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

‘Dangerous and Deadly Incidents Will Continue’: Update from Citizens Against Rail Expansion

“As deadly incidents involving All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline trains continue to occur on an alarmingly regular basis on the limited Phase I route, we want to remind our communities of what we believe to be the primary public safety concerns at the many inherently dangerous at-grade crossings along the proposed route of this ill-conceived project … Click here to read more

Scientists grade the Everglades Reservoir Plan: ‘F’

From bullsugar.org: “It doesn’t work. The Everglades Foundation’s science team–one of only two organizations outside the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) with the expertise and technology to model the reservoir plan–spelled it out clearly. The state’s design can’t clean enough water … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast’s US Congressional Representative Brian Mast (R FL 18) calls for assault rifle ban

From The Hill: “‘The Second Amendment is unimpeachable,'” Mast wrote in The New York Times. “‘It guarantees the right of citizens to defend themselves. I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms … Click here to read more

Poor health of Lake Okeechobee is not a good sign for coastal communities

From WPTV: “Scientists believe Hurricane Irma wiped out the vegetation that grows in Lake Okeechobee. So what does that mean when discharges into the estuaries potentially resume? … Click here to read more

Lake Point Restoration wins $4.3 million judgment against Hurchalla

((Source: The Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: “…For eight days, the case of mining company Lake Point Restoration against storied Everglades protector Maggy Hurchalla played out in front of a jury asked to decide whether their conflict was that of a company wronged by a conservationist’s influence over public officials, or a well-heeled entrepreneur with a grudge and the money to satisfy it in a prolonged legal rumble … Click here to read more

Former Martin County commissioner takes stand in her own defense

From WPTV: “Maggy Hurchalla testified Tuesday that she shared her concerns with the owners of Lake Point a decade ago during two separate meetings. ‘I didn’t think it was a good idea for the Water Management District to trade mining permits for land,’ said the former Martin County Commissioner … Click here to read more