Comm. Sarah Heard atty: ‘ Act of retaliation’ will be answered by full vindication at trial by jury

Stuart attorney Barbara Kibbey Wagner, representing Commissioner Sarah Heard, has released the following statement: “Commissioner Sarah Heard, for more than 15 years, has been a tireless advocate, seeking to protect and preserve the environment and special community of Martin County that we all enjoy. This has made her the target of attacks … Click here to read more

Reuters: Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

“President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. Zinke said in a statement, ‘As a result of discussion with Governor (Rick) Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms … Click here to read more

New year, same old BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The first meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 offers no new hope for residents looking for fiscal responsibility and accountability from the same old Commission majority. It remains to be seen whether the Chair will carry out his threat to censor citizens who step up to the podium to offer public comment at Tuesday’s meeting … Click here to read more

MUST READ: Politics and Money in Martin County

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

Call for Action from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida

From CARE FL  (Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida): “It has come to our attention that during their next meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at 9:00AM, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners plan to take up an update from staff related to All Aboard Florida/Brightline. It is important to encourage our commissioners to stay the course related to the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida/Brightline project. … Click here to read more

Brightline high-speed trains have a dark side

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “Every passenger rail in this country spews red ink, and Brightline has zero chance of being the lone exception. Its exorbitant Phase 2 is a nonstop run from West Palm to Orlando, via Cocoa. Eventually, we’ll all be paying for this doomed folly, falsely promoted as privately funded … Click here to read more

Goodbye 2017: New Florida laws immediately go into effect in the new year

From WFLA: “As we say goodbye to 2017, new laws will immediately go into effect at the stroke of midnight in 2018 … Click here to read more

Where are the fact-checkers in Martin County?

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Taxpayers Association column (see below) about the Lake Point lawsuit contains numerous factual errors … Click here to read more

Dems Enviro Caucus issues 2017 report card for Martin County Commission

From Paul Laura, chair of the Treasure Coast Democratic Environmental Caucus: “The Treasure Coast Democratic Environmental Caucus has issued a report card for 2017 on environmental actions taken by the Martin County Commission. The grade of each commissioner was determined by their voting record on environmental issues … Click here to read more

ACLU: ‘New Martin rule seems to violate First Amendment, would be flatly unconstitutional’

The Stuart News reports that “A revised County Commission policy, which restricts what can be said during the public-comment portion of meetings, might be a violation … Click here to read more

Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Long considered a key component of the state-federal plan for restoring the Everglades, the reservoir was fast-tracked this year by state Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after coastal waters in his Martin County district were fouled by reeking mats of green algae, blamed on lake discharges, that gave Florida the worst kind of international publicity … Click here to read more