Tuesday’s BCC: Waterfront projects rely on ‘fake clean water’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE: Tuesday’s BCC meeting will follow a joint meeting with the City of Stuart and the School Board that begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Blake Library. The County Commission meeting will begin in Commission Chambers after the joint meeting  ends.  Joint meetings generally last an hour to an hour and a half … Click here to read more

BOIL WATER WARNING for Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island: SMRU tested positive for fecal indicator

UPDATE – ALL CLEAR NOTICE JUNE 11, 2018: The “boil water” notice issued by South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) has been lifted. Tests run on samples taken in the affected areas have shown the drinking water to be completely safe … Click here to read more

Water Quality Report from Florida Oceanographic Society: Overall grade 60%, D-, Destructive…

Florida Oceanographic Society in conjunction with the Marine Resources Council. has volunteer water quality monitors throughout the St. Lucie River. Once a week the water quality is tested for five parameters; temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity … Click here to read more

‘Dirty Dining’: Sewage issue at Stuart restaurant

From WFLX: State inspectors say they temporarily closed down a Martin County restaurant last week because sewage was backing up through floor drains … Click here to read more

Bullsugar update: ‘Toxic algae confirmed, Adam Putnam’s corruption a factor’

From Bullsugar.org: “The first confirmed outbreak of toxic algae surfaced less than a week after Lake Okeechobee discharges began. Florida DEP expanded testing yesterday. Businesses and residents on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee are bracing for another Toxic Summer. This is a political crisis as much as a water crisis, … Click here to read more

Environment advocates seek to enter appeal of case with major First Amendment implications

BREAKING: “With the right of citizens to speak up on public issues at stake, affected environmental advocates today went to court asking permission to be heard in the appeal of a shocking jury award against former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla … Click here to read more

WPTV: Possible algae spotted at Riverland Marina in Martin County along St. Lucie River

“This may be the first algae spotted on the river since the U.S. Army Corps began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee. More may be coming down the canal as well … Click here to read more

Recent methamphetamine arrests put dangerous and addictive drug back on radar in Martin County

“Martin County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Detectives are ramping up efforts to target those selling and distributing methamphetamine, after the arrest of two Palm City residents. Following an investigation into possible meth sales, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on the 700 block of SW 36th Terrace in Palm City … Click here to read more

Feds approve seven-month extension for Brightline train bonds

From Florida Politics: “The federal government has granted a seven-month extension for All Aboard Florida to sell the $1.15 billion in private equity bonds it intends to use to finance the proposed higher-speed rail expansion that could roll private Brightline passenger trains between South Florida and Orlando. With the extension, the train project continues to roll … Click here to read more

Bacteria Advisory: Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and Stuart Sandbar

An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. The Roosevelt Bridge has been under advisory since May 25. … Click here to read more

Lake O releases begin Friday, June 1

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as part of its effort to manage rising water levels. The discharges are scheduled to begin Friday (June 1).  … Click here to read more