Florida Sportsman founder Karl Wickstrom, 82, advocate for recreational angling, dies in Stuart

From Sport Fishing: “’In his long history as a writer, editor and conservationist,’ said Mark D. Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, ‘Karl Wickstrom was a champion for Florida’s waters through several campaigns. Karl fought for our northern estuaries to stop the destructive discharges … Click here to read more

CBS: Fish kill prompts concern from locals about Lake O discharges

“The water quality along the Treasure Coast continues to be a hot button issue and now fish kills are prompting concern from locals. Now, a massive fish kill farther north has some residents worried that it could happen nearby … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Thank activists for revealing Port Mayaca green algae menace

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “Martin County river warriors scored a small victory when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporarily stopped dumping the lake’s excess water into the river after residents found toxic algae — which can harm people, animals and fish — in the lake. But on Monday, lake water again will be pouring out of the St. Lucie Lock … 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

Palm Beach Post: Local Floridians at Capitol tell of shooting, fright, confusion

From The Palm Beach Post: “The shooting erupted shortly after the end of a Congressional hearing on pollution in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River. Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart, said he heard five or six gunshots near the area where buses drop-off tourists visiting the capitol.” … Click here to read more

River Crisis: Ask yourself honestly, ‘Why has my community had the same problem for 50 years?’

Clint Starling of Jensen Beach, a sixth-generation Floridian who has been organizing protests for the St. Lucie River, comments on the River Crisis: “If you understand this problem and its remarkable simplicity, the fact it remains unresolved is enough to make your blood boil.” … Click here to read more

Go native: save time, money, energy and conserve natural resources

Native plants have been exposed to Florida’s pests as long as they have existed in Florida, and continue to display their resistance to insects and disease in our own yards. Learn all about incorporating native plants into your garden through The Martin County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, bringing appreciation of Florida’s native plants to the community. … Click here to read more

Nathaniel Reed to current commissioners: ‘Don’t screw up the urban boundaries’

Follwing up on the Everglades Coalition Conference recently held in Stuart, The Palm Beach Post’s Sally Swartz recaps Martin County’s long historic and philanthropic involvement with Everglades restoration. … Click here to read more