Ready to play the Florida town name game?

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “US Sugar Corporation Presents Algae Bloom Acres will be surely be a popular tourist destination when Stuart is renamed Toxic Shock, Fla … Click here to read more

Vanity Fair: Burt Reynolds isn’t broke, but he’s got a few regrets (including Sally Field)

One of Martin County’s most famous residents is profiled in December’s Vanity Fair: “He’s lost a step or two. ‘Or five,’ he says. At times, his hands tremble. He leans his spindly frame on a black cane. He never once rises from the sofa…Reynolds still can’t believe he blew it with Sally Field, whom he terms the ‘love of my life’… He’s got a girlfriend, Rhonda Stearns, a local woman he’s known for years… … Click here to read more

‘Trunk or Treat’ registration now: Largest Halloween event in the area sponsored by MCSO

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up to host the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat event. Last year, dozens of businesses and organizations decorated their ‘trunks’ and stuffed them full of goodies. More than 3000 people passed through the gates … Click here to read more

OMG: Drug dealer trying to score mistakenly texts MCSO Narcotics Captain

When 29-year old William Lamberson of Port St. Lucie wanted a “hook up”, he began texting friends, or so he thought. Unbeknownst to Lamberson, he was mistakenly trying to score with the Captain of the Martin County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit … Click here to read more

Ouch! Florida ranks as ‘#1 Worst State’

From Thrillist: “When putting together a list such as this, there can be some temptation to defy popular expectations, and go against the grain. However, Florida’s awfulness resume is so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: Taken for a ride on the Boondoggle Express aka ‘All Appalled Florida’

“All passenger trains in this country operate deep in the red, and couldn’t exist without heavy government subsidies. AAF wants Floridians to believe that it will be the sole exception, magically turning a profit where all others have failed. In the parlance of the business world, this is known variously as ‘a crock,’ or a ‘steaming crock.’ … Click here to read more

People: Exclusive look at Burt Reynolds’ upcoming memoir

“In his memoir ‘But Enough About Me’, screen legend [and longtime Martin County homeowner] Burt Reynolds tells about his life and and his famous loves, including Dinah Shore, Sally Field and ex-wife Loni Anderson. … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: Gov Rick Scott’s inaugural message – ‘Hey, America, all of you c’mon down’

“’I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to Florida!’ Such was the sunny welcome put forth by Gov. Rick Scott at his second inaugural last week in Tallahassee. For Hiaasen’s commentary in The Miami Herald … Click here to read more

Individual from North Pole released without incident; Stuart Police remain on ‘good list’

Stuart Officers detained this subject early this morning. After a records check, it was confirmed that the individual was in fact S. Claus from the North Pole … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Burt Reynolds to publish second memoir in fall 2015

“Burt Reynolds, our movie star next door, is set to release a so-called tell-all memoir, titled ‘But Enough About Me,’ in fall 2015 with publishing house G.P. Putnam’s Sons, which will reportedly include a foreword by Burt’s ‘Deliverance’ co-star Jon Voight … Click here to read more

Marvelous makeover: Captain Citrus to get new look as comic book superhero with $1M contract

From The Ledger: The Florida Department of Citrus is in the final stages of negotiations on a roughly $1 million contract with Marvel Worldwide Inc. to create a new Captain Citrus character to market orange juice to pre-teens and teens … Click here to read more