Pineland Prairie: Plans for 3,375-acres of Kiplinger land in Palm City

“Lying between the Florida Turnpike and I-95, Pineland Prairie is the most centrally located, large tract of land in Martin County. Its 3,375-acres are immediately adjacent to well-established communities on all sides: Martin Downs on the east (across the Turnpike) … Click here to read more

Florida governor signs Lake Okeechobee bill, 10 others

From WFLA: “A plan to build reservoirs south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to treat polluted water before it flows downstream is now law. Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill on Tuesday, which was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

US Rep. Brian Mast wants to speed up Lake Okeechobee reservoir project

WPTV reports that “U.S. Congressman Brian Mast has unveiled a proposal that would speed up the completion of Everglades restoration projects, including a massive reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee approved by the Florida Legislature this year … Click here to read more

Michael Jordan is not letting his dream golf course proposal in Hobe Sound die

From Golf Digest: “Michael Jordan is used to getting his way. So you can imagine his frustration when two previous proposals to build his own dream golf course in Hobe Sound, Florida were shutdown for failing to meet county building regulation … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s County Commission meeting: ‘Sales tax hike’s about building stuff, stupid’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “In case Martin County residents were wondering how to best protect and preserve our environment and our quality of life, proponents of a proposed local sales tax have the answer: Build more stuff … Click here to read more

Owner of neglected horses on Indiantown property arrested, charged with animal cruelty

From MCSO: “The owner of 11-horses that were voluntarily surrendered in poor condition to an equestrian rescue earlier this week, has been arrested. 57-year old Lonise Marvin Thomas of Okeechobee County, was arrested … Click here to read more

Thieves literally fishing for mail in Stuart

From WPTV: “In this age of cybercrime, there’s a low-tech crime that’s catching the attention of police in Stuart. Thieves are literally fishing for your mail. On Google Earth, you can see where the mailboxes used to be, across the street from the U.S. Post Office … Click here to read more

14+ auto burglaries: Dolphin Bar, Pineapple Park in JB, Hutchinson Island Publix, Sailfish Splash

“The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has responded to at least 14 auto burglaries tonight at the following areas: Dolphin Bar, and Pineapple Park in Jensen Beach, Publix on Hutchinson Island, and Sailfish Splash in Stuart … Click here to read more

Final passage of Negron Bill: Plan to reduce Lake O discharges heads to Gov Scott

Senate Bill 10, Water Resources, by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) saw final passage in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives today. The legislation will now be sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Senate Bill 10 authorizes a significant increase in southern water storage to further the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

Local leaders fight against proposed increase in Florida homestead exemption from $50K to $75K

From WPTV: “Treasure Coast government officials met Monday in Fort Pierce to voice their concern over a proposal in the Florida Legislature to increase the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000. Martin County could lose $8 million annually if the tax cut is passed by voters in 2018 … Click here to read more

Desperate for help: MCSO removes 11 horses, donkey in poor condition from Indiantown property

“The Martin County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes Unit is currently rescuing eleven horses and one donkey from a pasture on SW Amaryliss Avenue, and SW Arrowroot Street in Indiantown. Some of the animals are said to be in poor condition … Click here to read more