Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; Gov. declares State of Emergency

“Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the 107 wildfires burning around the state,” according to US News and World Report. “Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies … Click here to read more

Full Pink Moon tonight, April 11, 2017

From The Brevard Times: There will be a Full Moon tonight on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, that is called a Pink Moon. Because Passover and Easter occur in April in 2017, this particular moon is also known as an “Easter Moon” and “The Paschal Moon … Click here to read more

Federal government alleges Jensen Beach company owes more than $460,000

“A Jensen Beach limited liability company is alleged to have defaulted on a federal loan,” reports The Florida Record. “United States of America, on behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration, filed a complaint on March 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against O’Connor Enterprises of South Florida Inc. … Click here to read more

More spending, taxes, secrecy on BCC agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda is more manageable than the last meeting docket, which was so overloaded that the public broadcast of the meeting was cut off half an hour before the meeting ended to accommodate pre-scheduled MTV programming. But while a shorter agenda is on tap for this week, there are some hefty items for the BCC to consider … Click here to read more

161-acre brush fire no longer threatens homes

From WPBF: “The fire burned 161 acres in Jonathon Dickinson State Park. It was fully contained, thanks to the efforts of 35 firefighters and 3 bulldozers … Click here to read more

Revised Lake Okeechobee bill heads to the Senate floor

From The Associated Press: “Top Florida Republicans have taken a big step toward making their plan of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee an easier-to-swallow proposal for its opponents. A Senate budget committee on Wednesday approved drastic changes to the project, which seeks to divert toxic algae blooms … Click here to read more

Negron offers compromise on Everglades reservoir — state-owned and leased land

“Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday filed a sweeping rewrite of his top priority legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, abandoning plans to buy up to 60,000 acres of agriculture land and relying on more state-owned and state-leased sugar fields to store and clean water to be sent into Florida Bay,” reports The Miami Herald … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT from Citizens Against Rail Expansion: Comment on All Aboard Florida now

From Brent Hanlon, chair of CARE FL:” Please let the MPOAC Governing Board know we do not want this ill-conceived project racing through our communities, explain that our citizen’s safety is more important than a private company making a profit. … Click here to read more

Martin Health System supports ‘Buy the Land’ bill

From WPBF: “Martin Health System has now come out in support of Senate Bill 10. The legislation proposes building a 60,000-acre reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to stop harmful discharges into the St. Lucie River … Click here to read more

Judge signs off on environmental permit for Brightline rail project

From The Palm Beach Post: “An administrative law judge has signed off on an environmental permit that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline needs to build its passenger railroad between Miami and Orlando. In a 23-page ruling, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter … Click here to read more

Risk of deadly accidents will rise dramatically with operation of high-speed passenger trains

From the Board of County Commissioners: “As part of its continued fight to protect residents from the negative impacts of rail expansion, Martin County has released a report by national rail safety expert George Gavalla that includes concerning facts about the significant safety challenges and cost burdens presented by the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project … Click here to read more