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

County engineer highlights safety concerns with high-speed rail in Martin County

From CBS12: “While Treasure Coast leaders are opposed to the Brightline expansion, many realize it’s going to happen anyway. The Director of Engineering for Martin County, Terry Routh, said, ‘we just want it to be as safe as possible.’ To get through Stuart, the train will have to go around a sharp curve just over the Old Roosevelt Bridge. ‘There have been two derailments on that curve historically … Click here to read more

Amtrak derailment fuels concern from Martin County locals against Brightline

From WPTV: “It’s too early to tell if speed was a factor in the Amtrak train derailment in Washington, but speed and safety is an important reason why people in Martin County oppose Brightline’s phase two. Starting next year, some Stuart business owners and locals will see Brightline’s construction … Click here to read more

Save the date: Jan 11-14, 33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference to be held in Stuart

“The conference is attended by decision-makers from federal, state, local and tribal governments, agency representatives, stakeholders and a vast array of public and private interests including scientists, educators, contractors, conservationists, the media, students and the general public. … Click here to read more

FL DEP invests more than $90M in water quality improvement projects

From WaterWorld: “The Caulkins Water Farm project was funded in part by a total of $1.5 million in Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 nonpoint source pollution grants to the South Florida Water Management District for the original pilot project, which turned former citrus groves into a reservoir … Click here to read more

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