Martin BCC: Developers gone wild

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting features more development approval requests than can possibly be addressed in a single session, which may well be the intent … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast residents don’t take kindly to Brightline CEO’s name-calling

From WPTV: “The name calling started on Capitol Hill Thursday morning with Brightline’s CEO and his choice for words for the Treasure Coast, calling those who oppose the plan, ‘narrow-minded.'” … Click here to read more

Army Corps of Engineers to receive $50 million from state for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has signed an agreement with the state of Florida to accept $50 million of state funds to help with rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more

Bullsugar.org: State agency cracks down on citizens, threatens public records requesters

“The South Florida Water Management District is cracking down on citizens who ask too many questions. The state agency recently threatened legal action against 16 people requesting details on its multi-million-dollar deal with a Martin County mining operation. And when their intimidation became public, SFWMD didn’t apologize or back down … Click here to read more

RIP Barbara Bush, former First Lady who often visited Jupiter Island

[Former President George H.W. Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, bought a home on Jupiter Island in the 1960s, and former First Lady Barbara Bush often visited.  It’s a place where the family vacationed for decades and where Dorothy Walker Bush lived for part of the year until near her death at 91 years old in 1992. Here from The New York Times Archive, a 1988 Maureen Dowd column details a JI visit:] … Click here to read more

Congressman Mast announces oversight committee hearing on Brightline

“Despite their claims to the contrary, Brightline has pursued public, taxpayer-funded financing,” Rep. Mast said. “Taxpayers deserve the truth about who is paying for Brightline, and our community deserves answers about why they are refusing to address critical safety and economic concerns.” The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.  … Click here to read more

Email chain: ‘Important Hobe Sound community contacts’ re Harmony development plans…

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Harmony development team is continuing to push the pitch for the April 24 BCC meeting that Commissioners are not being asked to “approve” Harmony comp plan amendment and re-zoning requests but only to transmit the amendment to the state for comment and review. Of course, in order to send a proposal to the state for review, it must first be “approved” by the BCC. Transmittal is not automatic … Click here to read more

Backpage shutdown means more street prostitution, MCSO says

From WPTV: “Backpage, a popular website used to solicit sex was shut down by the feds this week. In Martin County, deputies are expecting more women to sell themselves on the street now as a result. As much as Backpage made it easier to buy and sell sex, investigations into the illegal trade would often start there.  … Click here to read more

PBPost: ‘Though wealthy, Jupiter Island gets $8.6M for beach repair from FEMA…’

“Jupiter Island, a well-heeled seaside enclave where home values average $4.97 million, was awarded $8.6 million in federal emergency money for beach re-nourishment following a beating by 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. … Click here to read more

Update from www.slappmaggy.com: ‘Someone has to stand up to the bullies…’

From Maggy Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies, is a resident of Rocky Point: “If we lose the passionate public participation of Martin County residents, we will lose what made us special. The Constitution is worth fighting for. Martin County is worth fighting for … Click here to read more

City of Stuart service area Precautionary Boil Water Notice no longer in effect

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:30pm the City of Stuart has received notification from a state certified laboratory that all water samples taken after the Precautionary Boil Water Notice was issued have confirmed that water is safe for consumption. … Click here to read more