New allegations against former Stuart mayor

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From WFLX: “Stuart City Commissioner Eula Clarke resigned as mayor shorty after allegedly making a ‘pig’ comment in the presence of an officer. Now, an investigative report alleges she may have said much worse. The investigation reveals several Stuart city employees were interviewed about a history of comments allegedly made by the former mayor … 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

Martin County judge rules TV interview with alleged face eating murder suspect can be released

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From NBC: “A Martin County judge ruled Wednesday that an interview with a college student who allegedly killed a couple inside their home and ate part of a victim’s face can be given to the media … Click here to read more

Witham Field in Stuart getting more traffic with Palm Beach County flight restrictions

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“There’s more air traffic going into a Stuart airport thanks to Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions in place whenever President Donald Trump comes to town,” according to WPTV. “Witham Field Airport Manager George Stokus says with the TFR in place in Palm Beach County, he estimates his airport is getting at least 100 more aircraft than normal this time of year … Click here to read more

Kudos to caged tiger protesters at Fairgrounds

The Nergers are currently employed by John Cuneo’s notorious Hawthorn Corporation, a shadowy group with a history of severe animal abuse that leases exotic animal acts to traveling circuses. Hawthorn has racked up over $272,000 in federal fines and had their USDA license suspended twice for over 100 Animal Welfare Act violations. (Source:

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Kudos to Ashley Geiger for organizing the protest at the Martin County Fairgrounds yesterday against the cruel treatment of tigers on display at the Martin County Fair. The tigers are kept in very small cages, unable to move around freely, when they are not being jabbed and poked in the throat and face to make them perform feats for the ‘entertainment’ of humans … Click here to read more

‘Sexy Beaches:’ FL legislature’s public relations war on tourism marketing, business development

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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

Health risks associated with drifting smoke from wildfires in Martin County

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The Florida Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions against drifting smoke associated with fires burning in Martin County. Drifting smoke can cause … Click here to read more

Incident at Martin County Fair: Witnesses claim tiger escape panic, protest planned

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From WPTV: “Did a tiger get loose at the Martin County Fair? Some people who watched Wednesday night’s tiger show say ‘yes’ and shared their fear on Facebook. But the tiger’s trainer denies … Click here to read more

Dry conditions continue: South Florida Water Management District urges conservation

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Following three months of dry conditions, including a record-dry November, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is urging South Florida families to boost water conservation efforts. A total of 1.49 inches of rain fell District-wide in January, representing 76 percent of average, or 0.47 inches below average for the month. … Click here to read more

75 years later: How World War II changed Florida forever

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From The Palm Beach Post: “If you were living on Jupiter Island 75 years ago, on Feb. 21, 1942, you might have been partying at the local drinking hole, relaxing in your living room, or asleep in bed. All of a sudden, you would have felt the ground beneath you vibrate… Stuart insurance agent Ralph Hartman recalled that night … Click here to read more

MCSO Code Red Alert: Increase in property crimes

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From MCSO: “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has seen a notable increase in property crimes happening throughout our county, particularly in vehicle thefts. Numerous auto burglaries have also been reported. In many of these cases, vehicle windows were smashed out, and property was stolen. The MCSO Crime Analyst has noticed an increase in the number of guns stolen out of vehicles … Click here to read more