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

PBPost: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over bonds for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

“A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed lawsuits filed by Martin and Indian River counties challenging All Aboard Florida’s plan to sell tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its Brightline passenger train service. Martin County said it was ‘assessing its next legal steps,’ … Click here to read more

House Forever Florida bill could undo Negron Everglades reservoir plan

From The Palm Beach Post: “More money would be set aside for land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron’s push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades … Click here to read more

PBPost: Son of Martin County man killed by accused face biter rejects apology, wants ‘truth’

“John Stevens IV doesn’t want Austin Harrouff’s “crocodile tears” apology. Harrouff was charged by a grand jury with two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings of Stevens, 59, and his wife, Michelle Mishcon, 53, Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigators said … Click here to read more

75 years later: How World War II changed Florida forever

From The Palm Beach Post: “If you were living on Jupiter Island 75 years ago, on Feb. 21, 1942, you might have been partying at the local drinking hole, relaxing in your living room, or asleep in bed. All of a sudden, you would have felt the ground beneath you vibrate… Stuart insurance agent Ralph Hartman recalled that night … Click here to read more

Martin Commissioner Sarah Heard: ‘Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering’

“Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse.The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart … Click here to read more

Vote would be Nov 2017: New towns in Martin County? Hobe Sound and Indiantown want in

From the Palm Beach Post: “Indiantown and Hobe Sound, two of Martin County’s oldest communities, want to be towns. Control of zoning and building codes is one of the main benefits of incorporation, say supporters from both areas … Click here to read more

Nick Price has no doubt Jupiter Island neighbor Tiger Woods can be great again

“Nick Price has long been a steadfast believer in the possibility of a comeback by his Jupiter Island neighbor Tiger Woods,” according to The Palm Beach Post. “So when Price was asked at the Big Dog Ranch fundraiser on Monday at Dye Preserve, he pointed immediately to the positives … Click here to read more

Stuart teen dies in Hobe Sound crash

From The Palm Beach Post: A 16-year-old boy from Stuart died in a motorcycle crash in Hobe Sound on Wednesday night which involved seven other people. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on the intersection of Southeast Gomez Avenue … Click here to read more

PBPost: Austin Harrouff internet searches: ‘I think I’m going crazy, am I?’

“In the hours and days before authorities say Austin Harrouff fatally stabbed two people to death in their Martin County home and was found biting the face of one of the individuals, the 19-year-old was searching the internet for answers: … Click here to read more