Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to reduce the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee for the first time since releases were initiated following Hurricane Irma. The target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to 2,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. … Click here to read more

WPTV: Emergency repairs continue at Bathtub Beach

Bathtub Beach in Stuart remained closed Monday as work continued on dune restoration… it’s not clear at this point if the beach will reopen before the Thanksgiving holiday … Click here to read more

Unofficial results of November 7 Special Referendum Elections in Indiantown, Stuart

Voters in Indiantown and Stuart supported all items on the November 7th Special Referendum Elections. View unofficial results, voter turnout, and precinct data at martinvotes.com … Click here to read more

Senate Prez Negron (R-Stuart) consolidates harassment claims re senators/staff into his office

From The Miami Herald: “On Monday, senators raised questions about whether Senate President Joe Negron’s office just blew the timing of the rule change or was working to protect senators who may be vulnerable to complaints. State Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who will succeed Negron in 2018, said the new rule ‘needs to be revisited and reviewed … Click here to read more

Multiple agencies contain 500-gallon fuel spill in Martin County

From CBS12: “After several hours, agencies managed to contain a 500-gallon fuel spill in Martin County. The incident occurred in the Saint Lucie River, near the Roosevelt Bridge … Click here to read more

PBPost: Authorities raid Stuart massage parlor because of alleged prostitution activity

“One woman was arrested as authorities shut down a Stuart massage parlor Thursday because of alleged prostitution activity. Xiao Yin, 33, of Stuart, was arrested after city police searched the Asian Sports Massage in the 500 block of Southeast Dixie Highway. Detectives seized computers and documents … Click here to read more

Owner of McDonald’s in Stuart apologizes for flying upside-down flag

From CBS12: “A Treasure Coast veteran is outraged after seeing the American flag flying upside down outside a McDonald’s on U.S. 1 and Johnson Avenue. An upside-down flag is the official sign of distress and the flag wasn’t being flown properly. Ben Gilbreth, a local Air Force veteran, said ‘It basically offends everybody who is an American … Click here to read more

US News & World Report: Shark bites child off Bathtub Reef Beach in Stuart

“A young child was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center Sunday afternoon after being bitten by a shark at Bathtub Reef Beach in Stuart, authorities said. Bathtub Reef Beach will be closed for the remainder of the day … Click here to read more

Concerns over rainwater runoff possible heading into St. Lucie River

“Polluted water may be heading into the St. Lucie Estuary soon and it’s not coming from Lake Okeechobee,” according to WPTV. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to send runoff from the St. Lucie Canal through the St. Lucie Locks in Stuart … Click here to read more

Ticket scofflaws beware of The Barnacle; Stuart employing a new parking enforcement tool

From WPTV: “The old fashioned boot is getting the boot. Say ‘Hello’ to the brand new ‘Barnacle’ … Click here to read more

Crime spree: Stuart teen cousins steal car, 9mm handgun, ‘anything of value,’ break into vehicles

“Two teen cousins looking for ‘anything of value’ were charged with multiple felonies after stealing a car and breaking into a number of vehicles. One of the ‘items of value’ stolen during that crime spree, was a 9mm gun and three magazines … Click here to read more