Taxpayers mocked, insulted, soaked by BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will vote Tuesday to spend taxpayer dollars to try to persuade taxpayers to agree to increase taxes to allow Commissioners to spend still more tax dollars. An item on the Consent Agenda (Item 4B2) authorizes staff to spend $10,000.00 in tax dollars to provide ‘educational’ (translation: ‘promotional’) materials for the August 29 sales tax surcharge referendum. … Click here to read more

Bacteria levels elevated at Leighton Park in Palm City

An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Leighton Park in Palm City. Results from samples taken yesterday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in both areas. The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. … Click here to read more

BREAKING: ‘Significant’ algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee

The Palm Beach Post reports that “The South Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee that has been growing since at least last week. ‘We would consider it a significant algal bloom,’ … Click here to read more

Hobe Sound murder: Tricia Todd’s killer faces new troubles behind bars

From WPTV: “Steven Williams is currently serving a 35-year sentence, that was part of a plea deal, for the murder of his ex-wife Tricia Todd. Prison records show Williams is facing even more trouble behind bars. He was punished for contraband … Click here to read more

Must-read: No belt-tightening for Martin County, Commissioners begin budget hearings today

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “MC Commissioners begin budget hearings at 9:00 a.m. today. As Ronald Reagan famously said: ‘We could say the government spends like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to the drunken sailors, because the sailors are spending their own money.’ … Click here to read more

Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

From The Palm Beach Post: “Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision … Click here to read more

Martin County pulls out of Brightline lawsuit challenging Phase 2 funding, still claims ‘victory’

“Martin County Senior Assistant County Attorney, Ruth Holmes, says the county backed out of a lawsuit that challenged a request made by Brightline for bonds to pay for the Treasure Coast extension,” reports WPTV. “Contrary to how that sounds, Holmes says it is actually a ‘victory’ … Click here to read more

Abandoned vessel damaged in Hurricane Matthew now leaking fuel in Stuart

The Stuart Police Department, Stuart Fire Rescue, and the Department of Environmental Protection investigated a vessel leaking Diesel fuel at the Harbor Inn/Deck Restaurant 307 NW N River Drive. The vessel was believed to have been damaged during Hurricane Matthew and abandoned … Click here to read more

Priest arrested in Palm City road rage incident

From WPTV: “The Florida Highway Patrol says a priest from North Carolina was arrested in Palm City Wednesday following a road rage incident. According to FHP, 35-year-old William Adams was driving a red Chevrolet Corvette … Click here to read more

The must-read Martin County sales tax primer: ‘Don’t be fooled…’

Provided by Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, this essential, must-read primer on the Martin County Sales Tax Referendum is a real eye-opener: “The proposed sales tax hike is not one cent. DO THE MATH: The proposed hike from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar is a 17% increase … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Florida will send Trump panel some voter info

“With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission’s request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will provide the commission publicly available data,” according to The Palm Beach Post. “‘Driver’s license information and Social Security numbers are not, and cannot be provided … Click here to read more