Tuesday’s BCC meeting: Tax hikes and cell tower redux

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation on the School Board’s previously approved request for voters to authorize an increase in ad valorem taxes and a sales tax surcharge … 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

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

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

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

Pouting, shouting and staff insubordination disturb Martin’s political peace

The Post’s award-winning writer Sally Swartz provides a must-read blog entry with revealing insights on Martin’s political scene: “Some wonder if County Administrator Taryn Kryzda, whose sweetheart contract with the old majority gives her a year’s pay if she’s fired without cause before 2017, isn’t deliberately trying to get sacked.” … Click here to read more

PBPost: Martin County Commission’s pro-growth majority clowns close their last sad circus

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger Sally Swartz details the last, nearly unbelievable Martin County Commission meeting for lame ducks Patrick Hayes and Ed Ciampi: “In one day, the majority — Commissioner Doug Smith and defeated commissioners Patrick Hayes and chairman Ed Ciampi — approved one horrendous, cobbled-together-at-the-last-minute proposition after another.” … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Ciampi’s allegiance is to old gang, not new majority

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz, on the lame-duck Martin County Commission: “Mr. Ciampi leaves next month. He lost his bid to become Clerk of the Circuit Court, a job upgrade that would have increased his salary. He spent his campaign funds oddly, including $3,000 on a new Segway personal transporter. He also gave money to Surfers for Autism, the Soroptimists and the Children’s Home Society in Port St. Lucie and to other charities.” … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin County’s lame duck faction still doing favors for friends

From the Palm Beach Post’s Sally Swartz: “After voters tossed two of its three members in the Aug. 14 primary election, the Martin County Commission majority is not leaving quietly. If Tuesday’s meeting is any indication, the Doug Smith-Patrick Hayes-Ed Ciampi trio intends to reward and protect supporters right up until Mr. Hayes and Mr. Ciampi depart after the Nov. 6 election.” … Click here to read more

Witham Airport Action Majority Alert: WAAM President urges residents to respond immediately

David Shore, President of the Witham Airport Action Majority (WAAM), explains that “whenever we have new commissioners elected and about to be seated, the airport special interests get ramped up and we see a flurry of attempts to get long term leases approved at the airport…At this late date it is always difficult to rally the troops which is why in my opinion we get such late notices, but you can help out and email the BCC to register your opposition…” … Click here to read more