MCSO: Western Union settles claims re wire transfer system scam, how to file a claim

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: “If you lost money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can now file a claim to get your money back. You must submit a claim by February 12, 2018 … Click here to read more

MUST READ: Politics and Money in Martin County

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 … Click here to read more

Call for Action from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida

From CARE FL  (Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida): “It has come to our attention that during their next meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at 9:00AM, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners plan to take up an update from staff related to All Aboard Florida/Brightline. It is important to encourage our commissioners to stay the course related to the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida/Brightline project. … Click here to read more

Reports of fighter jets over Martin County as F-16s intercept plane during Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stay

From The Palm Beach Post: “Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a private plane on Sunday afternoon that was flying in air space prohibited during the president’s visits to Mar-a-Lago. … Click here to read more

Brightline high-speed trains have a dark side

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “Every passenger rail in this country spews red ink, and Brightline has zero chance of being the lone exception. Its exorbitant Phase 2 is a nonstop run from West Palm to Orlando, via Cocoa. Eventually, we’ll all be paying for this doomed folly, falsely promoted as privately funded … Click here to read more

Woman hits tree, dies in crash on Jupiter Island

From WPBF: “A woman was killed Saturday night when her car struck a tree in Jupiter Island after 11:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. … Click here to read more

Goodbye 2017: New Florida laws immediately go into effect in the new year

From WFLA: “As we say goodbye to 2017, new laws will immediately go into effect at the stroke of midnight in 2018 … Click here to read more

Where are the fact-checkers in Martin County?

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Taxpayers Association column (see below) about the Lake Point lawsuit contains numerous factual errors … Click here to read more

All the times this year Florida put the ‘F’ in WTF (Warning: may be disturbing to some readers)

From The NYPost: “Some pretty crazy things happen in 49 of America’s 50 states. Then there’s Florida. Florida is a category unto itself. Here are some of the best, most WTF stories to come out of Florida in 2017 … Click here to read more

Cerabino: Nominees for 2017 Florida Gun Owner of the Year Award are … (#5 is Martin County)

From The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino: “In the spirit of honoring dubious achievements, we here at the Citizens Against Virtually Everything (CAVE) are back again to announce this year’s winner of our coveted Florida Gun Owner of the Year Award … Click here to read more

Bloomberg: ‘The 10 Most Ridiculous Home Sales of 2017’ include Celine Dion’s Jupiter Island property

“From Celine Dion’s Jupiter Island water slide to the most expensive home ever sold in San Francisco, the rich were still off-loading this year—even if they were getting less for their properties. … Click here to read more