U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City passed over for VA secretary

From Florida Politics: “President Donald Trump has chosen to nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to serve in the position permanently, passing over U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City, who was under consideration for the post. … Click here to read more

Updates from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL)

“Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) has had an unprecedented two months of activity, working with our colleagues in Indian River County and Martin County as we continue to oppose the expansion of All Aboard Florida’s (AAF’s) Brightline passenger rail project into Phase II—the phase of the project that will run from West Palm Beach north to Orlando, resulting in trains speeding through our communities. … Click here to read more

Must-read: ‘Only in Florida: Battle over water, free speech pits billionaire vs. activist’

From The Tampa Bay Times: “This is a story about free speech, government secrecy and a fight over tens of millions in taxpayer funds. The players include a billionaire who once had a hit man kill his horse, two politicians charged with breaking the Sunshine Law and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s sister … Click here to read more

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Palm City) under consideration to be Veterans Affairs secretary

From The Sun-Sentinel: “A White House official on Thursday said U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, who was elected to the House in 2016, was among the list of candidates for the job heading an agency of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans. The White House official would not say if Mast is the leading candidate for the VA position. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations … Click here to read more

Army Corps of Engineers to receive $50 million from state for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has signed an agreement with the state of Florida to accept $50 million of state funds to help with rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more

Congressman Mast announces oversight committee hearing on Brightline

“Despite their claims to the contrary, Brightline has pursued public, taxpayer-funded financing,” Rep. Mast said. “Taxpayers deserve the truth about who is paying for Brightline, and our community deserves answers about why they are refusing to address critical safety and economic concerns.” The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.  … Click here to read more

PBPost: ‘Though wealthy, Jupiter Island gets $8.6M for beach repair from FEMA…’

“Jupiter Island, a well-heeled seaside enclave where home values average $4.97 million, was awarded $8.6 million in federal emergency money for beach re-nourishment following a beating by 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. … Click here to read more

JUST IN: Small plane crashes near St. Lucie Inlet, killing two aboard

From The Palm Beach Post: “The Coast Guard sent crews to search for the plane and later found a debris field east of the inlet, near Jupiter Island and Stuart in Martin County … Click here to read more

Stuart Air Show president steps down after arrest on grand theft charges

From WPTV: “Each year it is one the major attractions in the entire southeast, but there has been a shakeup at the Stuart Air Show. The president of the event suddenly resigned after police arrested him on grand theft charges … Click here to read more

Governor Scott signs 74 bills into law, includes tax cuts, daylight saving time

In Tallahassee on Friday, March 23, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law: … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: How a government agency is trying to stop residents demanding records

From The Palm Beach Post: “…The legal drama is likely escalated by the rancorous history between the water management district, Martin County, Hurchalla and Lake Point, which is co-owned by the deep-pocketed George Lindemann Jr., an heir to a cellphone and cable TV fortune. Lindemann, a former Wellington resident and one-time Olympic equestrian hopeful, remains dogged by a 1996 prison sentence of 33 months for hiring a hit man to electrocute his show horse … Click here to read more