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

November 22, 1963, Martin County: Looking back at JFK’s assassination

“A historical vignette by Martin County preservationists and historians, Alice and Greg Luckhardt: Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, began as a normal day in Martin County, the end of the work week for most, with pleasant weather conditions, winds around 10-15 mph and temperatures ranging from a low of about 72 to a high around 80. The primary elections for the city of Stuart … Click here to read more

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