BCC spending frenzy on tap for Tuesday, June 13

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is being asked on Tuesday to turn taxpayers upside down and shake them until their pockets are totally empty. Commissioners will review a proposed ordinance implementing a 1% local sales tax increase to raise millions of dollars to be spent on whatever pet projects Commissioners choose … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Fool me once . . .

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners will be asked on Tuesday to approve language for a proposed one percent sales tax surcharge that is designed to trick voters into approving more taxes for new government facilities while existing infrastructure continues to crumble. Voters have been fooled in the past … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC has latest episode in ‘As the Sewage Flows’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will feature a vote on a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment that would more than double the maximum capacity allowed for commercial on-site sewage systems and authorize extension of public utility lines far outside the urban boundary … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s County Commission meeting: ‘Sales tax hike’s about building stuff, stupid’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “In case Martin County residents were wondering how to best protect and preserve our environment and our quality of life, proponents of a proposed local sales tax have the answer: Build more stuff … Click here to read more

BCC asked to give a wink and a nod to four-fold increase in density: But first, the good news…

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “First the good news: Land Planner Don Cuozzo has withdrawn his proposal to change the Martin County Comprehensive Plan to allow developers to pave over small urban wetlands. Residents attended meetings, sent hundreds of e-mails to County Commissioners, signed petitions, and spoke loudly and decisively against the plan … Click here to read more

More spending, taxes, secrecy on BCC agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda is more manageable than the last meeting docket, which was so overloaded that the public broadcast of the meeting was cut off half an hour before the meeting ended to accommodate pre-scheduled MTV programming. But while a shorter agenda is on tap for this week, there are some hefty items for the BCC to consider … Click here to read more

Packed BCC agenda full of financial land-mines

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners agenda is a whopping 1,743 pages packed with land-mines for the unwary. The agenda features massive spending projects and questionable proposals for changes to our Comprehensive Plan that are presented in a confusing mish-mash compounded by website issues that make it difficult if not impossible for citizens to figure out what is being considered. … Click here to read more

False alarm: March 10 ‘Emergency?’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “An ’emergency meeting’ of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Friday, March 10, for the purpose of voting on a resolution supporting proposals to incorporate Hobe Sound and Indiantown. It is not clear how a resolution supporting incorporation of Hobe Sound and Indiantown meets the definition of an ’emergency’ … Click here to read more

LPA votes to reject CPA 17-07

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Local Planning Agency voted 3-1 in a jam-packed chamber Thursday evening to deny approval for CPA 17-07 that would allow the destruction of small urban wetlands. LPA Chair Jim Moir and members Don Foley and Cindy Hall voted to approve the staff recommendation to deny the Comprehensive Plan Amendment … Click here to read more

Reality check: Martin County Commissioner Smith’s alternative promises

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Doug Smith managed to turn a reasonable proposal into another opportunity to advance Big Sugar’s agenda … Click here to read more

Kudos to caged tiger protesters at Fairgrounds

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Kudos to Ashley Geiger for organizing the protest at the Martin County Fairgrounds yesterday against the cruel treatment of tigers on display at the Martin County Fair. The tigers are kept in very small cages, unable to move around freely, when they are not being jabbed and poked in the throat and face to make them perform feats for the ‘entertainment’ of humans … Click here to read more