ACLU: ‘New Martin rule seems to violate First Amendment, would be flatly unconstitutional’

The Stuart News reports that “A revised County Commission policy, which restricts what can be said during the public-comment portion of meetings, might be a violation … Click here to read more

Sign petition now to protect animals

Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, asks that “Martin residents please read the letter to the editor below and then sign an online petition to encourage Martin County Commissioners to commit to reducing euthanasia of stray and abandoned animals … Click here to read more

New owner of SNews/TCPalm offers $388M to buy Tribune chain: LA Times, Chicago Trib, 9 others

From the Herald Tribune: “Newspaper publisher Gannett said today that it wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million. Gannett operates five newspapers in Florida including TCPalm in Stuart … Click here to read more

Gannett’s USA TODAY adds Stuart News, site

From Florida Today: “In Florida, new Gannett properties consist of newspapers and websites in Naples, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach”, including The Stuart News/ site … Click here to read more

Washington Post exec editor, Pulitzer winner Marty Baron to speak in Stuart on truth and the media

Native Floridian Marty Baron, editor of The Washington Post and former editor of The Boston Globe, began his career in journalism in Stuart in 1976, when The Miami Herald still had a Treasure Coast bureau. “Spotlight,” the Oscar-nominated film based on the Globe’s coverage of the Boston Catholic sexual abuse scandal earned it a Pulitzer Prize … Click here to read more

TCPalm, Stuart News sold

From Florida Today: “Gannett, the publishing company that owns USA Today, Florida Today and media businesses in more than 90 local markets, said it has agreed to buy Journal Media Group for about $280 million … Florida properties acquired are the Treasure Coast Newspapers based in Stuart and … Click here to read more

TCPalm: Jupiter Island mayor fears All Aboard Florida may pose threat to public safety

As an island community with some of the highest property values in the country, the Town of Jupiter Island faces unique dangers should All Aboard Florida begin running its proposed 32 high-speed rail trips up and down the Treasure Coast in 2016, according to TCPalm. Threats to public safety are of major concern, Mayor Harry Charlston said in letters … Click here to read more

Stopping All Aboard Florida may prove as challenging as stopping Lake O discharges

Stuart News opinion columnist Rich Campbell writes: “A polluted river. A noisy, busy rail line. What do they have in common? More than you might think. Treasure Coast residents are awaking to the fact their lives will be disrupted by All Aboard Florida — the high-speed rail service whisking passengers on 32 daily trains (16 each way) between Miami and Orlando … Click here to read more

‘Comp Plan mayhem in Martin County is largely hush-hush’

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her views on proposed amendments to The Martin County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan: “… changes to Martin County’s comprehensive plan are not law and cannot become law until the four stakeholder lawsuits challenging them are settled. Got that?” … Click here to read more

Business Development Board negotiations are ‘dead in the water … time to pull the plug.’

Local attorney and civic activist Virginia Sherlock updates the status of The Business Development Board of Martin County (BDB) negotiations with the Martin County Board of County Commissioners: “It’s time to pull the plug.” … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Florida media need to crank up coverage of water crises

“Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers certainly has devoted pages and pages, day after day, to the plight of the area’s polluted waters .. Like most local papers, the one in Stuart lets local politicians or other activists define both problem and solution, rather than fact-finding on its own, getting the stories that make discoveries,” from The Sunshine State News’ Nancy Smith (a former editor of The Stuart News). … Click here to read more