditures without public discussion … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides summary of BCC budget workshops

On July 17 and 18, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) held their budget workshops for the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which begins on October 1, 2017. The millage rate set on July 18 will be finally adopted in late September. All property owners in Districts 2, 3, and 5 (Smith, Ciampi, and Jenkins) will pay a slightly higher tax rate. Smith, Ciampi, and Jenkins chose to levy an additional tax on their property owners … Click here to read more

View Martin County’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) updates/changes

The evaluation and appraisal process is designed to address any changes in state requirements since the last update of Martin County’s comprehensive plan, and to update the plan based on changes in State Statutes and local conditions. At least every seven years, pursuant to Rule Chapter 73C-49, Florida Administrative Code, Martin County must determine whether the need exists to amend the comprehensive plan … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Who’s the real animal? The shark abuser’

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “The group of cackling sadists that dragged a live shark at high speed behind a boat — and then shared the video — might soon be seeing their own police mug shots all over social media. It would be the least of their problems. Florida wildlife officials say they’ve identified the men … Click here to read more

Any registered voter in Martin County may Vote by Mail (NO REASON REQUIRED) for 8/29 election

Will you Vote by Mail in Martin County’s August 29 special election? Make sure that your previous request for a Vote by Mail ballot has not expired with the 2016 election. Your request must be renewed every four years … Click here to read more

Last of 12 inmates who escaped from an Alabama jail now captured in Martin County

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Tactical Unit, and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force captured the last of twelve fugitives who escaped from an Alabama jail Sunday night. 24-year old Brady Kilpatrick was taken down by a team of law enforcement at a home … Click here to read more

PBPost: Everglades specialist Ernie Marks of Palm City is new SFWMD director

Everglades restoration coordinator Ernie Marks was the unanimous choice of South Florida Water Management District board members Monday to take over as executive director of the 1,475-employee, $759 million agency … Click here to read more

FPL scam alert

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of fraudulent calls from callers who claim they are from FPL. The caller claims they are from FPL and try to convince victims that their power bill payment did not go through or that their power will be shut off due to non-payment. … Click here to read more

Break the Internet Greg Norman! Golf legend strips off for a dip in the wilderness at age 62

The Daily Telegraph reports that Jupiter Islander “Greg Norman turned 62 this year and judging by this revealing shot the musclebound golf legend isn’t ready to put away his iron just yet. The Great White Shark, showing off a body a man half his age would be proud of, is clearly still happy to take out his favourite club … Click here to read more