Vote ‘NO’ on August 29: 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

Dangerous drilling endangers communities, waters: Treasure Coast Ban Fracking meeting 8.17

From The Treasure Coast Democratic Environmental Caucus: “It’s time to take the fight to ban fracking to the next level. Our Florida legislators have stalled on passing a ban for too long. We need to show our elected officials that our residents support banning this dangerous drilling practice statewide … Click here to read more

FPL gets pushback on request to keep customers on the hook for speculative nuclear reactors

“The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will consider Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) request to find it ‘reasonable’ to pursue licenses for its speculative Turkey Point 6 & 7 nuclear reactors – and recover costs from customers. FPL claims it plans to build the two proposed nuclear reactors, but it will not commit to actually build them … 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

Any registered voter in Martin County may Vote by Mail (NO REASON REQUIRED) for 8/29 election

Will you Vote by Mail in Martin County’s August 29 special election? Make sure that your previous request for a Vote by Mail ballot has not expired with the 2016 election. Your request must be renewed every four years … Click here to read more

PBPost: Everglades specialist Ernie Marks of Palm City is new SFWMD director

Everglades restoration coordinator Ernie Marks was the unanimous choice of South Florida Water Management District board members Monday to take over as executive director of the 1,475-employee, $759 million agency … Click here to read more

Sprint sues All Aboard Florida for $646,000 over partially paid bill

From The Sun Sentinel: “Sprint wants All Aboard Florida to pay up. The communications company has filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court against the parent-company of Brightline and a second company with ties to Florida East Coast Industries … Click here to read more

McClatchey: Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn

“Federal gauges stationed around the state’s coast document the slowly rising water. After decades of almost imperceptible increases, the sea began rising faster about 30 years ago, said William Sweet, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … Click here to read more

ABC: Florida driver’s licenses and ID cards are getting a new look in August

“The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) will begin issuing a new, more secure Florida driver license and ID cards, beginning in August. The new ID’s are said to be the most secure over-the-counter credentials … Click here to read more