PETA: $5,000 reward for arrest and conviction of Indiantown alligator torturer(s)

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) seeks information on culprit(s) who gouged out an alligator’s eyes with a blunt object. Police have yet to make any arrests in the case. PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime. … Click here to read more

Point of View: ‘Fixing Everglades, reducing lake discharges not the same’

From Melissa Meeker, the former executive director and governing board member of the South Florida Water Management District, in The Palm Beach Post: “To say that the reservoir will save the Everglades and prevent coastal discharges is wishful thinking that can’t be backed by science … Click here to read more

Toxic algae blooms may be linked to fatal liver disease

From Weather.com: “Residents who live near large blue-green algae blooms are at a higher risk to develop fatal nonalcoholic liver diseases than those who don’t, according to a study from Ohio State University. Cyanobacteria blooms, such as the one last summer in Martin, Lee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties that prompted a state of emergency … Click here to read more

Stuart mayor resigns following age discrimination investigation

From CBS12: “Stuart Mayor Tom Campenni resigned from his post Tuesday. This action comes following a complaint issued by the city of Stuart was filed just last week. The complaint came from a city worker Sam Amerson alleging Campenni discriminated against him because of his age when he applied for the city manager position … Click here to read more

Could the city of Stuart be looking at its third mayor in just four months?

From WPTV: “City commissioners could vote to demote Mayor Tom Campenni from his current position following an age discrimination complaint filed against Campenni by a city employee … Click here to read more

WPTV: State moving forward on new VA facility on the Treasure Coast

“It was approved with much fanfare, but more than two years later, local veterans are wondering when a new VA nursing home will be built on the Treasure Coast. There are 280,000 veterans living in the service area that includes Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and seven other counties … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC has latest episode in ‘As the Sewage Flows’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will feature a vote on a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment that would more than double the maximum capacity allowed for commercial on-site sewage systems and authorize extension of public utility lines far outside the urban boundary … Click here to read more

Urban boundary threatened by new proposal

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Local Planning Agency meets at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, for further discussion of Comprehensive Plan Amendment 17-10, which would allow extension of water and sewer lines to certain properties outside the urban services boundary and would more than double the size of on-site sewage systems on rural lands. … Click here to read more

PBPost: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over bonds for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

“A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed lawsuits filed by Martin and Indian River counties challenging All Aboard Florida’s plan to sell tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its Brightline passenger train service. Martin County said it was ‘assessing its next legal steps,’ … Click here to read more

Pineland Prairie: Plans for 3,375-acres of Kiplinger land in Palm City

“Lying between the Florida Turnpike and I-95, Pineland Prairie is the most centrally located, large tract of land in Martin County. Its 3,375-acres are immediately adjacent to well-established communities on all sides: Martin Downs on the east (across the Turnpike) … Click here to read more

Florida governor signs Lake Okeechobee bill, 10 others

From WFLA: “A plan to build reservoirs south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to treat polluted water before it flows downstream is now law. Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill on Tuesday, which was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more