2 Martin County men indicted for production, distribution of child porn

From CBS12: “Two men from Stuart are facing indictments from a federal grand injury for producing child pornography, the state attorney’s office said. Joshua Lane Rogers, 34, and Richard William Lockley, 34, have been detained pending trial because they’re considered a ‘danger to the community,’ … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: ‘A welcome return to what will likely be more orderly meetings…’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The new chair of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners has brought pre-sets back to meeting agendas, scheduling items for specific times to allow interested members of the public a better opportunity to participate.  Four items on Tuesday’s agenda have been assigned a specific time to be heard in a welcome return … Click here to read more

‘Why the good guys get arrested for jaywalking while the bad guys get away with murder…’

A must-read 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. She is a resident of Rocky Point … Click here to read more

Brightline rail service bonds get noninvestment grade

From Miami Today: “The startup luxury Brightline rail service that is now expected to link Miami with West Palm Beach by the end of March 2018 has received a non-investment grade rating on about $600 million in revenue bonds that are to be issued by the Florida Development Finance Corp. on behalf of the line’s owners … Click here to read more

Health advisory lifted for the Stuart Causeway

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. Martin County beach sites are sampled every other week. All sites will be tested again on Monday, December 11. … Click here to read more

Brightline to start simulated service this week

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. Brightline is expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this month … Click here to read more

Save the date: Jan 11-14, 33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference to be held in Stuart

“The conference is attended by decision-makers from federal, state, local and tribal governments, agency representatives, stakeholders and a vast array of public and private interests including scientists, educators, contractors, conservationists, the media, students and the general public. … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: December 2017 update

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE) continues to actively pursue all appropriate legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project … Click here to read more

Corps continues to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

For the second time in the past two weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee. Starting Friday (Dec. 1), the target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. … Click here to read more

MCSO out in full force, monitoring shopping centers, parking lots and roadways

From MCSO: “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force at malls, both in plain view and undercover, at shopping centers and throughout the area monitoring activities and working to keep holiday shoppers safe … Click here to read more

FL DEP invests more than $90M in water quality improvement projects

From WaterWorld: “The Caulkins Water Farm project was funded in part by a total of $1.5 million in Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 nonpoint source pollution grants to the South Florida Water Management District for the original pilot project, which turned former citrus groves into a reservoir … Click here to read more