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

Dangerous drilling endangers communities, waters: Treasure Coast Ban Fracking meeting 8.17

From The Treasure Coast Democratic Environmental Caucus: “It’s time to take the fight to ban fracking to the next level. Our Florida legislators have stalled on passing a ban for too long. We need to show our elected officials that our residents support banning this dangerous drilling practice statewide … Click here to read more

PBPost: Everglades specialist Ernie Marks of Palm City is new SFWMD director

Everglades restoration coordinator Ernie Marks was the unanimous choice of South Florida Water Management District board members Monday to take over as executive director of the 1,475-employee, $759 million agency … Click here to read more

McClatchey: Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn

“Federal gauges stationed around the state’s coast document the slowly rising water. After decades of almost imperceptible increases, the sea began rising faster about 30 years ago, said William Sweet, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … Click here to read more

ABC: Florida driver’s licenses and ID cards are getting a new look in August

“The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) will begin issuing a new, more secure Florida driver license and ID cards, beginning in August. The new ID’s are said to be the most secure over-the-counter credentials … 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

Treasure Coast’s US Rep. Brian Mast, Brightline exec clash over public money for railroad

From Florida Politics: “The Treasure Coast’s U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and a key railroad executive behind the proposed Brightline high-speed train clashed in Congress Thursday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary. The broader picture is of a battle … Click here to read more

ACLU’s Tainted Waters: Algae bloom report shows state endangered public health

“In the wake of the 2016 outbreak of toxic algae in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and along Florida’s Treasure Coast, the ACLU of Florida was asked by members in the region and several environmental organizations to investigate the state’s record of transparency with regard to the dissemination of information about the potential grave danger to the public health posed by the algae flow … Click here to read more