Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida continues to fight All Aboard Florida/Brightline

From CARE FL: “There has been a lot of recent activity on this subject, indicating the matter is coming to a boil, due to AAF and its backers’ absolute fury that the Florida legislature has been considering passing safety regulations, as well as addressing the costs the project would impose on the counties and taxpayers … Click here to read more

Former Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke charge dropped

From WPTV: “The Florida Commission on Ethics said Wednesday that former Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke did not break the law when she allegedly used the word ‘pig’ in front of a police officer. Earlier this year, the police union filed an ethics complaint against Clarke. The complaint was dismissed Wednesday … Click here to read more

Lawmakers agree to pay for Lake Okeechobee reservoir

From WPTV: “Historic action was taken Tuesday to try to avoid a future algae crisis on the Treasure Coast. The Florida House and Senate agreed to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb future lake discharges to the east and west … Click here to read more

Martin County Fairgrounds plans to move west: Lease agreement being drawn up

From WPTV: “Martin County Commissioners took the first step Tuesday night allowing the county fairgrounds to move out west. By a 3-2 vote, the commission agreed to draw up a lease agreement with the Martin County Fair Association for a 107-acre site east of the Indiantown Airport … Click here to read more

House Forever Florida bill could undo Negron Everglades reservoir plan

From The Palm Beach Post: “More money would be set aside for land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron’s push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades … Click here to read more

BCC asked to give a wink and a nod to four-fold increase in density: But first, the good news…

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “First the good news: Land Planner Don Cuozzo has withdrawn his proposal to change the Martin County Comprehensive Plan to allow developers to pave over small urban wetlands. Residents attended meetings, sent hundreds of e-mails to County Commissioners, signed petitions, and spoke loudly and decisively against the plan … Click here to read more

State Senator Frank Artiles resigns over N-word; insults State Senate President Negron (R-Stuart)

From WFSU: “Artiles … allegedly claimed the only reason Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) won the presidency was because six Republicans sided with him. He referred to those Republicans as the N-word and called Negron a ‘pussy’ … Click here to read more

Scott pitches dike repairs to Trump

“Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, according to News Service of FL … Click here to read more

Water managers issue water shortage warning

From WPBF: “Falling water levels and extremely dry conditions that are expected to linger led South Florida Water Management District Governing Board to issue a water shortage warning … Click here to read more

Orlando City Council: Reject bill that could slow Brightline train

From The Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando’s City Council urged state legislators to reject a bill that critics say could slow, or even halt, plans for a passenger-rail service linking Orlando and Miami. The service already faces lawsuits from Martin and Indian River counties … Click here to read more

FL officials propose Hyperloop that could make Miami-to-Orlando trip in 26 minutes

From New Times: “Last week, the company, Hyperloop One, announced it’s working with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials to explore building a Hyperloop between Miami and Orlando … Click here to read more