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

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

WPTV: Flooding concerns on Treasure Coast as second round of king tides approaches

“The biggest worry may be on the Treasure Coast as the Army Corps continues to discharge water into the St. Lucie Estuary. An Army Corps spokesperson says they will continue to release as much water as possible … Click here to read more

Martin County meetings for November 2017

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator’s Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public’s health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person’s right of access. … Click here to read more

Water quality declining on the Treasure Coast

From WPTV: “Treasure Coast residents say they are noticing the steady decline of the quality of the water in the Indian River Lagoon. Now, residents are calling for politicians to work quickly, and stick to their word to build another water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more

Martin County update on Lake O

Lake Okeechobee was at 17.16 feet as of Sunday, October 8, and continues to increase with inflows from the Kissimmee of approximately 22,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). “Maximum practicable flows” to the St. Lucie River are being made from the Lake, meaning that the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing as much water as they can, … Click here to read more

Martin County warns of flooding threats during rain, high tides

From WPTV: “Martin County officials are monitoring coastal conditions and areas in western Martin County for flooding due to heavy rains and king tides. With regard to Lake Okeechobee and the S-80 structure, ‘Martin County continues to work in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to manage the flow … Click here to read more

Owner of McDonald’s in Stuart apologizes for flying upside-down flag

From CBS12: “A Treasure Coast veteran is outraged after seeing the American flag flying upside down outside a McDonald’s on U.S. 1 and Johnson Avenue. An upside-down flag is the official sign of distress and the flag wasn’t being flown properly. Ben Gilbreth, a local Air Force veteran, said ‘It basically offends everybody who is an American … Click here to read more

Lake flows begin into St. Lucie River

From WPTV: “The rain from Hurricane Irma is gone, but the overflow is still pouring into Lake Okeechobee. Levels right now are just under 15 feet, but expected to rise to 17 feet if no action is taken … Click here to read more

MC Public Information: Evacuations underway; water to Hutchinson Island to be shut off today

“Mandatory evacuations are underway for residences and businesses in storm surge evacuation zone AB which includes residences on Hutchinson Island and Jupiter Island, Sewall’s Point and manufactured/mobile homes, as well as homes in low-lying areas. [CORRECTION: MC Emergency Ops will be shutting off water at 3pm to ONLY Hutchinson Island. Check w other localities for their info] … Click here to read more

Concerns over rainwater runoff possible heading into St. Lucie River

“Polluted water may be heading into the St. Lucie Estuary soon and it’s not coming from Lake Okeechobee,” according to WPTV. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to send runoff from the St. Lucie Canal through the St. Lucie Locks in Stuart … Click here to read more