Governor adds Lee and Palm Beach counties to Martin/St. Lucie state of emergency over algae

From The Palm Beach Post: “Gov. Rick Scott has expanded a state of emergency already issued for Martin and St. Lucie counties because of an algae bloom to include Lee and Palm Beach counties … Click here to read more

Corps to increase flows from Lake Okeechobee

The new target flow for the St. Lucie is 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basin could occasionally result in flows that exceed the target … Click here to read more

Coast Guard grants Murphy request to hold local hearings on All Aboard Florida

Following the request made by U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) for the U.S. Coast Guard to hold hearings throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches regarding the maritime impact of the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF) project, the Coast Guard announced they will be holding two public comment meetings in Florida’s 18th District as well as conducting a navigation survey … Click here to read more

Water tests show St. Lucie River improving for now

Following a series of samples in the acceptable range for enteric bacteria, the health advisory to avoid contact with the waters near Leighton Park in Palm City and the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart is over, according to WPEC. … Click here to read more

Huffington Post: Lake Okeechobee needs a champion

Right now, state agencies are working on a plan to update a plan to make a plan that might reduce phosphorus, in maybe the next couple decades. And that should fix Lake Okeechobee’s problem? Dear plan makers: Stop planning and take action. Now. … Click here to read more

Webcam updates: Corps announces plans to reduce discharges from Lake O next week

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced plans to further reduce the water discharges from Lake Okeechobee next week. The Corps expects to suspend water releases from the lake to the St. Lucie Estuary starting Monday (Oct. 21), although runoff from the St Lucie Canal will be allowed to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as needed. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Local Floridians at Capitol tell of shooting, fright, confusion

From The Palm Beach Post: “The shooting erupted shortly after the end of a Congressional hearing on pollution in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River. Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart, said he heard five or six gunshots near the area where buses drop-off tourists visiting the capitol.” … Click here to read more

Map, agenda, RSVP here: Join Rep. Patrick Murphy in DC for St. Lucie and IRL briefing, Oct 3

The briefing will be held on October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Please RSVP by Friday, September 27th. For agenda and map … Click here to read more

ABC News: Corps runs out of sand for Miami-Dade beaches, looks to Treasure Coast to renourish

There’s more than enough sand available off southeastern Florida for beach renourishment projects in five counties over the next 50 years, according to a new study by the corps and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. However, almost all of it is located in state or federal waters off St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties — not Broward or Miami-Dade. … Click here to read more

Video: FEMA denies Florida $70M federal assistance after Sandy seriously eroded beaches

Federal money will not help restore Florida beaches battered by Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying a state request for more than $70 million in assistance. Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties asked for more than $32 million combined, but were all denied. WPTV video … Click here to read more

Newly drawn congressional districts still face review, but these are likely scenarios

‘The Sunshine State News’ Chief Political Correspondent Kenric Ward explains the three-way shuffle of newly drawn congressional districts in South Florida, and some of the possible scenarios that could occur here on the Treasure Coast and here in Martin County. … Click here to read more