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

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