Florida governor signs 30 bills into law

From ABC Action News: “Florida Governor Rick Scott signed 30 bills into law. The bills were presented during the 2018 session and will go into effect in the state of Florida on July 1 … Click here to read more

Indiantown votes in its first village council

From WPBF: Voters in Indiantown have just voted in their first village council. Unofficial results from MartinVotes.com … Click here to read more

CRA, reservoir plans on County Commission agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tomorrow’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will feature presentations on the Community Redevelopment Plan and options for a proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce harmful discharges from the Lake into our rivers and estuary … Click here to read more

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

Martin County Board of County Commissioners may weaken Comp Plan on Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Proposed changes to nearly every chapter of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan will be presented for adoption at Tuesday’s meeting. The agenda includes the usual multi-million-dollar contract approvals as well as the addition of new full-time employees for the Growth Management and Engineering Departments to speed up application review and permit processing for new development … 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