Sex trafficking arrest of suspect who solicited victims at local bars through social media

“When 31- year old Christopher Alexander Koeper tried to recruit what he thought was a 16-year old girl into a life of human sex trafficking, he had no idea that the ‘teenager’ was an undercover Martin County Sheriff’s detective … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast’s US Rep. Brian Mast, Brightline exec clash over public money for railroad

From Florida Politics: “The Treasure Coast’s U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and a key railroad executive behind the proposed Brightline high-speed train clashed in Congress Thursday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary. The broader picture is of a battle … Click here to read more

Traveling thief in Martin County jail, in possession of stolen and counterfeit credit cards, skimmer

“An Orlando man on an out of town mission to victimize Martin County citizens couldn’t have picked a better place or time to drive erratically along Kanner Highway and Jack James Drive. That’s because the vehicle he soared by was driven by an MCSO Criminal Investigations Lieutenant and his division Detective … Click here to read more

WPTV: Austin Harrouff heard making odd noises in most recent jailhouse calls

“Harrouff is the teenager accused of ambushing and killing Martin County couple John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon last year. Deputies found him chewing on the flesh of one of the victims … Click here to read more

Gov. Rick Scott To Connecticut: ‘Give Up, Capitulate’ And Move To Florida

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott came to Connecticut Monday with a simple message for business owners: ‘give up’ on a state that has raised the income tax twice in the last six years and continues to face billions of dollars in deficits,” according to The Hartford Courant. “‘My pitch is you should go ahead and give up … capitulate, and come to Florida and make it easier on yourselves … Click here to read more

Hold on to your wallet: No fiscal boundaries in BCC sales tax plan

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Board of County Commissioners will engage in another discussion of the proposed 1% local sales tax surcharge this week. And while it is hard to imagine that the three Commissioners who support the proposal can make it any more fiscally irresponsible, taxpayers should hold on to their wallets … Click here to read more

PBPost: Sabal Trail, Florida SE Connection are now piping fuel to FPL’s Martin County plant

“Florida Southeast Connection, NextEra Energy’s 126-mile natural gas pipeline, began operations Wednesday morning. It is the 126-mile southernmost portion of a 685-mile pipeline that originates in Alabama. That tail end will go through Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties and end at FPL’s Martin County plant near Indiantown … Click here to read more

Martin County’s new direction? Be aware that quality of life and pocketbooks will be affected

From Maggy Hurchalla, a lifelong environmental advocate and past 20-year Martin County Commissioner, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, and water studies: “Martin County is different because its residents have been willing to get involved. For those who care, this is the time to get involved … Click here to read more

BCC spending frenzy on tap for Tuesday, June 13

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is being asked on Tuesday to turn taxpayers upside down and shake them until their pockets are totally empty. Commissioners will review a proposed ordinance implementing a 1% local sales tax increase to raise millions of dollars to be spent on whatever pet projects Commissioners choose … Click here to read more

ACLU’s Tainted Waters: Algae bloom report shows state endangered public health

“In the wake of the 2016 outbreak of toxic algae in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and along Florida’s Treasure Coast, the ACLU of Florida was asked by members in the region and several environmental organizations to investigate the state’s record of transparency with regard to the dissemination of information about the potential grave danger to the public health posed by the algae flow … Click here to read more

CBS: U.S. Rep Mast hosts town hall, defends health care vote

“The voters asked for another town hall, and Congressman Brian Mast responded. More than 300 constituents attended a standing-room only meeting tonight to address concerns and clear up some rumors surrounding how he got elected … Click here to read more