Mark your calendar: Energy and environmental issues on Tuesday’s BCC agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Energy and environmental issues dominate Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting agenda, with a presentation on the status of the coral reef tract, an ordinance to implement a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, and proposed amendments to the Land Development Regulations … Click here to read more

MCSO: Convicted sex offender with violent criminal history charged with trafficking in heroin

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Department: “Despite warnings that our interdiction teams are on the roadways, 36-year old John Allen Crane Jr took a chance anyway. Crane’s excessive speed landed him a traffic stop as he headed northbound on Florida’s Turnpike through Martin County. That stop blossomed into an arrest, after a MCSO K-9 Unit detected an illegal substance in the car … Click here to read more

Sarah Heard seeks dismissal of charges

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “An important hearing, open to the public, will be held May 9, 2:00 p.m., at the Martin County Courthouse when attorneys for County Commissioner Sarah Heard will ask a judge to dismiss the charges filed against her in a grand jury indictment … Click here to read more

Deputies: Man threatens to kill Martin County sheriff

From CBS12: “Deputies arrested a man after they say he threatened to murder Martin County Sheriff William Snyder. Thomas Lazzaro, 40, called the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Communications Dispatch multiple times over a two week period, telling them he was going to kill Snyder and that the sheriff was ‘dead meat’ … Click here to read more

State Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) announces November retirement

Florida Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) has announced he will retire from Senate later this year: “My letter to Governor Scott on retiring from the Florida Senate in November, when my term as Senate President ends, is attached … Click here to read more

The CRC (‘a load of crap’) is a traveling travesty

From The St. Augustine Record: “As many of you know, every 20 years, Florida convenes a Constitutional Revision Commission. Ostensibly its job is to give Florida residents a say in how the government works. Florida’s lawmakers can write and pass bills, but the CRC is the people’s tool for change. And that’s a load of crap … Click here to read more

Constitution Revision Commission proposes eight initiatives for voters in November

[The CRC is composed of the Attorney General, fifteen appointees from the Governor, nine appointees from the Florida Senate President, nine appointees from the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and three appointees from the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.] From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Here are the Commission’s eight proposals for the November ballot … Click here to read more

Bathtub Beach to open Saturday

With work complete, Bathtub Beach will open to the public on Saturday, April 28. Crews have been working since February to repair damages from Hurricane Irma, placing 140,000 cubic yards of sand and replanting dunes … Click here to read more

Florida Politics: Maggy Hurchalla’s free speech right just cost her millions

“The slappee is a 77-year-old grandmother, a prominent Florida environmentalist, a sister of the late Janet Reno. Now, after expressing her rights of free speech in opposing a land development, Maggy Hurchalla is on the hook for $4,391,708 in a court-ordered judgment. The slapper is the scion of a family of multibillionaires, a developer who reshaped a proposed polo community into a dusty rock pit, a fellow with a penchant for litigation and also a criminal record … Click here to read more

Local governments face money-losing municipal golf courses across Florida

From The Real Deal: “Martin County, for example, is considering whether to spend $12.3 million to redesign its golf course and build a clubhouse there, even though the Martin County Golf Course has lost about $6.6 million since 2015 … Click here to read more

Martin BCC: Developers gone wild

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting features more development approval requests than can possibly be addressed in a single session, which may well be the intent … Click here to read more