Tuesday’s BCC meeting: Tax hikes and cell tower redux

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation on the School Board’s previously approved request for voters to authorize an increase in ad valorem taxes and a sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

Water Quality Report from Florida Oceanographic Society: Overall grade 60%, D-, Destructive…

Florida Oceanographic Society in conjunction with the Marine Resources Council. has volunteer water quality monitors throughout the St. Lucie River. Once a week the water quality is tested for five parameters; temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity … Click here to read more

Bullsugar update: ‘Toxic algae confirmed, Adam Putnam’s corruption a factor’

From Bullsugar.org: “The first confirmed outbreak of toxic algae surfaced less than a week after Lake Okeechobee discharges began. Florida DEP expanded testing yesterday. Businesses and residents on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee are bracing for another Toxic Summer. This is a political crisis as much as a water crisis, … Click here to read more

WPTV: Possible algae spotted at Riverland Marina in Martin County along St. Lucie River

“This may be the first algae spotted on the river since the U.S. Army Corps began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee. More may be coming down the canal as well … Click here to read more

Bacteria Advisory: Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and Stuart Sandbar

An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. The Roosevelt Bridge has been under advisory since May 25. … Click here to read more

Lake O releases begin Friday, June 1

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as part of its effort to manage rising water levels. The discharges are scheduled to begin Friday (June 1).  … Click here to read more

Enteric bacteria levels elevated: Residents urged to avoid contact with waters near Roosevelt Bridge

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution … Click here to read more

Maggy Hurchalla presents Reno Award: ‘Always do right. It will gratify a few and astonish the rest.’

From Maggy Reno Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, and a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards. Here is her presentation of the Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award, May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC: … Click here to read more

Bathtub Beach to open Saturday

With work complete, Bathtub Beach will open to the public on Saturday, April 28. Crews have been working since February to repair damages from Hurricane Irma, placing 140,000 cubic yards of sand and replanting dunes … Click here to read more

Local governments face money-losing municipal golf courses across Florida

From The Real Deal: “Martin County, for example, is considering whether to spend $12.3 million to redesign its golf course and build a clubhouse there, even though the Martin County Golf Course has lost about $6.6 million since 2015 … 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