County settles Lake Point lawsuit; gains over 400 acres adjacent to C-44/Okeechobee Waterway

“The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a legal settlement with the owners of Lake Point today, coming after the South Florida Water Management District’s settlement with Lake Point in August … Click here to read more

Martin County to pay $12 million to settle lawsuit with Lake Point Restoration

“A nearly five-year legal battle has been settled as Martin County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to pay a $12 million settlement to Lake Point Restoration,” reports WPTV. “Just east of Lake Okeechobee near the Port Mayaca locks, Lake Point operates a rock quarry … Click here to read more

From Martin County BOCC: New website design unveiled today

Today, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announced the anticipated release of its newly redesigned website for Martin County government.The updated design was initiated based on feedback received from the community and staff following the initial launch of the new website in November 2015. … Click here to read more

State rule that allows more toxins in water can now be challenged

From the Miami Herald: “The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Martin County and the city of Miami challenged the rule in August 2016, arguing it posed a health hazard to the public. The Florida Pulp and Paper Association, whose members rely on discharging chemical-laden water into Florida rivers, also challenged the rule but argued it was too strict … Click here to read more

Martin County update on Lake O

Lake Okeechobee was at 17.16 feet as of Sunday, October 8, and continues to increase with inflows from the Kissimmee of approximately 22,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). “Maximum practicable flows” to the St. Lucie River are being made from the Lake, meaning that the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing as much water as they can, … Click here to read more

Martin County warns of flooding threats during rain, high tides

From WPTV: “Martin County officials are monitoring coastal conditions and areas in western Martin County for flooding due to heavy rains and king tides. With regard to Lake Okeechobee and the S-80 structure, ‘Martin County continues to work in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to manage the flow … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast loses another bid to stop extension of Brightline to Orlando

From The Real Deal: “An administrative law judge Friday denied a challenge to the South Florida Water Management District’s decision to issue a permit needed to extend the planned Brightline passenger rail service from South Florida to Orlando. The judge tossed out the challenge brought by Martin County … Click here to read more

Interactive map: Mosquito populations are on the rise in Martin County due to Hurricane Irma

The Martin County Mosquito Control Division is increasing the frequency of Ultra Low Volume (ULV) spray trucks in affected areas between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. In addition, aerial spraying is scheduled for … Click here to read more

MC Public Information: Evacuations underway; water to Hutchinson Island to be shut off today

“Mandatory evacuations are underway for residences and businesses in storm surge evacuation zone AB which includes residences on Hutchinson Island and Jupiter Island, Sewall’s Point and manufactured/mobile homes, as well as homes in low-lying areas. [CORRECTION: MC Emergency Ops will be shutting off water at 3pm to ONLY Hutchinson Island. Check w other localities for their info] … Click here to read more

Hurricane Irma: Martin County Public Information Line is 772-287-1652

“Martin County Emergency Management officials are closely monitoring reports provided by the National Weather Service on Hurricane Irma. Martin County’s Public Information Line is now active and staff is available … Click here to read more

FEMA changing coastal flood zones on Treasure Coast

From WPTV: “On the Treasure Coast, FEMA is remapping areas that will fall under coastal flooding zones, changing which homes and neighborhoods will and will not be required to buy the added flood protection. To view the interactive maps … Click here to read more