Martin County School District again achieves A rating from Florida Department of Education

From The Martin County School District: “The State of Florida Department of Education recently released district and school grades. The Martin County School District retained their A grade as measured by the proficiency and growth measures of the Florida Standards Assessment, Florida Standards Alternate Assessments, and End of Course Assessments administered to students in grades 3-11 … Click here to read more

105 new Florida laws kick in on Sunday

From The Sun-Sentinel: “More than 100 bills that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law from the 2018 legislative session will take effect Sunday, including a new state budget that tops $88 billion. Among the measures slated to take effect Sunday: … Click here to read more

Florida Sportsman founder Karl Wickstrom, 82, advocate for recreational angling, dies in Stuart

From Sport Fishing: “’In his long history as a writer, editor and conservationist,’ said Mark D. Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, ‘Karl Wickstrom was a champion for Florida’s waters through several campaigns. Karl fought for our northern estuaries to stop the destructive discharges … Click here to read more

ALERT – Lake O algae sample is toxic: Florida DEP

From On Friday Florida DEP confirmed that the algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee off Clewiston tested positive for microcystin. The algae is toxic. The news went largely unreported … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard files to run for re-election

[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; she is a resident of Rocky Point.] “You are looking at the picture of courage. Her name is Sarah Heard. … Click here to read more

US Army Corps of Engineers to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

From The USACE: “Today, the lake stage is 14.05 feet. The Corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a ‘pulse’ fashion, which means flows will vary during the seven-day release period.  The Corps is working with state officials to determine what other actions can be taken to address water management challenges in south Florida … Click here to read more

See dox here: Important new filing based on juror misconduct in Maggy Hurchalla trial

“Specifically, Hurchalla has discovered that the jury foreperson deliberately concealed: (1) two guilty pleas for violating environmental laws; (2) that his very substantial business is located and operated in Colorado, not Florida; and (3) that he and his family do not reside in Florida, but rather have lived in Colorado for many years … Click here to read more

Former president of Stuart Air Show reaches plea deal

From WPTV: “The former president of the Stuart Air Show has reached a plea deal in connection with grand theft charges. Michael Roberts was accused of stealing … Click here to read more

BREAKING: A1A lighting proposal defeated

From Dr. Hilarie Davis of The Hutchinson Island Preservation Initiative: “Due to the overwhelming public opposition and the lack of support from Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Florida  Department of Transportation, the lights are off the table by unanimous vote from the Planning board this morning … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC meeting: Tax hikes and cell tower redux

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation on the School Board’s previously approved request for voters to authorize an increase in ad valorem taxes and a sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

Judge sides with environmental groups in dispute over use of Amendment 1 funds

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson sided with environmental groups in the lawsuit … Click here to read more