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

BREAKING: ‘Significant’ algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee

The Palm Beach Post reports that “The South Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee that has been growing since at least last week. ‘We would consider it a significant algal bloom,’ … Click here to read more

Palm City: Gun-toting pastor in Corvette latest exemplar of Florida road rage

From The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino: “The Very Reverend William Rian Adams was apparently on a road trip from North Carolina in his red Corvette last week when he waved his Glock 22 handgun at two people in a pickup truck on Florida’s Turnpike near Palm City. The two Floridians in the pickup truck … Click here to read more

Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

From The Palm Beach Post: “Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision … Click here to read more

PBPost: Will retail complex revive Hobe Sound or make it Harbourside Place?

“’There’s no fun, no energy, no imagination along this stretch of U.S. 1. People leapfrog Hobe Sound. They go north to Stuart or south to Jupiter,’ said John Doyle, who is building the $7 million retail/office center. About four dozen condos — the tallest would be 40 feet — with prices starting at about $600,000 … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Florida will send Trump panel some voter info

“With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission’s request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will provide the commission publicly available data,” according to The Palm Beach Post. “‘Driver’s license information and Social Security numbers are not, and cannot be provided … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post’s Martin County blotter reveals domestic battery, home burglary, fraud, DUI

“A woman in the 2800 block of Southwest Murphy Road in Palm City told a deputy that her boyfriend had accused her of stealing pills from him. He slapped her in the face, then locked her in the bathroom. She managed to escape and went into a bedroom. He broke the door down to get to her, she said … Click here to read more