League of Women Voters of Martin County honors Sarah Heard with 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award

At its most recent luncheon meeting, The League of Women Voters of Martin County honored longtime Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard with its 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award. This award is presented annually by the League … Click here to read more

‘Some bad ideas don’t die’: Effort to have customs facility at Witham Field is back

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Some bad ideas don’t die. They lie dormant until a politician tries to resurrect them. So it is with the controversial $1.6 million customs facility at Witham Field, Martin County’s Airport …The lowest bid to build it was $200,000 over budget, and it would have needed county money to operate … Click here to read more

New Martin website not quite ready for prime time

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “The good news about Martin County’s new $275,000 website: It displays nicely on mobile phones and tablet computers. There’s a lot of bad news: No staff directory. No easy way to locate agendas, minutes, documents or just about anything else. And so many complaints and disgruntled users the county could use another website just to list them all … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: History, significance of Camp Murphy on full display

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “A few of the buildings still stand as churches, homes, a community center, a bar and a garage in Stuart, Jupiter and Hobe Sound. And traces of Camp Murphy’s 1,000 structures remain at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, where a $10 million village went up in three months during World War II. From July 1942 through December 1944, soldiers attended hush-hush classes … Click here to read more

August (2016) primary races already shaping up for Martin Commission

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “After four years of a new commission majority, some in the business and development community want change. The new majority put teeth back into Martin’s protective growth plan, reined in a wildly out-of-control Business Development Board and stopped a plan to build a customs facility at the airport that looked like a money pit for taxpayers. The majority slowed the Community Redevelopment Area gravy train that benefited a few at the expense of the many … Click here to read more

PBPost: Treasure Coast still not giving up the fight vs All Aboard Florida

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “The fight to stop All Aboard Florida from ruining Treasure Coast downtowns and neighborhoods, slowing ambulances and endangering pedestrians at railway crossings is far from over.The speedy trains ‘would decimate’ Stuart and other Treasure Coast communities, former American Airlines executive Robert Crandall told Martin County’s League of Women Voters … Click here to read more

Tug of war over 46-acre Martin scrub at heart of state land conservation fight

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “You could call Jeff Wittman an eternal optimist.The Hobe Sound resident never has stopped believing that a 46-acre chunk of Florida scrub wilderness between U.S. 1 and Alternate A1A, south of Bridge Road, should belong to the people forever … Click here to read more

Disappearing Florida life captured in famed artist’s paintings

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz:: “About 150 of Jim Hutchinson’s friends braved a stormy night in Stuart last week to hear their favorite celebrated artist talk about living with the Seminoles and Miccosukees half a century ago … Click here to read more

PBPost: Spotty cleanliness at Martin Memorial, despite good doctor, nurse care

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “A retired Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), who recently spent a week as a patient at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, confirms that I’m not the only one who’s noticed the hospital is dirty — really dirty. …So I was not surprised to receive the LPN patient’s emailed photos, showing brown spots she said were blood and feces, on the floor of her hospital room at Martin Memorial Medical Center … Click here to read more

PBPost: Will proposed upscale ‘row houses’ benefit whole Hobe Sound community?

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “A newly proposed gated community of 92 upscale ‘row houses,’ priced from the high $200,000s to the middle $300,000s, has south Martin County residents talking. The townhouses would be built between U.S. 1 and the predominately African-American neighborhood of Banner Lake … Click here to read more

Big issues for Martin County in 2016 legislative session: water and sand

From The PBPost’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “Two members of Martin County’s legislative delegation listened for hours last week while more than 30 residents buttered them up, begged for money, griped about the Florida legislature’s recent bad decisions and brought wish lists for 2016. Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, turned the annual event, held at the Martin Commission headquarters in Stuart, into a bit of a schmooze fest. … Click here to read more