Former Martin County deputy at center of potential record-breaking lawsuit against MCSO

From WPTV: “Stuart Kaplan is representing the mother of Richard Haston, who was shot and killed by a Martin County deputy in 2013. Kaplan says Haston’s mother is seeking a potential record-setting … Click here to read more

Martin County pulls out of Brightline lawsuit challenging Phase 2 funding, still claims ‘victory’

“Martin County Senior Assistant County Attorney, Ruth Holmes, says the county backed out of a lawsuit that challenged a request made by Brightline for bonds to pay for the Treasure Coast extension,” reports WPTV. “Contrary to how that sounds, Holmes says it is actually a ‘victory’ … Click here to read more

Abandoned vessel damaged in Hurricane Matthew now leaking fuel in Stuart

The Stuart Police Department, Stuart Fire Rescue, and the Department of Environmental Protection investigated a vessel leaking Diesel fuel at the Harbor Inn/Deck Restaurant 307 NW N River Drive. The vessel was believed to have been damaged during Hurricane Matthew and abandoned … Click here to read more

PBPost: Will retail complex revive Hobe Sound or make it Harbourside Place?

“’There’s no fun, no energy, no imagination along this stretch of U.S. 1. People leapfrog Hobe Sound. They go north to Stuart or south to Jupiter,’ said John Doyle, who is building the $7 million retail/office center. About four dozen condos — the tallest would be 40 feet — with prices starting at about $600,000 … Click here to read more

Priest arrested in Palm City road rage incident

From WPTV: “The Florida Highway Patrol says a priest from North Carolina was arrested in Palm City Wednesday following a road rage incident. According to FHP, 35-year-old William Adams was driving a red Chevrolet Corvette … Click here to read more

The must-read Martin County sales tax primer: ‘Don’t be fooled…’

Provided by Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, this essential, must-read primer on the Martin County Sales Tax Referendum is a real eye-opener: “The proposed sales tax hike is not one cent. DO THE MATH: The proposed hike from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar is a 17% increase … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Florida will send Trump panel some voter info

“With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission’s request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will provide the commission publicly available data,” according to The Palm Beach Post. “‘Driver’s license information and Social Security numbers are not, and cannot be provided … Click here to read more

CBS12: Tiger says on Twitter that he’s completed ‘intensive program’

“The Jupiter Island resident has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February. Woods was once the world’s No. 1 player for 683 weeks but is now ranked No. 970 … Click here to read more

LIST: New Florida state laws take effect July 1

From WFLA: “The new laws include Florida’s $82 billion budget, along with a package offering $91.6 million in tax breaks during the upcoming year. Commercial delivery by drones, new rules for Uber and Lyft, boat docking and expressing religious beliefs at schools … Click here to read more

Potentially lethal parasite rat lungworm found throughout Florida

“Researchers have found rat lungworm, a parasitic nematode that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties,” Science Daily reports. “Clinical signs of infection in adults include headache, stiff neck, fever, vomiting, nausea and paralysis of the face and limbs. The most common symptoms of infection in children are nausea, vomiting and fever … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion: ‘AAF seeks multi-billion $$$ DOT-subsidized loan, taxpayers at risk’

“Documents confirm AAF is seeking a new Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). AAF and DOT have done their best to prevent the public from knowing this, and it is the latest example in AAF’s insatiable quest for public subsidies … Click here to read more