BCC to discuss public speakers’ rights Tuesday: Memo from County’s Legal Department here

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners has made a last-minute addition to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting to discuss limiting the rights of residents who wish to make public comments before the Commission … Click here to read more

New year, same old BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The first meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in 2018 offers no new hope for residents looking for fiscal responsibility and accountability from the same old Commission majority. It remains to be seen whether the Chair will carry out his threat to censor citizens who step up to the podium to offer public comment at Tuesday’s meeting … Click here to read more

Where are the fact-checkers in Martin County?

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Taxpayers Association column (see below) about the Lake Point lawsuit contains numerous factual errors … Click here to read more

BCC to bail out Sailfish Splash, demolish old JB Library, okay $574K for 3 bathrooms at MC Golf

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The last meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners during 2017 should be short and not-too-sweet on Tuesday as citizen-advocates and fiscal conservatives … Click here to read more

MC Commission’s annual reorganization Tuesday: New chair, vice chair should be designated

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, at which a new chair and vice chair should be designated and various committee appointments will be made.  A schedule of meetings for 2018 and revised rules of procedure will be adopted. … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s agenda: BCC asked to reduce public participation, transparency

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE TO COMMISSIONERS:  Continued attempts to reduce or restrict participation by residents in local government proceedings further erodes citizens’ already low level of trust in staff and elected representatives … Click here to read more

Board of County Commissioners September 26: Time for fiscal reality check

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is sorely in need of a fiscal reality check at Tuesday’s meeting, which features a final round of budget hearings that to date have consisted of unrestrained spending. Despite the crushing defeat of the sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT: BCC’s chance to fix flawed septic amendment

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission has an opportunity on Tuesday to fix serious problems with the septic/sewer amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that was previously transmitted to state reviewers with changes that were not reviewed or approved by the Board. The amendment should not be approved without further discussion … Click here to read more

Vote ‘NO’ on August 29: The must-read Martin County sales tax primer – ‘Don’t be fooled…’

Provided by Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, this essential, must-read primer on the Martin County Sales Tax Referendum is a real eye-opener: “The proposed sales tax hike is not one cent. DO THE MATH: The proposed hike from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar is a 17% increase … Click here to read more

BCC: Still no cuts in sight, just more spending

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Any hope that Martin County Commissioners will spend tax dollars wisely if a 1% sales surtax is approved at the end of the month is dashed in Tuesday’s meeting agenda. Unless five big-spending items are pulled from the Consent Agenda, the Commission will approve more than $3 million in expenditures without public discussion … Click here to read more

Taxpayers mocked, insulted, soaked by BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will vote Tuesday to spend taxpayer dollars to try to persuade taxpayers to agree to increase taxes to allow Commissioners to spend still more tax dollars. An item on the Consent Agenda (Item 4B2) authorizes staff to spend $10,000.00 in tax dollars to provide ‘educational’ (translation: ‘promotional’) materials for the August 29 sales tax surcharge referendum. … Click here to read more