U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Palm City) under consideration to be Veterans Affairs secretary

From The Sun-Sentinel: “A White House official on Thursday said U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, who was elected to the House in 2016, was among the list of candidates for the job heading an agency of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans. The White House official would not say if Mast is the leading candidate for the VA position. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations … Click here to read more

Costco looks into opening warehouse club in Stuart

From WPTV: “Costco is now looking at opening a store in Stuart, just a few miles away from where some people in Palm City protested a proposed Costco store last year … Click here to read more

Hobe Sound’s Burt Reynolds to star in new Quentin Tarantino film about Charles Manson

From Deadline Hollywood: “Reynolds has a great role in front of him, maybe the best one the iconic Deliverance star has gotten since Boogie Nights. George Spahn was an 80-year-old near-blind man who rented his L.A. ranch … Click here to read more

Stuart City Manager David Ross resigns

From CBS12: David Ross, the city manager for the City of Stuart, has resigned. The letter of resignation … Click here to read more

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

Stuart city manager placed on paid leave amidst concern over his job performance

From WPTV: “Commissioners and community members say they’re concerned about low morale for city employees, David Ross missing three meetings in six months, not participating in enough community events, taking too much PTO and pushing out senior staff. He says his reasons for missing meetings were validated. He went to a conference, had a fever and also had to leave town for a family emergency … 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