Scientists grade the Everglades Reservoir Plan: ‘F’

From bullsugar.org: “It doesn’t work. The Everglades Foundation’s science team–one of only two organizations outside the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) with the expertise and technology to model the reservoir plan–spelled it out clearly. The state’s design can’t clean enough water … Click here to read more

Lake Point Restoration wins $4.3 million judgment against Hurchalla

((Source: The Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: “…For eight days, the case of mining company Lake Point Restoration against storied Everglades protector Maggy Hurchalla played out in front of a jury asked to decide whether their conflict was that of a company wronged by a conservationist’s influence over public officials, or a well-heeled entrepreneur with a grudge and the money to satisfy it in a prolonged legal rumble … Click here to read more

Former Martin County commissioner takes stand in her own defense

From WPTV: “Maggy Hurchalla testified Tuesday that she shared her concerns with the owners of Lake Point a decade ago during two separate meetings. ‘I didn’t think it was a good idea for the Water Management District to trade mining permits for land,’ said the former Martin County Commissioner … Click here to read more

‘Qui bono? Developer to profit from Martin lands and waters while trying to crush citizen opposition’

From Richard Spisak of Hobe Sound: “…Developers take natural resources and carelessly turn them into cash. That the vast resources of one more rich developer reaches out not just to profit from the lands and waters of Martin County but to crush citizen opposition. Not acting for the common good, … Click here to read more

Multi-agency drug interdiction operation nets record 102 arrests in Martin County

From MCSO: “The multi-agency drug interdiction operation, directed by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, including US Border Patrol, Florida National Guard Counterdrug Program), Florida Highway Patrol, and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, was part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Broward man faces charges in Jupiter Island home invasion

From The Palm Beach Post: “A 22-year-old Broward County man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to an armed home invasion last month in Jupiter Island. On Wednesday afternoon, Brown was being questioned in connection to a homicide case in Broward County as well as the Jan. 20 home invasion … Click here to read more

Martin County’s drama for our times: The George Lindemann Jr. lawsuit against Maggy Hurchalla

From Eye on Miami: “We’ve written at length about Maggy Hurchalla as one of Florida’s heroes. Today Hurchalla finds herself finally with her day in court as defendant at the point of a long running lawsuit by Miami developer George Lindemann Jr. This saga has all the elements of a morality play for our times. A woman tilting at the windmills … Click here to read more

Business seeks $4M from former Martin Co. Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla

From WPTV: “…Lake Point is a rock mining business near Lake Okeechobee first approved as a subdivision in 2008.  A few years later, Hurchalla began sending emails to commissioners expressing concerns over wetlands…Hurchalla’s attorney says her client was a private citizen, with no control over what the commission would do. ‘Maggy Hurchalla has no authority to make the county commission or individual commissioners do anything,’ said Virginia Sherlock … Click here to read more

County engineer highlights safety concerns with high-speed rail in Martin County

From CBS12: “While Treasure Coast leaders are opposed to the Brightline expansion, many realize it’s going to happen anyway. The Director of Engineering for Martin County, Terry Routh, said, ‘we just want it to be as safe as possible.’ To get through Stuart, the train will have to go around a sharp curve just over the Old Roosevelt Bridge. ‘There have been two derailments on that curve historically … Click here to read more

USA Today: Michael Jordan-owned golf course pollutes St. Lucie River in violation of Florida rules

“A golf course near Hobe Sound partially owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan is dirtying the South Fork of the St. Lucie River, a state official said Friday. Construction at the golf course being built on 226 acres east of Interstate 95 and north of Bridge Road is putting unacceptable levels of sediment in the upper reaches of the river … Click here to read more

Florida is the worst state in the nation in every way, new rankings say

From The Miami Herald: “Florida ranks dead last when it comes to rating the best states in the nation. Michigan ranks No. 1, the very best state in the union. Let that sink in for awhile … Click here to read more