Lake O releases begin Friday, June 1

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as part of its effort to manage rising water levels. The discharges are scheduled to begin Friday (June 1).  … Click here to read more

Large fire destroys 10 units at Stuart condo: 2 people treated for smoke; 1 cat dies in blaze

From WPTV: “Firefighters extinguished a large condominium fire at Cedar Pointe Villages on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart on Monday night that displaced several people … Click here to read more

Lawsuits a new tactic against those seeking public records

From The Daily Commercial: A fierce fight in Martin County is alarming many government watchdogs. Maggy Hurchalla, a former Martin County commissioner and sister of late U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, is appealing a $4.4 million judgment by a jury earlier this year, which found she used her influence as a conservationist to disparage a mining company’s project. The verdict capped a five-year struggle and also led to an $18M settlement for the mining company, … Click here to read more

Enteric bacteria levels elevated: Residents urged to avoid contact with waters near Roosevelt Bridge

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution … Click here to read more

Martin County Mosquito Control FAQs: Aerial spray map information here

How does Martin County Mosquito Control decide where to spray? How can I learn when the fog truck will be in my area? … Click here to read more

Publix: Where shopping for influence is no longer a pleasure

From Florida Politics: “Publix’s decision, in the face of protests over its Adam Putnam donations, to suspend its political giving this year could mean more than $1 million that the company will not donate this year to various political campaigns and groups. … Click here to read more

FL Dept of Health warns of health risks associated with flooding as rainstorms continue

As a heavy dose of rainstorms continue to blanket our area, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County reminds residents about health risks associated with flood waters … Click here to read more

LATEST: New details in Austin Harrouff fatal stabbings case revealed in California court filings

From The Palm Beach Post: “Austin Harrouff, 21, is charged with fatal attacks on John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon in the garage of their home along the border of Martin and Palm Beach counties. He remains in the Martin County Jail without bail. … Click here to read more

Maggy Hurchalla presents Reno Award: ‘Always do right. It will gratify a few and astonish the rest.’

From Maggy Reno 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, and a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards. Here is her presentation of the Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award, May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC: … Click here to read more

Martin voters asked for two tax increases for schools

From WPTV: “Martin County Commissioners approved the ballot language for two tax proposals sought by the school district. If both proposals fail, School board chair Christia Li Roberts says the district may be able to get by for a year, then big cuts to things like arts, music and athletics could be coming … Click here to read more

Deputies catch gopher tortoise poacher at state park, admits he consumes the threatened species

From MCSO: “A Martin County Sheriff’s deputy answering a call reference a ‘man down’ at Seabranch Preserve State Park in Stuart Sunday evening, quickly discovered why 28-year old Robert Lane was on the ground. Lane had just pulled two endangered Gopher Tortoises from their hole, and was on the ground searching for others … Click here to read more