PBPost: ‘Though wealthy, Jupiter Island gets $8.6M for beach repair from FEMA…’

“Jupiter Island, a well-heeled seaside enclave where home values average $4.97 million, was awarded $8.6 million in federal emergency money for beach re-nourishment following a beating by 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post to be sold to GateHouse in $49M deal; sale to be completed by May

From The Sun-Sentinel: “GateHouse Media has bought The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News for $49.3 million. The sale is expected to be completed by May … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: How a government agency is trying to stop residents demanding records

From The Palm Beach Post: “…The legal drama is likely escalated by the rancorous history between the water management district, Martin County, Hurchalla and Lake Point, which is co-owned by the deep-pocketed George Lindemann Jr., an heir to a cellphone and cable TV fortune. Lindemann, a former Wellington resident and one-time Olympic equestrian hopeful, remains dogged by a 1996 prison sentence of 33 months for hiring a hit man to electrocute his show horse … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Broward man faces charges in Jupiter Island home invasion

From The Palm Beach Post: “A 22-year-old Broward County man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to an armed home invasion last month in Jupiter Island. On Wednesday afternoon, Brown was being questioned in connection to a homicide case in Broward County as well as the Jan. 20 home invasion … Click here to read more

Reports of fighter jets over Martin County as F-16s intercept plane during Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stay

From The Palm Beach Post: “Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a private plane on Sunday afternoon that was flying in air space prohibited during the president’s visits to Mar-a-Lago. … Click here to read more

Cerabino: Nominees for 2017 Florida Gun Owner of the Year Award are … (#5 is Martin County)

From The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino: “In the spirit of honoring dubious achievements, we here at the Citizens Against Virtually Everything (CAVE) are back again to announce this year’s winner of our coveted Florida Gun Owner of the Year Award … Click here to read more

PBPost: Martin County Sheriff’s blotter lists fraud, drug arrests and more

“A man in the 8100 block of Southeast Croft Circle in Hobe Sound became concerned when he did not receive mail for about two weeks. He called the post office and learned that someone had changed his mailing address … Click here to read more

EXCLUSIVE: Brightline train derailed in Feb., causing $408K in damage

From The Palm Beach Post: “’Soon after this incident, AAF officials attended not one but two state legislative hearings about rail safety and never once disclosed facts about the derailment, while they sought to table the safety legislation under consideration,’ said Brent Hanlon, Chairman of Citizens Against Rail Expansion, also known as CARE-FL, a Treasure Coast-based group that has been fighting the Brightline project … Click here to read more

Irma: New curfew hours for Martin County; more info on schools, utilities, garbage collection

The Palm Beach Post reports that “Martin County Utilities has restored water service to Hutchinson Island in Martin County. Service was shut off prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma to protect the integrity of the water system. Residents are under a boil water advisory until further notice … Click here to read more

Eye doctor with Treasure Coast office at center of trial that could change U.S. Senate

“The Dominican-born Salomon Melgen, who ran wildly successful retinal clinics in West Palm Beach, Wellington, Delray Beach and Port St. Lucie, lavished Senator Robert Menendez [D-NJ] with gifts and contributed $750,000 to his campaigns, prosecutors claim … Click here to read more

PBPost: Everglades specialist Ernie Marks of Palm City is new SFWMD director

Everglades restoration coordinator Ernie Marks was the unanimous choice of South Florida Water Management District board members Monday to take over as executive director of the 1,475-employee, $759 million agency … Click here to read more