Florida governor signs Lake Okeechobee bill, 10 others

From WFLA: “A plan to build reservoirs south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to treat polluted water before it flows downstream is now law. Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill on Tuesday, which was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

Local State of Emergency declared in Martin County; Commissioners urge Governor to act

The Martin County Board of County Commission stands with citizens who are demanding swift action about the impacts associated with the damaging freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. Commissioners have proceeded with declaring a local State of Emergency … Click here to read more

Massive nuclear plant plan near Everglades delayed by court

From FL Politics: “A massive nuclear plant expansion proposed by Florida Power & Light must be redone to meet environmental and other concerns near Everglades National Park, a state appeals court ruled. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami reversed a 2014 decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet … Click here to read more

Health care expansion is rejected in Florida

From The New York Times: “In another rebuke of the Obama administration’s efforts to expand health care to the uninsured, Florida’s Republican-led House of Representatives soundly rejected a plan on Friday that state officials said would have covered as many as 650,000 residents. … Click here to read more

Martin’s frightful water pollution: How Big Sugar’s shadow fell across a Miami-Dade County resolution

From The Sun-Sentinel: “…the future president of the Florida Senate, likely to be Joe Negron [R-Stuart], supports the allocation of $500 million for land acquisition (he hasn’t said where) to use lands to clean up frightful water pollution in Martin and Palm Beach counties… … Click here to read more

President’s Earth Day visit to Everglades included Congressman Murphy aboard Air Force One

NBC News reports that Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), elected in 2012, was aboard Air Force One during President Obama’s Earth Day visit to the Everglades. [Congressman Murphy represents Florida’s 18th Congressional district, which includes Martin County.] … Click here to read more

UPI: President Obama to discuss climate change in Florida Everglades on Earth Day

United Press International reports that “President Barack Obama will make an Earth Day visit to the Florida Everglades on Wednesday, April 22, to issue warnings about the dangers global warming pose to the planet and highlight his climate change plans … Click here to read more

CBS12: Gov. Scott reveals support for All Aboard Florida, shocks Treasure Coast Republicans

Governor Rick Scott breaks with the Treasure Coast elected officials’ opposition to All Aboard Florida, announcing his support for the high-speed rail that will eventually add 32 trains to Treasure Coast railways. Scott’s support shocked many Republican supporters in the region, who have vehemently fought having to pay for train crossing upgrades and signals in local cities and counties. … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida opponents meet with state Transportation Secretary

“Opponents of All Aboard Florida had what they called an ‘open and candid’ meeting with top transportation officials from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration,” reports TCPalm. “CARE FL (an acronym for Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida) represents the upscale gated communities of Mariner Sands Country Club and Loblolly in Martin County … Click here to read more

Huffington Post: Florida to celebrate Festivus after atheist’s beer can pole display approved

A Christian nativity scene and a Christmas tree at the Florida Capitol will be joined this week by another symbol of the holidays: a homemade Festivus pole. … Click here to read more

‘Comp Plan mayhem in Martin County is largely hush-hush’

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her views on proposed amendments to The Martin County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan: “… changes to Martin County’s comprehensive plan are not law and cannot become law until the four stakeholder lawsuits challenging them are settled. Got that?” … Click here to read more