As the legislative session begins, here are top bills to watch in Tallahassee

The Capitol Building, Tallahassee

As the 2017 Florida Legislature session begins, click the Bill No. link to access specific bill status, committees to hear the bill, staff analysis on the bill and more … Click here to read more

LPA votes to reject CPA 17-07

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Local Planning Agency voted 3-1 in a jam-packed chamber Thursday evening to deny approval for CPA 17-07 that would allow the destruction of small urban wetlands. LPA Chair Jim Moir and members Don Foley and Cindy Hall voted to approve the staff recommendation to deny the Comprehensive Plan Amendment … Click here to read more

Clarke issues apology for offensive comments

Stuart City Commissioner Eula Clarke (Source: WPTV)

From WPTV: “Former Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke says she is deeply sorry for racially charged comments she made offending multiple city employees. An independent investigator was hired by the city to assure Clarke did not have a history of making offensive comments, or violate city personnel policies … Click here to read more

Department of Health Alert: Indiantown dog tests positive for rabies

(Source: Florida Department of Health)

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County has issued a rabies alert for Indiantown following a domestic dog testing positive for rabies. According to the owner, the dog was unvaccinated and kept outside. It became sick after it was scratched or bitten by an unknown animal … Click here to read more

Reality check: Martin County Commissioner Smith’s alternative promises

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Doug Smith managed to turn a reasonable proposal into another opportunity to advance Big Sugar’s agenda … Click here to read more

Martin County judge rules TV interview with alleged face eating murder suspect can be released

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From NBC: “A Martin County judge ruled Wednesday that an interview with a college student who allegedly killed a couple inside their home and ate part of a victim’s face can be given to the media … Click here to read more

Witham Field in Stuart getting more traffic with Palm Beach County flight restrictions

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“There’s more air traffic going into a Stuart airport thanks to Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions in place whenever President Donald Trump comes to town,” according to WPTV. “Witham Field Airport Manager George Stokus says with the TFR in place in Palm Beach County, he estimates his airport is getting at least 100 more aircraft than normal this time of year … Click here to read more

EXCLUSIVE — Jupiter Island homeowner Celine Dion’s old Admiral’s Cove mansion on sale for $7M

(Source: Jose Lambiet's Gossip Extra)

From Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra: “Her voice might be crystal-clear when she performs My Heart Will Go On, but Celine Dion‘s lack of real estate savoir faire is on display yet again in Jupiter. And that could make a happy camper out of someone on the market for a mansion under $10 million … Click here to read more

Kudos to caged tiger protesters at Fairgrounds

The Nergers are currently employed by John Cuneo’s notorious Hawthorn Corporation, a shadowy group with a history of severe animal abuse that leases exotic animal acts to traveling circuses. Hawthorn has racked up over $272,000 in federal fines and had their USDA license suspended twice for over 100 Animal Welfare Act violations. (Source:

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Kudos to Ashley Geiger for organizing the protest at the Martin County Fairgrounds yesterday against the cruel treatment of tigers on display at the Martin County Fair. The tigers are kept in very small cages, unable to move around freely, when they are not being jabbed and poked in the throat and face to make them perform feats for the ‘entertainment’ of humans … Click here to read more

Health risks associated with drifting smoke from wildfires in Martin County

(Source: Martin County Sheriff's Office)

The Florida Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions against drifting smoke associated with fires burning in Martin County. Drifting smoke can cause … Click here to read more

Incident at Martin County Fair: Witnesses claim tiger escape panic, protest planned

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From WPTV: “Did a tiger get loose at the Martin County Fair? Some people who watched Wednesday night’s tiger show say ‘yes’ and shared their fear on Facebook. But the tiger’s trainer denies … Click here to read more