Tuesday’s BCC: ‘A welcome return to what will likely be more orderly meetings…’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The new chair of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners has brought pre-sets back to meeting agendas, scheduling items for specific times to allow interested members of the public a better opportunity to participate.  Four items on Tuesday’s agenda have been assigned a specific time to be heard in a welcome return … Click here to read more

‘Why the good guys get arrested for jaywalking while the bad guys get away with murder…’

A must-read from Maggy Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point … Click here to read more

Brightline rail service bonds get noninvestment grade

From Miami Today: “The startup luxury Brightline rail service that is now expected to link Miami with West Palm Beach by the end of March 2018 has received a non-investment grade rating on about $600 million in revenue bonds that are to be issued by the Florida Development Finance Corp. on behalf of the line’s owners … Click here to read more

Health advisory lifted for the Stuart Causeway

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. Martin County beach sites are sampled every other week. All sites will be tested again on Monday, December 11. … Click here to read more

Brightline to start simulated service this week

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. Brightline is expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this month … Click here to read more

Save the date: Jan 11-14, 33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference to be held in Stuart

“The conference is attended by decision-makers from federal, state, local and tribal governments, agency representatives, stakeholders and a vast array of public and private interests including scientists, educators, contractors, conservationists, the media, students and the general public. … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: December 2017 update

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE) continues to actively pursue all appropriate legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project … Click here to read more

MC Commission’s annual reorganization Tuesday: New chair, vice chair should be designated

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, at which a new chair and vice chair should be designated and various committee appointments will be made.  A schedule of meetings for 2018 and revised rules of procedure will be adopted. … Click here to read more

Mark your calendar: Martin County meetings scheduled for December

The following meetings are scheduled to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for December 2017.  Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon.  All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard.  Written comments may be sent … Click here to read more

Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to reduce the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee for the first time since releases were initiated following Hurricane Irma. The target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to 2,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. … Click here to read more

County settles Lake Point lawsuit; gains over 400 acres adjacent to C-44/Okeechobee Waterway

“The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a legal settlement with the owners of Lake Point today, coming after the South Florida Water Management District’s settlement with Lake Point in August … Click here to read more