Tuesday’s BCC: Fool me once . . .

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners will be asked on Tuesday to approve language for a proposed one percent sales tax surcharge that is designed to trick voters into approving more taxes for new government facilities while existing infrastructure continues to crumble. Voters have been fooled in the past … Click here to read more

UPI: At least 12 cases of dog flu reported in Florida

“At least 12 cases of dog flu have been reported in Florida, the first time the influenza has been confirmed in the state … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides agenda summary of May 23 BCC meeting

“May 23, 2017 BCC agenda summary from Commissioner Sarah Heard: 6C Public hearing to consider transmittal of CPA 17-10, Sanitary Sewer Services … Click here to read more

Dashcam video of Tiger Wood’s arrest, photos of car damage

From The Miami Herald: “Woods was arrested early on Memorial Day and charged with DUI after police found his idling $222,000 car on a major Jupiter road with Woods asleep at the wheel. Woods said he was headed home to Jupiter Island, which is about eight miles north of where he was. His car, however, was facing in the wrong direction … Click here to read more

Tiger Woods’ police report: ‘Asleep at wheel, completely out of it, failed field sobriety test’

“Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel in a stopped car at 2:03 AM — about 8 miles from his Jupiter Island house — when cops came upon him before his arrest, and he was completely out of it. According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Woods was in his 2015 Mercedes … Click here to read more

Florida GOP operative received troves of stolen documents from hacker linked to Russia

From The NY Daily News: “GOP operative Aaron Nevins reached out to Guccifer 2.0 last August after finding out the hacker had breached the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee … Click here to read more

Martin County’s US Congressman Brian Mast: ‘Why I have tears every Memorial Day’

US Representative Brian Mast (18th District) served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2011, and asks on Memorial Day to “please join me in memory of the absolute best men and women that each of us has ever known and in celebration of the freedom they sacrificed to protect … Click here to read more

PETA: $5,000 reward for arrest and conviction of Indiantown alligator torturer(s)

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) seeks information on culprit(s) who gouged out an alligator’s eyes with a blunt object. Police have yet to make any arrests in the case. PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime. … Click here to read more

Point of View: ‘Fixing Everglades, reducing lake discharges not the same’

From Melissa Meeker, the former executive director and governing board member of the South Florida Water Management District, in The Palm Beach Post: “To say that the reservoir will save the Everglades and prevent coastal discharges is wishful thinking that can’t be backed by science … Click here to read more

Toxic algae blooms may be linked to fatal liver disease

From Weather.com: “Residents who live near large blue-green algae blooms are at a higher risk to develop fatal nonalcoholic liver diseases than those who don’t, according to a study from Ohio State University. Cyanobacteria blooms, such as the one last summer in Martin, Lee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties that prompted a state of emergency … Click here to read more

WPTV: State moving forward on new VA facility on the Treasure Coast

“It was approved with much fanfare, but more than two years later, local veterans are wondering when a new VA nursing home will be built on the Treasure Coast. There are 280,000 veterans living in the service area that includes Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and seven other counties … Click here to read more