‘Proposed incorporation efforts in Hobe Sound demonstrate a lack of understanding and vision’

From Michael Underwood, Hobe Sound resident for 15 years, with a background in growth management land use and currently a State Certified Building Contractor: “Recent comments about incorporating Hobe Sound demonstrate a lack of understanding of what is at stake here, and what little effect incorporation will have from current Martin County land use regulation … Click here to read more

Advocates for open government, environment seek to join Hurchalla appeal

Four prominent environmental organizations and the First Amendment Foundation have sought permission to file friend-of-the-court briefs in support of former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla’s appeal of a judgment against her for questioning the environmental benefits of a rock mining project near Lake Okeechobee. The advocacy organizations say a ruling against Hurchalla could substantially restrict their ability to speak out on issues of great public concern   … Click here to read more

USACE, SFWMD present plans for storing water underground to prevent algae blooms in Martin

WPTV reports that leadership from the Army Corps of Engineers returned to Martin County Wednesday to tour areas impacted by algae with county leaders. They then met with the community to discuss plans to create more water storage opportunities to eliminate the toxic algae risks. Not everyone was on board with their idea … Click here to read more

Can you vacuum up toxic algae? One Florida county will try

From The Palm Beach Post: “Lee County in southwest Florida got permission from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday to vacuum up blue-green algae collecting in marinas and dead-end canals. … Click here to read more

August 7 – Emergency Board of County Commission Meeting – Algae & Water Conditions

This is an emergency Board of County Commission Meeting to discuss the algae and water conditions. This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast) and online at www.martin.fl.us/watch-mctv. … Click here to read more

Sales Tax Holiday begins 8.3 and runs through 8.5

The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, August 3, 2018, and runs through Sunday, August 5, 2018. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Scientists feared Lake O’s algae bloom would do this

From The Palm Beach Post: “The most recent satellite image of Lake Okeechobee’s blue-green algae bloom shows it grew over the weekend after falling to 30 percent coverage earlier this month. A Sunday image shows about 40 percent of the lake infected with the cyanobacteria. That’s about 220 square miles … Click here to read more

Harmony Ranch sues Martin County

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A lawsuit has been filed against Martin County seeking an unspecified amount of money for “inverse condemnation” of property owned by the DiVosta family’s Hobe Sound Ranch, Ltd., based on the County Commission’s rejection of applications to move the urban boundary and increase density for the Harmony Ranch project … Click here to read more

Martin Health System implementing new questionnaire to track algae health impacts

From WPTV: “The Martin Health System is working to get a better idea of exactly how many people are getting sick because of blue-green algae exposure. Doctors have just started using a new questionnaire to help zero in on patients’ symptoms, and to help determine which ones are river-related … Click here to read more

SFWMD board member attacks Mark Perry

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Brandon Tucker, Martin County representative to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, has attacked Mark Perry of the Florida Oceanographic Society as a liar who doesn’t really understand how water management works in South Florida … Click here to read more

JUST RELEASED: Bullsugar’s Florida Primary Voter Guides

Bullsugar.org identified competitive primary races with a clear difference in candidates on the issue of stopping toxic algae discharges and restoring America’s Everglades. See exactly what questions were asked to candidates … Click here to read more