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

Must-read: ‘Heardophobes’ spin Ethics complaint results

This detailed investigative probe by local attorney and civic activist Ginny Sherlock is an important must-read: “Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard has been cleared of all but one of the allegations made against her in a complaint filed by John McAuliffe, a Palm City political operative associated with Commissioner Heard’s political rival, Barbara Clowdus, and the cowardly ding-dong “DBell” who uses anonymous e-mails to spread Clowdus’ manure … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BOCC Agenda and a great big BOOYAH

From renowned local attorney and civic activist Ginny Sherlock: “First of all, a great big BOOYAH to Martin County Commissioners Fielding, Heard and Scott for efforts to rein in public spending, explore cost-saving measures, study important issues like fiscally efficient use of public facilities, and otherwise practice sound governance in the face of unrelenting criticism, hate-filled anonymous e-mails and rants from shameless shills for Big Sugar, Big Ag and Big Rockpit … Click here to read more

Martin County commissioners kill Witham Field Customs Facility plan

From TCPalm: “Martin County commissioners on Tuesday killed the long-discussed Witham Field Customs Facility. Citing concerns about project costs … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin gets early ‘Christmas gift’ for clean water storage

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard calls it ‘the best Christmas present ever’ — 1,800 acres of farm land in western Martin. The drained pasture land will be restored to natural wetlands, to store and clean water before it flows to the St. Lucie River. … Click here to read more

SFWMD, Martin County partner to preserve lands, improve water quality for St. Lucie River

In a funding partnership with Martin County, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board approved the purchase of land that will help improve natural lands, water storage and water quality for the C-44 canal and South Fork of the St. Lucie River. This action places in public ownership approximately 1,840 acres of land in what is known as the Palmar Complex, located in the C-44 Basin. … Click here to read more

Commissioner inauguration ceremony planned for November 18, public invited

You are cordially invited to attend the Inauguration Ceremony for Commissioners Heard and Fielding at the next Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, November 18. Watch as the Commissioners renew their commitment to the citizens of Martin County … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: All Aboard Florida reps get earful from Martin residents at meeting

Award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz, details the recent All Aboard Florida open house in Stuart: “Lisa Standley, with the firm running the open house, said the feds’ head count relies solely on sign-in sheets, but no one tells residents they must sign in to be counted. Why not? ‘Thanks for telling me about this,’ she said, walking away. … Click here to read more

From Martin County Commissioners: ‘Citizens, now is the time to weigh in on All Aboard FL’

Martin County staff is closely examining the Federal Railroad Administration’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding All Aboard Florida’s proposal to provide intercity passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando. … Click here to read more

Heard wins County Commission seat; Fielding moves on to Nov. 4 election

TCPalm reports on the August 26 Martin County Commission primary with incumbents Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding emerging as winners in their respective races. … Click here to read more