Martin County fire assessment fee abandoned

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners voted unanimously today to abandon a proposed fire services assessment fee after dozens of citizens spoke out in opposition to the proposal. The fee, which would have been added to annual property tax bills … Click here to read more

Pineland Prairie, wetlands/shoreline LDRs on BCC agenda; and a public demonstration v glyphosate

PLEASE NOTE: Residents will be demonstrating from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. before the BOCC meeting on Tuesday, August 21st, to encourage Martin County to ban the use of Roundup and other weed-killers that contain glyphosate … Click here to read more

BCC will conduct most work without public input on Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will conduct most of its public business without public participation during Tuesday’s meeting, with more than two-thirds of the items on the Agenda relegated to the Consent Agenda … Click here to read more

View motion here: League of Women Voters, ACLU, NRDC, others support Maggy Hurchalla

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A motion was filed today with the Fourth District Court of Appeal for leave to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Maggy Hurchalla in the Lake Point case by … Click here to read more

Harmony Ranch sues Martin County

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A lawsuit has been filed against Martin County seeking an unspecified amount of money for “inverse condemnation” of property owned by the DiVosta family’s Hobe Sound Ranch, Ltd., based on the County Commission’s rejection of applications to move the urban boundary and increase density for the Harmony Ranch project … Click here to read more

SFWMD board member attacks Mark Perry

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Brandon Tucker, Martin County representative to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, has attacked Mark Perry of the Florida Oceanographic Society as a liar who doesn’t really understand how water management works in South Florida … Click here to read more

Harmony development, fire assessment on BCC agenda Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a petition filed by Harmony Ranch to establish an independent Community Development District on 2,700 acres in Western Martin County for a 129-home residential development.  The public hearing will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. … Click here to read more

BCC to consider fire assessment, lawsuit settlement Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation at Tuesday’s meeting regarding a non ad valorem assessment to be imposed on all properties in unincorporated areas of the County to pay for operating expenses and capital improvements related to fire protection services. … Click here to read more

New lawsuit against Martin County

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “… It will be interesting to see whether the County Commission majority jumps at the chance to give away still more taxpayer dollars to settle another tortious interference lawsuit filed by Loeb. One candidate for election, Stacey Hetherington, was represented by Loeb’s law firm during her deposition in the Lake Point case in which she testified on behalf of Lake Point and against the County … Click here to read more

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

Tuesday’s BCC: Waterfront projects rely on ‘fake clean water’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE: Tuesday’s BCC meeting will follow a joint meeting with the City of Stuart and the School Board that begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Blake Library. The County Commission meeting will begin in Commission Chambers after the joint meeting  ends.  Joint meetings generally last an hour to an hour and a half … Click here to read more