US Army Corps of Engineers to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

From The USACE: “Today, the lake stage is 14.05 feet. The Corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a ‘pulse’ fashion, which means flows will vary during the seven-day release period.  The Corps is working with state officials to determine what other actions can be taken to address water management challenges in south Florida … Click here to read more

Immediate response to social media post helps to solve Hobe Sound robbery

From MCSO: “Minutes after a social media post about a robbery that occurred at Circle K in Hobe Sound earlier this week, tips identifying the suspects began to roll in. The post featured photos of three males walking into the store … Click here to read more

BREAKING: A1A lighting proposal defeated

From Dr. Hilarie Davis of The Hutchinson Island Preservation Initiative: “Due to the overwhelming public opposition and the lack of support from Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Florida  Department of Transportation, the lights are off the table by unanimous vote from the Planning board this morning … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC meeting: Tax hikes and cell tower redux

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation on the School Board’s previously approved request for voters to authorize an increase in ad valorem taxes and a sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

Judge sides with environmental groups in dispute over use of Amendment 1 funds

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson sided with environmental groups in the lawsuit … Click here to read more

Eye on Miami: FL Congressman Brian Mast ventures where few have gone before

 “Congressman Mast has had enough. Last week he wrote to the US Army Corps of Engineers, urging a halt to all discharges ‘until the water quality is deemed safe …’ … Click here to read more

 ACTION ALERT: 382 light poles, 21 ft tall, planned for NE Ocean Blvd on South Hutchinson Island

From The Hutchinson Island Preservation Initiative (HIPI): “There are 166 utility poles existing.  With the installation of the proposed overhead lighting, there will be a total of 548 poles along N.E. Ocean Boulevard.  Lighting the entire length of N.E. Ocean Boulevard will have a deleterious effect on the residential community and existing wildlife … Click here to read more

Family confronts killer who breaks four decades of silence

From WPTV: “The murder happened in 1977. James Morgan, then 16, killed and sexually assaulted 66 year-old Gertrude Trbovich in her Stuart home. Morgan stabbed the victim more than 60 times and bit her breast, leaving marks that helped identify him as the killer … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Waterfront projects rely on ‘fake clean water’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE: Tuesday’s BCC meeting will follow a joint meeting with the City of Stuart and the School Board that begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Blake Library. The County Commission meeting will begin in Commission Chambers after the joint meeting  ends.  Joint meetings generally last an hour to an hour and a half … Click here to read more

BOIL WATER WARNING for Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island: SMRU tested positive for fecal indicator

UPDATE – ALL CLEAR NOTICE JUNE 11, 2018: The “boil water” notice issued by South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) has been lifted. Tests run on samples taken in the affected areas have shown the drinking water to be completely safe … Click here to read more

Water Quality Report from Florida Oceanographic Society: Overall grade 60%, D-, Destructive…

Florida Oceanographic Society in conjunction with the Marine Resources Council. has volunteer water quality monitors throughout the St. Lucie River. Once a week the water quality is tested for five parameters; temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity … Click here to read more