UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon. Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey) … 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

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

BREAKING: No help for animals from Martin County BCC

Reporting from today’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock: “…Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding tried to persuade their colleagues that this is an important contract that should be properly negotiated. But none of the other commissioners or staff demonstrated any interest in Martin County animals or acknowledged our responsibility to protect them … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT NOW: Speak up for the animals

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “ The Martin County Commission will be discussing the Domestic Animal Control Task Force at its meeting on December 13 following a vote last week to suspend all meetings and activities of the Task Force to allow new Commissioner Harold Jenkins to collect information to determine … Click here to read more

Domestic Animal Control Task Force suspended by Commissioners Jenkins, Ciampi, Smith

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “New County Commissioners Ciampi and Jenkins and re-elected Commissioner Smith voted today to suspend all meetings and activities of the Domestic Animal Control Task Force. Commissioner Smith initially suggested that the DAC Task Force be dissolved altogether and that staff be directed to restore the contract with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, but Commissioner Jenkins … Click here to read more

Cheap shot by pro-development PAC sends misleading messages

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning Sally Swartz comments on a recent postcard sent out from a pro-development political action committee: “With just two months until the Aug. 14 primary, when many local races are decided, the great divide in Martin County widens. Slow growth vs. pro-growth. Protective growth plan vs. ‘progress’ with no rules.” To view the postcard … Click here to read more

Hobe Sound pioneer families and businessmen support new nonprofit ‘Preserve Martin Now’

Sally Swartz’s Palm Beach Post blog details Preserve Martin Now: “backed by Hobe Sound pioneer families and businessmen such as Harold Jenkins, head of Jenkins Landscape Co., Pat Martin of Diamond Transfer and Garage, and David Chambers, chief of an electrical firm whose family has been in the area since 1927. Bob Critton, a Martin resident and West Palm Beach lawyer, and popular Harry & the Natives restaurant owner Harry MacArthur are supporters.” … Click here to read more