Verdict in rock-mine lawsuit chills free speech in Florida

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Hardly anyone was paying attention to a billionaire developer’s lawsuit against environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla until she lost it … Be very careful what you say about the public’s business, the verdict seemed to mean, or you could be ruined financially … Click here to read more

105 new Florida laws kick in on Sunday

From The Sun-Sentinel: “More than 100 bills that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law from the 2018 legislative session will take effect Sunday, including a new state budget that tops $88 billion. Among the measures slated to take effect Sunday: … Click here to read more

Brightline train involved in sixth death on South Florida tracks

From The Sun-Sentinel: “A man was killed by a Brightline train Sunday, marking at least the sixth death involving the service since it began trial runs last year … Click here to read more

Stuart Middle School math teacher accused of engaging in sex act with student

From The Sun-Sentinel: “A middle school teacher in Stuart is facing criminal charges after a 13-year-old girl told investigators she performed oral sex on him multiple times. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Jeffrey Tomasulo, a seventh-grade math teacher at Stuart Middle School, on charges of sexual battery … Click here to read more

Florida Legislature considers arming some teachers, raising age to purchase some rifles

From The Sun-Sentinel: “What exactly the House and Senate are going to do — and what the two chambers can agree upon — is still up in the air. State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who is helping to craft the legislation, said he was shooting for Friday to produce a bill. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart … Click here to read more

Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Long considered a key component of the state-federal plan for restoring the Everglades, the reservoir was fast-tracked this year by state Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after coastal waters in his Martin County district were fouled by reeking mats of green algae, blamed on lake discharges, that gave Florida the worst kind of international publicity … Click here to read more

Sun Sentinel: Former Martin Downs Country Club owner under criminal investigation

“The former owner of the Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City, Wellington mega-developer and president of the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, Glenn Straub, is under criminal investigation, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Straub has a litigious reputation with a trail of lawsuits to his name, records show … Click here to read more

Sprint sues All Aboard Florida for $646,000 over partially paid bill

From The Sun Sentinel: “Sprint wants All Aboard Florida to pay up. The communications company has filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court against the parent-company of Brightline and a second company with ties to Florida East Coast Industries … Click here to read more

First All Aboard Florida train finished and ready for testing

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Originally, All Aboard Florida said it would initiate the Orlando route by the end of 2017, but that was delayed as Martin and Indian River counties filed federal lawsuits challenging the company’s ability to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. The company has since announced it will pursue the bond sale in two parts … Click here to read more

‘I ate something bad,’ accused Martin County flesh-eater told deputies, documents say

“While accused face-biting killer Austin Harrouff was being taken into custody, the teen stated: ‘Help me, I ate something bad,’ according to new court documents obtained by Sun Sentinel news partner WPEC-Ch. 12. When a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy asked … Click here to read more

Orlando shooter’s Martin employment history

“Omar Mateen worked numerous retail jobs in Martin County,” according to The Sun-Sentinel. “He started his first job in 2002 at Publix in Palm City. In following years, he worked for Circuit City in Jensen Beach in 2003; Chick-fil-A in Jensen Beach, 2004… and Hollister and GNC at the Treasure Coast Mall in 2006 … Click here to read more