‘Why the good guys get arrested for jaywalking while the bad guys get away with murder…’

A must-read from Maggy Hurchalla, 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 … Click here to read more

County settles Lake Point lawsuit; gains over 400 acres adjacent to C-44/Okeechobee Waterway

“The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a legal settlement with the owners of Lake Point today, coming after the South Florida Water Management District’s settlement with Lake Point in August … Click here to read more

Martin County to pay $12 million to settle lawsuit with Lake Point Restoration

“A nearly five-year legal battle has been settled as Martin County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to pay a $12 million settlement to Lake Point Restoration,” reports WPTV. “Just east of Lake Okeechobee near the Port Mayaca locks, Lake Point operates a rock quarry … Click here to read more

Forbes: These are Florida’s 20 richest billionaires

From The South Florida Business Journal: “The Sunshine State is home to 51 of the world’s 2,043 billionaires, according to Forbes’ 31st Annual World’s Billionaires List, released Monday.” [#18 on the Florida list is George Lindemann & Family, current net worth $3.4B, known here in Martin County for their Lake Point rockpit lawsuits.] … Click here to read more

Short but critical: BCC Agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners Agenda is short but contains critically important items that deserve careful consideration. There are only three agenda items to be taken up, including a shade session on the continuing litigation filed against the County by the owners of the Lake Point rockpit … Click here to read more

PBPost: Big wins give hope to keeping Lake Point developers in check

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “Victories in the ongoing battles between Martin County residents and governments and Lake Point — plus an unrelated win upholding Martin’s protective growth plan — gave county residents reason to celebrate last week … Click here to read more

County wins Public Records Act trial

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Judge McManus has denied claims filed by the Lake Point rockpit owners against Martin County pursuant to the Public Records Act (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). The claims were presented during a two-day trial that concluded on Monday. … Click here to read more

Lawsuits meant to silence questions about development in Martin don’t pass smell test

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “It was skunk week in Martin County. Not to malign Florida’s real skunks, but their human imitators left an odiferous trail countywide last week. On the hit list: A respected environmental group, Martin County government and residents … Click here to read more

Breaking news: Lawsuit filed against Martin County today re Pitchford’s Landing

Breaking news from Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A lawsuit was filed against Martin County today on behalf of the Pitchford’s Landing developers by the same attorneys who are prosecuting the Lake Point rockpit lawsuit against Martin County and the SLAPP suit against Maggy Hurchalla … Click here to read more

Nathaniel Reed: Suit won’t alter fact, Lake Point can’t sell public water

From The Palm Beach Post: Jupiter Island’s Nathaniel Reed, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Interior Department and founding member of the Everglades Foundation, asks “Why is Maggy Hurchalla being attacked through the legal system for telling the truth about Lake Point’s proposal to divert water from Lake Okeechobee and pump it into the firms’ excavations for storage? … Click here to read more

PBPost: Big money mocking Martin Commision races

Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, asks: “Can big money influence the outcome of a county commission election with lying mailers, robocalls and online videos? Or are Martin voters too well-informed to be influenced by such tactics? … Click here to read more