Taxpayers mocked, insulted, soaked by BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will vote Tuesday to spend taxpayer dollars to try to persuade taxpayers to agree to increase taxes to allow Commissioners to spend still more tax dollars. An item on the Consent Agenda (Item 4B2) authorizes staff to spend $10,000.00 in tax dollars to provide ‘educational’ (translation: ‘promotional’) materials for the August 29 sales tax surcharge referendum. … Click here to read more

BREAKING: ‘Significant’ algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee

The Palm Beach Post reports that “The South Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee that has been growing since at least last week. ‘We would consider it a significant algal bloom,’ … Click here to read more

BREAKING: No help for animals from Martin County BCC

Reporting from today’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock: “…Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding tried to persuade their colleagues that this is an important contract that should be properly negotiated. But none of the other commissioners or staff demonstrated any interest in Martin County animals or acknowledged our responsibility to protect them … Click here to read more

Must-read: No belt-tightening for Martin County, Commissioners begin budget hearings today

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “MC Commissioners begin budget hearings at 9:00 a.m. today. As Ronald Reagan famously said: ‘We could say the government spends like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to the drunken sailors, because the sailors are spending their own money.’ … Click here to read more

Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

From The Palm Beach Post: “Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision … Click here to read more

Martin County pulls out of Brightline lawsuit challenging Phase 2 funding, still claims ‘victory’

“Martin County Senior Assistant County Attorney, Ruth Holmes, says the county backed out of a lawsuit that challenged a request made by Brightline for bonds to pay for the Treasure Coast extension,” reports WPTV. “Contrary to how that sounds, Holmes says it is actually a ‘victory’ … Click here to read more

Abandoned vessel damaged in Hurricane Matthew now leaking fuel in Stuart

The Stuart Police Department, Stuart Fire Rescue, and the Department of Environmental Protection investigated a vessel leaking Diesel fuel at the Harbor Inn/Deck Restaurant 307 NW N River Drive. The vessel was believed to have been damaged during Hurricane Matthew and abandoned … Click here to read more

PBPost: Will retail complex revive Hobe Sound or make it Harbourside Place?

“’There’s no fun, no energy, no imagination along this stretch of U.S. 1. People leapfrog Hobe Sound. They go north to Stuart or south to Jupiter,’ said John Doyle, who is building the $7 million retail/office center. About four dozen condos — the tallest would be 40 feet — with prices starting at about $600,000 … Click here to read more

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

LIST: New Florida state laws take effect July 1

From WFLA: “The new laws include Florida’s $82 billion budget, along with a package offering $91.6 million in tax breaks during the upcoming year. Commercial delivery by drones, new rules for Uber and Lyft, boat docking and expressing religious beliefs at schools … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion: ‘AAF seeks multi-billion $$$ DOT-subsidized loan, taxpayers at risk’

“Documents confirm AAF is seeking a new Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). AAF and DOT have done their best to prevent the public from knowing this, and it is the latest example in AAF’s insatiable quest for public subsidies … Click here to read more