Outside agency’s investigation into former Stuart Mayor Tom Campenni complete

From WPTV: “Some employees of the city of Stuart consider Commissioner and former Mayor Tom Campenni to be a ‘bully.’ Others say he abuses his power and intimidates employees. These are some of the findings in an 11-page investigative report … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast’s US Rep. Brian Mast, Brightline exec clash over public money for railroad

From Florida Politics: “The Treasure Coast’s U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and a key railroad executive behind the proposed Brightline high-speed train clashed in Congress Thursday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary. The broader picture is of a battle … Click here to read more

Traveling thief in Martin County jail, in possession of stolen and counterfeit credit cards, skimmer

“An Orlando man on an out of town mission to victimize Martin County citizens couldn’t have picked a better place or time to drive erratically along Kanner Highway and Jack James Drive. That’s because the vehicle he soared by was driven by an MCSO Criminal Investigations Lieutenant and his division Detective … Click here to read more

Gov. Rick Scott To Connecticut: ‘Give Up, Capitulate’ And Move To Florida

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott came to Connecticut Monday with a simple message for business owners: ‘give up’ on a state that has raised the income tax twice in the last six years and continues to face billions of dollars in deficits,” according to The Hartford Courant. “‘My pitch is you should go ahead and give up … capitulate, and come to Florida and make it easier on yourselves … Click here to read more

Hold on to your wallet: No fiscal boundaries in BCC sales tax plan

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Board of County Commissioners will engage in another discussion of the proposed 1% local sales tax surcharge this week. And while it is hard to imagine that the three Commissioners who support the proposal can make it any more fiscally irresponsible, taxpayers should hold on to their wallets … Click here to read more

PBPost: Sabal Trail, Florida SE Connection are now piping fuel to FPL’s Martin County plant

“Florida Southeast Connection, NextEra Energy’s 126-mile natural gas pipeline, began operations Wednesday morning. It is the 126-mile southernmost portion of a 685-mile pipeline that originates in Alabama. That tail end will go through Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties and end at FPL’s Martin County plant near Indiantown … Click here to read more

Martin County’s new direction? Be aware that quality of life and pocketbooks will be affected

From Maggy Hurchalla, a lifelong environmental advocate and past 20-year Martin County Commissioner, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, and water studies: “Martin County is different because its residents have been willing to get involved. For those who care, this is the time to get involved … Click here to read more

BCC spending frenzy on tap for Tuesday, June 13

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is being asked on Tuesday to turn taxpayers upside down and shake them until their pockets are totally empty. Commissioners will review a proposed ordinance implementing a 1% local sales tax increase to raise millions of dollars to be spent on whatever pet projects Commissioners choose … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Fool me once . . .

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners will be asked on Tuesday to approve language for a proposed one percent sales tax surcharge that is designed to trick voters into approving more taxes for new government facilities while existing infrastructure continues to crumble. Voters have been fooled in the past … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides agenda summary of May 23 BCC meeting

“May 23, 2017 BCC agenda summary from Commissioner Sarah Heard: 6C Public hearing to consider transmittal of CPA 17-10, Sanitary Sewer Services … Click here to read more

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