Florida Legislature considers arming some teachers, raising age to purchase some rifles

From The Sun-Sentinel: “What exactly the House and Senate are going to do — and what the two chambers can agree upon — is still up in the air. State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who is helping to craft the legislation, said he was shooting for Friday to produce a bill. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart … Click here to read more

Scientists grade the Everglades Reservoir Plan: ‘F’

From bullsugar.org: “It doesn’t work. The Everglades Foundation’s science team–one of only two organizations outside the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) with the expertise and technology to model the reservoir plan–spelled it out clearly. The state’s design can’t clean enough water … Click here to read more

MCSO active warrant: Brutal serial rapist linked to Treasure Coast, Jensen Beach

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “An accused rapist from New York pleaded guilty this month to a string of violent and disturbing rapes of unconscious women he admitted to drugging before raping. 32-year old Cameron McDermott pleaded guilty to assaults that investigators say he videotaped and meticulously filed away on his home computer … Click here to read more

New York Times: Florida lawmakers fail to take up Assault Rifle Bill

“Driven by rage and grief over one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history, students from across the country were taking action in hopes of pushing their lawmakers to rethink their positions on gun control, even as the Florida State House rejected a move on Tuesday to consider a bill that would ban assault rifles … Click here to read more

Poor health of Lake Okeechobee is not a good sign for coastal communities

From WPTV: “Scientists believe Hurricane Irma wiped out the vegetation that grows in Lake Okeechobee. So what does that mean when discharges into the estuaries potentially resume? … Click here to read more

CBS12: Judge locks up PSL 14-year old, accused of making school shooting threat

“Making an apparent reference to the Parkland school massacre, a St. Lucie County circuit judge ordered a 14-year old into custody on Saturday…the 14-year old said he got suspended from school for 10 days, and hoped to be expelled, ‘so I can shoot up the school. (And) I won’t get blamed for it … Click here to read more

Lake Point Restoration wins $4.3 million judgment against Hurchalla

((Source: The Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: “…For eight days, the case of mining company Lake Point Restoration against storied Everglades protector Maggy Hurchalla played out in front of a jury asked to decide whether their conflict was that of a company wronged by a conservationist’s influence over public officials, or a well-heeled entrepreneur with a grudge and the money to satisfy it in a prolonged legal rumble … Click here to read more

Former Martin County commissioner takes stand in her own defense

From WPTV: “Maggy Hurchalla testified Tuesday that she shared her concerns with the owners of Lake Point a decade ago during two separate meetings. ‘I didn’t think it was a good idea for the Water Management District to trade mining permits for land,’ said the former Martin County Commissioner … Click here to read more

‘Qui bono? Developer to profit from Martin lands and waters while trying to crush citizen opposition’

From Richard Spisak of Hobe Sound: “…Developers take natural resources and carelessly turn them into cash. That the vast resources of one more rich developer reaches out not just to profit from the lands and waters of Martin County but to crush citizen opposition. Not acting for the common good, … Click here to read more

Mark your calendar: Library’s annual BookMania! festival to take place March 3

BookMania!, will return for its 24th year with more authors and more panel discussions on March 3, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road. Barnes & Noble Booksellers will provide books for sale during the festival, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. … Click here to read more

Multi-agency drug interdiction operation nets record 102 arrests in Martin County

From MCSO: “The multi-agency drug interdiction operation, directed by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, including US Border Patrol, Florida National Guard Counterdrug Program), Florida Highway Patrol, and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, was part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program … Click here to read more