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

Nasty law firm breakup includes claim lawyer stole clients from multiple firms

From law.com: “Allegations are swirling in a messy law firm breakup. The plaintiff claims personal injury attorney Thomas Schmitt left a trail of law firm victims, and took millions of dollars worth of case files each time he left a job. One former partner, Lauri Goldstein, sued Schmitt, claiming she lost 140 to 170 files when he abruptly left her firm to open a Martin County office … Click here to read more

JUST IN: Small plane crashes near St. Lucie Inlet, killing two aboard

From The Palm Beach Post: “The Coast Guard sent crews to search for the plane and later found a debris field east of the inlet, near Jupiter Island and Stuart in Martin County … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: What Stuart man did with a 16-yr-old runaway sent him — and neighbor — to prison

“Stuart’s Joshua Rogers and Richard Lockley, will call federal prison home for the next several years on child pornography charges because Lockley and Rogers recorded the encounters on video and Rogers shared those videos on the internet … Click here to read more

Florida Senate President Joe Negron possibly resigning

“Florida Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) is one of the most powerful politicians in Florida. But has he had enough of Tallahassee? Negron told NewsChannel 5 … Click here to read more