Local State of Emergency declared in Martin County; Commissioners urge Governor to act

The Martin County Board of County Commission stands with citizens who are demanding swift action about the impacts associated with the damaging freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. Commissioners have proceeded with declaring a local State of Emergency … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: It’s summer, and here comes the slime

“If you live on the estuary in Stuart, or along the St. Lucie River, summer time is algae time. This year, the ribbons of goop have arrived early. The discharges go on day after day, week after week — perhaps the most massive, long-term act of pollution in the country, and it’s committed annually by the government. No president, including Barack Obama, has made a priority of stopping it … Click here to read more

President Obama coming to Palm City

President Barack Obama is coming to Florida, the White House Office of the Press Secretary reported Friday, according to WPBF. Next Friday evening, the president will travel to Palm City where he will remain through Sunday … Click here to read more

FAA: Drone over Obama in Martin County had Secret Service on alert

From The Palm Beach Post: “The Secret Service got involved in a drone sighting locally in March — because it was flying near President Barack Obama as he played golf in Martin County. Obama spent that weekend playing at the members-only Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City … Click here to read more

Bloomberg on Floridian match: Jupiter Island’s Tiger impressed with Obama’s Palm City game

Tiger Woods and President Obama paired for the first time during the President’s Day holiday two days ago at the Floridian, a private golf course and club in Palm City. The outing also included Anthony Chase, Milton Carroll, Eric Whitaker, and Marvin Nicholson. … Click here to read more

White House press corps: ‘Extreme frustration’ over Obama’s Palm City weekend

From Politico: “Members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration … about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend.” … Click here to read more

Obama to visit the Treasure Coast

TCPalm reports that President Barack Obama has lined up a tee time at the Floridian in Palm City this weekend, according to three local sources. … Click here to read more

Florida not among states that cross-check registrations for double-voting

Scripps Howard reports that double-voting is a concern in Florida, where many part-time residents have a second home in a different state, giving them the chance to register to vote in two states, according to elections supervisors. Absentee ballots, which are growing in popularity, make it easier to vote twice because the person doesn’t need to travel to both places. … Click here to read more

Los Angeles Times: Fractious Florida weighs heavily on presidential campaigns

From the Los Angeles Times: In Florida, many economically sensitive swing voters, the sort who decide close elections, haven’t discerned progress in their lives over the last four years. … Click here to read more

TIME’s ‘Babies of the Campaign Trail’ includes a Martin County stop

For presidential candidates, posing with supporters’ babies is a rite of passage as important as eating deep-fried state fair food or enduring endless debates. TIME celebrates this hallowed tradition with 34 photos [including one from Martin County] of infants in varying states of joy, indifference and abject terror on the campaign trail in 2012. … Click here to read more