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

Mark your calendar, March 2: Residents unite to remind legislators of local priorities

As Florida legislators travel to Tallahassee for the start of the 2015 session, concerned citizens, community and business leaders will gather in Stuart on Monday, March 2 at 10AM, Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Boulevard, to remind their state representatives of top concerns back home. … Click here to read more

PBPost: Hobe Grove case may help decide who controls local growth management

Award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger Sally Swartz asks: “Can Martin County residents control growth and development in their community through their comprehensive growth management plan, approved by their elected representatives? Or do developers such as Hobe Grove and the real estate market get to decide how and where the county grows? … Click here to read more

Open to public: Final hearing on Comp Plan challenge begins Tuesday

Noted local attorney and civic activist Virginia Sherlock details the upcoming final hearing on a challenge to portions of the Comp Plan Amendments that were adopted by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners last year, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at the Martin County Building Department conference room, 900 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart: … 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

Palm Beach Post: Lawsuit against Hurchalla just legal harassment

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “Lake Point, a controversial 2,200 acre chunk of land in western Martin County, for a decade has drawn schemers who want to make money from it. Now Lake Point is tangled in lawsuits and involved — again — in a county commission election. … Click here to read more

FL Current: ‘…if a meteor struck Martin County, they would blame Big Sugar’

In a Palm Beach Post opinion column, Martin County environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla blames Florida Crystals for an anti-regulation bill moving through the House and Senate. A spokesman for Florida Crystals told The Florida Current that if a meteor struck Martin County, “they would blame ‘Big Sugar.'” … Click here to read more

Action Alert: Toxic House Bill 703 is bad for Martin, contact elected officials now

Panhandle Republican Representative Jimmy Patronis recently filed House Bill 703. This bill seeks to modify environmental regulations in a way that would preempt the ability of local governments to adopt environmental and growth management regulations stricter than those authorized by the state. The Martin County Democratic Executive Committee is urging residents to contact our elected officials and voice their opinions on this bill. … Click here to read more

Former Martin Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla to receive Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame Award

Former Martin County Commissioner and environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla will receive the Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame Award at the 29th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference in Naples this weekend. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin County names park after Maggy Hurchalla

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “Maggy is Maggy Hurchalla, who served on the Martin County Commission from 1974-94. More than 60 residents gathered to cheer this week when a small park in Rocky Point was named ‘Maggy’s Hammock Park’ in her honor.” … Click here to read more