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

Martin County Mosquito Control FAQs: Aerial spray map information here

How does Martin County Mosquito Control decide where to spray? How can I learn when the fog truck will be in my area? … Click here to read more

Maggy Hurchalla presents Reno Award: ‘Always do right. It will gratify a few and astonish the rest.’

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. Here is her presentation of the Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award, May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC: … Click here to read more

Martin County teacher facing DUI, cocaine charges

From WPTV: “A Martin County teacher was charged with DUI and cocaine possession after his arrest on Sunday. Paul Badamo was a science teacher at … Click here to read more

Florida Politics: Maggy Hurchalla’s free speech right just cost her millions

“The slappee is a 77-year-old grandmother, a prominent Florida environmentalist, a sister of the late Janet Reno. Now, after expressing her rights of free speech in opposing a land development, Maggy Hurchalla is on the hook for $4,391,708 in a court-ordered judgment. The slapper is the scion of a family of multibillionaires, a developer who reshaped a proposed polo community into a dusty rock pit, a fellow with a penchant for litigation and also a criminal record … Click here to read more

Update from www.slappmaggy.com: ‘Someone has to stand up to the bullies…’

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, is a resident of Rocky Point: “If we lose the passionate public participation of Martin County residents, we will lose what made us special. The Constitution is worth fighting for. Martin County is worth fighting for … Click here to read more

JUST IN: Small plane crashes near St. Lucie Inlet, killing two aboard

From The Palm Beach Post: “The Coast Guard sent crews to search for the plane and later found a debris field east of the inlet, near Jupiter Island and Stuart in Martin County … Click here to read more

ACLU: ‘New Martin rule seems to violate First Amendment, would be flatly unconstitutional’

The Stuart News reports that “A revised County Commission policy, which restricts what can be said during the public-comment portion of meetings, might be a violation … Click here to read more

Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control that could have prevented Amtrak crash

From WPTV: Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control before Congress’ 2018 deadline, but in Martin County engineers worry that if that deadline gets extended that trains that one day travel through the Treasure Coast will not have the important technology. … Click here to read more

Amtrak derailment fuels concern from Martin County locals against Brightline

From WPTV: “It’s too early to tell if speed was a factor in the Amtrak train derailment in Washington, but speed and safety is an important reason why people in Martin County oppose Brightline’s phase two. Starting next year, some Stuart business owners and locals will see Brightline’s construction … Click here to read more

FL DEP invests more than $90M in water quality improvement projects

From WaterWorld: “The Caulkins Water Farm project was funded in part by a total of $1.5 million in Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 nonpoint source pollution grants to the South Florida Water Management District for the original pilot project, which turned former citrus groves into a reservoir … Click here to read more