All Aboard Florida wins again in water district dispute: permit cleared

“All Aboard Florida’s efforts to clear a needed environmental permit from challenges won another victory Thursday as the South Florida Water Management District rejected final challenges brought by the private passenger train developer’s critics along the Treasure Coast,” reports Florida Politics. “The water district denied 17 exceptions filed by Martin and St. Lucie counties … Click here to read more

Zero Florida cities on Top 100 places to raise kids in the U.S. list

From Local ABC10: “In the new ‘Best Cities to Raise Kids in the U.S.’ list, not a single Florida city made the Top 100. The ‘Top 10 Cities to Raise Kids in the U.S’ … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s agenda: BCC asked to reduce public participation, transparency

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE TO COMMISSIONERS:  Continued attempts to reduce or restrict participation by residents in local government proceedings further erodes citizens’ already low level of trust in staff and elected representatives … Click here to read more

Florida Chamber, legislators push for septic to sewer conversion

From The Capitolist: “Two state lawmakers, Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, have filed legislation aimed at dealing with the problem. Their Legacy Florida 2.0 legislation would set aside $50 million a year as grants to be used for water-quality monitoring and storm water runoff projects, as well as septic tank conversions … Click here to read more

PBPost: Martin County Sheriff’s blotter lists fraud, drug arrests and more

“A man in the 8100 block of Southeast Croft Circle in Hobe Sound became concerned when he did not receive mail for about two weeks. He called the post office and learned that someone had changed his mailing address … Click here to read more

Driver licenses have a new look

The Martin County Tax Collector’s Offices are now issuing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ new, more secure Florida driver license and ID card. Changes have been made to incorporate increased fraud-protection measures.  Previous driver license and ID cards will still be in use … Click here to read more

BOLO: Can you identify these distraction thieves?

Be On the Look Out: The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance to identify the two individuals responsible for a distraction theft that occurred at a Palm City Publix … Click here to read more

PBPost: Brightline wins approval to sell $600M in bonds for first phase

“…Eventually, Brightline plans to extend its service north to Orlando. That extension has faced opposition from residents on the Treasure Coast. Brightline has unsuccessfully tried to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to fund its second leg between West Palm Beach and Orlando … Click here to read more

WPTV: Flooding concerns on Treasure Coast as second round of king tides approaches

“The biggest worry may be on the Treasure Coast as the Army Corps continues to discharge water into the St. Lucie Estuary. An Army Corps spokesperson says they will continue to release as much water as possible … Click here to read more

Senate Prez Negron (R-Stuart) consolidates harassment claims re senators/staff into his office

From The Miami Herald: “On Monday, senators raised questions about whether Senate President Joe Negron’s office just blew the timing of the rule change or was working to protect senators who may be vulnerable to complaints. State Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who will succeed Negron in 2018, said the new rule ‘needs to be revisited and reviewed … Click here to read more

62-year-old man arrested for video voyeurism at Blake Library

Stuart Police investigated a complaint from a 13-year-old male, who reported that he was in a public restroom at the Blake Library in Stuart. While in the bathroom stall, the 13-year-old heard a male making sounds in the stall beside him … Click here to read more