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

PBPost: Sabal Trail, Florida SE Connection are now piping fuel to FPL’s Martin County plant

“Florida Southeast Connection, NextEra Energy’s 126-mile natural gas pipeline, began operations Wednesday morning. It is the 126-mile southernmost portion of a 685-mile pipeline that originates in Alabama. That tail end will go through Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties and end at FPL’s Martin County plant near Indiantown … Click here to read more

PETA: $5,000 reward for arrest and conviction of Indiantown alligator torturer(s)

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) seeks information on culprit(s) who gouged out an alligator’s eyes with a blunt object. Police have yet to make any arrests in the case. PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime. … Click here to read more

Detectives ask for public’s help: Vandalism at local business leads to heinous act of animal cruelty

Martin County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes Detectives are searching for the public’s help identifying the suspect(s) who vandalized a local business, then gouged the eyes out of a four foot alligator they found on the business property. … Click here to read more

Owner of neglected horses on Indiantown property arrested, charged with animal cruelty

From MCSO: “The owner of 11-horses that were voluntarily surrendered in poor condition to an equestrian rescue earlier this week, has been arrested. 57-year old Lonise Marvin Thomas of Okeechobee County, was arrested … Click here to read more

Desperate for help: MCSO removes 11 horses, donkey in poor condition from Indiantown property

“The Martin County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes Unit is currently rescuing eleven horses and one donkey from a pasture on SW Amaryliss Avenue, and SW Arrowroot Street in Indiantown. Some of the animals are said to be in poor condition … 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

Department of Health Alert: Indiantown dog tests positive for rabies

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County has issued a rabies alert for Indiantown following a domestic dog testing positive for rabies. According to the owner, the dog was unvaccinated and kept outside. It became sick after it was scratched or bitten by an unknown animal … Click here to read more

Vote would be Nov 2017: New towns in Martin County? Hobe Sound and Indiantown want in

From the Palm Beach Post: “Indiantown and Hobe Sound, two of Martin County’s oldest communities, want to be towns. Control of zoning and building codes is one of the main benefits of incorporation, say supporters from both areas … Click here to read more

Martin County to reinstate CRA’s

From WFLX: “Martin County Commissioners are in favor of bringing back independent Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs). They are set to vote to rewrite the ordinance this month. … Click here to read more

Florida man gets 25 years in slaying of grandson of billionaire philanthropist Monster.com founder

From WPTV: “A central Florida man will serve 25 years in prison for the shooting death of a man whose grandfather founded the employment website Monster.com. Authorities say 18-year-old Dylan McKelvey ws found dead in an Indiantown field … Click here to read more