Martin County Fairgrounds plans to move west: Lease agreement being drawn up

From WPTV: “Martin County Commissioners took the first step Tuesday night allowing the county fairgrounds to move out west. By a 3-2 vote, the commission agreed to draw up a lease agreement with the Martin County Fair Association for a 107-acre site east of the Indiantown Airport … Click here to read more

Orlando City Council: Reject bill that could slow Brightline train

From The Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando’s City Council urged state legislators to reject a bill that critics say could slow, or even halt, plans for a passenger-rail service linking Orlando and Miami. The service already faces lawsuits from Martin and Indian River counties … Click here to read more

Governor adds Lee and Palm Beach counties to Martin/St. Lucie state of emergency over algae

From The Palm Beach Post: “Gov. Rick Scott has expanded a state of emergency already issued for Martin and St. Lucie counties because of an algae bloom to include Lee and Palm Beach counties … Click here to read more

Stolen property recovered from HS home, seeking 29-year-old suspect

Shane Staton was recently released from prison in 2013, and was identified by witnesses as the suspect seen breaking into a home along Crossrip Street in Hobe Sound. Investigators recovered large amounts of stolen property belonging to multiple victims, from Martin, Palm Beach, and other Counties. ***UPDATE*** … Click here to read more

DEP issues permit for Herbert Hoover Dike repair

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The project is located within five counties: Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin should make deal for Mount Olympia land

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger Sally Swartz: Jupiter Island resident Edward “Ted” Hamm, heir to the Hamm’s beer fortune, owns the precious parcel, a target of Florida and Martin county preservation land buyers for a decade. Jeff Wittman, the man who for years has championed saving the land, still hopes it can belong to the people. … Click here to read more

ABC News: Corps runs out of sand for Miami-Dade beaches, looks to Treasure Coast to renourish

There’s more than enough sand available off southeastern Florida for beach renourishment projects in five counties over the next 50 years, according to a new study by the corps and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. However, almost all of it is located in state or federal waters off St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties — not Broward or Miami-Dade. … Click here to read more

Video: FEMA denies Florida $70M federal assistance after Sandy seriously eroded beaches

Federal money will not help restore Florida beaches battered by Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying a state request for more than $70 million in assistance. Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties asked for more than $32 million combined, but were all denied. WPTV video … Click here to read more

Newly drawn congressional districts still face review, but these are likely scenarios

‘The Sunshine State News’ Chief Political Correspondent Kenric Ward explains the three-way shuffle of newly drawn congressional districts in South Florida, and some of the possible scenarios that could occur here on the Treasure Coast and here in Martin County. … Click here to read more