Bogus bills circulating in Stuart; beware of phony $20 and $100 bills

“‘”Funny money’ is circulating in Stuart, according to police. They say phony $20 and $100 bills have been used at area businesses … Click here to read more

Water managers issue water shortage warning

From WPBF: “Falling water levels and extremely dry conditions that are expected to linger led South Florida Water Management District Governing Board to issue a water shortage warning … Click here to read more

Orlando City Council: Reject bill that could slow Brightline train

From The Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando’s City Council urged state legislators to reject a bill that critics say could slow, or even halt, plans for a passenger-rail service linking Orlando and Miami. The service already faces lawsuits from Martin and Indian River counties … Click here to read more

Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; Gov. declares State of Emergency

“Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the 107 wildfires burning around the state,” according to US News and World Report. “Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies … Click here to read more

Full Pink Moon tonight, April 11, 2017

From The Brevard Times: There will be a Full Moon tonight on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, that is called a Pink Moon. Because Passover and Easter occur in April in 2017, this particular moon is also known as an “Easter Moon” and “The Paschal Moon … Click here to read more

Federal government alleges Jensen Beach company owes more than $460,000

“A Jensen Beach limited liability company is alleged to have defaulted on a federal loan,” reports The Florida Record. “United States of America, on behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration, filed a complaint on March 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against O’Connor Enterprises of South Florida Inc. … Click here to read more

More spending, taxes, secrecy on BCC agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda is more manageable than the last meeting docket, which was so overloaded that the public broadcast of the meeting was cut off half an hour before the meeting ended to accommodate pre-scheduled MTV programming. But while a shorter agenda is on tap for this week, there are some hefty items for the BCC to consider … Click here to read more

161-acre brush fire no longer threatens homes

From WPBF: “The fire burned 161 acres in Jonathon Dickinson State Park. It was fully contained, thanks to the efforts of 35 firefighters and 3 bulldozers … Click here to read more

MCSO: Miami men give conflicting stories, attempted crime in the making in Martin County

“MCSO Sergeant Rick Parks just wrapped up a busy night shift when he decided to make one more traffic stop before heading home.The sergeant stopped a U-haul truck being driven by a Miami man with no driver’s license, and two of his friends … Click here to read more

Revised Lake Okeechobee bill heads to the Senate floor

From The Associated Press: “Top Florida Republicans have taken a big step toward making their plan of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee an easier-to-swallow proposal for its opponents. A Senate budget committee on Wednesday approved drastic changes to the project, which seeks to divert toxic algae blooms … Click here to read more

Negron offers compromise on Everglades reservoir — state-owned and leased land

“Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday filed a sweeping rewrite of his top priority legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, abandoning plans to buy up to 60,000 acres of agriculture land and relying on more state-owned and state-leased sugar fields to store and clean water to be sent into Florida Bay,” reports The Miami Herald … Click here to read more