Brightline to start simulated service this week

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. Brightline is expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this month … Click here to read more

‘Christmas Lights Grinch’ costing victims money, holiday spirit

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Department: “It’s that time of year, the sights and sounds of Christmas fill communities throughout our area. But someone is snuffing out the sparkle of the holiday cheer by stealing or damaging Christmas lights at homes and community entrances … Click here to read more

Save the date: Jan 11-14, 33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference to be held in Stuart

“The conference is attended by decision-makers from federal, state, local and tribal governments, agency representatives, stakeholders and a vast array of public and private interests including scientists, educators, contractors, conservationists, the media, students and the general public. … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: December 2017 update

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE) continues to actively pursue all appropriate legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project … Click here to read more

December 1st: 57th Annual Stuart Christmas Parade, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’

A treasured Martin County tradition since 1960, the theme of the 57th Annual Stuart Christmas Parade is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” … Click here to read more

Corps continues to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

For the second time in the past two weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee. Starting Friday (Dec. 1), the target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. … Click here to read more

MCSO out in full force, monitoring shopping centers, parking lots and roadways

From MCSO: “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force at malls, both in plain view and undercover, at shopping centers and throughout the area monitoring activities and working to keep holiday shoppers safe … Click here to read more

FL DEP invests more than $90M in water quality improvement projects

From WaterWorld: “The Caulkins Water Farm project was funded in part by a total of $1.5 million in Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 nonpoint source pollution grants to the South Florida Water Management District for the original pilot project, which turned former citrus groves into a reservoir … Click here to read more

MC Commission’s annual reorganization Tuesday: New chair, vice chair should be designated

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, at which a new chair and vice chair should be designated and various committee appointments will be made.  A schedule of meetings for 2018 and revised rules of procedure will be adopted. … Click here to read more

Tickets available now: Caring Fields Felines presents Merry Meows fundraiser, December 3

From Caring Fields Felines: “The MERRY MEOWS GALA is coming up Sunday December 3 from 4-8PM. Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door. ​Please come and bring your friends! Everyone is welcome. … Click here to read more

President Trump golfs with Jupiter Islander Tiger Woods at Trump National

From TMZ: “Donald Trump took a break Friday and went from his vacation home at Mar-a-Lago to Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter to play a few rounds with none other than Tiger Woods … Click here to read more