Maggy Reno Hurchalla on cyanobacteria health risks: Be afraid and be careful

From Maggy Reno 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, and a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards: “State agencies are not giving us adequate warnings about the health risks of cyanobacteria exposure. … Click here to read more

Verdict in rock-mine lawsuit chills free speech in Florida

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Hardly anyone was paying attention to a billionaire developer’s lawsuit against environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla until she lost it … Be very careful what you say about the public’s business, the verdict seemed to mean, or you could be ruined financially … Click here to read more

Namaste: ‘Hurchalla is a real living American hero’

From The Shakti Journal: “Maggy Hurchalla is a real living American hero. Her quest to protect the environment started with her intention to save the Florida wetlands in the 70’s … for over 45 years she has been a pioneer of preservation for the treasure coast of Florida. Hurchalla went on to serve 5 terms as Martin County Commissioner, spanning 20 years time. She is well loved by the people … Click here to read more

View motion here: League of Women Voters, ACLU, NRDC, others support Maggy Hurchalla

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A motion was filed today with the Fourth District Court of Appeal for leave to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Maggy Hurchalla in the Lake Point case by … Click here to read more

A 77-year-old South Florida environmentalist speaks out and gets sued, harrassed. She won’t back down.

From The Florida Phoenix: “In Martin County, all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. You may express your opinion–about a dodgy water deal, say, or damage to certain wetlands–but if you challenge the wrong billionaire, if you urge your elected representatives to take action thwarting the plans of said billionaire, you may find yourself hauled into court, financially imperiled, and told that your free speech rights are not what you thought they were, Constitution be damned … Click here to read more

Advocates for open government, environment seek to join Hurchalla appeal

Four prominent environmental organizations and the First Amendment Foundation have sought permission to file friend-of-the-court briefs in support of former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla’s appeal of a judgment against her for questioning the environmental benefits of a rock mining project near Lake Okeechobee. The advocacy organizations say a ruling against Hurchalla could substantially restrict their ability to speak out on issues of great public concern   … Click here to read more

Sacrificing two kayaks and a Toyota for free speech

From The Tampa Bay Times: “Maggy Hurchalla joked this spring that all she could offer a billionaire who won a $4.4 million judgment against her after she exercised her free speech rights were ‘two kayaks and an aging Toyota.’ The billionaire didn’t laugh … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard files to run for re-election

[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; she is a resident of Rocky Point.] “You are looking at the picture of courage. Her name is Sarah Heard. … Click here to read more

See dox here: Important new filing based on juror misconduct in Maggy Hurchalla trial

“Specifically, Hurchalla has discovered that the jury foreperson deliberately concealed: (1) two guilty pleas for violating environmental laws; (2) that his very substantial business is located and operated in Colorado, not Florida; and (3) that he and his family do not reside in Florida, but rather have lived in Colorado for many years … Click here to read more

Environment advocates seek to enter appeal of case with major First Amendment implications

BREAKING: “With the right of citizens to speak up on public issues at stake, affected environmental advocates today went to court asking permission to be heard in the appeal of a shocking jury award against former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla … Click here to read more

Lawsuits a new tactic against those seeking public records

From The Daily Commercial: A fierce fight in Martin County is alarming many government watchdogs. Maggy Hurchalla, a former Martin County commissioner and sister of late U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, is appealing a $4.4 million judgment by a jury earlier this year, which found she used her influence as a conservationist to disparage a mining company’s project. The verdict capped a five-year struggle and also led to an $18M settlement for the mining company, … Click here to read more