Florida Politics: Maggy Hurchalla’s free speech right just cost her millions

“The slappee is a 77-year-old grandmother, a prominent Florida environmentalist, a sister of the late Janet Reno. Now, after expressing her rights of free speech in opposing a land development, Maggy Hurchalla is on the hook for $4,391,708 in a court-ordered judgment. The slapper is the scion of a family of multibillionaires, a developer who reshaped a proposed polo community into a dusty rock pit, a fellow with a penchant for litigation and also a criminal record … Click here to read more

Local governments face money-losing municipal golf courses across Florida

From The Real Deal: “Martin County, for example, is considering whether to spend $12.3 million to redesign its golf course and build a clubhouse there, even though the Martin County Golf Course has lost about $6.6 million since 2015 … Click here to read more

Martin BCC: Developers gone wild

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting features more development approval requests than can possibly be addressed in a single session, which may well be the intent … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast residents don’t take kindly to Brightline CEO’s name-calling

From WPTV: “The name calling started on Capitol Hill Thursday morning with Brightline’s CEO and his choice for words for the Treasure Coast, calling those who oppose the plan, ‘narrow-minded.'” … Click here to read more

Army Corps of Engineers to receive $50 million from state for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has signed an agreement with the state of Florida to accept $50 million of state funds to help with rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more

Bullsugar.org: State agency cracks down on citizens, threatens public records requesters

“The South Florida Water Management District is cracking down on citizens who ask too many questions. The state agency recently threatened legal action against 16 people requesting details on its multi-million-dollar deal with a Martin County mining operation. And when their intimidation became public, SFWMD didn’t apologize or back down … Click here to read more

Congressman Mast announces oversight committee hearing on Brightline

“Despite their claims to the contrary, Brightline has pursued public, taxpayer-funded financing,” Rep. Mast said. “Taxpayers deserve the truth about who is paying for Brightline, and our community deserves answers about why they are refusing to address critical safety and economic concerns.” The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.  … Click here to read more

Email chain: ‘Important Hobe Sound community contacts’ re Harmony development plans…

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Harmony development team is continuing to push the pitch for the April 24 BCC meeting that Commissioners are not being asked to “approve” Harmony comp plan amendment and re-zoning requests but only to transmit the amendment to the state for comment and review. Of course, in order to send a proposal to the state for review, it must first be “approved” by the BCC. Transmittal is not automatic … Click here to read more

Update from www.slappmaggy.com: ‘Someone has to stand up to the bullies…’

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 regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies, is a resident of Rocky Point: “If we lose the passionate public participation of Martin County residents, we will lose what made us special. The Constitution is worth fighting for. Martin County is worth fighting for … Click here to read more

Brightline train involved in sixth death on South Florida tracks

From The Sun-Sentinel: “A man was killed by a Brightline train Sunday, marking at least the sixth death involving the service since it began trial runs last year … Click here to read more

Martin BCC: A million here, a million there – it’s only (taxpayer) money

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Just two weeks after the Martin County Commission declined to consider a referendum asking residents to authorize 30-year bond financing to raise millions of dollars for parks projects, Commissioners will be asked to approve more than $13.9 million in contract expenditures, including wages for temporary employees at Sailfish Splash Waterpark … Click here to read more