Reality check: Martin County Commissioner Smith’s alternative promises

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From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Doug Smith managed to turn a reasonable proposal into another opportunity to advance Big Sugar’s agenda … Click here to read more

Witham Field in Stuart getting more traffic with Palm Beach County flight restrictions

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“There’s more air traffic going into a Stuart airport thanks to Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions in place whenever President Donald Trump comes to town,” according to WPTV. “Witham Field Airport Manager George Stokus says with the TFR in place in Palm Beach County, he estimates his airport is getting at least 100 more aircraft than normal this time of year … Click here to read more

Dry conditions continue: South Florida Water Management District urges conservation

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Following three months of dry conditions, including a record-dry November, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is urging South Florida families to boost water conservation efforts. A total of 1.49 inches of rain fell District-wide in January, representing 76 percent of average, or 0.47 inches below average for the month. … Click here to read more

75 years later: How World War II changed Florida forever

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From The Palm Beach Post: “If you were living on Jupiter Island 75 years ago, on Feb. 21, 1942, you might have been partying at the local drinking hole, relaxing in your living room, or asleep in bed. All of a sudden, you would have felt the ground beneath you vibrate… Stuart insurance agent Ralph Hartman recalled that night … Click here to read more

Sugar farmers balk at selling land for reservoir

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From WPTV: “Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be ‘willing sellers’ to the state … Click here to read more

Martin Commissioner Sarah Heard: ‘Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering’

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“Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse.The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart … Click here to read more

Replumbing South Florida

Banana River, March 2016. Fish kills in the northern part of the Saint Lucie River and Indian River lagoons are caused by local septic, urban and lawn runoff. (Source: Fly Rod & Reel)

From Fly Rod & Reel: “After heavy rains last winter the Army Corps of Engineers protected cattle ranchers, dairy farmers and sugarcane growers in Lake Okeechobee’s watershed by dumping their polluted water on distant residents of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. This time at least 161 cities suffered … Click here to read more

Funding for All Aboard Florida’s planned route through Treasure Coast in question

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“On November 28, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final ruling on the lawfulness of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation to All Aboard Florida (AAF, a.k.a Brightline), DOT announced that it has withdrawn the $1.75 billion bond allocation to AAF first made in 2014 … Click here to read more

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue boater, 66, near Jensen Beach

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Missing is Stuart Savanuck, 66. A staff member from the Jensen Beach Boat Rentals company contacted watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Miami Monday afternoon to report Savanuck overdue. … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida to host town hall meeting at Lyric Theatre

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From Brent Hanlon of CARE FL (Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida), a coalition of South FL/Treasure Coast leaders/residents concerned about safety and opposed to All Aboard Florida’s risky, high-speed rail project: “We need county commissioners, state representatives and senators, congressmen and U.S. senators who will stand strong with us in the fight against AAF … Click here to read more

Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee in preparation for upcoming dry season.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as it begins a transition toward dry-season operations … Click here to read more