Martin Health System supports ‘Buy the Land’ bill

From WPBF: “Martin Health System has now come out in support of Senate Bill 10. The legislation proposes building a 60,000-acre reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to stop harmful discharges into the St. Lucie River … Click here to read more

Judge signs off on environmental permit for Brightline rail project

From The Palm Beach Post: “An administrative law judge has signed off on an environmental permit that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline needs to build its passenger railroad between Miami and Orlando. In a 23-page ruling, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter … Click here to read more

Risk of deadly accidents will rise dramatically with operation of high-speed passenger trains

From the Board of County Commissioners: “As part of its continued fight to protect residents from the negative impacts of rail expansion, Martin County has released a report by national rail safety expert George Gavalla that includes concerning facts about the significant safety challenges and cost burdens presented by the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Like phosphorus in your water? You’re in luck!’

“The federal role in Everglades restoration was expanded by U.S. District Judge Alan Gold, now retired, who had become increasingly exasperated by the stall tactics of Florida officials and the weakening of pollution limits for farm runoff waters. In a 2011 order, Gold irritably concluded that the state and the South Florida Water Management District, ‘have not been … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Grupo Mexico to buy Florida rail line for $2.1 billion

“Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico says it has reached an agreement to buy Brightline parent Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corporation for $2.1 billion from Fortress Investment Group.The sale will not affect Brightline, the Miami-to-Orlando passenger train slated to begin service this summer … Click here to read more

House bill that could delay Brightline gets pulled out of subcommittee

A proposed Florida House bill that would give local governments and the state additional authority to regulate the Brightline high-speed rail project was pulled from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee’s meeting on March 28, according to The Orlando Business Journal. … Click here to read more

Sheriff Snyder urges increased safety for Brightline high-speed rail service

“A bill possibly delaying the start of rail service between Miami and Orlando is gaining support,” according to WPTV. “Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says he is in favor of Senate Bill 386, creating the Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act. Brightline said law enforcement wouldn’t be held up a railroad crossing for more than 60 seconds … Click here to read more

Packed BCC agenda full of financial land-mines

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda is a whopping 1,743 pages packed with land-mines for the unwary. The agenda features massive spending projects and questionable proposals for changes to our Comprehensive Plan that are presented in a confusing mish-mash compounded by website issues that make it difficult if not impossible for citizens to figure out what is being considered. … Click here to read more

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

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

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’

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