WPTV: Possible algae spotted at Riverland Marina in Martin County along St. Lucie River

“This may be the first algae spotted on the river since the U.S. Army Corps began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee. More may be coming down the canal as well … Click here to read more

Recent methamphetamine arrests put dangerous and addictive drug back on radar in Martin County

“Martin County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Detectives are ramping up efforts to target those selling and distributing methamphetamine, after the arrest of two Palm City residents. Following an investigation into possible meth sales, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on the 700 block of SW 36th Terrace in Palm City … Click here to read more

Feds approve seven-month extension for Brightline train bonds

From Florida Politics: “The federal government has granted a seven-month extension for All Aboard Florida to sell the $1.15 billion in private equity bonds it intends to use to finance the proposed higher-speed rail expansion that could roll private Brightline passenger trains between South Florida and Orlando. With the extension, the train project continues to roll … Click here to read more

Bacteria Advisory: Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and Stuart Sandbar

An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. The Roosevelt Bridge has been under advisory since May 25. … Click here to read more

Lake O releases begin Friday, June 1

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as part of its effort to manage rising water levels. The discharges are scheduled to begin Friday (June 1).  … Click here to read more

Lawsuits a new tactic against those seeking public records

From The Daily Commercial: A fierce fight in Martin County is alarming many government watchdogs. Maggy Hurchalla, a former Martin County commissioner and sister of late U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, is appealing a $4.4 million judgment by a jury earlier this year, which found she used her influence as a conservationist to disparage a mining company’s project. The verdict capped a five-year struggle and also led to an $18M settlement for the mining company, … Click here to read more

Enteric bacteria levels elevated: Residents urged to avoid contact with waters near Roosevelt Bridge

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution … Click here to read more

Martin County Mosquito Control FAQs: Aerial spray map information here

How does Martin County Mosquito Control decide where to spray? How can I learn when the fog truck will be in my area? … Click here to read more

Publix: Where shopping for influence is no longer a pleasure

From Florida Politics: “Publix’s decision, in the face of protests over its Adam Putnam donations, to suspend its political giving this year could mean more than $1 million that the company will not donate this year to various political campaigns and groups. … Click here to read more

FL Dept of Health warns of health risks associated with flooding as rainstorms continue

As a heavy dose of rainstorms continue to blanket our area, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County reminds residents about health risks associated with flood waters … Click here to read more

LATEST: New details in Austin Harrouff fatal stabbings case revealed in California court filings

From The Palm Beach Post: “Austin Harrouff, 21, is charged with fatal attacks on John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon in the garage of their home along the border of Martin and Palm Beach counties. He remains in the Martin County Jail without bail. … Click here to read more