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

Reality check: Martin County Commissioner Smith’s alternative promises

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Doug Smith managed to turn a reasonable proposal into another opportunity to advance Big Sugar’s agenda … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT NOW: Speak up for the animals

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “ The Martin County Commission will be discussing the Domestic Animal Control Task Force at its meeting on December 13 following a vote last week to suspend all meetings and activities of the Task Force to allow new Commissioner Harold Jenkins to collect information to determine … Click here to read more

Domestic Animal Control Task Force suspended by Commissioners Jenkins, Ciampi, Smith

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “New County Commissioners Ciampi and Jenkins and re-elected Commissioner Smith voted today to suspend all meetings and activities of the Domestic Animal Control Task Force. Commissioner Smith initially suggested that the DAC Task Force be dissolved altogether and that staff be directed to restore the contract with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, but Commissioner Jenkins … Click here to read more

Former Martin Commissioner explains restoration of septic rules: ‘A gift for our waterways’

Maggy Hurchalla was a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point: “Tallahassee gave Martin County waterways a late Christmas present … Click here to read more

August (2016) primary races already shaping up for Martin Commission

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “After four years of a new commission majority, some in the business and development community want change. The new majority put teeth back into Martin’s protective growth plan, reined in a wildly out-of-control Business Development Board and stopped a plan to build a customs facility at the airport that looked like a money pit for taxpayers. The majority slowed the Community Redevelopment Area gravy train that benefited a few at the expense of the many … Click here to read more

Martin County MPO throws residents under the bus on Kanner Hwy widening

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Metropolitan Planning Organization majority voted today to allow Kanner Highway to become a noise-wall lined 6-lane expressway from the I-95 Interchange into the City of Stuart despite impassioned pleas from residents to stop or delay the project. Only County Commissioner Sarah Heard refused to be bullied … Click here to read more

Martin County commissioners earn FAC Presidential Advocacy awards for advocacy efforts

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented three Martin County commissioners with Presidential Advocacy awards during the 2014 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando. Commissioners Sarah Heard, Ed Fielding … Click here to read more

Listen, watch and/or attend Tuesday’s BOCC meeting

Civic activist and local attorney Virginia Sherlock details Tuesday’s upcoming Martin County Commission meeting. Residents should attend and/or watch MCTV’s coverage, comment and be aware of these meeting events. … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Martin County very much NOT All Aboard on Miami-Orlando Rail Line

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her opinion on All Aboard Florida, the proposed higher-speed rail service set to operate along the Florida East Coast Railway: “Martin County isn’t used to taking no for an answer, but it might find defeating All Aboard Florida a too-steep hill to climb. … Click here to read more

Martin Commissioner Anne Scott reconsiders vote; more on customs facility at 4/15 meeting

Commissioner Anne Scott (District 3) made a motion at yesterday’s BOCC meeting to reconsider the customs facility vote from the previous Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting of March 4. Commissioner Scott expressed concerns that have been raised regarding the $1.4 million customs facility vote … Click here to read more