US Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t expect to see water releases like 2016

(Source: WPTV)

From WPTV: “Even though there are not drastic changes as to how the Army Corps of Engineers stores and releases water, it doesn’t think we will see conditions that created the murky, toxic blue-green algae that plagued the Treasure Coast; and the reason is rain … Click here to read more

Senate Transportation Committee passes Florida High Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act

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The Florida Senate Transportation Committee, on March 14, passed Senate Bill 386 by Senator Debbie Mayfield, which establishes the Florida High Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act. Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) Chairman Brent Hanlon released the following … Click here to read more

Nathaniel Reed’s new book – ‘Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist’s Journey’

"Nathaniel Reed's inspiring life story should energize anyone who cares about the air we breathe, the water we drink and the planet we share. With passion, tenacity and savvy political bridge-building, Reed has earned a special place among America's most formidable crusaders for the environment." - Carl Hiaasen, journalist and author

From Senator Bob Graham, on Jupiter Islander Nathaniel Reed’s new book, Travels on the Green Highway: “It is impossible to overstate the contribution Nathaniel Reed has made to transforming the culture of Florida. When he arrived more than six decades ago, Florida was continuing a long-held belief that Florida, its land, water, wildlife, other natural resources with few exceptions, were commodities to be used and disposed of at the will of … Click here to read more

Alert from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Stream Senate Committee, March 14, 2PM

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From CARE FL (Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida): “As many of you have been following the high-speed rail issue in the Treasure Coast region, we wanted to take this opportunity to make sure you were aware that Senator Debbie Mayfield’s bill addressing high-speed rail safety and costs will be up in committee tomorrow … Click here to read more

Former Mets executive is new CEO of Brightline

Michael Reininger and Dave Howard discuss Brightline in front of a scale model of Downtown Miami. (Source: Brightline)

“The company announced today that Dave Howard, a veteran executive from the sports and entertainment industry, has joined Brightline’s leadership team as Chief Executive Officer … Click here to read more

False alarm: March 10 ‘Emergency?’

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “An ‘emergency meeting’ of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Friday, March 10, for the purpose of voting on a resolution supporting proposals to incorporate Hobe Sound and Indiantown. It is not clear how a resolution supporting incorporation of Hobe Sound and Indiantown meets the definition of an ‘emergency’ … Click here to read more

WPTV: Two Palm City homes burglarized, detectives urging residents to be alert

(Source: WPTV)

“Detectives say someone broke into a home in the Murano neighborhood and a home in The Monarch Country Club during broad daylight while the homeowners were not home. In Monarch, the homeowners said nearly $30,000 worth of jewelry was stolen … Click here to read more

As the legislative session begins, here are top bills to watch in Tallahassee

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As the 2017 Florida Legislature session begins, click the Bill No. link to access specific bill status, committees to hear the bill, staff analysis on the bill and more … Click here to read more

LPA votes to reject CPA 17-07

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Local Planning Agency voted 3-1 in a jam-packed chamber Thursday evening to deny approval for CPA 17-07 that would allow the destruction of small urban wetlands. LPA Chair Jim Moir and members Don Foley and Cindy Hall voted to approve the staff recommendation to deny the Comprehensive Plan Amendment … Click here to read more

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

(Source: Miami Herald)

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