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

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida continues to fight All Aboard Florida/Brightline

From CARE FL: “There has been a lot of recent activity on this subject, indicating the matter is coming to a boil, due to AAF and its backers’ absolute fury that the Florida legislature has been considering passing safety regulations, as well as addressing the costs the project would impose on the counties and taxpayers … Click here to read more

Former Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke charge dropped

From WPTV: “The Florida Commission on Ethics said Wednesday that former Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke did not break the law when she allegedly used the word ‘pig’ in front of a police officer. Earlier this year, the police union filed an ethics complaint against Clarke. The complaint was dismissed Wednesday … Click here to read more

Céline Dion sells Jupiter Island estate for almost half original asking price

From The Montreal Gazette: “Almost four years after trying to sell her Florida estate for $72.5 million, pop superstar Céline Dion has finally sold the multimillion dollar Jupiter Island home for close to $38.5 million — only 53 per cent of the original asking price on the property … Click here to read more

Martin County Fairgrounds plans to move west: Lease agreement being drawn up

From WPTV: “Martin County Commissioners took the first step Tuesday night allowing the county fairgrounds to move out west. By a 3-2 vote, the commission agreed to draw up a lease agreement with the Martin County Fair Association for a 107-acre site east of the Indiantown Airport … Click here to read more

Lawmakers agree to pay for Lake Okeechobee reservoir

From WPTV: “Historic action was taken Tuesday to try to avoid a future algae crisis on the Treasure Coast. The Florida House and Senate agreed to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb future lake discharges to the east and west … Click here to read more

House Forever Florida bill could undo Negron Everglades reservoir plan

From The Palm Beach Post: “More money would be set aside for land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron’s push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades … Click here to read more

BCC asked to give a wink and a nod to four-fold increase in density: But first, the good news…

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “First the good news: Land Planner Don Cuozzo has withdrawn his proposal to change the Martin County Comprehensive Plan to allow developers to pave over small urban wetlands. Residents attended meetings, sent hundreds of e-mails to County Commissioners, signed petitions, and spoke loudly and decisively against the plan … Click here to read more

State Senator Frank Artiles resigns over N-word; insults State Senate President Negron (R-Stuart)

From WFSU: “Artiles … allegedly claimed the only reason Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) won the presidency was because six Republicans sided with him. He referred to those Republicans as the N-word and called Negron a ‘pussy’ … Click here to read more

Stuart dermatologist dies in windsurfing crash

From CBS: “68-year-old Dr. Thomas Connelly was severely injured on Friday and later died from his injuries. The collision happened about half a mile north of the Stuart causeway. According to his office’s website, he had treated over 80,000 cases of skin cancer … Click here to read more