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

View Martin County’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) updates/changes

The evaluation and appraisal process is designed to address any changes in state requirements since the last update of Martin County’s comprehensive plan, and to update the plan based on changes in State Statutes and local conditions. At least every seven years, pursuant to Rule Chapter 73C-49, Florida Administrative Code, Martin County must determine whether the need exists to amend the comprehensive plan … Click here to read more

Bacteria levels elevated at Leighton Park in Palm City

An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Leighton Park in Palm City. Results from samples taken yesterday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in both areas. The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. … Click here to read more

Martin County pulls out of Brightline lawsuit challenging Phase 2 funding, still claims ‘victory’

“Martin County Senior Assistant County Attorney, Ruth Holmes, says the county backed out of a lawsuit that challenged a request made by Brightline for bonds to pay for the Treasure Coast extension,” reports WPTV. “Contrary to how that sounds, Holmes says it is actually a ‘victory’ … Click here to read more

WPTV: Austin Harrouff heard making odd noises in most recent jailhouse calls

“Harrouff is the teenager accused of ambushing and killing Martin County couple John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon last year. Deputies found him chewing on the flesh of one of the victims … Click here to read more

PBPost: Sabal Trail, Florida SE Connection are now piping fuel to FPL’s Martin County plant

“Florida Southeast Connection, NextEra Energy’s 126-mile natural gas pipeline, began operations Wednesday morning. It is the 126-mile southernmost portion of a 685-mile pipeline that originates in Alabama. That tail end will go through Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties and end at FPL’s Martin County plant near Indiantown … Click here to read more

LATEST: Prostitution ring busted; three face human-trafficking charges

From The Palm Beach Post: “At trailer homes in suburban Lake Worth and in Martin County, Miguel Angel Alvarez Maradiaga oversaw the family business — brothels and prostitution houses, authorities said. With the help of Martin County authorities, … Click here to read more