Martin County’s new direction? Be aware that quality of life and pocketbooks will be affected

From Maggy Hurchalla, a lifelong environmental advocate and past 20-year Martin County Commissioner, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, and water studies: “Martin County is different because its residents have been willing to get involved. For those who care, this is the time to get involved … Click here to read more

CNN: Janet Reno, first female US attorney general, dies at 78

“Janet Reno, former US attorney general under President Bill Clinton, died Monday morning following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, her sister Maggy Hurchalla [nationally known environmentalist and five-time Martin County Commissioner] said. Reno was 78. The nation’s first-ever female attorney general, … Click here to read more

August 30 Primary: Which side are Martin County Commission candidates on?

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] answers the question: Which side are they on? … Click here to read more

Maggy Hurchalla: Don’t dismiss dangers of green slime in our waterways

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

Critical BCC ALERT: Tuesday,11AM action on very important changes to the Comp Plan

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. … 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

League of Women Voters of Martin County honors Sarah Heard with 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award

At its most recent luncheon meeting, The League of Women Voters of Martin County honored longtime Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard with its 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award. This award is presented annually by the League … Click here to read more

The Palm Beach Post: Maggy Hurchalla – ‘It’s the Everglades, stupid!’

“In the 1990s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was asked to save the Everglades. They put up a banner in the Jacksonville office: ‘It’s the Everglades, stupid!’ The Corps and the state of Florida became partners in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). But CERP hit a brick wall in 2015 … 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

Administrative Law Judge finds sewer Comprehensive Plan Amendment in compliance

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Administrative Law Judge Suzanne Van Wyck has issued a Recommended Order finding the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the sewer element of the Martin County Comp Plan ‘in compliance’ with state law. The ALJ rejected the challenge filed by Martin Land Co. (originally joined by ag interests and other western landowners) … Click here to read more

From Maggy Hurchalla: Brace yourselves for a rough budget year in Martin County

“Balancing the Martin County budget this year will be a challenge … The Capital Improvement Plan — the county’s schedule of required projects and money to pay for those projects — is the heart of the current problem. It’s supposed to be a fiscal tool that keeps us out of the hole we are currently in. The county has policies to keep the plan honest. Previous county commissions ignored those policies … Click here to read more