Carl Hiaasen: ‘Who’s the real animal? The shark abuser’

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “The group of cackling sadists that dragged a live shark at high speed behind a boat — and then shared the video — might soon be seeing their own police mug shots all over social media. It would be the least of their problems. Florida wildlife officials say they’ve identified the men … Click here to read more

Any registered voter in Martin County may Vote by Mail (NO REASON REQUIRED) for 8/29 election

Will you Vote by Mail in Martin County’s August 29 special election? Make sure that your previous request for a Vote by Mail ballot has not expired with the 2016 election. Your request must be renewed every four years … Click here to read more

Last of 12 inmates who escaped from an Alabama jail now captured in Martin County

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Tactical Unit, and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force captured the last of twelve fugitives who escaped from an Alabama jail Sunday night. 24-year old Brady Kilpatrick was taken down by a team of law enforcement at a home … Click here to read more

PBPost: Everglades specialist Ernie Marks of Palm City is new SFWMD director

Everglades restoration coordinator Ernie Marks was the unanimous choice of South Florida Water Management District board members Monday to take over as executive director of the 1,475-employee, $759 million agency … Click here to read more

FPL scam alert

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of fraudulent calls from callers who claim they are from FPL. The caller claims they are from FPL and try to convince victims that their power bill payment did not go through or that their power will be shut off due to non-payment. … Click here to read more

Sprint sues All Aboard Florida for $646,000 over partially paid bill

From The Sun Sentinel: “Sprint wants All Aboard Florida to pay up. The communications company has filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court against the parent-company of Brightline and a second company with ties to Florida East Coast Industries … Click here to read more

‘What Now, Tiger?’ Six questions for a player who once had all the answers …

“[Jupiter Islander] Tiger Woods once seemed invincible before he became the latest and perhaps most powerful proof that no one is. Now, like everyone else, all Woods has is hope.” [Editors’ Note: This story appears in the August 2017 issue of Golf Digest … Click here to read more

McClatchey: Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn

“Federal gauges stationed around the state’s coast document the slowly rising water. After decades of almost imperceptible increases, the sea began rising faster about 30 years ago, said William Sweet, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … Click here to read more

ABC: Florida driver’s licenses and ID cards are getting a new look in August

“The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) will begin issuing a new, more secure Florida driver license and ID cards, beginning in August. The new ID’s are said to be the most secure over-the-counter credentials … Click here to read more

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