Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides highlights of August 22 BCC meeting

“On August 22,2017, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted 3 to 2 to adopt Comprehensive Plan Amendment 17-10, Sanitary Sewer Element. Smith, Ciampi, and Jenkins voted to approve. Fielding and Heard opposed. The amendment increases the sizes of septic tanks outside the Urban Service District and extends water and sewer lines to customers outside the Urban Service District … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides summary of BCC budget workshops

On July 17 and 18, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) held their budget workshops for the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which begins on October 1, 2017. The millage rate set on July 18 will be finally adopted in late September. All property owners in Districts 2, 3, and 5 (Smith, Ciampi, and Jenkins) will pay a slightly higher tax rate. Smith, Ciampi, and Jenkins chose to levy an additional tax on their property owners … Click here to read more

BREAKING: No help for animals from Martin County BCC

Reporting from today’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock: “…Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding tried to persuade their colleagues that this is an important contract that should be properly negotiated. But none of the other commissioners or staff demonstrated any interest in Martin County animals or acknowledged our responsibility to protect them … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard provides agenda summary of May 23 BCC meeting

“May 23, 2017 BCC agenda summary from Commissioner Sarah Heard: 6C Public hearing to consider transmittal of CPA 17-10, Sanitary Sewer Services … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT NOW: Speak up for the animals

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “ The Martin County Commission will be discussing the Domestic Animal Control Task Force at its meeting on December 13 following a vote last week to suspend all meetings and activities of the Task Force to allow new Commissioner Harold Jenkins to collect information to determine … Click here to read more

US EcoGen: Hurry, hurry . . . oh, never mind

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “A few weeks ago, proponents of the US EcoGen biomass project presented a planned renewable energy facility to the Board of County Commissioners with a plea for the BCC to initiate rush-rush Comprehensive Plan Amendments to allow the project to move forward. Instead of saying ‘hurry up’, US EcoGen is now saying ‘never mind’ … 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

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

Former Martin Commissioner explains restoration of septic rules: ‘A gift for our waterways’

Maggy Hurchalla was a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point: “Tallahassee gave Martin County waterways a late Christmas present … Click here to read more

CBS: $8 million approved to improve Jupiter Island, Sailfish Point beaches

From CBS: “Martin County Commissioners approve a multi-million dollar project to once again rebuild battered beaches. This time, the cash is going to a town with plenty of millionaires—Jupiter Island. Now Jupiter Island residents will get a gift from Martin County taxpayers, $6.2 million dollars … Click here to read more

Martin County MPO throws residents under the bus on Kanner Hwy widening

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Metropolitan Planning Organization majority voted today to allow Kanner Highway to become a noise-wall lined 6-lane expressway from the I-95 Interchange into the City of Stuart despite impassioned pleas from residents to stop or delay the project. Only County Commissioner Sarah Heard refused to be bullied … Click here to read more