All Aboard Florida wins again in water district dispute: permit cleared

“All Aboard Florida’s efforts to clear a needed environmental permit from challenges won another victory Thursday as the South Florida Water Management District rejected final challenges brought by the private passenger train developer’s critics along the Treasure Coast,” reports Florida Politics. “The water district denied 17 exceptions filed by Martin and St. Lucie counties … Click here to read more

Martin County to pay $12 million to settle lawsuit with Lake Point Restoration

“A nearly five-year legal battle has been settled as Martin County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to pay a $12 million settlement to Lake Point Restoration,” reports WPTV. “Just east of Lake Okeechobee near the Port Mayaca locks, Lake Point operates a rock quarry … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s agenda: BCC asked to reduce public participation, transparency

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE TO COMMISSIONERS:  Continued attempts to reduce or restrict participation by residents in local government proceedings further erodes citizens’ already low level of trust in staff and elected representatives … Click here to read more

Florida Chamber, legislators push for septic to sewer conversion

From The Capitolist: “Two state lawmakers, Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, have filed legislation aimed at dealing with the problem. Their Legacy Florida 2.0 legislation would set aside $50 million a year as grants to be used for water-quality monitoring and storm water runoff projects, as well as septic tank conversions … Click here to read more

CBS: Voters make Indiantown a village

“With a vote of 63 percent in favor of an eligible 2,300 voters, Indiantown will now become a village. More than 6,000 people live in the village of Indiantown … Click here to read more

Unofficial results of November 7 Special Referendum Elections in Indiantown, Stuart

Voters in Indiantown and Stuart supported all items on the November 7th Special Referendum Elections. View unofficial results, voter turnout, and precinct data at martinvotes.com … Click here to read more

PBPost: Brightline wins approval to sell $600M in bonds for first phase

“…Eventually, Brightline plans to extend its service north to Orlando. That extension has faced opposition from residents on the Treasure Coast. Brightline has unsuccessfully tried to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to fund its second leg between West Palm Beach and Orlando … Click here to read more

Bathtub Beach re-opens; dune rehabilitation work complete

With the work to rehabilitate the north end of Bathtub Beach complete, Martin County is pleased to announce the beach will reopen today. Martin County Ocean Rescue will be on duty between the hours of 10 am – 5 pm … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Time for transparency

From CARE FL: “Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida continues to actively pursue all appropriate legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project that threaten the public safety and current way of life of communities throughout the Treasure Coast. AAF has stridently portrayed itself as a private enterprise, … Click here to read more

From Martin County BOCC: New website design unveiled today

Today, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announced the anticipated release of its newly redesigned website for Martin County government.The updated design was initiated based on feedback received from the community and staff following the initial launch of the new website in November 2015. … Click here to read more

Martin County meetings for November 2017

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator’s Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public’s health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person’s right of access. … Click here to read more