BCC to discuss public speakers’ rights Tuesday: Memo from County’s Legal Department here

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners has made a last-minute addition to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting to discuss limiting the rights of residents who wish to make public comments before the Commission … Click here to read more

New year, same old BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The first meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 offers no new hope for residents looking for fiscal responsibility and accountability from the same old Commission majority. It remains to be seen whether the Chair will carry out his threat to censor citizens who step up to the podium to offer public comment at Tuesday’s meeting … Click here to read more

BCC to bail out Sailfish Splash, demolish old JB Library, okay $574K for 3 bathrooms at MC Golf

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The last meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners during 2017 should be short and not-too-sweet on Tuesday as citizen-advocates and fiscal conservatives … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: ‘A welcome return to what will likely be more orderly meetings…’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The new chair of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners has brought pre-sets back to meeting agendas, scheduling items for specific times to allow interested members of the public a better opportunity to participate.  Four items on Tuesday’s agenda have been assigned a specific time to be heard in a welcome return … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s agenda: BCC asked to reduce public participation, transparency

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE TO COMMISSIONERS:  Continued attempts to reduce or restrict participation by residents in local government proceedings further erodes citizens’ already low level of trust in staff and elected representatives … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT: BCC’s chance to fix flawed septic amendment

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission has an opportunity on Tuesday to fix serious problems with the septic/sewer amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that was previously transmitted to state reviewers with changes that were not reviewed or approved by the Board. The amendment should not be approved without further discussion … Click here to read more

BCC: Still no cuts in sight, just more spending

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Any hope that Martin County Commissioners will spend tax dollars wisely if a 1% sales surtax is approved at the end of the month is dashed in Tuesday’s meeting agenda. Unless five big-spending items are pulled from the Consent Agenda, the Commission will approve more than $3 million in expenditures without public discussion … Click here to read more

Taxpayers mocked, insulted, soaked by BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will vote Tuesday to spend taxpayer dollars to try to persuade taxpayers to agree to increase taxes to allow Commissioners to spend still more tax dollars. An item on the Consent Agenda (Item 4B2) authorizes staff to spend $10,000.00 in tax dollars to provide ‘educational’ (translation: ‘promotional’) materials for the August 29 sales tax surcharge referendum. … Click here to read more

BREAKING: No help for animals from Martin County BCC

Reporting from today’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock: “…Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding tried to persuade their colleagues that this is an important contract that should be properly negotiated. But none of the other commissioners or staff demonstrated any interest in Martin County animals or acknowledged our responsibility to protect them … Click here to read more

Hold on to your wallet: No fiscal boundaries in BCC sales tax plan

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Board of County Commissioners will engage in another discussion of the proposed 1% local sales tax surcharge this week. And while it is hard to imagine that the three Commissioners who support the proposal can make it any more fiscally irresponsible, taxpayers should hold on to their wallets … Click here to read more

BCC spending frenzy on tap for Tuesday, June 13

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is being asked on Tuesday to turn taxpayers upside down and shake them until their pockets are totally empty. Commissioners will review a proposed ordinance implementing a 1% local sales tax increase to raise millions of dollars to be spent on whatever pet projects Commissioners choose … Click here to read more