Sugar farmers balk at selling land for reservoir


From WPTV: “Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be ‘willing sellers’ to the state … Click here to read more

Senate president Joe Negron of Stuart steps down from job at law firm


WPTV reports that Senate President Joe Negron says he is resigning from his law firm to make sure he has no potential conflicts of interest. Negron has been working at the Gunster law firm, a large corporate firm that lobbies the Florida Legislature … Click here to read more

Martin Commissioner Sarah Heard: ‘Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering’

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard

“Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse.The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart … Click here to read more

WJXT: Stuart Republican Joe Negron unanimously elected to serve as Florida Senate President

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“Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican unanimously elected to lead the Senate on Tuesday, regaled colleagues with an account of putting Ronald Reagan stickers outside a home owned by the Bush family on Jupiter Island. The story from the 1980 presidential campaign … Click here to read more

Associated Press: FL Senate leader Joe Negron (R-Stuart) proposes $2B Lake Okeechobee cleanup

Water full of algae laps along the Sewell's Point shore on the St. Lucie River under an Ocean Boulevard bridge, Monday, June 27, 2016. (Associated Press)

“The Florida Senate’s incoming president has announced a $2.4 billion plan aimed at reducing toxic algae outbreaks in the rivers flowing from Lake Okeechobee. Joe Negron said Tuesday that his plan calls for buying 60,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee and turning it into reservoirs … Click here to read more

Senate President-designate Negron sets out session-end plan to address Lake O discharges


“…In the final two weeks of the 2016 Legislative Session, I will be focused on three priorities that will alleviate the catastrophic damage to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon caused by the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. They are as follows: … Click here to read more

Everglades Restoration Bill with up to $200M a year unanimously passes House Committee

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Florida Politics reports: “A bill that would fund Everglades restoration efforts with up to $200 million a year cleared the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday with a unanimous vote. HB 989, sponsored by Republican Reps. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and … Click here to read more

Judge approves new map for 40 Florida Senate districts, includes Martin County

State Senate President-elect Joe Negron (R-Stuart)

From The Tampa Tribune: “’ For the last 20 years, voters have elected principled Republicans to serve in the Florida Senate, and I am confident that voters will continue to support strong Republican candidates,’ the Stuart Republican Joe Negron, State Senate President-elect, said in a statement. David King, the attorney who represented the League of Women Voters … Click here to read more

PBPost: Senate panel settles on map shifting Negron out of Palm Beach County

State Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) (Source: Palm Beach Post)

“Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, whose district currently includes the Jupiter-Tequesta area, would be moved out of Palm Beach County and into a Treasure Coast-dominated, three-county district under the redistricting plan approved in a 4-3, party-line vote by the Republican-dominated Redistricting Committee … Click here to read more

Big issues for Martin County in 2016 legislative session: water and sand

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From The PBPost’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “Two members of Martin County’s legislative delegation listened for hours last week while more than 30 residents buttered them up, begged for money, griped about the Florida legislature’s recent bad decisions and brought wish lists for 2016. Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, turned the annual event, held at the Martin Commission headquarters in Stuart, into a bit of a schmooze fest. … Click here to read more

Still stinging from last blowup, state House, Senate return to Capitol

Florida Capitol

“After an ugly blowup ended last month’s special session on congressional redistricting, the House and Senate return to the Capitol for the first time this week,” according to The Palm Beach Post. “Republican Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart, whose district … Click here to read more