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

Stand by your man-sion: Former Jupiter Island home of Tammy Wynette hits market

“The oceanfront mansion owned by Tammy Wynette at the peak of her country music career is on the market for $7 million, according to The Palm Beach Post. The house at 241 Ocean Drive on Jupiter Island … 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

Palm Beach Post: The Stuart-based artist behind President Trump’s gift to Pope Francis

“Stuart-based artist Geoffrey Smith’s ‘Rising Above’ sculpture was one of several items given by the president to the pope during their meeting in the Holy See on Wednesday. Other gifts included a set of first-edition books written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a piece of granite from the King ‘Stone of Hope’ monument in Washington, D.C. … Click here to read more

Point of View: ‘Fixing Everglades, reducing lake discharges not the same’

From Melissa Meeker, the former executive director and governing board member of the South Florida Water Management District, in The Palm Beach Post: “To say that the reservoir will save the Everglades and prevent coastal discharges is wishful thinking that can’t be backed by science … Click here to read more