BREAKING: A1A lighting proposal defeated

From Dr. Hilarie Davis of The Hutchinson Island Preservation Initiative: “Due to the overwhelming public opposition and the lack of support from Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Florida  Department of Transportation, the lights are off the table by unanimous vote from the Planning board this morning … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC meeting: Tax hikes and cell tower redux

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation on the School Board’s previously approved request for voters to authorize an increase in ad valorem taxes and a sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

Judge sides with environmental groups in dispute over use of Amendment 1 funds

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson sided with environmental groups in the lawsuit … Click here to read more

Eye on Miami: FL Congressman Brian Mast ventures where few have gone before

 “Congressman Mast has had enough. Last week he wrote to the US Army Corps of Engineers, urging a halt to all discharges ‘until the water quality is deemed safe …’ … Click here to read more

 ACTION ALERT: 382 light poles, 21 ft tall, planned for NE Ocean Blvd on South Hutchinson Island

From The Hutchinson Island Preservation Initiative (HIPI): “There are 166 utility poles existing.  With the installation of the proposed overhead lighting, there will be a total of 548 poles along N.E. Ocean Boulevard.  Lighting the entire length of N.E. Ocean Boulevard will have a deleterious effect on the residential community and existing wildlife … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Waterfront projects rely on ‘fake clean water’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE: Tuesday’s BCC meeting will follow a joint meeting with the City of Stuart and the School Board that begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Blake Library. The County Commission meeting will begin in Commission Chambers after the joint meeting  ends.  Joint meetings generally last an hour to an hour and a half … Click here to read more

BOIL WATER WARNING for Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island: SMRU tested positive for fecal indicator

UPDATE – ALL CLEAR NOTICE JUNE 11, 2018: The “boil water” notice issued by South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) has been lifted. Tests run on samples taken in the affected areas have shown the drinking water to be completely safe … Click here to read more

Bullsugar update: ‘Toxic algae confirmed, Adam Putnam’s corruption a factor’

From Bullsugar.org: “The first confirmed outbreak of toxic algae surfaced less than a week after Lake Okeechobee discharges began. Florida DEP expanded testing yesterday. Businesses and residents on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee are bracing for another Toxic Summer. This is a political crisis as much as a water crisis, … Click here to read more

Environment advocates seek to enter appeal of case with major First Amendment implications

BREAKING: “With the right of citizens to speak up on public issues at stake, affected environmental advocates today went to court asking permission to be heard in the appeal of a shocking jury award against former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla … Click here to read more

WPTV: Possible algae spotted at Riverland Marina in Martin County along St. Lucie River

“This may be the first algae spotted on the river since the U.S. Army Corps began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee. More may be coming down the canal as well … Click here to read more

Recent methamphetamine arrests put dangerous and addictive drug back on radar in Martin County

“Martin County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Detectives are ramping up efforts to target those selling and distributing methamphetamine, after the arrest of two Palm City residents. Following an investigation into possible meth sales, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on the 700 block of SW 36th Terrace in Palm City … Click here to read more