Hold on to your wallet: No fiscal boundaries in BCC sales tax plan

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Board of County Commissioners will engage in another discussion of the proposed 1% local sales tax surcharge this week. And while it is hard to imagine that the three Commissioners who support the proposal can make it any more fiscally irresponsible, taxpayers should hold on to their wallets … Click here to read more

PBPost: Sabal Trail, Florida SE Connection are now piping fuel to FPL’s Martin County plant

“Florida Southeast Connection, NextEra Energy’s 126-mile natural gas pipeline, began operations Wednesday morning. It is the 126-mile southernmost portion of a 685-mile pipeline that originates in Alabama. That tail end will go through Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties and end at FPL’s Martin County plant near Indiantown … Click here to read more

Public notice from MC Utilities, City of Stuart and SMRU: Chlorine maintenance begins July 2

“Martin County Utilities, City of Stuart and South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of the water. The Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the period of July 2, 2017 – July 15, 2017 … Click here to read more

Palm Beach couple lists new Jupiter Island house for $37.9 million

From The Shiny Sheet: “Rick Stone and his wife, Lesley Blackner, Palm Beach attorneys with a longtime home in Midtown, are finishing up construction of a contemporary-style house on a Jupiter Island lot stretching over 2 acres with nearly 200 feet of water frontage … Click here to read more

Tiger Woods ‘checks into Jupiter rehab to keep shared custody of his two children’

From The Daily Mail: “The Jupiter Island golfer is said to have booked out the entire male inpatient unit at The Jupiter Medical Center for 28 days to be treated for ‘pain killer addiction’ … Click here to read more

WPTV: Stuart gunman in custody after standoff

“It was a tense afternoon in a quiet Stuart neighborhood when police, with their weapons drawn, responded to a hostage situation near the 1600 block of Palm Beach Road. Police said Patrick Rogan was holding his girlfriend against her will. Records reveal Rogan has served more than a decade for manufacturing and selling meth … Click here to read more

MCSO: At least three residential burglaries in Palm City, smashed windows, sliders, front doors

“Detectives have released a photo of the vehicle suspected in at least one of three residential burglaries that occurred in Palm City. Video obtained from a home in the area shows this newer model Hyundai Sonata prowling through the area prior to the burglary. … Click here to read more

Martin County’s new direction? Be aware that quality of life and pocketbooks will be affected

From Maggy Hurchalla, a lifelong environmental advocate and past 20-year Martin County Commissioner, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, and water studies: “Martin County is different because its residents have been willing to get involved. For those who care, this is the time to get involved … Click here to read more

Stand by your man-sion: Former Jupiter Island home of Tammy Wynette hits market

“The oceanfront mansion owned by Tammy Wynette at the peak of her country music career is on the market for $7 million, according to The Palm Beach Post. The house at 241 Ocean Drive on Jupiter Island … Click here to read more

BCC spending frenzy on tap for Tuesday, June 13

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is being asked on Tuesday to turn taxpayers upside down and shake them until their pockets are totally empty. Commissioners will review a proposed ordinance implementing a 1% local sales tax increase to raise millions of dollars to be spent on whatever pet projects Commissioners choose … Click here to read more

LATEST: Prostitution ring busted; three face human-trafficking charges

From The Palm Beach Post: “At trailer homes in suburban Lake Worth and in Martin County, Miguel Angel Alvarez Maradiaga oversaw the family business — brothels and prostitution houses, authorities said. With the help of Martin County authorities, … Click here to read more