Bacteria levels elevated at Leighton Park in Palm City

An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Leighton Park in Palm City. Results from samples taken yesterday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in both areas. The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. … Click here to read more

BREAKING: ‘Significant’ algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee

The Palm Beach Post reports that “The South Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee that has been growing since at least last week. ‘We would consider it a significant algal bloom,’ … Click here to read more

Palm City: Gun-toting pastor in Corvette latest exemplar of Florida road rage

From The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino: “The Very Reverend William Rian Adams was apparently on a road trip from North Carolina in his red Corvette last week when he waved his Glock 22 handgun at two people in a pickup truck on Florida’s Turnpike near Palm City. The two Floridians in the pickup truck … Click here to read more

BREAKING: No help for animals from Martin County BCC

Reporting from today’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock: “…Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding tried to persuade their colleagues that this is an important contract that should be properly negotiated. But none of the other commissioners or staff demonstrated any interest in Martin County animals or acknowledged our responsibility to protect them … Click here to read more

Must-read: No belt-tightening for Martin County, Commissioners begin budget hearings today

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor,”MC Commissioners begin budget hearings at 9:00 a.m. today. As Ronald Reagan famously said: ‘We could say the government spends like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to the drunken sailors, because the sailors are spending their own money.’ … Click here to read more

2 children left in hot car in Stuart; father arrested

From WPTV: “A father was arrested Thursday after police said he left his two small children in a car for several hours while in Stuart. According to officials, the temperature inside car, 89 degrees, matched the temperature outside. The kids were sweaty and had soiled their clothes, police say … Click here to read more

Lindsey Vonn reveals she reached out to Tiger after troubled Jupiter Island golfer’s DUI arrest

From The Daily Mail: “‘I hope he’s doing well!’ Lindsey Vonn reveals she has reached out to ex Tiger Woods after troubled golfer’s DUI arrest. They dated for three years before splitting up in 2015 … Click here to read more

Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

From The Palm Beach Post: “Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision … Click here to read more

Martin County pulls out of Brightline lawsuit challenging Phase 2 funding, still claims ‘victory’

“Martin County Senior Assistant County Attorney, Ruth Holmes, says the county backed out of a lawsuit that challenged a request made by Brightline for bonds to pay for the Treasure Coast extension,” reports WPTV. “Contrary to how that sounds, Holmes says it is actually a ‘victory’ … Click here to read more

Abandoned vessel damaged in Hurricane Matthew now leaking fuel in Stuart

The Stuart Police Department, Stuart Fire Rescue, and the Department of Environmental Protection investigated a vessel leaking Diesel fuel at the Harbor Inn/Deck Restaurant 307 NW N River Drive. The vessel was believed to have been damaged during Hurricane Matthew and abandoned … Click here to read more

The must-read Martin County sales tax primer: ‘Don’t be fooled…’

Provided by Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, this essential, must-read primer on the Martin County Sales Tax Referendum is a real eye-opener: “The proposed sales tax hike is not one cent. DO THE MATH: The proposed hike from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar is a 17% increase … Click here to read more