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

Tuesday’s BCC: Ad valorem & sales tax hikes sought

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “As Martin County Commissioners continue to approve millions of dollars in spending with no public discussion or explanation, Commissioners will be asked on Tuesday to put measures on the primary and general election ballots this year to authorize a property tax hike and a sales tax surcharge to make up for School District budget shortfalls … Click here to read more

Mark your calendar: Energy and environmental issues on Tuesday’s BCC agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Energy and environmental issues dominate Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting agenda, with a presentation on the status of the coral reef tract, an ordinance to implement a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, and proposed amendments to the Land Development Regulations … Click here to read more

Martin BCC: Developers gone wild

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting features more development approval requests than can possibly be addressed in a single session, which may well be the intent … Click here to read more

Email chain: ‘Important Hobe Sound community contacts’ re Harmony development plans…

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Harmony development team is continuing to push the pitch for the April 24 BCC meeting that Commissioners are not being asked to “approve” Harmony comp plan amendment and re-zoning requests but only to transmit the amendment to the state for comment and review. Of course, in order to send a proposal to the state for review, it must first be “approved” by the BCC. Transmittal is not automatic … Click here to read more

Martin BCC: A million here, a million there – it’s only (taxpayer) money

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Just two weeks after the Martin County Commission declined to consider a referendum asking residents to authorize 30-year bond financing to raise millions of dollars for parks projects, Commissioners will be asked to approve more than $13.9 million in contract expenditures, including wages for temporary employees at Sailfish Splash Waterpark … Click here to read more

CRA, reservoir plans on County Commission agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tomorrow’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will feature presentations on the Community Redevelopment Plan and options for a proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce harmful discharges from the Lake into our rivers and estuary … Click here to read more

Martin County Board of County Commissioners may weaken Comp Plan on Tuesday

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Proposed changes to nearly every chapter of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan will be presented for adoption at Tuesday’s meeting. The agenda includes the usual multi-million-dollar contract approvals as well as the addition of new full-time employees for the Growth Management and Engineering Departments to speed up application review and permit processing for new development … Click here to read more