From Martin County environmental advocate Maggy Hurchalla: ‘WHAT NEXT?’

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: “On February 14, 2018 a Martin County jury … Click here to read more

Lake Point Restoration wins $4.3 million judgment against Hurchalla

((Source: The Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: “…For eight days, the case of mining company Lake Point Restoration against storied Everglades protector Maggy Hurchalla played out in front of a jury asked to decide whether their conflict was that of a company wronged by a conservationist’s influence over public officials, or a well-heeled entrepreneur with a grudge and the money to satisfy it in a prolonged legal rumble … Click here to read more

Former Martin County commissioner takes stand in her own defense

From WPTV: “Maggy Hurchalla testified Tuesday that she shared her concerns with the owners of Lake Point a decade ago during two separate meetings. ‘I didn’t think it was a good idea for the Water Management District to trade mining permits for land,’ said the former Martin County Commissioner … Click here to read more

Business seeks $4M from former Martin Co. Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla

From WPTV: “…Lake Point is a rock mining business near Lake Okeechobee first approved as a subdivision in 2008.  A few years later, Hurchalla began sending emails to commissioners expressing concerns over wetlands…Hurchalla’s attorney says her client was a private citizen, with no control over what the commission would do. ‘Maggy Hurchalla has no authority to make the county commission or individual commissioners do anything,’ said Virginia Sherlock … Click here to read more

Where are the fact-checkers in Martin County?

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Taxpayers Association column (see below) about the Lake Point lawsuit contains numerous factual errors … Click here to read more

‘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