PROTEST NOW: Email BOCC re proposed Martin County Fire Assessment Fee

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, on a proposed fire protection assessment fee that will increase some property owners’ annual tax bills by 25% to 50% or more … Click here to read more

UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon. Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey) … Click here to read more

Pineland Prairie, wetlands/shoreline LDRs on BCC agenda; and a public demonstration v glyphosate

PLEASE NOTE: Residents will be demonstrating from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. before the BOCC meeting on Tuesday, August 21st, to encourage Martin County to ban the use of Roundup and other weed-killers that contain glyphosate … Click here to read more

Martin County commissioners decide not to renew lease for Martin Girls Academy

From WPTV: The Martin County sheriff lead the charge to have the girls juvenile detention center shut down after years of concerns over safety and mounting costs to taxpayers. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday … Click here to read more

BCC will conduct most work without public input on Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will conduct most of its public business without public participation during Tuesday’s meeting, with more than two-thirds of the items on the Agenda relegated to the Consent Agenda … Click here to read more

Harmony Ranch sues Martin County

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A lawsuit has been filed against Martin County seeking an unspecified amount of money for “inverse condemnation” of property owned by the DiVosta family’s Hobe Sound Ranch, Ltd., based on the County Commission’s rejection of applications to move the urban boundary and increase density for the Harmony Ranch project … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Waterfront projects rely on ‘fake clean water’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE: Tuesday’s BCC meeting will follow a joint meeting with the City of Stuart and the School Board that begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Blake Library. The County Commission meeting will begin in Commission Chambers after the joint meeting  ends.  Joint meetings generally last an hour to an hour and a half … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Ad valorem & sales tax hikes sought

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “As Martin County Commissioners continue to approve millions of dollars in spending with no public discussion or explanation, Commissioners will be asked on Tuesday to put measures on the primary and general election ballots this year to authorize a property tax hike and a sales tax surcharge to make up for School District budget shortfalls … Click here to read more

Martin BCC: A million here, a million there – it’s only (taxpayer) money

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Just two weeks after the Martin County Commission declined to consider a referendum asking residents to authorize 30-year bond financing to raise millions of dollars for parks projects, Commissioners will be asked to approve more than $13.9 million in contract expenditures, including wages for temporary employees at Sailfish Splash Waterpark … Click here to read more

BCC to consider referendum: $10M waterpark expansion, $12.25M to improve Martin County Golf Course, $10M for new indoor sports facility

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will be asked on Tuesday to put a bond referendum on the ballot in November to raise millions of dollars for parks projects including an expansion of Sailfish Splash Waterpark and a new indoor sports facility. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will make a presentation at 11:00 a.m. … Click here to read more

Martin County Board of County Commissioners may weaken Comp Plan on Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Proposed changes to nearly every chapter of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan will be presented for adoption at Tuesday’s meeting. The agenda includes the usual multi-million-dollar contract approvals as well as the addition of new full-time employees for the Growth Management and Engineering Departments to speed up application review and permit processing for new development … Click here to read more