County engineer highlights safety concerns with high-speed rail in Martin County

From CBS12: “While Treasure Coast leaders are opposed to the Brightline expansion, many realize it’s going to happen anyway. The Director of Engineering for Martin County, Terry Routh, said, ‘we just want it to be as safe as possible.’ To get through Stuart, the train will have to go around a sharp curve just over the Old Roosevelt Bridge. ‘There have been two derailments on that curve historically … Click here to read more

USA Today: Michael Jordan-owned golf course pollutes St. Lucie River in violation of Florida rules

“A golf course near Hobe Sound partially owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan is dirtying the South Fork of the St. Lucie River, a state official said Friday. Construction at the golf course being built on 226 acres east of Interstate 95 and north of Bridge Road is putting unacceptable levels of sediment in the upper reaches of the river … Click here to read more

Florida is the worst state in the nation in every way, new rankings say

From The Miami Herald: “Florida ranks dead last when it comes to rating the best states in the nation. Michigan ranks No. 1, the very best state in the union. Let that sink in for awhile … Click here to read more


From Maggy Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards. She is a resident of Rocky Point: “Tuesday morning at the ungodly hour of 8am we are having a rally for Ed and Sarah at the Blake Library … Click here to read more

BCC to discuss public speakers’ rights Tuesday: Memo from County’s Legal Department here

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners has made a last-minute addition to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting to discuss limiting the rights of residents who wish to make public comments before the Commission … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Free informational meeting at The Lyric, 1.29.18, 7 PM

From Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL): “CARE FL is a coalition created by a group of concerned community leaders, organizations and neighbors throughout the Treasure Coast and northern Palm Beach County to oppose the All Aboard Florida project and further rail expansion along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor … Click here to read more

Bullsugar’s EAA Reservoir Update: ‘Do not give up on Florida’s waterways’

From “…We’re talking about spending almost $2 billion on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse decades of damage. Legislators cannot waste this opportunity on a gamed, half-baked box-checking exercise that federal partners struggle to take seriously … Click here to read more

Apollo School Speaker Series: ‘Lights, Camera, Action! When Hobe Sound was Picture City’

As part of its 2018 Winter Speaker Series, The Apollo School Foundation presents Wiliam F. “Rick” Crary on January 18, 7 PM, at The Apollo School, 9141 SE Apollo St., Hobe Sound. “Mr. Crary is a local attorney, historian and author of A Treasure We Call Home. He will share his research … Click here to read more

Comm. Sarah Heard atty: ‘ Act of retaliation’ will be answered by full vindication at trial by jury

Stuart attorney Barbara Kibbey Wagner, representing Commissioner Sarah Heard, has released the following statement: “Commissioner Sarah Heard, for more than 15 years, has been a tireless advocate, seeking to protect and preserve the environment and special community of Martin County that we all enjoy. This has made her the target of attacks … Click here to read more

Reuters: Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

“President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. Zinke said in a statement, ‘As a result of discussion with Governor (Rick) Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms … Click here to read more

New year, same old BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The first meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 offers no new hope for residents looking for fiscal responsibility and accountability from the same old Commission majority. It remains to be seen whether the Chair will carry out his threat to censor citizens who step up to the podium to offer public comment at Tuesday’s meeting … Click here to read more