Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard files to run for re-election

[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.] “You are looking at the picture of courage. Her name is Sarah Heard. … Click here to read more

US Army Corps of Engineers to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

From The USACE: “Today, the lake stage is 14.05 feet. The Corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a ‘pulse’ fashion, which means flows will vary during the seven-day release period.  The Corps is working with state officials to determine what other actions can be taken to address water management challenges in south Florida … Click here to read more

BREAKING: A1A lighting proposal defeated

From Dr. Hilarie Davis of The Hutchinson Island Preservation Initiative: “Due to the overwhelming public opposition and the lack of support from Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Florida  Department of Transportation, the lights are off the table by unanimous vote from the Planning board this morning … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC meeting: Tax hikes and cell tower redux

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation on the School Board’s previously approved request for voters to authorize an increase in ad valorem taxes and a sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

Judge sides with environmental groups in dispute over use of Amendment 1 funds

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson sided with environmental groups in the lawsuit … Click here to read more

Eye on Miami: FL Congressman Brian Mast ventures where few have gone before

 “Congressman Mast has had enough. Last week he wrote to the US Army Corps of Engineers, urging a halt to all discharges ‘until the water quality is deemed safe …’ … Click here to read more

 ACTION ALERT: 382 light poles, 21 ft tall, planned for NE Ocean Blvd on South Hutchinson Island

From The Hutchinson Island Preservation Initiative (HIPI): “There are 166 utility poles existing.  With the installation of the proposed overhead lighting, there will be a total of 548 poles along N.E. Ocean Boulevard.  Lighting the entire length of N.E. Ocean Boulevard will have a deleterious effect on the residential community and existing wildlife … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Waterfront projects rely on ‘fake clean water’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE: Tuesday’s BCC meeting will follow a joint meeting with the City of Stuart and the School Board that begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Blake Library. The County Commission meeting will begin in Commission Chambers after the joint meeting  ends.  Joint meetings generally last an hour to an hour and a half … Click here to read more

BOIL WATER WARNING for Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island: SMRU tested positive for fecal indicator

UPDATE – ALL CLEAR NOTICE JUNE 11, 2018: The “boil water” notice issued by South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) has been lifted. Tests run on samples taken in the affected areas have shown the drinking water to be completely safe … Click here to read more

Bullsugar update: ‘Toxic algae confirmed, Adam Putnam’s corruption a factor’

From Bullsugar.org: “The first confirmed outbreak of toxic algae surfaced less than a week after Lake Okeechobee discharges began. Florida DEP expanded testing yesterday. Businesses and residents on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee are bracing for another Toxic Summer. This is a political crisis as much as a water crisis, … Click here to read more

Environment advocates seek to enter appeal of case with major First Amendment implications

BREAKING: “With the right of citizens to speak up on public issues at stake, affected environmental advocates today went to court asking permission to be heard in the appeal of a shocking jury award against former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla … Click here to read more