League of Women Voters of Martin County honors Sarah Heard with 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award

At its most recent luncheon meeting, The League of Women Voters of Martin County honored longtime Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard with its 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award. This award is presented annually by the League … Click here to read more

PBPost: Melzer has chance to change the script in Martin commission race

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “The race pits two former commissioners (Donna Melzer and Ed Ciampi) against one now in office (John Haddox)…Haddox, who ran as a supporter of careful growth, switched sides after he was elected … Click here to read more

Martin County election results: Commissioner Fielding wins; sales tax referendum recount

With his re-election, Commissioner Ed Fielding will help shape Martin County in the next four years. The referendum for the 1% sales tax increase in Martin was narrowly defeated and goes to a recount. Link to the Martin County general election results on TCPalm … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News on HB 703: Martin County vs. Jimmy Patronis?

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her opinion on Martin County and House Bill 703: “House Bill 703 is not a popular bill in some South Florida counties. But in Martin County, where agriculture interests are akin to estuary green slime, the ruling class puts the bill in a special category of disrepute. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: ‘Heroic’ efforts restore and repair Martin’s gutted growth plan

From The Palm Beach Post’s Sally Swartz: “Tuesday was a happy day for Martin County residents, a day many who watched previous commissions gut the county’s protective growth plan worried they might never see.” … Click here to read more

The important questions for pro-developer Martin County candidates in August 14 Primary election

Civic activist and attorney Donna Melzer asks the important questions concerning campaign contributions to pro-developer Martin County candidates on the August 14 Primary election ballot. For example: “Why did out-of-state and out-of-county contributors make up more than 55 percent of Mr. Hayes’ campaign chest, 40 percent of Mr. Smith’s, 70 percent of Mr. Tucker’s and 49 percent of Mr. Ciampi’s.” … Click here to read more

Action alert: Tell Martin commissioners to vote NO to compromising urban boundary

Civic activist, attorney, former Martin Commissioner, and Martin County Conservation Alliance Chair Donna Melzer reminds all residents to tell commissioners NO to compromising Martin’s urban boundary for a project west of Hobe Sound. The developer is not showing who (or how) will pay for roads and utilities. … Click here to read more

Register now for MCCA & 1000 Friends forum: ‘Your taxes and your quality of life’

Register now for this informative March 17th forum sponsored by the Martin County Conservation Alliance (MCCA) and 1000 Friends of Florida; learn how good growth management can save both taxes and the quality of life for county residents. … Click here to read more

Jupiter with Stuart, Sewall’s Point, Jupiter Island: No to Developments of Regional Impact in Martin

Civic activist and former Martin County Commissioner Donna Melzer updates the latest information on the proposed Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) in South Martin. These DRIs will affect all area residents with the negative impacts of overdevelopment: increased taxes, crime, traffic, and compromised schools, parks, roads, beaches, public libraries and social services. … Click here to read more

Contact our Martin Commissioners: Speak out now or pay the bill

Civic activist, attorney, teacher and Palm City resident Donna Melzer provides an alarming analysis of the agenda for the upcoming February 7 Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting. As she suggests, “Speak out or pay the bill.” … Click here to read more

1000 Friends of Florida and the Martin County Conservation Alliance file notice of appeal today with FL Supreme Court

1000 Friends of Florida and the Martin County Conservation Alliance (MCCA) have filed a notice today to seek review by the Florida Supreme Court of a First District Court of Appeals ruling requiring the groups and their attorneys to pay the attorneys’ fees of the state, Martin County, and a developer after their appeal of a land use decision was dismissed by the Court. … Click here to read more