WPTV: Stuart doctor indicted on fraud charges; Sheetal Kanar Kumar, M.D., arraigned on 26 counts

“The indictment alleges that Dr. Kumar submitted or caused the fraudulent submission of claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies between January of 2014 and July of 2017. Those claims, for services that were not provided, exceeded $925,000, the U.S. Attorney said … Click here to read more

Can you vacuum up toxic algae? One Florida county will try

From The Palm Beach Post: “Lee County in southwest Florida got permission from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday to vacuum up blue-green algae collecting in marinas and dead-end canals. … Click here to read more

Elliott Museum ‘s unique automated storage system enables visitors to view vehicles close up

From The Journal.ClassicCars.com: “If you’d like to spend a day looking over cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and things Americana, like baseball, model trains and kites, we have a suggestion for you: Elliott Museum in Stuart. The museum has a feature like no other: One entire side of the building is taken up by a three-story automated conveyor system that houses more than 50 vehicles … Click here to read more

Florida Sportsman founder Karl Wickstrom, 82, advocate for recreational angling, dies in Stuart

From Sport Fishing: “’In his long history as a writer, editor and conservationist,’ said Mark D. Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, ‘Karl Wickstrom was a champion for Florida’s waters through several campaigns. Karl fought for our northern estuaries to stop the destructive discharges … Click here to read more

US Army Corps of Engineers to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

From The USACE: “Today, the lake stage is 14.05 feet. The Corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a ‘pulse’ fashion, which means flows will vary during the seven-day release period.  The Corps is working with state officials to determine what other actions can be taken to address water management challenges in south Florida … Click here to read more

‘Dirty Dining’: Sewage issue at Stuart restaurant

From WFLX: State inspectors say they temporarily closed down a Martin County restaurant last week because sewage was backing up through floor drains … Click here to read more

Lake O releases begin Friday, June 1

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as part of its effort to manage rising water levels. The discharges are scheduled to begin Friday (June 1).  … Click here to read more

Enteric bacteria levels elevated: Residents urged to avoid contact with waters near Roosevelt Bridge

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution … Click here to read more

Deputies catch gopher tortoise poacher at state park, admits he consumes the threatened species

From MCSO: “A Martin County Sheriff’s deputy answering a call reference a ‘man down’ at Seabranch Preserve State Park in Stuart Sunday evening, quickly discovered why 28-year old Robert Lane was on the ground. Lane had just pulled two endangered Gopher Tortoises from their hole, and was on the ground searching for others … Click here to read more

Costco looks into opening warehouse club in Stuart

From WPTV: “Costco is now looking at opening a store in Stuart, just a few miles away from where some people in Palm City protested a proposed Costco store last year … Click here to read more

Bathtub Beach to open Saturday

With work complete, Bathtub Beach will open to the public on Saturday, April 28. Crews have been working since February to repair damages from Hurricane Irma, placing 140,000 cubic yards of sand and replanting dunes … Click here to read more