Reality check: Martin County Commissioner Smith’s alternative promises

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Doug Smith managed to turn a reasonable proposal into another opportunity to advance Big Sugar’s agenda … Click here to read more

Now or never: Speak up for Martin County animals and for the Domestic Animal Control Task Force

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Please speak up for Martin County animals and for the Domestic Animal Control Task Force at the Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting starting at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the County Administration Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart … Click here to read more

Erosion of citizen participation in Martin County government

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The general election is less than six weeks away, but citizen participation is already being discouraged when it comes to issues of public interest that should be brought before the Martin County Commission. Consider: A resident’s request for an agenda item update on the status of the Langford Landing property was rejected last week … Click here to read more

Check out Bullsugar.org’s endorsements for Martin County Commission

“Bullsugar.org is a non-profit 501(c)4 founded in August 2014 on the belief that stopping the damaging discharges to our coasts and restoring the Everglades is not a science or engineering problem. The science has been known for decades … Click here to read more

Mark your calendar: Candidates for local, state and federal offices expected at LWV/AAUW forums

“Candidates for state, local, and federal offices will be on hand at Martin County’s Blake Library to speak at a pair of political forums co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Martin County and the American Association of University Women, Stuart Branch on July 11th and July 14th … Click here to read more

Sign petition now to protect animals

Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, asks that “Martin residents please read the letter to the editor below and then sign an online petition to encourage Martin County Commissioners to commit to reducing euthanasia of stray and abandoned animals … Click here to read more

BCC: Lack of transparency with packed Consent Agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission appears to be telling the public this week that when it comes to public business, just move along. There’s nothing to see here … Click here to read more

WPTV: Martin County Commission holds off banning alcohol on the beach, setting park hours

Commissioners voted to hold off on a move that would have banned alcohol on beaches and in causeway parks, in addition to setting hours for those places.The issue has polarized residents in the county … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Call to Action before Feb 9 Martin Commission meeting

“CARE FL needs your help as soon as possible. It is imperative that each concerned citizen sends an email to the Martin County Board of Commissioners, expressing your support for additional funding to fight the All Aboard Florida project. The Martin County Commission will be meeting on Feb. 9. Decisions will be made on additional funding to protect residents. … Click here to read more

CBS: $8 million approved to improve Jupiter Island, Sailfish Point beaches

From CBS: “Martin County Commissioners approve a multi-million dollar project to once again rebuild battered beaches. This time, the cash is going to a town with plenty of millionaires—Jupiter Island. Now Jupiter Island residents will get a gift from Martin County taxpayers, $6.2 million dollars … Click here to read more

It’s Baaaa-ck – CIE on Tuesday’s BOCC Agenda

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Several items that were continued from earlier BOCC meetings are on Tuesday’s Agenda, including a proposal to adopt a Capital Improvements Element amendment based on the FY16 Capital Improvements Plan that includes the onerous Kanner Highway widening debacle as well as millions of dollars in “unfunded” projects … Click here to read more