WPEC: Gas leak closes Kanner Highway

“Martin County deputies closed Kanner Highway – near I-95 exit 101 – in nearly every direction after road crews who were expanding a turning lane broke a gas line. Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that this closure is causing very heavy traffic back-ups. Please avoid the area … Click here to read more

Former Martin Commissioner explains restoration of septic rules: ‘A gift for our waterways’

Maggy Hurchalla was a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point: “Tallahassee gave Martin County waterways a late Christmas present … Click here to read more

Martin residents lose ground on Kanner Highway expansion

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Martin County residents tangled with the Florida Department of Transportation bureaucracy last week over FDOT plans for an ugly, six-lane highway with concrete noise walls as the entrance to the county from I-95. As usual, FDOT – with the help of its copycat bureaucracy, the local Metropolitan Planning Organization — won … Click here to read more

Martin County MPO throws residents under the bus on Kanner Hwy widening

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Metropolitan Planning Organization majority voted today to allow Kanner Highway to become a noise-wall lined 6-lane expressway from the I-95 Interchange into the City of Stuart despite impassioned pleas from residents to stop or delay the project. Only County Commissioner Sarah Heard refused to be bullied … Click here to read more

TCPalm: New cinema multiplex in Martin County to offer beer, wine

“EPIC’s 16-screen cinema is planned for the south side of Kanner Highway, between Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike, at a location where a controversial truck stop had been planned last year … Click here to read more

Third case of rabies in Martin County this year

From WPEC: A raccoon that bit a man on a private ranch off Kanner Highway has tested positive for rabies. The victim is receiving post exposure rabies treatment, county health officials said. This is the third case of rabies in Martin County this year. … Click here to read more

Martin County landowner says he will withdraw controversial truck stop application

WPTV reports that a company proposing a controversial truck stop off Interstate 95 has verbally withdrawn its application for county approval of the project. … Click here to read more

Car chase from Stuart to Palm City via I-95 ends at Walgreens, Martin Downs

According to officials, the vehicle led police down Kanner Highway onto I-95 and off again at exit 101 where officers were able to eventually stop the vehicle in the parking lot of Walgreens at 3053 SW Martin Downs Blvd in Palm City, reports WPEC. … Click here to read more

Video: Hundreds of residents fight proposed I-95 and Kanner Highway truck stop

WPTV reports that hundreds of people who live near the proposed site of the Stuart 95 Travel Center near I-95 and Kanner Highway voiced their opposition to the truck stop to the project creator, Robert Stevenson, Monday night. Many residents worried about their property values. The nearest home is 700 feet away. … Click here to read more

Lake Point project to send more polluted water into St. Lucie Estuary: ‘no benefits for Martin County’

The Lake Point Restoration project is on the south side of Kanner Highway, one mile east of Lake Okeechobee. A proposal would allow project officials to sell water from the mining operation to West Palm Beach. Critics say that plan could lead to more discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary. Several Martin County environmentalists argue the Lake Point plan would result in utility demands to keep water levels in the lake higher to provide more drinking water. The higher lake levels would result in even greater discharges of polluted water into the St. Lucie Estuary in the aftermath of major rainstorms. … Click here to read more