Board of County Commissioners September 26: Time for fiscal reality check

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is sorely in need of a fiscal reality check at Tuesday’s meeting, which features a final round of budget hearings that to date have consisted of unrestrained spending. Despite the crushing defeat of the sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

Man who served time for manslaughter of 10-year-old Martin County girl in 1993 released from prison

WPTV reports that a man who served time for aggravated manslaughter of a child and kidnapping-aggravated child abuse in the death of a 10-year-old Martin County girl in 1993 has been released from prison … Click here to read more

State Senator files legislation to require generators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities

Changes proposed in Irma’s wake to protect Florida’s most vulnerable: State Senator Lauren Book (D-Plantation) filed legislation (SB 284) that would require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have working generators … Click here to read more

Interactive map schedule: Martin County’s hurricane debris collection

Martin County has begun collecting debris generated by Hurricane Irma. Multiple passes of hurricane debris collection will occur in all residential areas of the unincorporated County, including private and gated communities … Click here to read more

US Senator Bill Nelson: Help after the storm

“Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history. This massive storm affected every part of our state. And as we now begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding … Click here to read more

Latest advisories on Jose, Lee, Maria, Norma, Otis, and more…

Stay up to date on the latest advisories on Active Storm, Marine Forecasts, 2-Day Graphical Tropical Weather, and 5-Day Graphical Tropical Weather from the National Hurricane Center … Click here to read more

Lake flows begin into St. Lucie River

From WPTV: “The rain from Hurricane Irma is gone, but the overflow is still pouring into Lake Okeechobee. Levels right now are just under 15 feet, but expected to rise to 17 feet if no action is taken … Click here to read more

Beware of fraud after Irma: How to avoid post-hurricane scams

From Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis: “Following the landfall of Hurricane Irma, many Floridians are now assessing their homes and property for damage and taking steps to make temporary repairs to prevent additional damage before filing insurance claims. … Click here to read more

Martin County curfew lifted

From MCSO: “Sheriff Snyder has lifted the curfew for Martin County as power in our area continues to be restored at a consistent pace. Traffic lights at a majority of intersections are now working, but there are still some that remain inoperable … Click here to read more

Martin Sheriff extends curfew tonight, 10PM-6AM

“Two thirds of Martin County remains without power and the curfew instituted last night continues through tomorrow morning. Multiple intersections are still without traffic lights. Businesses and residences lack alarm protection. … Click here to read more

Irma: New curfew hours for Martin County; more info on schools, utilities, garbage collection

The Palm Beach Post reports that “Martin County Utilities has restored water service to Hutchinson Island in Martin County. Service was shut off prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma to protect the integrity of the water system. Residents are under a boil water advisory until further notice … Click here to read more