Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides agenda summary of May 23 BCC meeting

“May 23, 2017 BCC agenda summary from Commissioner Sarah Heard: 6C Public hearing to consider transmittal of CPA 17-10, Sanitary Sewer Services … 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local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “First the good news: Land Planner Don Cuozzo has withdrawn his proposal to change the Martin County Comprehensive Plan to allow developers to pave over small urban wetlands.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

Re issues of concern to many residents: County staff tells commissioners and citizens to ‘butt out’

Renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock provides an update on troubling events in our county government: “Martin County staff has rejected the direction of County Commissioners to bring the Langford Landing and Sharon Street mega-garage matters before the Board for discussion, with no mention of either of these matters on Tuesday’s extremely light BCC agenda. … Click here to read more

BCC: Army Corps and SFWMD to address water issues

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The US Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District will make presentations at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting this week about local water issues, including the Lake Okeechobee discharge schedule that affects the level of pollution in our rivers … Click here to read more

BCC: Show me the money

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners should carefully examine budget requests for:Duplication (why do taxpayers pay private public relations consultants while simultaneously paying a full time public information officer to communicate with the media and the public?); Excess (why do taxpayers pay annual membership dues … Click here to read more

US EcoGen: Hurry, hurry . . . oh, never mind

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A few weeks ago, proponents of the US EcoGen biomass project presented a planned renewable energy facility to the Board of County Commissioners with a plea for the BCC to initiate rush-rush Comprehensive Plan Amendments to allow the project to move forward. Instead of saying ‘hurry up’, US EcoGen is now saying ‘never mind’ … Click here to read more

BCC: Incomplete AAF construction plans, absence of right-of-way permits limit Martin analysis

“Upon initial review, however, the most glaring issues identified in All Aboard Florida’s current plans are: no track construction or track grading plans; no preliminary railway signal plans or fiber optic plans; and no floodplain approvals. Additionally, Martin County has consistently requested additional, often utilized safety features to protect the public but that AAF continues to omit from its plans … Click here to read more

BCC: Tuesday focus on animals, CRAs, developer procrastination

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: ‘The Board of County Commissioners will consider establishing a task force on Tuesday to review local ordinances, contracts, policies and procedures for the care and treatment of animals and to recommend whether Martin should join Palm Beach and other counties as a ‘no kill’ community. Several items involving Community Redevelopment Areas … Click here to read more

BCC: Back to the future on Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will convene to consider the future of two local institutions – the Martin County Fair and the Business Development Board – and the on-going destruction of a slice of the past – the beloved Langford estate – … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Look upward for cell towers, staff salaries/benefits

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday will resume consideration of a request to construct a 120-foot-high cell tower in South County over opposition from nearby residents and will also hear a presentation on a consultant’s report suggesting that County staff salaries and benefits be hiked by $895,000.00 to $1.25 million a year. … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Restore river, environment, quality of life protections

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will consider adopting a “remedial amendment” to our Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday to restore protections for our river, our environment and our quality of life that were removed in a 2009 overhaul of the Plan by the now defunct ‘Future Group.’ … Click here to read more