Irma: New curfew hours for Martin County; more info on schools, utilities, garbage collection

The Palm Beach Post reports that “Martin County Utilities has restored water service to Hutchinson Island in Martin County. Service was shut off prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma to protect the integrity of the water system. Residents are under a boil water advisory until further notice … Click here to read more

MC Public Information: Evacuations underway; water to Hutchinson Island to be shut off today

“Mandatory evacuations are underway for residences and businesses in storm surge evacuation zone AB which includes residences on Hutchinson Island and Jupiter Island, Sewall’s Point and manufactured/mobile homes, as well as homes in low-lying areas. [CORRECTION: MC Emergency Ops will be shutting off water at 3pm to ONLY Hutchinson Island. Check w other localities for their info] … Click here to read more

14+ auto burglaries: Dolphin Bar, Pineapple Park in JB, Hutchinson Island Publix, Sailfish Splash

“The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has responded to at least 14 auto burglaries tonight at the following areas: Dolphin Bar, and Pineapple Park in Jensen Beach, Publix on Hutchinson Island, and Sailfish Splash in Stuart … Click here to read more

Martin County Sheriff’s Office detectives seeking victims of stolen gift cards sent through US Mail

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak to anyone who mailed a letter or a card containing a gift card out of the Jensen Beach or Hutchinson Island Post Office, but later learned that card never arrived to its destination … Click here to read more

UPI: Scuba diver sues after getting sucked into St Lucie nuclear power plant

“A scuba diver in Florida is suing Florida Power & Light after he was sucked into a quarter-mile-long pipe that took him inside the St. Lucie nuclear power plant. ‘I swam right up to this big structure and it looks like a building underwater. I felt a little bit of current. All of a sudden it got a little quicker and I said, ‘this ain’t right, this ain’t right,'”… … Click here to read more

WPEC video: State of Emergency declared in Martin County due to erosion

From WPEC: “A state of emergency has been declared in Martin County due to erosion.The erosion is impacting the southern part of the beaches on Hutchinson Island, from Santa Lucea Beach to the St. Lucie Inlet … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Flooding leads to increased oversight at FPL St. Lucie nuclear plant

“The incident is part of three violations of Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations the agency cited in its decision to ramp up the oversight and inspection of the Unit 1 reactor. Florida Power & Light Co.’s St. Lucie Unit 1 nuclear reactor is under increased federal oversight after the company’s failure to comply with stricter post-Fukushima regulations … Click here to read more

MCSO on Hutchinson Island: Fisherman bitten by shark

Martin County Sheriff’s deputies are assisting Martin County Fire Rescue at Fletcher Beach, on Hutchinson Island, for a fisherman who was bitten by a shark he was trying to release after catching it on his fishing line. … Click here to read more

Video: Mysterious goo washes up on Hutchinson Island, scientists working to identify

Environmental experts are working to determine exactly what washed ashore on Hutchinson Island over the weekend. WPTV video next page … Click here to read more

Video: State of Emergency still in effect in Martin County

WPTV reports that crews continue to work Sunday on strengthening the shoreline at Bathtub Reef Beach on Hutchinson Island. A state of emergency was declared Wednesday ahead of impact by Hurricane Sandy. Officials tell us there was a breach in the dune on Friday that caused ocean water to pour into the parking lot and onto MacArthur Boulevard. Since then the road has been shut down and is only open to local traffic. … Click here to read more

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Hutchinson Island’s reactors will require earthquake upgrades

Hutchinson Island’s nuclear reactors (St. Lucie 1 & 2) are on a Nuclear Regulatory Commission list of 27 reactors that will require upgrades to better withstand earthquakes. The NRC flagged the 27 plants for possible upgrades … Click here to read more