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

Erosion of citizen participation in Martin County government

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The general election is less than six weeks away, but citizen participation is already being discouraged when it comes to issues of public interest that should be brought before the Martin County Commission. Consider: A resident’s request for an agenda item update on the status of the Langford Landing property was rejected last week … Click here to read more

Board of County Commissioners: Battle of the cell towers continues

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will decide whether to approve an application to construct a cell tower on the Little Club Condominium property on Tuesday, despite objections from a competing cell tower operator who earlier received approval for another cell tower in the same area … 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: It’s all about the money

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting is packed with costly requests buried in a 2,648-page agenda packet. The Parks Department wants to raid parks impact fees and ‘re-allocate’ funds … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BOCC meeting may finally end the battle of Pitchford’s Landing

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting could bring a long-overdue end to a local development battle with what may be the final hearing for the Pitchford’s Landing project that landed more than a dozen residents of Jensen Beach in court defending a SLAPP suit filed by the property owner in an unsuccessful effort to shut them up nearly a decade ago … Click here to read more

BOCC to conduct public hearings on 1st Set Comprehensive Plan Amendments

On July 21, the Board of County Commissioners, beginning at 9:00 A.M., will conduct public hearings to consider adoption of the following 1st Set Comprehensive Plan Amendments. The hearings will be held in the Martin County Administrative Center, Commission Chambers, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. … 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 shocking agenda: BOCC asked to eliminate oak trees; applause; 9:05 public comment

Renowned local attorney and civic activist Ginny Sherlock details the upcoming June 9 Board of County Commissioners’ shocking agenda: “After a three-week hiatus, the Martin County Commission returns to an agenda that seems designed to keep the public from meddling in the affairs of local government. New rules of procedure that may stifle public participation … Click here to read more