75 years later: How World War II changed Florida forever

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

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’

“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

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

“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billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation to All Aboard Florida (AAF, a.k.a Brightline), DOT announced that it has withdrawn the $1.75 billion bond allocation to AAF first made in 2014 … Click here to read more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

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

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

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

Martin, St. Lucie challenge of SFWMD permit for All Aboard Florida to be heard by Admin Law Judge

On Monday, Administrative Law Judge, Bram E. Canter advised Martin and St. Lucie counties that a hearing regarding the counties’ petition to challenge the issuance of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) environmental resource permit for the All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project has been scheduled. … Click here to read more

Board of County Commissioners: Hurricane Matthew response and recovery updates

“Martin County officials continue to respond and assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The County reports the following statistics of the storm’s impact to our community. Total rainfall: 3.75 inches. Winds: Highest sustained 66 mph with gusts to 80 mph. Storm surge: Estimated at 3 feet. … Click here to read more

U.S. Congress hopeful Brian Mast moves to Palm City

“Standard Pacific of Florida sold Mast a house at 3045 NW Radcliffe Way in unincorporated Palm City for $712,505, on September 19. Most houses around Mast’s are for sale for up to $3 million, and the new development boasts river and ocean access, and access to two world-class golf clubs,” according to Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra … Click here to read more