After outraged parents protest, Martin County School Board reinstates last year’s bus stops

From WPTV: “The Martin County School District decided Friday afternoon to reinstate 90 bus stops that were previously removed from routes for the upcoming school year. More than 600 children were impacted, learning their bus stops were being eliminated because their walk to school is no longer considered hazardous. Parents were outraged … Click here to read more

Voter turnout information available

Report information includes total ballots cast and can be viewed by party, precinct, date and type of ballot. Voter turnout information for the August 29 Special Election … Click here to read more

90 bus stops eliminated for Martin County Schools, hundreds of students impacted

From CBS12: “In Martin County, 90 bus stops have been eliminated for the 2017-2018 school year, impacting about 600 students. Those students now forced to walk or find another ride to school. Superintendent Laurie Gaylord … Click here to read more

911 call leads to arrest of reckless driver who injured a bicyclist on Bridge Road

A motorist concerned about the driving pattern of another car worked diligently to try to prevent a serious crash, but the actions of 24-year old Nicolas Barahona-Neira, who was impaired and behind the wheel of the reckless vehicle, were too out of control … Click here to read more

Tiger Woods entered into DUI first-offender program

From The Standard Republic: “Tiger Woods has been entered into a DUI first-offender program, according to Mike Edmondson, executive assistant for the 15th Judicial Circuit. Woods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, met with court personnel Wednesday to enter the pro golfer and Jupiter Island resident … Click here to read more

Stuart Police Department arrests armed robbery suspect after lengthy manhunt

Florida Outdoors RV Center reported being robbed at gunpoint by a suspect brandishing a pistol, August 2, at approximately 4:49pm. The suspect held employees at gunpoint and stole handfuls of keys for RV’s at the dealership with intentions of stealing an RV. … Click here to read more

BCC: Still no cuts in sight, just more spending

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Any hope that Martin County Commissioners will spend tax dollars wisely if a 1% sales surtax is approved at the end of the month is dashed in Tuesday’s meeting agenda. Unless five big-spending items are pulled from the Consent Agenda, the Commission will approve more than $3 million in expenditures without public discussion … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides summary of BCC budget workshops

On July 17 and 18, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) held their budget workshops for the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which begins on October 1, 2017. The millage rate set on July 18 will be finally adopted in late September. All property owners in Districts 2, 3, and 5 (Smith, Ciampi, and Jenkins) will pay a slightly higher tax rate. Smith, Ciampi, and Jenkins chose to levy an additional tax on their property owners … Click here to read more

View Martin County’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) updates/changes

The evaluation and appraisal process is designed to address any changes in state requirements since the last update of Martin County’s comprehensive plan, and to update the plan based on changes in State Statutes and local conditions. At least every seven years, pursuant to Rule Chapter 73C-49, Florida Administrative Code, Martin County must determine whether the need exists to amend the comprehensive plan … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Who’s the real animal? The shark abuser’

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “The group of cackling sadists that dragged a live shark at high speed behind a boat — and then shared the video — might soon be seeing their own police mug shots all over social media. It would be the least of their problems. Florida wildlife officials say they’ve identified the men … Click here to read more

Last of 12 inmates who escaped from an Alabama jail now captured in Martin County

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Tactical Unit, and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force captured the last of twelve fugitives who escaped from an Alabama jail Sunday night. 24-year old Brady Kilpatrick was taken down by a team of law enforcement at a home … Click here to read more