UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon. Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey) … Click here to read more

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard files to run for re-election

[From Maggy Hurchalla,  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; she is a resident of Rocky Point.] “You are looking at the picture of courage. Her name is Sarah Heard. … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC meeting: Tax hikes and cell tower redux

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County commissioners will hear a presentation on the School Board’s previously approved request for voters to authorize an increase in ad valorem taxes and a sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

Comm. Sarah Heard atty: ‘ Act of retaliation’ will be answered by full vindication at trial by jury

Stuart attorney Barbara Kibbey Wagner, representing Commissioner Sarah Heard, has released the following statement: “Commissioner Sarah Heard, for more than 15 years, has been a tireless advocate, seeking to protect and preserve the environment and special community of Martin County that we all enjoy. This has made her the target of attacks … Click here to read more

WFLX: Commissioners to have day in court

“…The state has not supplied to us any real evidence or anything specific to give us any idea as to what they’re alleging. So, what we did today was we asked the judge set a hearing so that we could have more information because it’s not fair to anyone to go through a proceeding where they don’t know all the allegations or the facts … Click here to read more

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