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

County engineer highlights safety concerns with high-speed rail in Martin County

From CBS12: “While Treasure Coast leaders are opposed to the Brightline expansion, many realize it’s going to happen anyway. The Director of Engineering for Martin County, Terry Routh, said, ‘we just want it to be as safe as possible.’ To get through Stuart, the train will have to go around a sharp curve just over the Old Roosevelt Bridge. ‘There have been two derailments on that curve historically … Click here to read more

Congressman Brian Mast and family in Wednesday’s Amtrak train collision in Virginia

From US Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL18, Treasure Coast): “Today I was traveling with my two boys on an Amtrak train in Virginia when our train collided with a truck at an at-grade road crossing. My family and I are okay, but … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Free informational meeting at The Lyric, 1.29.18, 7 PM

From Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL): “CARE FL is a coalition created by a group of concerned community leaders, organizations and neighbors throughout the Treasure Coast and northern Palm Beach County to oppose the All Aboard Florida project and further rail expansion along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor … Click here to read more

Bullsugar’s EAA Reservoir Update: ‘Do not give up on Florida’s waterways’

From Bullsugar.org: “…We’re talking about spending almost $2 billion on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse decades of damage. Legislators cannot waste this opportunity on a gamed, half-baked box-checking exercise that federal partners struggle to take seriously … Click here to read more

Reports of fighter jets over Martin County as F-16s intercept plane during Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stay

From The Palm Beach Post: “Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a private plane on Sunday afternoon that was flying in air space prohibited during the president’s visits to Mar-a-Lago. … Click here to read more

Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Long considered a key component of the state-federal plan for restoring the Everglades, the reservoir was fast-tracked this year by state Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after coastal waters in his Martin County district were fouled by reeking mats of green algae, blamed on lake discharges, that gave Florida the worst kind of international publicity … Click here to read more

Corps continues pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to continue pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee at current rates. The target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary remains at an average of 1,170 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. … Click here to read more

State Senate President Negron responds to South Florida Water Management District’s EAA Project

State Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) has expressed his concerns regarding the implementation of the South Florida Water Management District’s Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project: … Click here to read more

SFWMD unveils latest model results for Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project

“South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) staff yesterday held its eighth public meeting in two months on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project and presented stakeholders and interested parties with model results detailing projected benefits of the alternative plans. The results show … Click here to read more