Letter: ‘Vote Joe Banfi for Martin Commissioner’

From Paul Laura of Jensen Beach who serves on The Marine Resources Council Board of Directors and The Rivers Coalition:  “At a TCPalm Candidates Forum, Stacey Hetherington distanced herself from involvement in attacks on the county by special interests with lawsuits that have cost our taxpayers millions. But Hetherington worked for Lake Point as a public relations agent at the time the lawsuits against the county, SFWMD and Maggy Hurchalla were filed … Click here to read more

View bill here: Florida senators file to rename Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge after Nat Reed

From WOFL: “U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio announced on Tuesday that they have introduced legislation to rename the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in Martin County after one of the state’s most renowned environmental champions, Nathaniel Reed … Click here to read more

Maggy Reno Hurchalla on cyanobacteria health risks: Be afraid and be careful

From Maggy Reno 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, and a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards: “State agencies are not giving us adequate warnings about the health risks of cyanobacteria exposure. … Click here to read more

September 17, 5:30 PM: Public invited to hearing for train station in Stuart

 The City of Stuart City Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Monday. September 17 at 5:30 PM for a Train Station Workshop. The meeting will be held at Stuart City Hall, 121 SW Flagler Avenue in the Commission Chambers. The public is invited to attend. … Click here to read more

Think the algae is just in the water? Think again…

” Can cyanobacteria and toxins spread through air? Surface water with harmful algal blooms (HABs, notably cyanobacteria) and their organic compounds may also affect the surrounding air … Click here to read more

Centers for Disease Control Animal Safety Alert: When in doubt, stay out of blue-green algae

“Do not let your pets or livestock graze near, drink, or swim in water where you see cyanobacteria blooms, foam, or scum on the surface. If your animal gets in water with a bloom, immediately wash it off with clean water. Do not let the animal lick cyanobacteria off of its fur. … Click here to read more

How is Hurricane Florence affecting Florida? Canceled flights, high surf and more

From The Sun-Sentinel: ‘As the massive storm closed in on North Carolina on Thursday, it also was disrupting life in Florida. Here are some ways: canceled flights, East Coast evacuees arriving in Florida, beaches and pier closures, surf and riptides, wind and rain, and animal rescues … Click here to read more

SBA offers disaster assistance to small businesses affected by toxic algal blooms

Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)s from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by toxic algal blooms … Click here to read more

Martin County Mosquito Control to conduct aerial treatment Thursday

Martin County Mosquito Control will conduct an aerial larvicide treatment commencingThursday morning, September 13, to reduce saltmarsh mosquito populations due to recent rain. … Click here to read more

Martin County fire assessment fee abandoned

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners voted unanimously today to abandon a proposed fire services assessment fee after dozens of citizens spoke out in opposition to the proposal. The fee, which would have been added to annual property tax bills … Click here to read more

Verdict in rock-mine lawsuit chills free speech in Florida

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Hardly anyone was paying attention to a billionaire developer’s lawsuit against environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla until she lost it … Be very careful what you say about the public’s business, the verdict seemed to mean, or you could be ruined financially … Click here to read more