Harmony development, fire assessment on BCC agenda Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a petition filed by Harmony Ranch to establish an independent Community Development District on 2,700 acres in Western Martin County for a 129-home residential development.  The public hearing will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. … Click here to read more

BCC to consider fire assessment, lawsuit settlement Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation at Tuesday’s meeting regarding a non ad valorem assessment to be imposed on all properties in unincorporated areas of the County to pay for operating expenses and capital improvements related to fire protection services. … Click here to read more

CRA, reservoir plans on County Commission agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tomorrow’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will feature presentations on the Community Redevelopment Plan and options for a proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce harmful discharges from the Lake into our rivers and estuary … 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local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “First the good news: Land Planner Don Cuozzo has withdrawn his proposal to change the Martin County Comprehensive Plan to allow developers to pave over small urban wetlands.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

More spending, taxes, secrecy on BCC agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda is more manageable than the last meeting docket, which was so overloaded that the public broadcast of the meeting was cut off half an hour before the meeting ended to accommodate pre-scheduled MTV programming. But while a shorter agenda is on tap for this week, there are some hefty items for the BCC to consider … Click here to read more

Packed BCC agenda full of financial land-mines

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda is a whopping 1,743 pages packed with land-mines for the unwary. The agenda features massive spending projects and questionable proposals for changes to our Comprehensive Plan that are presented in a confusing mish-mash compounded by website issues that make it difficult if not impossible for citizens to figure out what is being considered. … Click here to read more

Martin County Board of County Commissioners: Tuesday’s agenda packed with old business

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “After a three-week hiatus, the Board of County Commissioners resumes meeting on Tuesday with a lot of old business that remains to be concluded. Commissioners will consider adopting 13 Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendments and re-zonings along with a proposed policy for leasing County property … Click here to read more

October 6: ‘Spell-binding’ Board of County Commissioners’ agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting features an unusually light agenda that should give Commissioners and the public a welcome break from wrestling with weighty and controversial issues. So let’s take a moment to consider spelling … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s agenda: Board of County Commissioners faces request to approve spot zoning

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The BOCC will be asked on Tuesday, August 18, to establish a precedent for so-called ‘postage stamp zoning’ on a chock-a-block full agenda that includes two workshops and a report on the status of the Treasure Coast’s fight against All Aboard Florida. Although several items have been pulled from Tuesday’s lineup, a packed agenda remains to be heard … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BOCC: Stop spending our money on stupid stuff

Renowned local attorney and civic activist Ginny Sherlock details Tuesday’s County Commission meeting agenda that “features a couple of requests to spend taxpayer dollars now and study the wisdom of those expenditures later. Other decisions are being made to spend still more taxpayer dollars on what can only be characterized as stupid stuff … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BOCC Agenda and a great big BOOYAH

From renowned local attorney and civic activist Ginny Sherlock: “First of all, a great big BOOYAH to Martin County Commissioners Fielding, Heard and Scott for efforts to rein in public spending, explore cost-saving measures, study important issues like fiscally efficient use of public facilities, and otherwise practice sound governance in the face of unrelenting criticism, hate-filled anonymous e-mails and rants from shameless shills for Big Sugar, Big Ag and Big Rockpit … Click here to read more