U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City passed over for VA secretary

From Florida Politics: “President Donald Trump has chosen to nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to serve in the position permanently, passing over U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City, who was under consideration for the post. … Click here to read more

Florida Politics: Maggy Hurchalla’s free speech right just cost her millions

“The slappee is a 77-year-old grandmother, a prominent Florida environmentalist, a sister of the late Janet Reno. Now, after expressing her rights of free speech in opposing a land development, Maggy Hurchalla is on the hook for $4,391,708 in a court-ordered judgment. The slapper is the scion of a family of multibillionaires, a developer who reshaped a proposed polo community into a dusty rock pit, a fellow with a penchant for litigation and also a criminal record … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida wins again in water district dispute: permit cleared

“All Aboard Florida’s efforts to clear a needed environmental permit from challenges won another victory Thursday as the South Florida Water Management District rejected final challenges brought by the private passenger train developer’s critics along the Treasure Coast,” reports Florida Politics. “The water district denied 17 exceptions filed by Martin and St. Lucie counties … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast’s US Rep. Brian Mast, Brightline exec clash over public money for railroad

From Florida Politics: “The Treasure Coast’s U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and a key railroad executive behind the proposed Brightline high-speed train clashed in Congress Thursday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary. The broader picture is of a battle … Click here to read more

Everglades Restoration Bill with up to $200M a year unanimously passes House Committee

Florida Politics reports: “A bill that would fund Everglades restoration efforts with up to $200 million a year cleared the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday with a unanimous vote. HB 989, sponsored by Republican Reps. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and … Click here to read more