PBPost: Everglades specialist Ernie Marks of Palm City is new SFWMD director

Everglades restoration coordinator Ernie Marks was the unanimous choice of South Florida Water Management District board members Monday to take over as executive director of the 1,475-employee, $759 million agency … Click here to read more

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at JI Town Hall, May 15

On Friday, May 15, 10 AM, Law Enforcement Officers from all of the fine agencies that serve the citizens of Martin County, will gather at Jupiter Island Town Hall for the annual Law Enforcement Memorial, hosted by Jupiter Island Public Safety Department. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is … Click here to read more

Marine experts euthanize sick whale at Stuart Beach

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and many wonderful volunteers did an outstanding job keeping this sick whale comfortable Sunday morning while experts made a determination on its condition. … Click here to read more

TCPalm: 11-year-old killed, parents injured in sailboat explosions near Roosevelt Bridge

Stuart police Monday were investigating the circumstances around a sailboat fire that killed an 11-year-old boy and injured his parents Sunday morning in the city’s marina near the Roosevelt Bridge. … Click here to read more

Public advisory: Researchers to conduct surveys on nesting sea turtles on Martin County beaches

The public is advised that through the month of May, researchers from Project Leatherback, Inc. will be on Martin County beaches at night studying nesting leatherback turtles. This team of sea turtle researchers has been permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. … Click here to read more

Social media helps FWC arrest 4 men in Martin for killing alligators

Social media and anonymous sources helped Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators arrest four men linked to numerous crimes that took place over the course of several months in the Dupuis Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA) and the Hungryland Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Martin County, according to CBS affiliate WINK. … Click here to read more

NBC News: Florida sees record 803 manatee deaths; red tide blamed

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s research instiitute said it documented 803 manatee deaths in state waters between Jan. 1 and Dec. 13, the most for any year since record-keeping began in 1974. … Click here to read more

IRL is an animal ‘mass murder mystery’ as 46 dolphins, 111 manatee, 300 pelicans die

The Indian River Lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the US, and to the towns along its edge — Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne, Vero Beach and Stuart, it accounts for hundreds of millions in revenue from angling, boating, bird-watching, tourism and other waterfront activities. … Click here to read more

Martin County deputies help capture 6 refugees boated to Jupiter Island

WPTV reports that authorities arrested six undocumented Brazilian immigrants Sunday who they believe boated to shore on Jupiter Island from the Bahamas. … Click here to read more

Exotic lizards on the loose in Florida

At a time when spring flowers should be emerging from the ground, dozens of 4-foot foreign lizards instead crawled out of the dirt in one Florida backyard this month. The prospect of another widespread animal invasion is troubling for Florida’s state authorities who are already dealing with a daunting pantheon of exotic pets turned invasive species like the Burmese python. … Click here to read more

Manatees dying in Indian River Lagoon

In July 2012, manatees started turning up dead in the Indian River Lagoon; now, there are 80 dead animals, 50 of them since the beginning of February, according to Wired.com. … Click here to read more