All Aboard Florida wins again in water district dispute: permit cleared

“All Aboard Florida’s efforts to clear a needed environmental permit from challenges won another victory Thursday as the South Florida Water Management District rejected final challenges brought by the private passenger train developer’s critics along the Treasure Coast,” reports Florida Politics. “The water district denied 17 exceptions filed by Martin and St. Lucie counties … Click here to read more

Martin County to pay $12 million to settle lawsuit with Lake Point Restoration

“A nearly five-year legal battle has been settled as Martin County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to pay a $12 million settlement to Lake Point Restoration,” reports WPTV. “Just east of Lake Okeechobee near the Port Mayaca locks, Lake Point operates a rock quarry … Click here to read more

WPTV: Emergency repairs continue at Bathtub Beach

Bathtub Beach in Stuart remained closed Monday as work continued on dune restoration… it’s not clear at this point if the beach will reopen before the Thanksgiving holiday … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s agenda: BCC asked to reduce public participation, transparency

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE TO COMMISSIONERS:  Continued attempts to reduce or restrict participation by residents in local government proceedings further erodes citizens’ already low level of trust in staff and elected representatives … Click here to read more

MCSO joins efforts to search for rape/murder suspect

The Martin County Sheriff’s Warrants and Criminal Investigations Units are actively involved in the search for Larry Peavy, a fugitive wanted out of Sumter County. Peavy is wanted for the rape and murder of a 16-year old girl. Martin County Sheriff’s Warrants Detectives received information that Peavy was spotted on foot in the area of Wright Boulevard and US 1 late Tuesday … Click here to read more

Florida Chamber, legislators push for septic to sewer conversion

From The Capitolist: “Two state lawmakers, Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, have filed legislation aimed at dealing with the problem. Their Legacy Florida 2.0 legislation would set aside $50 million a year as grants to be used for water-quality monitoring and storm water runoff projects, as well as septic tank conversions … Click here to read more

PBPost: Martin County Sheriff’s blotter lists fraud, drug arrests and more

“A man in the 8100 block of Southeast Croft Circle in Hobe Sound became concerned when he did not receive mail for about two weeks. He called the post office and learned that someone had changed his mailing address … Click here to read more

CBS: Voters make Indiantown a village

“With a vote of 63 percent in favor of an eligible 2,300 voters, Indiantown will now become a village. More than 6,000 people live in the village of Indiantown … Click here to read more

Unofficial results of November 7 Special Referendum Elections in Indiantown, Stuart

Voters in Indiantown and Stuart supported all items on the November 7th Special Referendum Elections. View unofficial results, voter turnout, and precinct data at martinvotes.com … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

“Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) ordered an internal investigation of sexual harassment allegations made by six unnamed women who accused Sen. Jack Latvala of groping and inappropriate touching. Latvala has said that he expected to be a target of allegations in the wake of a Politico report that Sen. Jeff Clemens, an Atlantis Democrat, had an extramarital affair with a former Martin County lobbyist … Click here to read more

Driver licenses have a new look

The Martin County Tax Collector’s Offices are now issuing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ new, more secure Florida driver license and ID card. Changes have been made to incorporate increased fraud-protection measures.  Previous driver license and ID cards will still be in use … Click here to read more