WPTV: Gov. Rick Scott tours St. Lucie River as algae impacts Treasure Coast

“Gov. Rick Scott toured the St. Lucie River and areas affected by algae Friday morning but did not take questions from the media or the public. The governor did not take questions from reporters because of a ‘security issue’ … Click here to read more

Local state of emergency declared in Martin County due to algae

From WPBF: Martin County declared a seven-day state of emergency on Tuesday because of toxic algae in the St. Lucie River … Click here to read more

WPTV: Possible algae spotted at Riverland Marina in Martin County along St. Lucie River

“This may be the first algae spotted on the river since the U.S. Army Corps began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee. More may be coming down the canal as well … Click here to read more

2 injured after boats collide in Martin County

From WPTV: “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking into why two boats collided on the St. Lucie River around 11:30 Tuesday morning. No names have been released yet of those involved, but two people were hurt, and one man was taken to Martin Memorial South hospital with serious injuries … Click here to read more

Health advisory lifted for the Stuart Causeway

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. Martin County beach sites are sampled every other week. All sites will be tested again on Monday, December 11. … Click here to read more

MCSO marine deputies stop immigrant vessel at St. Lucie/Intracoastal intersection

From the Martin County Sheriff’s Office: While patrolling the area of the intersection of the St. Lucie River and the Intracoastal Waterway, MCSO Marine Deputies observed a 31-foot Sport Fish with no visible FL numbers displayed on the hull. Marine deputies attempted to stop the vessel to perform a registration check. The vessel had other plans and kept traveling west towards Sandsprit Park … Click here to read more

Algae update: Obama administration denies final appeal for federal state of emergency

From The Orlando Sentinel: The Obama administration denied for a second time Thursday Gov. Rick Scott’s request for a federal state of emergency for algae blooms. Scott cannot appeal the decision again … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: Enjoy your vacation on Playa Guacamole

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “Hardest hit is Martin County, on the Treasure Coast, where scummy Lake O water has poured into the saltwater estuary from the St. Lucie River. Gov. Rick Scott has reacted with unwavering impotence …He’ll be running for the Senate in two years and desperately wants not to be tagged as Governor Algae … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: It’s summer, and here comes the slime

“If you live on the estuary in Stuart, or along the St. Lucie River, summer time is algae time. This year, the ribbons of goop have arrived early. The discharges go on day after day, week after week — perhaps the most massive, long-term act of pollution in the country, and it’s committed annually by the government. No president, including Barack Obama, has made a priority of stopping it … Click here to read more

Obama to attend fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy before traveling to Palm City

“Before he travels to Palm City, President Barack Obama will attend a Miami fundraiser for Treasure Coast U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy on Friday,” according to USA Today’s Kitsap Sun. “Obama is expected to travel to Palm City on Friday evening to play golf at the exclusive Floridian club … Click here to read more

Senate President-designate Negron sets out session-end plan to address Lake O discharges

“…In the final two weeks of the 2016 Legislative Session, I will be focused on three priorities that will alleviate the catastrophic damage to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon caused by the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. They are as follows: … Click here to read more