Reality check: Martin County Commissioner Smith’s alternative promises

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Doug Smith managed to turn a reasonable proposal into another opportunity to advance Big Sugar’s agenda … Click here to read more

‘Sexy Beaches:’ FL legislature’s public relations war on tourism marketing, business development

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From The Miami Herald: “What started out as a disagreement over taxpayers footing the bill for a version of Pitbull’s ‘Sexy Beaches’ video is now turning into a full-blown public relations war between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida House. … Click here to read more

Health risks associated with drifting smoke from wildfires in Martin County

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The Florida Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions against drifting smoke associated with fires burning in Martin County. Drifting smoke can cause … Click here to read more

Dry conditions continue: South Florida Water Management District urges conservation

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Following three months of dry conditions, including a record-dry November, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is urging South Florida families to boost water conservation efforts. A total of 1.49 inches of rain fell District-wide in January, representing 76 percent of average, or 0.47 inches below average for the month. … Click here to read more

MCSO Code Red Alert: Increase in property crimes

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From MCSO: “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has seen a notable increase in property crimes happening throughout our county, particularly in vehicle thefts. Numerous auto burglaries have also been reported. In many of these cases, vehicle windows were smashed out, and property was stolen. The MCSO Crime Analyst has noticed an increase in the number of guns stolen out of vehicles … Click here to read more

ABC: Claims to make a fortune off medical marijuana stocks in Florida

The world wide web has turned into an advertising platform as companies are able to buy space to market their product or products. It's going a step further though, as sponsored ads seem to be using Florida's passage of medical marijuana as a way to make money. (Source: ABC)

“This advertisement popped up on the Yahoo website in hopes of getting you to look into ‘the Green Gold Rush.’ The three sentences point out, ‘If you’ve never invested, now’s the time to start….This is the last legal way for the little guy to grow rich … Click here to read more

Wildfire concerns increase

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“As cooler, drier air and freezing temperatures push through our area, the Florida Forest Service is concerned about an increasing frequency of wildfire starts. Dry season started with the driest November on record followed by one of the warmest Decembers on record.. ‘Most native vegetation in Florida is very sensitive to cooler weather and becomes additional fuel for a wildfire … Click here to read more

Sugar farmers balk at selling land for reservoir

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From WPTV: “Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be ‘willing sellers’ to the state … Click here to read more

Public invited to attend 2016 State of the County Address

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners invites the public to attend the 2016 State of the County Address on Monday, February 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Pavilion at Sandhill Cove located at 1500 SW Capri, in Palm City. … Click here to read more

Are you interested in protecting our waterways?

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Are you interested in protecting our waterways? Are you interested in what you can do to make a difference? Martin County and UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension have partnered to now offer the Water Ambassador … Click here to read more

Senate president Joe Negron of Stuart steps down from job at law firm

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WPTV reports that Senate President Joe Negron says he is resigning from his law firm to make sure he has no potential conflicts of interest. Negron has been working at the Gunster law firm, a large corporate firm that lobbies the Florida Legislature … Click here to read more