Two-year plot to rob armored bank car and murder drivers ends in Martin takedown at I-95, SR714 exit

From MCSO: “The execution of a plot to rob and murder two armored car employees who were scheduled to pick up millions of dollars in cash in Port St. Lucie, ended in Martin County with a dramatic takedown involving the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. Three suspects who were plotting to commit the violent robbery were arrested … Click here to read more

Scientists grade the Everglades Reservoir Plan: ‘F’

From “It doesn’t work. The Everglades Foundation’s science team–one of only two organizations outside the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) with the expertise and technology to model the reservoir plan–spelled it out clearly. The state’s design can’t clean enough water … Click here to read more

Martin County Board of County Commissioners may weaken Comp Plan on Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Proposed changes to nearly every chapter of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan will be presented for adoption at Tuesday’s meeting. The agenda includes the usual multi-million-dollar contract approvals as well as the addition of new full-time employees for the Growth Management and Engineering Departments to speed up application review and permit processing for new development … Click here to read more

Florida governor breaks with NRA, backs tighter gun restrictions

From The Los Angeles Times: “As teachers returned Friday to the Florida high school where a shooter killed 17 students and instructors, the state’s governor announced sweeping plans to tighten gun laws and bar anyone younger than 21 from purchasing a firearm. The proposal marked a dramatic break with the National Rifle Assn. and comes after emotional appeals … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast’s US Congressional Representative Brian Mast (R FL 18) calls for assault rifle ban

From The Hill: “‘The Second Amendment is unimpeachable,'” Mast wrote in The New York Times. “‘It guarantees the right of citizens to defend themselves. I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms … Click here to read more

Florida Legislature considers arming some teachers, raising age to purchase some rifles

From The Sun-Sentinel: “What exactly the House and Senate are going to do — and what the two chambers can agree upon — is still up in the air. State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who is helping to craft the legislation, said he was shooting for Friday to produce a bill. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart … Click here to read more

MCSO active warrant: Brutal serial rapist linked to Treasure Coast, Jensen Beach

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “An accused rapist from New York pleaded guilty this month to a string of violent and disturbing rapes of unconscious women he admitted to drugging before raping. 32-year old Cameron McDermott pleaded guilty to assaults that investigators say he videotaped and meticulously filed away on his home computer … Click here to read more

New York Times: Florida lawmakers fail to take up Assault Rifle Bill

“Driven by rage and grief over one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history, students from across the country were taking action in hopes of pushing their lawmakers to rethink their positions on gun control, even as the Florida State House rejected a move on Tuesday to consider a bill that would ban assault rifles … Click here to read more

Poor health of Lake Okeechobee is not a good sign for coastal communities

From WPTV: “Scientists believe Hurricane Irma wiped out the vegetation that grows in Lake Okeechobee. So what does that mean when discharges into the estuaries potentially resume? … Click here to read more

From Martin County environmental advocate Maggy Hurchalla: ‘WHAT NEXT?’

From Maggy Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies; she is a resident of Rocky Point: “On February 14, 2018 a Martin County jury … Click here to read more

CBS12: Judge locks up PSL 14-year old, accused of making school shooting threat

“Making an apparent reference to the Parkland school massacre, a St. Lucie County circuit judge ordered a 14-year old into custody on Saturday…the 14-year old said he got suspended from school for 10 days, and hoped to be expelled, ‘so I can shoot up the school. (And) I won’t get blamed for it … Click here to read more